New arrival at Red Gate early on May 27 right around her due date: the chestnut filly “Interstellar RGS” (“Stella”) by the GOV stallion Lestat out of the CSH mare Urika by Indoctro. She was cheeky and precocious right from the start, standing and nursing right away, and wheeling around on those long legs. 😊 She has proven to have a balanced, uphill canter and has started showing off a lovely trot. And look at her chrome!
Congratulations to Elly B. of Wendover, Ontario, on the purchase of Vigilante RGS (aka “Marvel”). We were sad to see him go but also thrilled that he has gone to a great home where we know he will get top notch care and be produced well in the years to come. Look out for this pair in the jumper ring in a few years! 😊
2019 branded Hanoverian gelding by Valentino, out of Valencia III (Indoctro/Calido I/Lord Calando). He is a top prospect for jumping, eventing, or hunters. “Marvel” is truly the whole package: pedigree, conformation, movement, and temperament. He has an impressive pedigree, bred for sport. Sire Valentino is in the top 1% of all German sires. He competed to 1.40 m himself, has produced 1.50-1.60 m jumpers, and was ranked #8 on the WBFSH world sire rankings for eventing in 2019. Damsire Indoctro has consistently been one of the top ranked jumping and eventing sires in the world. He has sired numerous 1.60 m jumpers, including a number of Olympic competitors (represented by 2 direct offspring at the 2016 Olympics, and 5 at the 2012 Olympics). Marvel comes from a versatile performance family: his maternal half sister is competing at 1.40 (Barbara HPF, by Autobahn) and his maternal brother won 5-year-old Dressage Suitability at Dressage at Devon (Arioctro HPF, by Ariadus). He has three good gaits with a particularly good canter. Best of all, he has an unbeatable temperament – he is brave, personable, and extremely easy to work with.
Vigilante RGS (aka “Marvel”) by KWPN (approved Hanoverian) super jumper stallion Valentino out of the Holsteiner mare Valencia III (Indoctro/Calido I) was born at the civilized hour of 11:30 am. (More on Valentino at: https://www.dreamscapefarm.com/valentino). With respect to timing, Val, his dam, was considerate, though she kept us guessing on foal watch for 4 nights! Tall with long legs, he was quickly bumbling around and exploring his environment – seems like he will be a pretty laid back guy. He will be registered with the Hanoverian Verband.
Bohème (“Bijou”), our 6 yr old Hanoverian mare (Bugatti/Feiner Stern) delivered her first foal early on Sunday, June 7: a black filly by Wynton. “Whrapsody RGS” is definitely bred for dressage! It is fitting that Bijou’s sister, Ouija (“Dark Arts RGS” – Diamond Stud/Feiner Stern, owned by Dani Marie of Kingston) was born on this day 3 years ago. This little girl is a firecracker, just like her aunt Ouija and her mother were! Her barn name will be “Tosca”, in keeping with the opera theme – love those strong female characters. This is the second generation born on our farm – Bijou was bred by John Phillips at the RCMP breeding farm and we purchased her dam Mika in 2013, in foal with Bijou.
Welcome to the world, Sarastro RGS (“Astro”) – a German Oldenburg GOV) colt by Sir Wanabi out of the Trakehner mare Arista GS (Heling/Malachit). This is our fourth Wanabi baby and a fourth colt.
Astro is very tall and elegant and was up and nursing amazingly quickly on those long legs. Arista had a smooth delivery and is a superb mom, as usual.
Scheherezade RGS, aka “Zeta” (Sir Gregory/Heling/Malachit; bred by Amy Patterson and Red Gate Sporthorses), attended the German Oldenburg Verband (GOV) inspection at Rideauwood Farm in Merrickville on August 3. The inspectors were very positive, praising Zeta for her well developed type and neck and correct conformation. She managed to show some super, active steps of trot and was ultimately awarded Premium status. Zeta’s dam, Arista, was a saint, as always, and we had a great learning day with excellent commentary from the GOV inspectors visiting from Germany and the USA.
Our Red Gate home-bred, Slipstream (Sir Wanabi/Geronimo), now known as Jacques, serves as demo horse in this instructional video for Amelia Newcomb Dressage. Since December 2018, he has been owned and loved by Micaela G., with his training overseen by the talented Amelia Newcomb at Spirit Equestrian (https://www.spiritequestrian.com/) situated NW of Los Angeles. Sway (Jacques) is showcasing the exceptional rideability that Sir Wanabi kids are known for, and is looking great under Amelia! Can’t wait for him to make his show debut with Amelia this year! 😊
Yesterday was a big day for our Trakehner broodmare Arista GS (Heling/Malachit) who recently returned to us from the USA – she delivered her 2019 Sir Gregory filly, Scheherezade, plus her 6 yr old son, Artax (aka “Arkangel”), bred by Red Gate Sporthorses, attended his first hunter ‘A’ show in Quebec!
Artax (now known as Lucas), a 2013 Trakehner gelding by the TB jumper sensation Coconut Grove xx, made his debut in the 2’6-2’9 Low Hunters and 2’6 Pre-Green at Blainville. He had a super learning day and was “amazing”, according to trainer/rider, Sabrina G. of Centre équestre l’intégrité (Hudson, QC). Congratulations to Sabrina and owner Stephanie L.! This horse has a bright future ahead of him in the hunter/equitation rings!
The four sons of Arista GS bred by Red Gate are performing in a variety of disciplines:
– Dressage (Leviathan, by a son of the Hanoverian stallion Fuerst Gotthard with owner Sheona H. of Ottawa)
– Fox hunting and soon low-level eventing (Sandringham, by the Hanoverian stallion Schroeder with owner Kate F. of North Carolina)
– Hunter (Arkangel – info above)
– Dressage/Young Horse eventing (Somersby, by the GOV-approved stallion Sagnol with owner, Lauren W. of Kentucky).
Quite a versatile family! ☺
Scheherezade (aka “Zeta”), by Sir Gregory out of Arista GS (Heling/Malachit), will be registered German Oldenburg. This lovely little chestnut girl was born a few days early at 2:30 am on Thursday, June 6. She was determined to fight her way to standing right away, even attempting some trot steps around the stall as soon as she was up – full of personality already! We are really impressed with our other Sir Gregory mare (the 4-year-old Hanoverian “Santeria”, out of Francesca by Federweisser) and are thrilled that we have the opportunity to have another filly from this super stallion.