On the morning of April 15, 2006, I found a newborn colt trying to stand on wobbly legs. I named him "Impuesto" which is Spanish for "taxes" since he was born on "tax day". His nickname soon became "Impy" which fit him to a "T"!
Born black as the darkest night, but soon to begin graying, he floated around the paddocks and engaged in jumping and running and playing with imaginary bulls and doing piaffes and passage like he was a high school horse.
Everyone who came to visit was captivated by him. I knew he should go somewhere special.... to someone who could give him the future he should have.....
As Impy grew, his goofy, sweet and playful personality blossomed. He would be the first baby to find something in the paddock to pick up and play with, hoses were a particular favorite. Impy took after both his sire, the Friesian stallion Abacus Uno in his "goofiness" and his dam, the Andalusian mare Gitana, in her calm sweetness.
As with most of the foals born here at Abacus Farms, Impuesto was for sale. When I started advertising him in the spring of 2007 at 10 months old I received a lot of interest in this colt. One person contacted me about him, and as we chatted, I found out that she was from South Africa! WOW!
Hanlie really wanted to purchase Impy, but neither of us could figure out the shipping logistics and sadly, Hanlie decided to pass up on trying to acquire him and get him half way around the world.
I did sell Impy to someone else after that, on a payment plan. A few months later, in mid-summer, Hanlie contacted me again wanting to know if Impy was still available. I had to tell her that Impy was sold, and she was so disappointed. We continued to stay in touch through the fall and into the winter of 2008. During that time, it became apparent that the person who had purchased Impy was not going to be able to fulfill his contract obligations, and he had to back out of the sale. All of the sudden, Impy was available again!
Hanlie said "it was meant to be" and we went about on a diligent quest to find out how we could get him from California, to South Africa. After looking into a couple of options, many which would have been OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive, we managed to figure out a way to Export/Import Impy that was only "semi-outrageous". It is a trip that will last over 3 months and we are working with 3 different import/export agents!
Impy left Abacus Farms in May 2008 for the start of his LONG trip. He flew out of LAX , and landed in Amsterdam . During the flight, I was told the Impy proceeded to remove his halter, and then stood there very proud of himself with a look on his face that said "look at what I can do!" Impy will spend time in Germany, including 30 days in Quarantine, before being vanned back to Amsterdam in July to be shipped to Johannesburg, South Africa where he will have to stand another quarantine before going to his new home with Hanlie and her family at Yeguada El Negro Espanol in Lichtenburg, South Africa
Impy has the type of calm yet bold and curious attitude that will be a great asset on this big adventure
We wish Abacus Impuesto "Godspeed" on his journey and his new life, so far from where it started. It is an incredible realization of my dreams to have this young stallion represent my breeding program, and so far away.
And I would especially like to congratulate and thank Hanlie Mostert and family on their acquisition of "Impy"
Impy arrived in Johannesburg on July 11, and his new owners were there to greet him as he came off the plane! Impy arrived with 9 other horses he had been in quarantine with in Germany, all of the owners of those horses had gone to Europe to purchase them, and they couldn't believe that Hanlie had bought Impy over the internet! Impy was the last to get off the containers, and he made a big impact by LEAPING off the container...
Of course, everyone was looking at Impy, to the extent they were ignoring their own horses,
Impy will be in quarantine for another 30 days, and then on August 15 he will be is scheduled to leave for his new home!.
Here is Impy's first greeting of one of his new family, this is the hand of Hanlie's 13 year old daughter, Luz...introducing herself to Impy while he was still on the tarmac in the shipping container.
YENE's Abacus Impuesto
First WARLANDER in Africa!
Everyone dreams of their horse being the one- the special one. As breeders we dream of producing for the future and with that we suffer heartbreak and joy and tears as the magical ones leave us for
First I was skeptical…with all the scams out there, was this just another? As we chatted, I found that her name is Hanlie Mostert and she wanted to start breeding Warlanders at her farm, Yeguada El Negro Espanol in Lichtenburg, South Africa. Hanlie was planning on breeding a couple of her Friesian mares to the only black Andalusian stallion in South Africa for some Warlander foals in late 2008