Hanoverian Horse Happenings
'Around the World' to 'Vista Ridge Farm' - Spring 2003
from the USA
Annual statistics for 2002 from the American Hanoverian Society:
- Approximately 550 foals registered.
- 274 mares Inspected, with the three top mares scoring 8.0 and
28 at 7.33 or over.
- All of the top three inspection mares were domestically bred.
- 78 mares in the Mare Performance Test - now more consistent with
--- 8 Elite mares and 18 Elite mare candidates with the top mare
from Vista Ridge Farm
It's the time of year again, the mares and foals have been switched
to new pastures and barns as we start the foaling and breeding season.
Arrivals & Anticipated foals for 2003 include:
- Ratje-Niebuhr class winning SPS Worcester's Don Gregory Colt arrived
with a neigh half way out of the mare on March 29th.
This foal was already reserved as a filly, but the colt was sold
the next day after birth to a new owner from Colorado. It combines
Don Gregory's sire Donnerhall with the Don Gregory dam's G line
along with Worcester's sire lines of Weltmeyer/Bolero and her dam's
Lemon line. We were very pleased with the results of this breeding.
Congratulations, to 'Drew's' new owner. Sale Pending. Pictures at
- Elite Mare Tiramisu's CONTUCCI foal in May.
This will be Tiramisu's third Contucci foal. We have kept the four
year old black Calla Lily for our own riding/breeding mare and her
three year old gelding, Clipper, makes his new home with a dressage
instructor. We have been very pleased with this cross, which produces
superb movements with excellent conformation at 17+ hands. This
foal is also available at an in utero price of $10,000.
Other foals for sale include:
- 2002 Colt, WYETH by Winterprinz out of EM/SPA Aluette.
This bay colt has the movements that one dreams of from a Hanoverian.
Although still a colt, he is very easy to handle and has a very
laid back personality. He is definitely a stallion prospect as well
an excellent choice for taking one to the higher levels of dressage.
Should mature to 17+H. Offered at $12,500.
- 2002 Gelding, DUNNIGAN by Domiro out of EM Tiramisu.
This dark bay or brown gelding is a bundle of energy, but he is
still easy to handle. Very correct movement and conformation for
a dressage prospect. Should mature to about 16.2H. Offered at $9,500.
All the offspring may be viewed at www.foals.com .
price at the Hanoverian Stallion Licensing - 515.000(EUR) to US
At last fall's Hanoverian 2 Year Old Stallion Licensing Auction
in Verden, the sensational top price of 515.000,- EUR was paid for
a Hohenstein/Donnerhall son. Under thunderous applause, the impressive
black horse left the Niedersachsenhalle as the winning stallion.
The breeders Struck and Landgraf, Peine, bred the extremely noble
stallion with the marvelous basic gaits. He was exhibited by Heinrich
Gießelmann, Barver. Douglas W. Leatherdale from the United
States bought the equine jewel. He is the chairman of the American
Hanoverian Society and will put the stallion at Hanoverian breeders
disposal at Jens Meyers breeding station in Dorum, Germany
and he will be performance tested this year.
News from the US
DR. WALTER HARTWIG PRIZE for Best North American-Bred Young Mare
The AHS Board of Directors has accepted a proposal for a new year-end
award honoring the "Best North American-Bred Young Mare".
This award is to reward the young mare that has the best combined
scores from her Studbook Inspection and her Mare Performance Test.
The donor wishes to recognize the young mares who show good qualities
not only in their conformation, gaits, rideability and jumping talents,
but also "to focus greater attention, both internally and externally,
upon the importance of a strong breeding base in North America,
particularly of broodmares and to encourage greater use of the Mare
Performance Test." This represents forward thinking on the
part of the donor and the AHSs Board of Directors salutes
the inauguration of this prestigious award which will recognize
the breeders of our best Hanoverian mares.
For more information go to www.hanoverian.org/walterhartwigprize.htm
everyone a very successful 2003 in their favorite equine endeavor,
Ann & Dale Thomas
RIDGE FARM - Hanoverians