Dressage at Devon Analysis: Sneak Preview

I had a lovely time at the Dressage at Devon breed show 2018, in spite of the rain. What I saw in 2018 were American-bred winners being the rule rather than the exception. Of the horses in breed classes who scored over 80%, three-quarters were US-bred. Of the five top-scoring horses of all the breed classes, four were bred in the US. My full article, with horse and breeder profiles, will appear soon. Watch my news blog. more


WBFSH Rankings Analyzed

The Horse Magazine has once again published its analysis of the horse, breeder, and studbook rankings of the World Breeders Federation for Sport Horses. Christopher Hector discusses the rankings and bloodlines in eventing, show jumping and dressage. And of course the analysis is accompanied by plenty of great photos. more

Breeding News and Announcements

Royal Tourmalet SPF Breeding Special 2019!

Book now to Royal Tourmalet SPF for 2019 and save! Royal Tourmalet SPF is a 2011 Hanoverian stallion who is lifetime licensed by the ISR/Oldenburg NA and the AWS. He is by Royal Prince out of a mare by Armin and is 16.3 hh. more


Tension in Young Horse Classes: Still Rewarded?

Christopher Hector’s 2017 article deserves another look after the 2018 Young Horse Championships. Is tension still being rewarded in young horse competition? Or is extravagant movement the result of improved breeding? Read more here and leave your comments. more


Foundation Sire: Farn

Here is the next installment of Warmblood Stallions of North America’s Foundation Fridays: Farn. “Farn was born in Holstein and descends from the Achill or "F" line that began in 1877. Next to the Ethelbert line, it is the oldest Holsteiner stallion line.” more


3rd place 2017 US National Young Horse Championships
A fantastic dressage pedigree lays the foundation for this charming young stallion. Finery is sired by Fürstenball who was Champion of his Stallion Performance Test, winner of the 2011 Bundeschampionat, and winner up to the S level. He has been even more successful as a sire and has an incredibly high FN Dressage Index of 175. Finery’s grandsire, Diamond Hit, was an international Grand Prix competitor who has 56 licensed sons to his credit. Finery’s dam is making her own mark as well and has already produced two licensed sons.

Finery was licensed in Germany and completed his 30-Day test with a Dressage Index of 8.03 and a 9.5 on Character. Following his importation, he was named Champion Stallion and Reserve Grand Champion of the 2016 Dressage at Devon show. Under Michael Bragdell, Finery qualified for the US National Young Horse Championships and placed 3rd in the FEI Six-Year Old division in 2017. This result also finished his sport requirements both the Oldenburg Verband and ISR/OldenburgNA. Finery also finished the year as Champion for USDF All-Breeds Awards (GOV).

Finery’s first foal earned Premium status at her Oldenburg Inspection. Finery bred a full book of mares this past year and we are very excited to welcome additional foals in the spring of 2018.


Fürst Heinrich
SPS Maradonna
Diamond Hit
Florestan I
SPS Marella
Don Schufro


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