by Guy Laroche out of Tanzelfe by Kaspareit

Guy Laroche

1988 Bay Trakehner stallion
OSB-E-S372, height 167 cm, girth 196 cm, bone 21.0 cm (at age 2.5).
Bred by Hans-Peter Heimen, FRG; Owned by Cornelia Kempter/Rappenhof Trakehner Stud.

Guy Laroche was approved at Neumünster in 1990 as a Premium stallion, placed third behind his half-brother KENNEDY and the living legend, E.H. SIXTUS. He was performance tested at Warendorf in 1992, placing fourth in a field of 22 and achieving impressive scores, including 9's for character and temperament and 8's for willingness to perform, ability to perform, freejumping, rideability, walk and canter. The German Stallion Book provides the following remarks:
"Large framed, strong Pasteur-grandson of the best breed type with a beautiful head and neck; large sloping shoulder with good withers blending smoothly into a slightly long back and a performance-promising croup. Foundation is strong and correct. Three good basic gaits.

"His first foal crop is stamped by remarkably large-framed, outgoing, and agile get. They are usually recognized as children of their father by their nobility, conformation, and presence. Guy Laroche sires foals with excellent neck sets. Some are base-wide in front and occasionally have straighter angles in the hind leg. The movement is forward, in noble self-carriage, and with good reach and high regularity, almost always an improvement on the mothers'. Only when crossed with certain mares are the backs slightly long."
As a 4 year old Guy Laroche achieved many wins in Materiale and Dressage suitability. Winning Riding Horse championships, dressage and showjumping competitions, he was the best Trakehner stallion at the Trakehner Federal Show in 1993 and qualified for the German National Championships. He was member of the winning family group of his dam, Galante, at the Rhineland State Championships at Aachen in 1996. He was trained by Olympic and World Champion Uwe Sauer up to FEI level dressage. In 2001 he won several showjumping competitions under a junior rider with limited experience. He was a member of the pas de quatre at the Saxonia/Thuringia State Stud Moritzburg stallion parade in 2001, and in 2003 was the "cover horse" for the State Stud's directory. He is featured on his own page in "Selected Stallions of Germany," 2002.

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1985 Dark Bay Trakehner stallion
height 163 cm; girth 195 cm; cannon 19.5 cm (at age 2.5)
Bred by Gestüt Heinen-Bönninghardt, FRG; standing at Gestüt Webelsgrund.

Approved at Neumünster in 1987, Michelangelo was performance tested at Warendorf in 1988, placing third out of a field of 17. The German Stallion Book provides the following remarks:
"Very typey improvement sire with a face full of expression, good neck carriage, uphill with a beautifully formed and well-positioned shoulder, withers, and croup, with a foundation which is very light and elastic. Three good basic gaits, light-footed and elastic."
Ranked the best mare sire by the Trakehner Verband for 2000 and 2001, Michelangelo has also been proven as a sire by his five approved Trakehner sons, who include Neumünster Champion KENNEDY and the Premium Stallions GUY LAROCHE and SUMMERTIME. He is also the dam's sire of the 2000 Verband Champion Mare, LANTANA. His influence reaches beyond the Trakehner breed, due in part to the five years he stood for breeding in Holland.

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Galante V

1979 Dark Chestnut Trakehner mare

An Elite, States Premium, and Verband Premium mare, Galante was the winner of the National Trakehner Show at Verden in 1989. She produced three State Premium mares, including GRAZIE (dam of GIPSY KING, Reserve Champion of his Stallion Performance Test at Warendorf in 1993).

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1977 Chestnut Trakehner stallion
OSB-E-S172, height 16.3H, girth 76.0", bone 9.0".
Bred by O. Langels, Gestüt Hämelschenburg, FRG; Last owned by Dancing Fields Farm.

