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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Some new videos are up!

Dorit & Hermann Kothe were very kind and sent a DVD jam packed with their outstanding young horses! There are lots of Dressage Royal babies, some Grosso Z, Florencio and Ritual to watch and then even better to take a step back and read the pedigrees as many of them are half & full siblings on the mother's side.

Dancing Queen -
Damsey Royal & Don Dressage -

As it is getting to be that time of year again, mom & I have started snagging some of the youngsters here on our farm and shooting some clips so everyone can see how they are maturing.

First up was Wallace WF -

Lacy thought this was a groovy change - no rider, no tack, well, no problem!

Then Wilona WF came in with Bounce (the grey babysitter who gets to show the babies what the indoor is all about) -

More videos will be added as they load on to You Tube.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

As You Wish WF (Kitty) Photos from Aiken!

Pictures are here from Kitty in Aiken, SC with Sally Cousins riding at 'The Derby'...

All images are courtesy of Tibor Photography, Inc.

Winter is still here!

The thermometer does not lie! It is most definitely COLD!

These are some photos of the sunrise about a week ago. It was cold and just lovely light overlooking the outdoor ring. About 20 minutes later, I shot some images looking uphill towards the mare pasture...still frosty and still but the warmer tones were creeping further into our valley.

Over the weekend, it was time to shoot some images of the now 2006's & 2007's out in the big pasture. With the snow, they were uninspired to show off their lovely movement but it was fun to see all the similarities in conformation & strong top lines. :)

Wei WF (Bea) is her dignified self - well aware of her class and quality.

Wylie WF

Don William WF (Liam)

Not to be lost in the Sea of Chestnut - Wilona WF.

Whodini, Waterlily & Wylie WF

Wyncote WF (Cody) likes to hide behind his if it is possible with that big white face!

Lily leads the Parade of Youngsters

Daylily WF (Stella) is always in the front of the line at the gate...I am not sure if she is expecting food or not, but she sure would like your full attention!

Wichita Rose WF (Rosie) has always been a bit more reserved than the others but has been slowly coming out of her shell. She hasn't quite reached the point of pushing her friends out of the way to come say hello, but it is coming!

I would be remiss to not include a picture of Bounce. She is 22 this year and still fit as a fiddle with lots to teach her favorite students!

Dorit & I have been corresponding regularly. She has joined You Tube and uploaded several videos of their Dressage Royal babies and a new DVD arrived yesterday. As we are ice coated and the driveway is impassable, I will work on uploading the new footage to You Tube on the Watermark Farm Channel. In the meantime - for the sneak peak. I am going to break the videos down into individual horses, from the foal footage to the yearlings, two year olds & three year olds. If you're wondering why, well, it is the 1/2 inch of ice on everything that is outdoors.

On a competition note, the lovely Kitty (aka As You Wish WF) is enjoying her life down in Aiken, SC with Sally. will have the latest updates but Kitty did 'The Derby' at BN with Sally this past weekend and had a clear jumping & good dressage. Sally praised her for her focus, good jumping skill and calm demeanor...all very, very good things for our dark bay lady! She also said there was a photographer on the grounds, so we are hoping to have some photos to share of Kitty soon!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Winter is most definitely here!

Wow!! It is now a whole 8 degrees warmer than it was when I went out at 7 AM! A heatwave has descended on the farm!!!

OK, so I am just having a laugh as it truly did feel 'warmer' when I went out to do the barn chores this morning...pretty sad, hmmm?

Since it is so cold, we're puttering through the mountain of paper work that is part of the show season preparations. Lots of printing & photocopying of forms as well as coordinating the vaccination schedule for the spring shots, Coggins tests and breeding schedules but very much necessary and the normal routine for the farm.

Dorit & I have been corresponding back and forth and she now has a You Tube Channel for Hengste Kothe - and has uploaded the videos for more exposure in Europe and beyond. Speaking of You Tube, I finally had time to load the videos of the 2008 foal crop from Dressage Royal & Ritual that were born at Dorit & Hermann's....if you have time, take a peak - & Such cute babies and lovely mares! Dorit did say that she will be sending me additional DVD footage of some of their youngsters - I can't wait to see it and load that as well!

So in closing, STAY WARM. It is too cold for any teasing/joking or messing about on that subject!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Reference Stallions in our breeding program

It is a blustery cold New Year's Day here at the farm, so I thought I'd post a bit of the historical stallions that have been used in our program with some photographs! :) The stallions are on the dam's side of the pedigree often as not, so I tried to specifically point to who's who in each horse's lineage. As time permits, I will continue to add photos and information as it relates to our please feel free to check back occasionally.


This is Abglanz -

Who sired Absatz -

who sired Abundance...and so on with our sons, daughters, grandsons and daughters...

Also, Absatz is the sire of Anka (pictured here at age 20) who is the dam of the legendary Weltmeyer.


