Assessing the Young Jumper Prospect with Phil Henning

Since establishing Mill Creek Stables in Cambridge, ON, in the mid-'90s, Phil Henning has sourced, owned and bred an impressive stable of show jumping talent who bore the Mill Creek prefix, including Raphael, Rosalinde, Sweet Dream, Chardo, Sparky, Eli, Marco Taere and Stevie Wonder. Recently welcoming Yann Candele and his Normandy Hills training business to Mill Creek, Henning - with the help of some discerning eyes in Europe, including his daughter, Tonya - is in the process of restocking his stable with some promising youngsters. He explains the characteristics he looks for in a future grand prix champion. Where to look “You can find a good horse anywhere,” says Henning, “but you have to look everywhere. We’re looking for some horses right now – Eric [Lamaze] and Yann [Candele] are both in Europe looking. Tonya is looking, Eric has his people looking. It’s not so easy to find good horses.…

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