Approved at Neumünster in 1979, Kaspareit was imported to the United States in 1980. The German Stallion Book provides the following remarks:
"Tall, strong, broad & deep. Good neck set and harmonious overall impression; good movement. Significant breeding stallion type of high quality."
Due to an injury received in importation, he started his competition career late. He was competed through Intermediare I and evented through Preliminary, and schooled in all the FEI movements. Unfortunately, complications arising from his earlier injury forced his early retirement. He was recognized in the 2000 book Trakehner Hengstregister as one of the limited list of stallions who have been successful in sport, acknowledging his successful dressage career through "S" Level. Standing at Gay McCall's Dancing Fields Farm in California, Kaspareit became one of the most popular Trakehner stallions in North America.

Kaspareit died in March, 2002, leaving behind one ATA-approved son, PARAMOURE, and many young offspring yet to be inspected and prove their value in the performance arena.


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Pasteur xx

1963 Black/Brown Thoroughbred stallion
height 169 cm
Bred by Prof. Watermann of Hamburg, FRG

A highly influential Thoroughbred in the Trakehner breed, Pasteur sired seven approved sons and 48 studbook mares. Among the most famous of his children are: the stallion MAHAGONI, sire of 10 approved stallions and a top class dressage sire whose son PERON anchored the U.S. Dressage team to a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic games; and the stallion MICHELANGELO, a successful dressage competitor and sire of 5 approved Trakehner sons.

Pasteur stood at the Vogelsangshof at Rheinland and as main sire at the East Prussian stud at Hunnesrück. Pasteur died in 1985.

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1979 Brown Trakehner mare
height 162 cm, girth 185 cm, bone 19.5 cm
Inspection scores 8,8,8/9,8

An Elite, States Premium, and Verband Premium mare, Miami was Reserve Grand Champion of the German National Trakehner Show and of the German National Riding Horse Show, as well as Grand Champion of the Trakehner State Championships, Rhineland. She is the dam of the approved stallions MICHELANGELO, MONTEVERDI, and MIAMI VICE.

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1972 Black Trakehner stallion
Height 163 cm, girth 188 cm, bone 20.6 cm.
Bred at the State Stud at Gestüt Birkhausen, FRG

Approved at Neumünster in 1975, Lucado was performance tested at Adelheidsdorf in 1976. Lucado is described as follows in the German Stallion Book:
"Stallion of the best lines in large rectangular format with clear contours. Good in the neck, withers, back, and foundation. Very good movement."
Lucado died young in 1979, leaving five approved sons (ARON, GRANDEUR, HERBSTRUF, KONDOR, and MOHAMMED) and 49 studbook mares.

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1973 Trakehner mare

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1973 Dark bay Trakehner stallion
height 166 cm; girth 194 cm; cannon 21.0 cm.
Bred by K. Rosenau, FRG.

Reserve Champion of his approvals at Neumünster 1975, he was performance tested at Medingen in 1976 and was Reserve Champion of the testing. The German Stallion Book provides as follows:
"Very significant and high-class in everything. Good large frame, strong skeleton, voluptuous muscles; excellent way of going in all paces."
Mozart stood at Gestüt Hämelschenburg in Hameln from 1976 through 1979. He was sold to Holland in 1980, where he was accepted as an improvement sire within the Dutch Warmblood and became Dutch champion three times. In 1985 was imported to the United States. He sired 4 graded sons and 57 studbook daughters in Germany, including the Elite Mare SCHWALBENBURG, and many quality horses throughout Europe and in North America. Mozart died in 1997 while breeding a mare.


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1972 Bay Trakehner mare
Height 162 cm; inspection scores: 2, 2, 3 / 2, 1

Kapriziöse is the dam of two approved stallions, the full brothers KASPAREIT and KAPUCCINO, both by MOZART. Kaspareit competed successfully at dressage through FEI levels; Kapuccino was a highly successful jumper until his early death at age 10. She is also the full sister to: the graded stallion KARNEVAL (sire of 2 approved sons and 17 stud book mares, including Verband Elite mare PREUSSENLIED, prior to his importation to the U.S. in 1980), who stood as the chief sire at Hamilton Farms for many years; to the successful broodmare KARBEN, dam of KARIM and KARON (sire of E.H. CAPRIMOND, among others in a short breeding career); and to the showjumping mare "KASKADE,' dam of the jumper KARAJAN and the dressage horse KASKARO.


