Happenings - April '02 from 'Around the World' to 'Vista Ridge Farm'
Hanoverian Society - 2001 Statistics Released
- In 2001, the AHS inspected 283 mares and registered about 550
foals (compared to 8,000 in Germany).
- The High Score at the Inspections was 8.16 earned by three mares.
-- One domestically-bred Dutch and two imported Oldenburg mares.
- 19 of the 23 top scoring (over 7.5 points) Hanoverian mares were
- - The top Hanoverian mare by Davignon scored 8.0 and was domestically
- 85 Mares completed the Mare Performance Tests
-- Overall high score was 8.17 by a different Davignon mare.
-- 4 mares achieved Elite Mare status and 29 became Elite Mare candidates
(needing to produce foal).
- 108 Stallions are listed in the AHS Stallion Directory for 2002.
Foal and Broodmare News
Our Ratje-Niebuhr (National Hanoverian German Breeding Show) Class
Winner SPS WORCESTER (MPT 8.39) by White Magic achieved her full
States Premium status with the birth on March 1st of a filly. 'Cassandra'
is an 'absolutely beautiful and elegant' dark bay filly by the 2000
Adelheidsdorf Performance Test winner Contendro. Mom and daughter
are both doing well in Germany. She has been bred back to the successful
and popular sire, Don Gregory. SALE PENDING.
SPS Worcester's sire WHITE MAGIC scored exceptionally well in the
newly revised and integrated German Breed Value data system of the
National Federation (FN Breed Values, the so-called integrated breed
value estimation) in Dressage for 2001. White Magic was third overall
and second for Hanoverians in dressage for this National ranking
of all German Dressage Sires. He was first overall in the Suitability
component, second overall (to Don Schufro (Old.)) and first Hanoverian
in the Stallion Performance Test component and third overall (to
Wolkentanz and Don Primero) in the Mare Performance Test component.
White Magic, who unfortunately died at 8 years of age in 2000, is
proving to be as superb a sire as he was a performer in the Bundeschampionships
for many years.
Elite Mare TIRAMISU had a dark bay colt by Domiro by Donnerhall
on March 15th. 'Dieter' is a long legged colt who is built uphill
and has an excellent shoulder with early indications of excellent
suspension....and he is a very friendly fellow. He is for sale and
offered at $9,000. Tiramisu's 1999 foal, Calla Lily, is preparing
for her Mare Performance Test at Glenwood Farms this summer. Lily
will be bred to De Niro and join our breeding program. Her trainer
raves about her presence and elegant movements. Because we try not
to duplicate bloodlines in our broodmares, her dam Tiramisu will
be offered for sale (she is being bred to Londonderry by Lauries
Crusader) at a price of $19,500. In 1999 Londonderry was named Champion
Young Hanoverian Stallion, and Federal Champion Four-Year Old Stallion
Riding horse. His foals inherit his wonderful type, movements and
SPA/ EM ALUETTE (MPT 8.22 - Argentan/Donnerhall/Bolero) had a large
and handsome colt by Winterprinz on April 4th. 'Wyeth' is an impressive
colt with a well set neck, excellent shoulder and hip and appears
to have the wonderful suspension that we desired. He is a potential
stallion prospect and is offered at $12,000. Aluette is being bred
to Werbellin by Weltmeyer for her 2003 foal.
MIGHTY AVENGER xx in foal again to West Coast is due around May
New pictures of the foals can be seen at www.foals.com .
Due to requests, we now offer future foals on a pre-delivery sex-
preference reserved basis or on our free waiting lists on 'first
on list-first choice basis'. Three of the four foals for 2002 were
reserved in advance, although the mares and mother nature in some
cases failed to honor the wishes of the potential buyers for their
Hanoverian Free-Jumping Competition - Verden -March: Posthumous
success for the great Eiger I:
The two Eiger offspring Emilio and Esteban (breeder/owner: Walter
and Frank Johannsen, Buxtehude) won the free-jumping competition
of young horses out of the Hanoverian Breeding Program for Show
Jumpers. The competition was also a great success for the Celle
State Stud: Nearly all young jumping horses which were placed on
the 1- 3 range are offspring of Celle State stallions. Especially
Stakkato, Fabriano, Perpignon, Goodman and Escudo I attracted everybody's
attention by outstanding offspring.
The "Programme Hannoveraner Springpferdezucht" was created
in 1993. This breeding programme should give the breeding of Hanoverian
show-jumping horses new impetus. A part of the population should
produce above average show jumpers. About 1,300 mares with show
jumping bloodlines in their pedigrees and good performances in mare
performance tests or in competition were selected. They are supposed
to be bred to a show-jumping sire. The main event for their offspring
is the free-jumping competition for three- and four-year-olds, which
takes place in Verden in March every year. See complete results
Memory of Biff (1982-2002)
Many of our long time friends may remember Jo Ann's event horse,
Biff (Country Pleasure). Biff passed away on April 19, 2000. He
was a loyal companion and friend to us and our horses for over 16
years, in addition to being a Training Level Champion Eventer and
enthusiastic hunting horse. He spent his last several months carefully
watching over Freedame (Fanny), M-A' s 2001 foal....Fanny also misses
him very much. Biff has a wonderful resting place on the very highest
part of our farm overlooking the beautiful and mighty Pacific Ocean.
everyone the best for this foaling season,
Ann & Dale Thomas
Vista Ridge Farm - Hanoverians