The largest section of stallions forward were being showcased for dressage. There were 25 stallions entered in this section, 3 of which were pony stallions and 1 who did not come forward.

Most of the commentary in this section was provided by Lynne Crowden (Woodlander Stud) whose in depth knowledge of bloodlines means she can ad-lib where the provided commentary notes fall short, and her enthusiasm and passion added greatly to the event. I don’t think the importance of the right commentator can be stressed enough when trying to engage the audience.

It was generally agreed among the spectators that the standard of presentation is improving each year, and there were a few stallions forward that were as good a standard as you would find at the stallion shows in mainland Europe.

Beaulissimo

2011 Bay Oldenburg by Belissimo M – Sandro Hit – Archipel

A first appearance at this event for this young stallion who was imported to the UK after his Oldenburg grading. A very modern, long legged and lighter framed type, he was supple and forward in all his paces. He has won a number of times at novice level in 2016.

His sire Belissimo M is one of the most popular stallions in German breeding, known for passing on not only good looks but also great athleticism. He was the 4yo Bundeschampion and went on to successfully compete at Grand Prix. The damsire Sandro Hit was another Bundeschampionate who had a very successful 2016 with leading offspring at Rio in both eventing and dressage. Beaulissimo is a half brother to licensed stallions Damoncello and Don Caballito.

Catherston Springsteen

1997 Chestnut BWBS by Dutch Dream – Saks – Middle Temple

Catherston Springsteen performs at this event every year, and demonstrated his soundness and durability by performing the Grand Prix movements with some very clean tempi changes. A big framed horse who would suit mares lacking a bit of substance, he has been competing at Grand Prix level since 2007. In 2014 he was short listed for the Junior European team.

A dual purpose horse he has offspring that are successful in the show ring, eventing and dressage. His sire Dutch Dream competed to Intermediare II but did not produce many offspring in this country. He combines the genes of the International Grand Prix stallion Dutch Gold and the fabulous Trakehner stallion Donauwind. Catherston Springsteen’s versatility is inherited from his dam, who was a Grade B show jumper and her dam show jumped internationally in Nation’s Cups and produced an Olympic short listed show jumper in Autumn Folly.

Craig

2005 Dark Bay Trakehner by Buddenbrock – Karo As – Lothar

A very elegant horse with a most beautiful head and front, Craig had previously been marketed as an eventer. He is now competing BD at elementary level. He demonstrated very good submission and good freedom of the front leg but not as much much power or carrying strength in the hind quarter.

He hails from a very strong dam line that produced elite stallion Consul and Bundeschampion and Grand Prix mare Corna. Craig’s full brother is the Elite stallion Connery who is sire of the German Olympic team reserve Imperio.

Craig (Picture courtesy of Horsepower Creative)

Craig (Picture courtesy of Horsepower Creative)

Denver LG

2008 Bay KWPN by Johnson – Lanciano – Grannus

Another attractive stallion with a pretty head, he showed moments of cadence but moved in a rather horizontal frame. He competed as a young horse in Holland including the PAVO cup as a 3 year old. His offspring have done well at the BEF Futurity.

His sire Johnson competed for the Dutch team at the Rio Olympics and is a classic cross of two top Dutch sires in Jazz and Flemmingh. The dam line contains a lot of jumping blood through Lanciano and Grannus and has produced a number of 1.40 and 1.50m horses.

Don Dante

2007 Black Hanoverian by Dancier – Salvano – Laibach

This black stallion was one of the highlights of the show for the second year running. He had a super temperament in the stable and was equally as appealing under saddle. Don Dante has won National titles and been placed consistently at the Summer and Winter Nationals up to advanced level and will shortly contest his first PSG.

He has a very pleasing frame, is soft and supple through his body, and always in great balance. He showed a lovely cadence and expression at all times, with the ability to carry weight in the hind quarter.

His sire Dancier was the Champion of his grading in 2004. He was placed at the Bundeschampionate at 4 and 6 and then was successful up to Prix St George. As one of the leading sires at the State Stud Celle he is especially noted for passing on great ridability, and is responsible for the current Bundeschampion Lordswood Dancing Diamond. The dam sire Salvano produced a number of Grand Prix horses and the licensed stallions Sherlock Holmes and Salieri and is therefore the grandsire of the great Dutch dressage horse Salinero.

Don Dante (Picture courtesy of Horsepower Creative)

Don Dante (Picture courtesy of Horsepower Creative)

Dream On

2002 Black Oldenburg by Depardieu – Lavauzelle AA – Inschallah AA

This black stallion has nice proportions and a good frame. He appears to have a very good temperament and to be very ridable, a legacy of his sire line. He has proved to have been a decent damsire in Germany and sired a Bundeschampionate finalist in Deliano W.

His sire Depardieu has competed at Grand Prix and his sire is the legendary De Niro. The dam’s pedigree is packed with Anglo Arab blood through Lavauzelle who stood in Hanover for a number of years and the great Inschallah. The dam line has produced two other graded stallions in Royal Rhythmik and Sanletto.