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1975 Bay Trakehner stallion
OSB-E-S172, height 165 cm (16.1H), girth 78.6", bone 8.25".
Bred by I & H Hencke, Schloss Ricklingen, FRG; Owned by Legacy Trakehner Stud.

Premium stallion at 1977 Neumünster approvals, Graditz was performance tested in 1978 at Medingen. The German Stallion Book provides the following remarks:
"Extremely beautiful in all parts. Finely chiseled head, good neck, best overall top line, somewhat light in bone, good hocks, first-class mover, especially at the trot."
Graditz was also approved by the Hannoverian Verband.

He was imported to the United States in 1980 and had the distinction of siring seven ATA-approved stallions. His stallion sons include ADVOCATE, DICHTER, DONNERKEIL, IBSEN, LAUSBUB (gelded), and PENNANT. Graditz died in 2001, leaving at the time of his death 5 approved stallion sons, 2 approved stallion grandsons, and 44 stud book daughters. His son TZIGANE was later approved by the ATA.

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Burgermeister xx

1944 Bay Thoroughbred stallion

A son of HEROLD xx.

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Praline xx

1954 Dark Bay Thoroughbred mare

A daughter of the 1939 stallion, TICINO, who was a champion sire in Germany.

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1974 Dark Bay Trakehner stallion
Height 169 cm, girth 193 cm, cannon 21.6 cm (at age 2.5)

Matador was approved in 1976 at Neumünster and performance tested at Adelheidsdorf in 1977. He was the Champion at the DLG in Munich in 1982. He inspired the following comments in the German Stallion Book:
"Ideal model of the Trakehner breed post World War II, impressing in type, conformation, movement, rideability, and suppleness as well as overall quality. One of the most important stallions of the last 40 years, both in terms of the number of his registered descendents and in the quality he produces. His approved sons are different and, especially when out of mare families with low rideability, their riding quality can be less than desired. Otherwise his children are true to type, harmonious and correct in their conformation and often have extremely swinging, elastic movement. Occasionally they have less size and substance than would be expected. Matador enjoys an outstanding reputation as a riding horse sire."
Matador had nine approved sons including TIPPERARY, PASCAL, MONSUN, RHEINGOLD, KRONJUWEL, HORATIO, and MAESTRO, and 143 studbook daughters.

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Mirabell III

1969 Dark Bay Trakehner mare
height 157 cm, girth 179 cm, bone 18.5 cm
Inspection scores 2,3,3/2,3 (old system)



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1965 Bay Trakehner stallion
Height 165 cm, girth 185 cm, cannon 21.0 cm
Bred by C. Krebs, Rantzau, FRG.

Approved at Neumünster in 1967, Donauwind was performance tested at Klosterhof Medingen in 1968. The German Stallion Book provides:
"Good temperament, honest character, satisfying constitution. Very willing under the rider. Very good walk, trot has much schwung, and a very pleasing canter with excellent reach. A very attentive jumper with above-average talent. A stallion which possesses all of the characteristics of a first-class, versatile riding horse.

"Very high quality with very good breed and stallion type. Good, proudly carried neck, dry appearance. Very balanced and harmonious in all portions of the body. Strong and correct in the foundation. Good movement.

"One of the best sires of the post-war period. His colts and mares are equally good. His get are pleasant in temperament and easy to ride."
In 1975 Donauwind was exported to Denmark, then returned to Germany in 1980 and sold to Canada in 1981. From 1982 until his death in 1986 Donauwind stood in the U.S. Donauwind's impact on the breed is difficult to summarize, as he left 16 approved sons in Europe (inlcuding LIBERIUS, TANNENSEE, BLITZWIND, and UNKENRUF) and 125 daughters. Probably the most famous of his children is the Olympic Gold Medallist ABDULLAH.

