A powerhouse under saddle- not tall so suited for a rider not wanting a big horse. Hanoverian Premium Mare Candidate Dhione is a pocket pony! Dhione was inspected and mare performance tested on September 7, 2023, where she was named a Premium Mare Candidate. Her scores for mare inspection included 8's for head, neck, foreleg, hindleg, conformation, and overall impression and development. Her final score was a 7.5. Jumping is not her thing (6), but her Mare Performance Test scores included an 8 for canter, and 7.5 for walk, trot and rideability. Final score 7.05.
Dhione's sire, D'Olympus stood at Celle as one of the selected stallions. He did his 14-day test in Neustadt-Dosse. For the interior, the jury awarded a 9.25, for the character a 9.5, the willingness to perform was rated a 9.0, for the trot- 8.5, canter 8.5, walk 8.0 and for rideability D'Olympus was awarded an 8.5. D'Olympus' father Don Olymbrio is no less than the internationally successful Jazz-Ferro son, who with Daniel Bachmann Andresen came fourth in the Nations Cup in Aachen in 2020. He has reached the Grand Prix level in sport. He was named Elite Stallion in Danish Warmblood at age 9. Winner of Grand Prix Special with 79,702% at World Cup Herning. International wins in Herning, ’s-Hertogenbosch, Randbøl and Uggerhalne. Sire to WCYH silver medalist, WCYH finalists and several approved sons. This internationally successful stallion was paired with the St.Pr.St. Dancy and D'Olympus thus has the very popular Dancier in his pedigree. She is full sister of Designer-successful up to Prix St. Georges under Uta Gräf, and half sister of the sport horses Sherwood Forrest by Sherlock Holmes, Dai Jin by Don Frederico and St.Pr.St. Fabriana by Fabriano. Grandmother, St.Pr.St. Welfenkrone by Weltmeyer is not only a highly successful show mare herself, but also gave birth to two licensed stallions and numerous sport horses. The quality of the Claudine dam line is known throughout Germany.
Dhione was bred by Hans Henning von der Decken, one of the premier Hanoverian breeders in Germany. Her damline sports 3 straight generations of State Premium mares. Her dam sire, Fuerst Nymphenburg (Florencio/DeNiro) was the reserve champion of his stallion licensing in Verden, he then went on to win his stallion performance test in Adelheidsdorf, with the highest dressage index of 147.23 points. His overall score was 134.98. He was reserve champion at the Hanoverian Young Horse Championships in 2008 , and then he participated in the Bundeschampionate where he received great marks (8.5 for exterior, 8.0 for each for canter, training, and presentation) and placed 9th overall. Furst Nymphenburg then went on to place and win at in the Dressage arena right up to S-Level in Germany, under both professionals and a junior rider. Furst Nympenburg has sired seven licensed sons, and 66 state premium mares, on top of the many foal champions, elite auction horses, etc.
Dhione is a dressage prospect of the highest quality. Her hindquarter action is natural and suggests a future ability to sit and collect. She is good in the contact, and she shows a cooperative and agreeable disposition.
UPDATE! Dhione was taken off property for an off the farm experience and she was perfectly behaved. She loaded and unloaded from the trailer quietly, stood quietly while the other horse was ridden, and behaved perfectly when ridden in the strange arena. What a good girl!
Hanoverian Verband, American Hanoverian Society