Dream On (Picture courtesy of Horsepower Creative)

Dream On (Picture courtesy of Horsepower Creative)

Duke of Dearleap

2014 Dark Bay Hanoverian by Dante Weltino – Medoc – Niniski xx

This young stallion was probably the most immature of the newly graded stallions but listened beautifully to his rider and looks very ridable. It will be interesting to see how his paces develop as he strengthens up.

His sire Dante Weltino is a grandson of the great De Niro and is himself established at Grand Prix and was selected for the Swedish team for Rio at just 9 years of age. The dam sire Medoc was a consistent all round sire for many years in the UK including advanced eventers, show ring champions and advanced dressage horses.

Dvorak

2011 Bay Hanoverian by De Niro – Florestan – Calvados

This young horse impressed with his good temperament and active canter. A smaller compact stamp with a well set on neck.

His sire De Niro is one of the most successful modern sires of dressage horses, with multiple international Grand Prix competitors to his name, including Olympic team gold medallist Desperados. Dvorak’s dam Fame competed to Inter 1 and is a daughter of another legend – Florestan.

Flammengold

1994 Black Hessen by Florestan – Parademarsche I – Perlekoenig

This 23 year old enjoyed every minute of the show, from greeting admirers in his stable to showing he can still string together tempi changes in the arena.He has a lovely front and length of rein but is a fraction long in the body. However he still has a very strong loin connection which he passes on.

More detail on Flammengold’s pedigree can be found in this article HERE

Flammengold sally foreman photography

Flammengold sally foreman photography

GF Deville

2005 Chestnut BWBS by Dimaggio – Biotop – Olympic Cocktail

This British bred stallion was nicely presented by Dan Greenwood. He is good through the shoulder and the trot had nice cadence and rhythm. I would use him on a mare who is strong across the back and loin. He is currently competing at Inter I and was National Elementary champion.

His sire Dimaggio appears time and again in reports on British breeding. The sire of countless National Champions, International performers and Olympic contenders. He has a good number of stallion sons in Germany where his important genetics where highly valued. What makes GF Deville’s pedigree interesting is the addition of Reiner Klimke’s Grand Prix stallion Biotop as the dam sire. He was a Trakehner stallion with a Russian sporting pedigree who was famed for his spectacular freestyles. And further back in the pedigree is the Dutch stallion Cocktail, the sire of Jazz.

The dam Byzantia has also produced Elite broodmare daughters, Mare Performance Test Champions and another graded son. She is a half sister to another graded stallion in Woodlander Del Amitri.

I-Catcher

2013 Bay KWPN by Apache – Solitair – Ferro

This very tall young stallion stands at 174cm with a naturally uphill frame. He is a very modern type with long legs and three good paces and will be one to watch in young horse classes. He did have fairly long pasterns.

His sire Apache was the Reserve for the Dutch Olympic team in 2016. The damsire Solitair adds in jumping blood and the great dam sire Ferro is the grandsire of both Valegro and Utophia. The dam is a half sister to 1.60m show jumper Nicky.

I-Catcher (Picture courtesy of John Minoprio)

I-Catcher (Picture courtesy of John Minoprio)

Palousa San Sebastian

2005 Black Leopard Spot Dutch Appaloosa by San Remo – Gribaldi – Mackael Grey

This striking coloured stallion has been presented in previous years at this event in both the show jumping and dressage sections. He handled the atmosphere very well and had a good walk. He has a tendency to be a little straight in his under neck and could flex his hocks more in the canter.

He has competed BS in the past and is not yet registered with BD. His sire San Remo competed at the Young Horse World Championships in Verden and up to advanced level with Edward Gal. The dam sire Gribaldi was the 2008 Trakehner stallion of the Year and after a successful international Grand Prix career became one of the best sires of dressage horses in the world (Totilas, Painted Black, Sister de Jeu, Hofrat). The dam line is one of Dutch Appaloosa horses with his dam winning 5 Dutch titles in her class.

St Louis Blues

2013 Brown Oldenburg by Sezuan – Lauries Crusador xx – Don Juan

This big strong horse showed a wonderful attitude throughout with the highlights being his ground covering walk and his suppleness throughout all his paces.

His sire Sezuan is currently one of the most successful young dressage horses in the world. Ridden by the German Olympian Dorothee Schneider he won the World Championships for Young Horses three years running. The dam line has many State Premium mare awards and has produced a number of Grand Prix dressage horses and show jumpers. St Louis Blues dam sire is the great Thoroughbred stallion Lauries Crusador who is known for adding long legs and improving the frame.

St Louis Blues (Picture courtesy of Horsepower Creative)

St Louis Blues (Picture courtesy of Horsepower Creative)

T-Movistar

2000 Bay by Jazz – Chronos – Doruto

T-Movistar was previously competed by Carl Hester to Intermediare level, winning a number of National Championships along the way. He gave a very calm and pleasing demonstration on the day including tempi changes and passage, always in good self carriage. He is sire of the exciting young Reserve National 4yo Champion River Rise Magic Mike, who is also a licensed stallion.