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1965 Chestnut Trakehner mare

A daughter of FLUGSAND, sire of ERZSAND.


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1966 Dark Bay Trakehner stallion
height 164 cm; girth 190 cm; cannon 20.5 cm.
Bred by F. Klein, Lüneburg, FRG.

Approved at Neumünster in 1968, Ordensglanz stood with his breeder and also with the State Stud at Celle. The German Stallion Book provides the following remarks:
"A stallion with great chic and charm. Good face, beautifully formed neck, angled shoulder with well-defined withers; a harmonious body; correct, medium-weight foundation, good movement. Get are typey and of large lines with good movement and sufficient foundations characterised by hardness and dryness."
Sire of the approved stallions GLANZLICHT, ARGONAUT and ARGUMENT (sire of Isabell Werth's ANTHONY FRH), and the mare SCHÖNAU II, dam of SCHÖNFELD, SCHÖNFELDER, and SCHÖNBRÜCK.

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Gudrun III

1967 Trakehner mare

Daughter of the chestnut mare GUDRUN and half-sister to the KOMET son, GUNNAR.

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1960 Dark Bay Trakehner stallion
height 165 cm; girth 193 cm; cannon 21.1 cm.
Bred by U. Poll, Hörem, FRG.

Gunnar was performance tested in 1964 at Westercelle, and the German Stallion Book provides the following comments:
"Good character, balanced temperament, hard constitution. Responds to all ridden cues very willingly, easily and comfortably. Walk sufficiently good, trot good with extension. A stallion with much expression and dryness. Expressive face, good neck; much shoulder; in all quite compact. The front legs could be somewhat sturdier, formation of the hocks is satisfactory. The stallion goes somewhat wide behind, the hooves somewhat close together; way of going is very swinging, although not quite correct.

Almost all get are marked by energetic, swinging movement, and usually also by beautiful heads with good overall expression. If the mare is coarse in some respects, the children also are somewhat. Gunnar produced good breeding horses as well as good riding horses. Overall, he is considered a valuable element for Trakehner breeding."
He died in 1984, leaving 13 approved stallion sons and 98 studbook daughters, including the Elite Mare JENNY.

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Miranda III

1966 Black Trakehner mare
Owned by K. Rosenau, Brunstein, FRG.

A full sister of the stallions MIKADO and MARCELLUS, Miranda gave birth to two approved stallions: MOZART by GUNNAR, and MILAN by TANNENBERG.

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1967 Bay Trakehner stallion
height 167 cm; girth 186 cm; cannon 21.0 cm.
Bred at Gestüt Webelsgrund, Springe, FRG.

Ibikus won first prize as well as Champion at the 1974 DLG Exhibition at Frankfurt and Mature Stallion Champion in Denmark in 1984. Approved at Neumünster in 1969, he was performance tested at Medingen in 1970. The Greman Stallion Book gives the following remarks:
"Walk, trot and canter very good; constitution satisfactory; good temperament, balanced character. Rideability very good; cross-country performance test good, jumping ability very good. Total result: very good.

Based on pedigree, conformation, and movement, he is a top-notch stallion of significant frame and good caliber with very expansive, fluid movement. He has obtained numerous tournament successes under his owner [O. Langels], as well as several riding horse Championships."
Ibikus was sold to Denmark in 1976, then returned to Germany where he stood from 1977 through 1983. He returned to Denmark in 1983, and died in 1996. He sired 12 approved sons in Germany and 106 studbook daughters, including the Verband Elite Mares GO-DA, GONDOLA, KLEOPATRA, and SCHWALBENBURG; he also made an impression in Denmark, where he sired, among others, an approved stallion as well as the dam of the Danish Champion stallion RAMBO.

