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Happy will be a fantastic partner for a dressage or eventing career. His sire EH Herzensdieb is an incredible dressage horse producer with a 142 FN value. His dam's Grand Cru line can also jump like a cat, and her 2014 colt is an approved stallion jumper (Citadel). We estimate Happy will mature to 16.3/17 hands. He is a medium bay with hind socks and unique star/stripe/snip. He is a well balanced and agile colt and it is exciting to watch his gaits develop. Registration is pending with AHS.
Raised on a small family farm, Happy receives plenty of interaction with people. He is doing very well with all of his milestones so far - bathing, haltering, picking up his feet. His had his first trim at 4 weeks and is on a 5 week schedule. He has a very willing temperament and enjoys being around people. Our 2017 filly by the same sire is also very personable and trainable as a young horse. He moves about on our hilly pastures all day and night, and enjoys twice daily stall-naps for a few hours. He's used the excitement of farm animals, playing children and ponies. He's gaining a great base for strong tendons and exposure to lots of life's occurrences. First foal vaccines and boosters are done and he has started fence-line weaning. He is just about ready to go! We have many references from trainers/owners who purchased their foals from us over the last 9 years.
About his dam, Premium- Eligible Galalea:
Gala is a German Hanoverian, imported to the States as a young mare. She has produced many incredible foals - both from dressage sires and jumpers. Her foal by Clinton is now a BWP-approved breeding stallion, Citadel. Gala is a large mare, 16.3h, with excellent elasticity in the back and shoulders, which seems to be on the decline in much of today's popular warmblood breeding stock, in lieu of the snappy high knee. She has a kind and gentle nature. Gala's sire, Grand Cru, comes from the Grande sire line which are know for their versatility in both jumping and dressage, and their excellent character. Grand Cru sired 8 approved stallions. His dam line includes the Trakehner Abglanz and is closely related to Admiral 1 & 2. At Grand Cru's stallion testing, he was said to have excellent rideability, rhythm, and cadence. Gala's dam line is classic, substantial, and charismatic German Trakehners. The tough stock that survived the incredible toll placed on the horses that made the trek across Poland in WW2. If you haven't read about the history of the mid-20th century Trakehner, I encourage you to do so!
About Happy's sire, E.H. Herzensdieb:
Herzensdieb, by Tambour is one of the only Elite Hengst Trakehner stallions standing in the US. He was the licensing champion at Neumunster, Germany in 2005. He has a dressage FN breeding value of 142 and is in the top 10% of all German dressage sires!
Imported to the US by the Leatherdales, they report that, "In all his offspring, an elegant type, rideability and refinement can be seen. Herzensdieb not only adds spectacular movement and conformation, but he also passes along strength, rideability and a kind temperament." More information, photos, and videos are available here: http://www.leatherdalefarms.com/e-h-herzensdieb
We offer flexible terms and all board & health care is included through weaning, which is generally between 5 and 7 months of age. We also offer foal raising here on our farm with other young horses and plenty of hilly pasture to grow strong bones and ligaments.
Happy will be registered AHS, and will have his USEF and USDF lifetime numbers and a microchip.