Josef (Joe) Selinger arrived in Canada from Germany with a family of five in 1957.
In pursuit of his dream to introduce the Warmblood Horse to Canadians, he convinced the Southern Family of what is now world-renown
Spruce Meadows in Calgary Alberta, of the qualities of the Hannovarian Horse for Olympic disciplines early 1968.
He was instrumental in importing the Hannovarian Stallion "Weimar" by Firnis in 1960 - probably the first time KLM flew a horse to Canada.
In 1967Joe imported the Hannovarian Stallion "ABRUPT", renamed Centennial, to mark the Centennial year in Canada.
Several honours followed, among them
1984 Alberta Achievement Award, AB Government
2003 Distinguished Service Award, The Horse Industry Association of Alberta
Joe has seen his son Frank Selinger, who now owns and runs the family stable
"St. George's Stables", succeed as a grand prix rider. Frank
was a member of the Canadian Team, winning Team Bronze at
the 1975 PanAm Games in Mexico City at the age of 20.
Edda Janssen-Selinger's love of horses stems from a rural background. Her father
was buying and selling horses in the Province of Oldenburg
in northern Germany. She often accompanied him on his visits
to farmers and the Races as a little girl.