Upon his death, the following remarks were added to the German Stallion Book, along with the updated list of his approved sons and registered daughters:
"Ibikus is one of the most influential sires of the Trakehner breeding since the second world war. Ibikus takes a leading position within the Trakehner population, not only through the amount and the quality of his approved sons and registered daughters, but also with respect to the delivery of Elite Auction horses, stallion-mothers, and successful competition horses especially in dressage." (Lars Gehrmann 1997)

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Kaprice II

1965 Dark Chestnut Trakehner mare

The Verband Premium mare Kaprice II produced the approved stallion KARNEVAL and his sisters, two daughters of extreme importance to Trakehner breeding: KAPRIZIÖSE and KARBEN. Kapriziöse is the dam of the approved stallions KASPAREIT and KAPUCCINO, full brothers by MOZART. KARBEN gave birth to the stallions KARIM (by MOZART, who was sold to Brazil in 1979) and KARON (by AROGNO, and sire of the stallion BEAUJOLAIS II, Premium stallion SCHAMPUS, GADSBY, and Elite Hengst CAPRIMOND, who stood as chief sire at Klosterhof Medingen, sire of 5 approved sons and 110 studbook mares). One of Karben's daughters, KAPSTADT by FALKE, is the dam of the incomparable stallion KOSTOLANY.

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1970 Chestnut Trakehner stallion
height 162 cm (16.0H); girth 191 cm; cannon 20.7 cm.
Bred by V. Wagner von Schöning.

Performance tested and winner at Westercelle 1973, he was a successful Class "S" jumper. The German Stallion Book provides as follows:
"Walk, trot, canter good. Attentive favorable temperament, firm constitution. Good rideability, easy to handle. Good jumping ability. Elegant riding horse for multiple disciplines.

Excellent example of a sire with good breed and stallion type: noble, expressive head, very well-set neck, good shoulder, saddle position and topline, harmonious physique, four good legs, very ground covering movement in all gaits.

Rondo delivers hard, dry horses of pleasing type. The movement could often show more authority. His get are sometimes light in their foundations. The stallion has produced some excellent sport horses for all disciplines."
He sired 3 graded sons and 33 studbook daughters, with children competing at the highest levels in dressage and jumping. Rondo died in 1997.

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Avignon II

1974 Black/Brown Trakehner stallion
OSB-E-S180, height 16.1H, girth 77.2", bone 9".
Bred by Dr. Rudolph Arning, FRG; Owned by and imported by The Barton Family of Sorento, Illinois.

Full brother to the German Verband Stallion of the Year and Elite Hengst AROGNO (sire of TCN PARTOUT ridden by Anky van Grunsven), and the States Premium and Premium Mare ANNA KARENINA; half brother to numerous graded stallions including ISTANBUL and DAMASKUS.

Sire of multiple champions, in hand as well as all disciplines; sire of ATA approved stallion PAJOU and 1996 ATA National Champion Mare THE NOIR VOM CASTELL. 20 years after his importation to the US, his impact is still seen in Germany, exemplified by his granddaughter LIVONNE, State Premium and Verband Premium mare, photographed after claiming Reserve Champion at the Landesschau in Westfalia, 2000. The German Stallion Book provides the following remarks:
"Harmonious overall, full of expression; medium frame, correct, medium strong foundation; breed type and characteristics clearly evident; well muscled body, compact and tautly textured; type of the multifaceted performance horse that could have a bit more masculinity. "
Avignon died in 2002 at Castell Imperator Hof.


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The Princess Condé

Dark Bay Trakehner mare

Princess was bred by the Barton family of Sorento, Illinois and has been a valued member of the broodmare herd of Castell Imperator Hof. A daughter of 1973 Neumünster Reserve Champion RICARDO and TA CONDÉ, a daughter of the PRINCE ROUGE xx son, PRINCE CONDÉ, Princess is a half-sister to the ATA National Champion mare, THE NOIR VOM CASTELL.


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