As the 2015-2016 breeding season begins, some updates are in order after all the changes that have occurred since 2014. She Can Dance was retired from breeding for good last year after multiple unsuccessful breeding attempts, later to find out the reason for this was cushings. 'Sammy' is now playing role of alpha mare and enjoys spending her time watching over all the horses on the farm. Especially her (and my) beloved mares. Shakira was also unsuccessful from her breeding attempts as she has been slowly developing COPD over the last 4 or 5 years so she was sold back to Brazil to live out the rest of her days allergy free. We also rescued 3 miniature horses to bring some joy to the farm after the recent disappointments. An entire new fence and run in shed later, they have happily made themselves at home here. In the competition ring, I started showing again after 3 years of dealing with shoulder injuries (which later had surgery for) on our wonderful hunter mare New Orleans. Fortunately for me, she did all the work to earn multiple champions, classic wins, etc in just a few short weeks. Our coming 5 year old Carvalla Real played in the puddle jumpers for the first time in the fall of 2014 and the way she performed, you'd never guess it was her first show ever. It was a very successful show season for us, even with the late start. But now, on to bigger news.
Last year, we acquired 2 more wonderful mares to add to our program.
Zalesgirl 'keur' (Indoctro-Voltaire-Joost-Rigoletto-Albatros)
This is an exceptional quality mare with exceptional breeding. 'Zia' or fondly called 'Z Girl' is by Indoctro who needs no introduction. He is a fantastic stallion and one of the staples of VDL breeding in Holland. He is represented by hundreds of offspring excelling at the highest of sport and breeding.
That's not where the breeding aspect gets interesting though, For that, we must look at her damline. She stems from the prominent Dutch family 161 where you can find horses such as Team Bronze Olympian, 2 time European Championship silver medalist, and 4th individual WEG competitior, No Mercy. You will also find 1.60m competitors Ribo Dandy and licensed stallion, Justice (ex. Jack-a-Dandy). These horses, including Zia, are all directly survived by the foundation mare Chancy 'ster'. From there we find daughter Pasja and granddaughter Ubiena 'prestatie'. Ubiena is the most prominent of Zia's lineage. Ubiena is dam of 16 foals of which over half of them are competing at 1.30m and higher. Some of the progeny include the breeding stallion Justice and Ribo Dandy as well as prestatie mare Elien and sport mare Kwartaire, Zia's dam. If that isn't enough, Kwartaire competed very successfully on the North American grand prix circuit and had many placings at venues like Spruce Meadows before settling down to have 2 fabulous foals. Last but not least, our special Z Girl competed in the 1.20m with an amateur rider and proved her rideability at the KWPN Keuring Tour in 2011 by placing 4th in the country for her IBOP test and earning herself both Ster and Keur predicates during the inspection. Zia was purchased in foal to Quite Easy (Quidam de Revel-Landgraf I-Capitano) and is due July 2015. PS - We think it's a filly foal.
Obsession van't Ruytershof (Canaletto-Carthago-Renomee-Chamisso-Corvado)
Obsession or 'Ele' is a blue blood Holsteiner Verband approved MMP AHHA and BWP mare imported from Europe. Ele was originally imported to be a high junior amateur jumper, but an injury on the flight over ended that possibility and continued her career in breeding. Ele is by the Holsteiner stallion Canaletto (Cantus-Rasputin-Fabulus) who was ridden at the top of sport by Charlotte Velin. Even with limited numbers of offspring, he was a successful sire. Siring over 15 horses in sport over 1.30m and 2 licensed stallions, Carus and Samy du Reverdy, his legacy remains strong in Holstein breeding.
Ele is from the Holstein stamm 104b. Not the highly regarded 104a stamm, but its smaller cousin. This family has a small amount of horses, but that's not to say this family hasn't produced quality horses. You can find approved stallions such as Cyrus, Dorfjunker, Falke, Ganove, Gastronom, Hofrat, Horrido, Leopard, Lotharlo, Matthias, Meller, Moritz, Victor, Wrangler, and Young Burlington. Talk about a mouthful. Ele herself has made a name for her direct lineage. However, this does not only start with her, but her 3rd dam, hauptstutbuch Alemannia. Alemannia is responsible for the staatsprämie mare Oksana II, bezirksprämie mare, Romania, hauptstutbuch mare, Holsatia II, and Europa IV, Geseves finalist and granddam of Ele. Europa IV produced only one known foal, Kirby (ex. Cathleen IV), who competed internationally at 1.45m under Irish rider Nathan Rose after producing Ele as a 4 year old. Ele herself competed to 1.45m in Europe after having 2 foals of her own. Celebration van't Ruytershof (v. Quidam de Revel) and full sibling, Desire van't Ruytershof. Desire went on to sport and is now competing with a Venezuelan amateur rider in 1.40m classes. Celebration was retained for a career in breeding. So far, Celebration has had 4 foals and one on the way by Grand Slam for 2015. LF Quithago Z (v. Querlybet Hero) was sold to Argentina as a stallion prospect and is competing 1.30-1.40m with his current owner. Bellefleur PS Z (v. Berlin) was sold to Switzerland and is competing in young horse classes. Celebration's 3rd and 4th foals by Crowntano Z were sold at the Zangersheide Quality Auction during the Z Festival in 2013 and 2014. 2014 filly, Chique PS Z, scored an impressive 32.34 points in the Z Foal Championships, earning her a respectable 16th place out of all the fillies. Aside from the two foals born in Europe, Ele has had 4 more beautiful, modern-type foals Stateside. Carmenta TW (v. Cortilo), Cassan TW (v. Cassiano), Cesar TW (v. Candillo Junior), and Cleopatra TW (v. Candillo Junior. The oldest born, Carmenta and Cassan, are ready to begin their careers in sport.