Balt'Amour is fully Lifetime approved by Belgian Warmblood Breeding
Association (BWP) & Rheinland Pfalz-Saar (RPSI) and ISR/Oldenburg NA. He completed the 2009 North American 70-Day
Stallion Test with excellent scores.
Raven (barn name)
is an extremely good natured horse with a lot of personality. He is very easy to work around and loves attention. He
is kept in the same barn as the mares and he is very well behaved. He is a sabino black stallion with four stockings
and a star and a snip.
After six months of basic
Dressage, 2009 saw Raven in training with Nicole Shahinian-Simpson for jumping and then with Sonya Hazard for preperation
for the 70-Day Sallion Test. After successfully completing the test Raven was given a year off to recover from an unfortunate
injury at the end of the test. He is now fully recovered and hopefully will be showing.
Raven is extremely comfortable to ride and is naturally well balanced. He can be ridden on a fairly
loose rein and still keeps the same relaxed pace. No rushing or pulling and seems to know that he has to be good when someone
is on his back. When he is turned out he loves to run and buck but under tack he is really surprisingly quiet. He has classic
beautiful hunter movement, very fancy, and has jumped (in great form) over five feet in the jump chute very effortlessly.
He really loves to jump too! He goes right back around to do the jump chute again if we don't stop him!
While we all focus on the stallion lines, and Raven’s are terrific, Raven
comes from truly great mare lines on both sides. A friend of mine owns Raven’s mother Papillon and we own
Raven’s grandmother La Laureate, so we know for sure that he has gotten a lot of his good looks from them.
Both are Premium mares in several different registries (Holsteiner, Oldenburg GOV, Oldenburg NA, BWP & RPSI),
as was his great grandmother Lilly. He also gets his fantastic movement from them. La Laureate (Raven’s grandmother)
was sought out and purchased by us because we liked Raven so much and wanted to breed her. She was a successful dressage
horse with her previous owner, but we are mostly Hunter riders so when she got here she was taught to
jump. Boy, does she love to jump!!
bloodlines are impeccable. His dam Papillon (premium Holsteiner) is by the imported Holsteiner Verband stallion, Ariadus.
He was awarded 54 bonits and a premium rating at the Neumunster stallion approvals. He currently stands in the #3 position
in the USEF Jumper Sires list. Ariadus is sired by none other than Accord II, a stallion performance test winner and vice-champion
at the Bundeschampionat. Accord II has proven himself to be a premium hereditary transmitter by leading the FN breeding value
rating for showjumping numerous times. Accord II easily won his performance test in 1991, scoring 9.5 to 10 for showjumping,
and 9 to 9.67 for rideability. His overall score was 146.04 scoring 138.26 in dressage and 148.47 in jumping. He has
produced more than 40 stallion sons, one of the more famous is Broere VDL Atlantic, who was the Six Year Old Jumping Champion
at the 1999 Bundeschampionate with Ulrich Kirchhoff.
of 2009, Acord II produced over 60 dressage competitors and over 434 jumpers (52 to advanced level) for winnings of
936,475 Euros. Acord II’s entry in the Hanoverian Studbook includes the comment: "His first foals are impressive
with a strong, correct conformation and above average floating movements."
Ariadus is out of a 48-bonit States
Premium Latus II-Laertes mare who is line bred to one of the foundation jumping sires of Holstein, Ladykiller. His pedigree
is rounded out by two legendary mares... Folia, the dam of the Holsteiner legend Capitol, and Heureka Z, the foundation broodmare
of the Zangersheide stud. While Heureka Z was one of the most successful international competitors of her time, she
is best known as the grand-dam of the "show jumping horse of the century" Ratina Z. Through her stallion sons
and daughters, Heureka Z has created a dynasty of showjumpers.
descends from a proven mother line, with her dam, grand dam and great-grand dam all being premium or elite mares. Her
dam, our own La Laureate, is by the notable Caretino son, Cheenook (Caretino-Romantiker (Ramiro Z)).Cheenook was a prolific
Grand Prix dressage horse with progeny well represented in all regions of Germany in both the jumper ring and dressage court.
He was touted as being even more gifted than the great Holsteiner Corlandus, the 2-time world champion dressage horse and
Olympic individual silver medalist. But like any good Holsteiner, Cheenook made his mark as a jumping sire. In Europe,
he had a jumping index of 157 (2006) and in the US, he was the #1 USEF Leading Hunter Sire in 2008 and the #2 Leading Hunter
Sire in 2007.
Raven's Grand-Dam La Laureate received 46
bonits and premium status from the AHHA in 2000. His Dam, Papillon’s grand-dam, Lilly, was Champion at Dressage
at Devon two years in a row and the mother of the approved Trakehner stallion Larazzi (v. Enrico Caruso). Lilly's full sister
also produced an approved stallion, the Trakehner Libikus (v. Kaspareit). Papillon's great-grand-dam, the exceptional
Trakehner mare, Libella V, is the hand-selected, imported foundation mare of US Olympic Dressage rider Hilda Gurney's breeding
program. A mother to a dozen foals, Libella V is the mother of Ms. Gurney's former Grand Prix mounts Lavinia (v. Condus)
and Leonidas (v. Condus) and the dam or grand dam of several approved stallions and successful FEI level competition horses,
including Ms. Gurney's current FEI competitor, Luminence.
V's mark on performance breeding in the United States is without question. Libella V is the perfect example of inbreeding/linebreeding
at its best. The mare Livia is found twice in Libella Vs' pedigree, once in the 2nd generation as her second dam and once
as the dam of her grand-sire, Garamond. Of his generation, Garamond was Rhineland's most influential sire and one of
Trakehnen's most successful dressage sires ever. He is the sire of numerous intermediate and advanced level dressage horses
with an FN breeding value of 135. Today, we still see the influence of this black stallion in the internationally successful
and popular F-line of Westphalia as Garamond is the third sire of the legendary Florestan. Florestan and Argentinus are the
only two stallions who consistantly produced offspring who excelled in BOTH International level Jumping and Dressage.
see Balt'Amour's full pedigree and pictures of relatives,