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.
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.
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.
The third (and final) foal for Red Gate this year was born at 1 am on Tuesday, July 16: a typey black Hanoverian colt by Valentino, out of Francesca (Federweisser/Weltruhm), named Vesuvio RGS, aka “Hades.” After a little rest, he was very quick to stand and nurse, demonstrating his cleverness from the get-go, like a typical Francesca baby.
This is the fifth foal that Francesca has produced for us and they are very consistent in type and personality: De Havilland, aka “Diablo” (by Dubai) and Santeria aka “Voodoo” (by Sir Gregory) have been retained by us and are proving to be superior riding horses; Supersonic aka “Sonic” (by Sir Wanabi) and Dragunov aka “Dragon” (by Diamond Stud) have been sold to excellent homes in Illinois and Ontario.
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).
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.
Our very first home-bred, Vanity Fair (aka “Havana”, 2006 mare – Geronimo/TB by Double Sonic), and her owner/rider Avery, had a stellar win in the Pretraining Junior division at Grandview Horse Trials on May 26-27, 2019. Not only did they lead from start to finish on an incredible dressage score equivalent to 82.2% but they had the best dressage score of the whole competition. Avery and Havana have developed a super partnership since Havana was purchased from Red Gate in late 2017, and Avery’s hard work and dedication have really paid off (as evidenced by these results)! Congratulations to Avery and his coach Stephanie Calvert of Meadowvale Farm.
Arista GS (Heling/Malachit) our chestnut Trakehner broodmare from 2009 – 2015 (and 4 foals) has been re-purchased from the USA after 4 years away in Maryland and then Iowa. She is in foal to the spectacular Hanoverian stallion Sir Gregory with a due date in mid-June – and arrived safe and sound (thanks to Ecclestone Transport) despite being 10 months pregnant with quite a large belly. Nice to have her back at the farm where she has been reacquainted with 5 horses who were former buddies here, plus her new best friend, chestnut Holsteiner broodmare Valencia who is due to deliver around the same time.