Breeding News and Announcements

Exciting Updates from AHS

Featured in the recent American Hanoverian Society Podcast with AHS President, Natalie DiBerardinis, and AHS Vice President, Rick Toering, the American Hanoverian Society is excited to announce updates to the Hanoverian and Rhineland studbook approval and mare titles, inspired by the needs of today’s breeders in the United States and in alignment with similar reforms from the German Hanoverian Verband. more


Vilancio: Producing Top Sporthorse Prospects

Standing at Pangaea Farms, New Brunswick, Canada, Vilancio is producing top sporthorse prospects across North America! We have compiled just a few of his North American-based offspring. Read all about it here! more


Stallion Owner Spotlight: Majestic Gaits

Thank you for returning for the next installment in our North American Stallion Owner Spotlight series, featuring Kathy Hickerson of Majestic Gaits! Kathy’s impact on the North American sport horse industry is centered on a robust breeding program that focuses on KWPN Dutch Warmblood sport horses and includes a roster of impeccably bred imported and American-bred stallions. Her breeding program boasts bloodlines that are highly sought after and are performing impressively in the competition ring. Come join us as we get a peek into another of the WSNA stallion owner’s operations, where we explore the roots of their passion, drive, and experience. Derived from almost four decades of hands-on warmblood breeding experience and insight here in North America, we’re so excited to share some of Kathy’s history with our readers! more

Stallion Stories

Five Star

Owner: Equitas, LLC
Standing at: Majestic Gaits, NH

Everyone who knows Five Star agrees: “His eyes are to die for, he has the sweetest personality, and he loves to work.” Add to that his amazing expression, his picture-perfect neck and head, his focus, and his rideability, and you know Five Star must have stepped right out of some kind of fairytale.

A fairytale it has been, most of his life. Five Star was born in 2010 in The Netherlands, bred by the Bijvelds family. The KWPN approved him easily as a 3-year-old. He really entered the spotlight though when he came 5th in the 5-year-old World Championships for Young Dressage Horses and followed it by winning the silver medal as a 6-year-old. He was then approved as a stallion by the Oldenburg Verband in Germany as well.

Kirsten Brouwer, his rider at the time, remembers her years with Five Star well: “He always stood out among other horses, no matter where we took him. His walk, trot, and canter are amazing, he has a stunning appearance, and his willingness to work couldn’t be any better. What else do you want in a horse?”

For a few years after the World Championships, it turned silent around Five Star though. There was no injury, and the stallion wasn’t sick, but his owners at the time had personal problems which caused Five Star to stay at home, change riders, get irregular training, and not show or breed at all.

Eventually Andreas Helgstrand purchased Five Star, and shortly after, Equitas, LLC took over the ownership of the stallion. Five Star came to the United States at the end of 2019.

“We were in Denmark, trying other horses, when Five Star came in the ring. He had so much presence, he looked so smart and so cool. He had so much charisma.”

Equitas hasn’t been disappointed since. They made it possible that Five Star is continuing his fairytale, not only for the ones who work with him on a daily basis, but also for the breeders.

With Kevin Kohmann in the irons, Five Star has had an incredible winter season at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington. At his debut at international Small Tour, he won all three classes with huge scores. He continued to do so and has won almost every class he entered. To top it off, Five Star and Kohmann won their first Nations Cup together!

Kohmann: “The whole journey has been special: how well he behaves as a stallion, how easy he is to ride and handle, his lovely, sweet personality. All of it. A young kid can do anything with him. He is just a gentleman. A gentleman with all the qualities in the world.”

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