Weltmeyer & his sons - Wittinger, Wolkenstein II, Wolkentanz I & White Star.

Adios III (Waldaire's damsire) is also a grandson of Absatz.

This is Woermann, Warkant & Weltmeyer's paternal grandsire.

And this is Woermann's most prominent son - World Cup I.

Bold Ruler is the paternal grandsire of one of our prolific broodmares - Aly Alice by Aly North by Alydar (pictured right).

And this is Bold Lad who is a son of Bold Ruler.

This is Eiger I - who appears in Wallstreet Rose's paternal lineage.

Intentionally appears in Wallstreet Rose's damline.

Karin Rehbein and Donnerhall were international stars in the 90's for Germany. His genetics continue in Don William, Daylily, Dreamcatcher and Dream Girl WF.

This is Native Dancer who is also an ancestor of Aly Alice.

Neckar was one of the most improvement sires in Germany with a unprecedented successful racing career. He appears in the pedigrees of Waldaire (his get), Volante (As You Wish WF, Wilona WF), Ruben WF and all of Dressage Royal's get.

Neckar also sired Waidmannsdank (pictured right) who is an ancestor of Waldaire's.

Neckar's son Vollkorn was popular in Oldenburg and he sired Volturno who was very successful with Otto Ammermann (breeder, trainer, rider).

Volturno is Volante's sire, she produced one filly for us - As You Wish WF who in turn produced one filly - Wilona WF. Volturno was German Silver Medal Team Member, Silver medalist at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships (Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington), Silver Medalist at the 1980 Alternate Olympics (Fontainebleau, France). Competed in 27 international three-day events, finishing first, second, or third in 20. Retired sound and became Europe's leading Warmblood three-day event sire. This is the plaque at Kentucky Horse Park where he is buried...

Angelo is Neckar's most illustrious offspring as he is Rubinstein's damsire. Speaking of Rubinstein, it would be foolish to leave out this remarkable progenitor...

Much of his movement is found in his paternal grandsire Romadour II.

This is Northern Dancer. (Aly Alice, Wallstreet Rose)

This is World Cup II by Woermann - he is one of Ruben's ancestors on his paternal line.

Fair Play is an ancestor of our super star broodmare of the 70's & 80's - Today I'm Trying and Wallstreet Rose & Aly Alice.

This is Today I'm Trying's paternal grandsire - To Market.

- Fair Trial sired Adamant's maternal grandsire Palestine -

Fair Trial also appears in the pedigree of Aly Alice and her offspring.

Today I'm Trying & Aurora's ancestor through her damline.

Volturno is Volante's sire. German Silver Medal Team Member, 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships (Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington), 1980 Alternate Olympics (Fontainebleau, France). Competed in 27 international three-day events, finishing first, second, or third in 20. Retired sound and became Europe's leading Warmblood three-day event sire. This is the plaque at Kentucky Horse Park where he is buried...

War Admiral. (Adamant)

Furioso II was a popular sire in Germany and Ginger's Woodruff WF clearly shows the influence of this prolific stallion through his sire

Wolkentanz I -

Duft II is found on Waldaire's maternal line as great-great grandsire...most interestingly as the sire of Darling (DLG Champion) who sired Cindy Ishoy's Dynasty (Bronze Medal winner in Seoul '88) and is the full brother of Daktary - Wally's grandmother, who was also a Grand Prix horse here in the US. Schoolmistress Debutaunte (aka Deb) is also a granddaughter of Darling.

Dekor (& his descendants) also carries the influence of the D line throught his grandsire - Duellant. [pictured right]

Abundance also has the D line in his damline through it is safe to say that we are continuing to utilize the 'old' Hanoverian D line with our stock...

Whether we get a foal out of Debutaunte or not, I would be remiss to not mention her other illustrious ancestors - Wendekreis is her damsire -

and Wiesenbaum is her maternal grandsire.

Princequillo appears in the pedigrees of Achtung Again (Lily) through her dam Teasing Shadow and also with Aly Alice.

Rosentau is the sire of Janet's beloved Ruben WF. Rosentau is a descendant of the R line dressage dynasty.

Currently the D/R combination is carried on through the use of Dressage Royal (Donnerhall - Rubinstein).

Dekor also carried a more direct link to the foundation of those outstanding D & R bloodlines - the Shagya Arabian Ramses was his maternal great grandfather and Duellant was paternal great grandfather.

Gotthard is quickly found in Waldaire's pedigree and was highly thought of as a sire of international jumpers in his day. He was by the legendary sire Goldfish II who can be found in Abundance's pedigree as well.

This is Goldfisch II (sire of Gotthard) and Abundance's maternal great grandsire.

This is Nasrullah...(Aly Alice, Wallstreet Rose) a popular racing sire who has an interesting reputation & personality.

Warkant is the paternal grandsire of our lovely Wallstreet Rose. Like Weltmeyer, he is also by World Cup I.