Movistar’s sire is the leading Dutch sire Jazz and his dam sire is the Trakehner Grand Prix stallion Chronos. He has a full brother who is also a graded sire and is closely related to the Grand Prix horse Aswin.

Unison R

2001 Grey KWPN by Democraat – Ulft – Formatuer

This Grand Prix stallion was one I had not heard of before the show. He has been produced since a 5 year old by his amateur owner all the way up the ranks. He showed good clean changes and established piaffe and passage even though he wasn’t the most extravagant mover. He was shown with a 4yo son who although quite big and plain, showed the correct mechanics needed to move up the levels.

The sire Democraat competed at both small tour dressage and show jumped to 1.40m level. He sired a number of Grand Prix horses and was dam sire of World Bronze Medallist Ravel. The damsire Ulft is most famous as the sire of supersire and Olympic medallist Ferro.

Washington DC

2013 Bay Westfalen by Wynton – Arpeggio – Robert Van Elly

A smaller stallion (around 16hh) but at only rising 4, probably has a little more growing to do. He had a lovely temperament in the stable and his owner was keen to stress he was going to be pursuing a career in sport, starting with young horse classes this year. He was light on his feet and used his joints actively.

His sire Wynton is a son of the leading sire Jazz. He was champion of his stallion licensing and is now competing at Grand Prix. The dam sire Arpeggio is one of the leading sires of show jumpers in Westfalia and the dam is half sister to a small tour competitor and a number of graded mares.

Washington DC (Picture courtesy of Horsepower Creative)

Washington DC (Picture courtesy of Horsepower Creative)

WHS Zorro

2012 Black KWPN by Dreamboy – Havidoff – Highline

An uphill moving horse with a well shaped hindquarter. He still has some maturing to do to fill his frame. He is a son of the very popular Dutch stallion Dreamboy who did very well in young horse classes and is now competing at small tour with Hans Peter Minderhoud.

The damline has a number of ster and keur mares. The dam sire Havidoff has been influential as a damsire including the KWPN Reserve Champion Dude and performance test winner Desperado.

Woodlander Double Bubble

2014 Chestnut Hanoverian by Don Frederic – Rousseau – Alabaster

This horse caught my eye in the stable due to his super bone and strong frame and didn’t disappoint when he came out under saddle. Big powerful paces and such an exciting prospect for the future. Like his sire Don Frederic you would want to use him on a straight moving mare, but for talent , power and expression, he is one of the most exciting young stallions to be presented to the UK market in the last year or so.

His sire Don Frederic wowed the German audiences when he was first shown under saddle at the Schockemohle stallion show with his fabulous cadence and expression. Now competing at PSG level he looks set to continue the legacy of his super sire Don Frederico (sire of Diva Royal and Don Johnson). The damsire Rousseau is best known as the sire of Blue Hors Zack. The damline has produced top stallions such as Laudabilis.

Woodlander Double Bubble (Picture courtesy of Horsepower Creative)

Woodlander Double Bubble (Picture courtesy of Horsepower Creative)

Woodlander Summertime Blues

2012 Black Hanoverian by Sporcken – Margue H – Alabaster

This young horse has always shown an exceptional walk and today was no different. He is a medium framed horse and went very nicely, showing the benefit of having contested some 4yo young horse classes last year.

Summertime Blues is a product of a proven Woodlander mother line. His grand dam Alabama and her half sister were purchased by the stud as daughters of the German National Champion mare Pikantje. They have produced a great legacy of horses, including the licensed stallions Woodlander Bombay Sapphire and Santana. Summertime Blues was runner up at his performance test in Germany, with good scores for his walk, canter and ridability.

His sire is the Celle based Hanoverian stallion Sporcken, a son of Sir Donnerhall, who also possess an excellent walk and brings in the valuable Thoroughbred blood of Lauries Crusador.

Woodlander Words of Love

2014 chestnut Hanoverian by Woodlander Wavavoom – St Moritz – Rotspon

Champion of the 2016 WB-UK stallion grading, he has a lovely big expressive canter and is naturally uphill. He is a modern stamp with long legs and still has filling out to do in his frame but gives the impression he has the right frame for collected work.

His sire Wavavoom has BD points at PSG and is a compact stamp with the strong hindquarter so associated with the Weltmeyer sire line. His offspring have been very successful at the BEF Futurity. The damsire St Moritz sadly only had one breeding season but produced the good young sire St Moritz Junior. Next is the great Celle stallion Rotspon, who is an amazing influence for ridability. The damline has produced the reigning Bundeschampion Lordswood Dancing Diamond.

Zumanji Decor

2009 Tobiano ZfDP by Zospecial – Gaigisiz – Munir

A small, lightly made stallion, with a nice neck set, he demonstrated his competition experience with an obedient show, only marred by tension in the walk.

His sire Zospecial who now stands in South Africa, carries the blood of top sires Metall and Gribaldi. There is more interesting blood for a coloured stallion in the bottom half of his pedigree as his damsire Davignon carries the classic cross of Donnerhall on to Pik Bube and sired 30 licensed sons. The great dam sire is the great World Cup, a pillar of Hanoverian breeding through his sons Weltmeyer and Walt Disney.