By Jean Llewellyn
Photography: Hannoveraner Verband
Hannoveraner Mare of the Year is St.Pr.St. Reverie (Rubiloh - Eloise x Ehrentusch). In the show programme of the Verden stallion licensing, the 21-year-old four-time stallion dam presented herself fresh and lively in the Niedersachsenhalle.
She was flanked by her two sons, the licensed stallions Fiderloh del Roncone/ex First Choice B (Fidertanz) and For Dance (For Romance I). Her owners Angela and Uwe Butkus received a certificate and the well-funded cheque from the R+V/VTV insurance company.
St.Pr.St. Reverie was registered in the Rhineland, born at Judith and Johann Gielessen’s place on February 19, 2001. In Mönchengladbach her damline has been cultivated and developed for more than 40 years. The foundation mare Durina (Dilettant x Hartung) was one of the most successful broodmares in Germany in the early 1990s, winning awards at three national mare shows. At the foal auction in Münsther-Handorf, St.Pr.St. Reverie came into the barn of Angela and Uwe Butkus, Overath. She not only proved her great potential in tests for riding horses, but also shone at the mare performance test with top scores for her basic gaits and her outstanding rideability – values that she has passed on to her offspring.
Reverie’s very first foal was a hit: Flanagan (2006: Fidertanz) entered the Warendorf State Stud as the winning stallion at the licensing in Münster-Handorf. Since then the dark-bay stallion has found his way into sport and is now successful at Grand Prix level with Polina Afanasieva.
Flanagan’s sire is the privately owned stallion Fidertanz, who was Hannoveraner Stallion of the Year exactly one year ago, while Flanagan’s full sister First Famous, who is one year younger, was awarded the State Premium and has found her way to Australia where she has achieved something very special. With her owner Lisa Martin in the saddle, she has successful in the dressage arena at the highest level. But as Martin is movement restricted following a riding accident, she participated in the Rio 2016 Paralympic (Grade IV) where she claimed three fourth places. Two years later, a fourth place in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the CDI3* Sydney crowned their exceptional career.
Reverie’s last Fidertanz son, Fiderloh del Roncone, was also licensed and was one of the pearls in the dressage collection at the Verden Elite Auction in October 2014, where he found an owner from Italy. It was only four weeks ago that the 11-year-old celebrated his first international victory in an Inter I Freestyle at the CDI3* Ornago in Italy with rider Victor Alfonso Pomares.
Fittingly, the marriage between St.Pr.St. Reverie and the privately owned stallion For Romance was fortuitous. Seven years after Flanagan, For Dance (For Romance) was born and was celebrated as a premium stallion at the licensing in Verden. At the stallion sales Gerd Sosath secured the impressive bay stallion. His name says it all: as fourth in the Bundeschampionat, he danced with Ninja Sosath to the victory in the German Amateur Dressage Championships last year.
A vintage dressage licensing
Three eventful days of the Verden licensing of dressage stallions ended with the exciting stallion sales. In the packed Niedersachsenhalle, 31 of the 55 young stallions were licensed, with nine being Premium awarded for their outstanding quality.
“It was a licensing year with a broad top. The atmosphere was very special from the very first moment,” said breeding director Ulrich Hahne. Six of the nine premium stallions were for sale and found a new owner via the stallion sales. The highest price of €300,000 was achieved by a Rock Springs x San Remo son (breeder: Kai Ehlers, Freiburg, exhibitor: IB Berger Reit-und Turnier-pferde GmbH, Sulzbach-Rosenberg). The last bid for the powerful bay, whose granddam is the champion mare St.Pr.St. Waitaki, was placed by Helgstrand Dressage. He will be accompanied on his journey to Denmark by a beautiful Secret x Don Darius son (breeder: Johann and Dorothea Schröder, Kirchlinteln, exhibitor: Schachtmann GbR, Nürtingen) out of the valuable dam-line-of-the-century stallion Weltmeyer, for a price of €120,000.
The State Stud Celle and the North Rhine-Westphalian Hengststation Hoffrogge joined forces for a premium stallion by Valdiviani x Belissimo M (breeder and exhibitor: Ulla Katzorke, Essen), a bay with great dynamics in his movements, who went under Frederik De Backer’s hammer for €266,000. Furthermore, head number one, a very typey and strong-moving chestnut out of the Nolita line, by Bon Courage x Compliment (breeder and exhibitor: Heiko Bormann, Winsen) will move into the State Stud Celle, after the state stud manager Dr. Axel Brockmann spent €191,000... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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