Our journey into breeding began in 1990 when Linda desired to breed her beloved Thoroughbred mare, Another Gel. We were fortunate to win a breeding to the highly successful Thoroughbred hunter stallion, Tex The Man, owned by Cheryl Francella. Cheryl proved to be a kind and patient mentor and our desire to breed and develop young horses only grew greater. We realigned our breeding efforts to cross Another Gel with warmblood stallions as Linda’s riding interests transitioned from hunters to combined training and dressage.
We were so very fortunate to meet Scott and Susanne Hassler through a mutual friend, who encouraged us to have Another Gel approved by the ISR/Oldenburg N.A. registry. We participated in the first inspection hosted by Hilltop and in doing so Gel earned entry into the Main Mare Book. She gave us five beautiful ISR/Oldenburg N.A. approved foals, two of whom earned Premium status. Under Scott and Susanne’s mentorship we expanded our mare base to include the imported Hanoverian mares, St.Pr.St. Danina and Ariane. We also acquired the domestically bred Holsteiner mare, Bit of Luck and the Dutch performance mare, Kroniek. Our mares have produced thirty-one foals for which we are very grateful. Although we have retired from breeding we love to mentor the next generation of warmblood breeders!
Ariane –/*/* (1996-2016). Bay, 16.3H, Hanoverian
A daughter of A Jungle Prince, Ariane was imported in 1997. Her sire line brings to our breeding program, the tremendously successful pairing of Argentinus and Pik Koenig. This genetic pairing has resulted in numerous international champions in dressage and show jumping. Her dam line includes the extremely influential Romadour II and Matcho, both prolific producers of States Premium mares and licensed stallions in both show jumping and dressage. All seven of Ariane’s offspring have earned Premium awards, inspection site honors and Dressage at Devon wins. Her daughter BW-Callista by Contucci, was 4-Year-Old National Champion in 2006 and now competing at PSG and preparing to debut at I1. Callista’s full sister BW-Corabelle, won multiple Devon Championships earning a record setting score of 89.5%. Ariane herself, won Produce of Dam in 2004.
St.Pr.St. Danina (1996) Liver Chestnut, 16H, Hanoverian
States Premium Danina was imported from Hengstation Pape. With superstars Donnerhall, Pik Bube ,Werther and Wendekreis filling out Danina’s pedigree, it’s not surprising that Danina herself achieved remarkable scores of 8’s and a 9 for her gaits and rideability in her performance test in Germany. Danina has had eight offspring. Those of riding age have been successful in both dressage and the hunters. This proven rideability, as well as Danina’s powerful hind leg, beautiful topline and correct conformation are shared by her offspring. BW-Forte (by Festrauch) owned by Robin Lubert has shown successfully through I1. BW-Randino (by Royal Prince) owned by Donna Davies is a Training Level champion with scores in the high 70’s.
Bit A Luck –/*/- (1987-2013) Chestnut, 16.3H, Holsteiner
Bit A Luck is now owned by WillowMay Farm in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. She is by Holsteiner Sire of the Year Le Santo, who proved himself as a talented jumper before going on to win Championships at Prix St Georges and Intermediare I. Le Santo is by Landgraf I, sire of over 130 approved sons. The damside of Bit A Luck’s pedigree is equally impressive. She is out of Shine My Luv, whose Rheinlander grandsire My King was both a Grand Prix jumper and Grand Prix dressage horse on the Canadian Olympic team. Granddam Shine-O-Bit was shown through Grand Prix by Linda Larisch and was her mount at the Pan American Games. Shine-O-Bit’s sire, Bit-O-Shine was an extraordinarily successful Grand Prix and exhibition horse with dressage legend Chuck Grant. An injury as a yearling kept Bit A Luck out of competition, but she is confirmed through third level and has exceptional ability to perform collected movements. She is an extravagant mover, which she passes on to her foals. Bit A Luck gave us four wonderful foals all of which earned Premium status with ISR/Oldenburg N.A. Her first daughter is the 2011 Reserve Champion at Intermediate I in Region 2 and is now training at Intermediate II with her owner, Linda Larisch. Another daughter, BW-Royal Princess, was a Materiale champion. She has produced a colt for WillowMay Farm that is being raised as a stallion prospect.
Kroniek U (1992-2012) Liver Chestnut, 16.2H, Dutch keur
Kroniek came to us in 2006 after a distinguished performance career through 4th level, with Cindy Mattern, who earned her USDF Bronze medal and Kroniek, her Sports Predicate. Kroniek quickly became a beloved school mistress in our teaching program. In 2008 Kroniek was leased to Lazy J Sport Horses and where she produced three beautiful sons; one by Contango and two by Harmony’s Rousseau. Cindy is the proud owner both Rousseau sons. Kroniek’s sire, Democraat, is one of a handful of stallions who performed to the highest levels in both jumping and dressage, and was champion of his SPT in Warendorf.
Another Gel (1981-2010) Bay, 15.3H, Thoroughbred. Main Mare Book Oldenburg N.A.
Another Gel (Tilt Top-Guava Jelly-Bob Wag) had an excellent racing career prior to her transition to combined training. Her sire was the influential Thoroughbred sire, Tilt Top, who’s lineage included Princequillo. She gave us six beautiful foals, two of whom earned premium status with ISR/Oldenburg N.A. Two of her offspring by the dressage sire, Tantris are successfully competing in dressage. BW-Titus and his adult amateur owner enjoyed success at 3rd level. BW-Tristan with professional trainer, Colleen Gray, racked up wins at PSG and together earned Colleen’s USDF Silver medal. Gel’s other offspring are very successful in the hunter and jumper rings.
STALLIONS USED IN OUR PROGRAM