Thursday, January 28, 2010

A little bit about Frisco Bay's Sire, Fidertanz

FIDERTANZ;Licensed for Westphalia, Rhineland and OldenburgRhineland, Bay, Born 2002, 16.1 hands
He was the top star of the 14th Westphalian stallion licensing in 2004. With standing ovations he left the arena and became champion stallion. .His exceptional basic gaits, brilliant jumping manner, balanced nature and perfect conformation hasn’t given rise to any doubt about this victory. His sire Fidermark won the stallion performance test, was National Young Horse Champion, winner of the Optimum and Grand Prix tests. His dam sire Ravallo also won the stallion performance test with a total index of 155 points (dressage 157.52 points – 1st range, jumping 127.7 points – 5th range). Frühlingstraum II has been regarded as one of the pillars of the Westphalian breeding. With Romadour II Fidertanz has been inbred three times to the famous Ramzes x. Fidertanz’ dam, grand dam and grand-grand dam were state premium mares. Lots of approved stallions and highly successful sports horses derive from this damline. The Westfalian licensing champion of 2005, Fidertanz, was proclaimed Hauptpraemium Sieger during the stallion parade. Out of a group of 7 stallions, Fidertanz was selected as best stallion. Owned by Wahlers and Böckmann, Fidertanz scored well in his performance test and the Oldenburg Verband was especially impressed with his first crop of foals. Reason enough to make him the Hauptpraemium winner. In 2004 he was the unequivocal winner of his licensing in Westphalia , showing off his outstanding gaits, excellent jumping ability, correct conformation and easy temperament. He completed his 30 day tests at Neustadt-Dosse as the winner of the testing. As a three year old at the 2005 Bundeschampionate he finished second, scoring 9.5 for conformation, 9 for trot, 9 for canter, 8 for walk , and 9.5 for rideability. His sire Fidermark was reserve champion of the North Rhine-Westphalian approval in 1994, won the Warendorf state stallion performance test in 1995 convincingly, and in 1996 he won the German Federal Championship of four-year-olds. Under Marlies van Baalen he was highly successful through Grand Prix dressage competitions. He not only produced the 2004 NRW champion stallion Fidertanz, but also the Westphalian champion mare Falbala. Very unfortunately, Fidermark died at much too young an age in 2003. Fidertanz's damsire Ravallo was the 1990 winner of the stallion performance test in Medingen, with a total index of 155 points (dressage 157.52 points – 1st , jumping 127.7 points – 5th ). These scores were among the highest ever awarded at a performance test. He produced four approved sons in several breeding areas and many state premium mares. His offspring are known for versatility and talent at advanced levels. The grandam, state premium mare Frühlingssonne, also produced highly successful showjumpers as well as an approved stallion Disconot (by Diamantino). Fidertanz's maternal grand dam's sire Frühlingstraum II, who was awarded the I b premium at the DLG Show, was the 1970 approval champion in Westphalia, and spent many years stationed at Wadersloh. Frühlingstraum II produced a number of highly decorated mares, approved stallions and numerous performance horses for the North Rhine-Westphalian breeding region. The third dam, state premium mare Romana, produced the two approved stallions Frederiko (by Furioso II; private stallion Rhineland) and Paradiso (by Pilot; private stallion Rhineland ). Her sire was DLG winner Romadour II, a very versatile sire. Romadour was sire of the four time Olympic dressage horse Rembrandt, as well as numerous top showjumpers. Fidertanz derives from the damline of the mare Astfläche (by Assing I). This line is of Hanoverian origin. Apart from numerous advanced level sports horses, it also produced the approved stallions Faveur (Warendorf state stallion), Graditz (Dillenburg state stallion), Graphitan (private stallion Hanover, NED), Latent (private stallion Hanover), Orlando (Celle state stallion), Rastellani (private stallion Hesse), Remoir (private stallion Westphalia) and Royal Highness (private stallion Hanover) as well as the successful dressage horse Way Ahead/Alix Denkhaus and the internationally successful showjumper Filou le Rouge/Jörg Kreutzmann.

The mare being honored with the Graf Anton Günther von Oldenburg award for the top mare of 2009 inspection season was bred by Zuchtstall Kotschofsky in Vechta, Germany, and is owned by Nancy Holowesko of Crosiadore Farm in Trappe, Maryland. Fiderline is sired by Fidertanz, the 2004 Westphalian licensing champion. Fiderline's mare line is excellent as well. Her dam, Anna Karina is by the impressive stallion, Harvard, who is well known for his talent, type, and temperament which he scored a perfect 10 for in his performance test. Fiderline won the Mare Performance Test with the highest scores of either MPT, and was considered "competitive with the best mares in Germany" according to Katrin Burger of the Oldenburg Verband.
Here are some photos of Fidertanz.
And, here is a photo of Frisco Bay at 8 months.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Persistence and Determination

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unawarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone...has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." ~Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States
On that note, here are some photos captured from video my dearest friend and client Karen took for me on January 17th this year. This is Charisma, just 23 days back under saddle, 3 months and 23 days post surgery. This is no ordinary horse. The frame her fuzzy coated winter ears put around my view of the world is my favorite view. Every breath, every step, every half halt, every movement, EVERY RIDE is a gift that I never take for granted. Thank you Charisma.