"Rain" has been a delight ever since she was foaled. True to her lineage (Rubinsteins get better as they mature), Rain has always easy to handle, but she went from being "just" a nice sort of gal to WOW! at her recent inspection. Remarks such as "elegant" & "an excellent type" were backed up by scores of 8's on Type, Correctness & Overall Impression, with a 16.5 for Swing & Elasticity (2x). These scores gave her a Premium title. She also finished as Top Filly at the inspection (against fillies sired by top German stallions) and a tied for Top Foal.
None of this should be surprising. Sired by the imported Rubinstein son, Rubinero and o/o a top scoring mare by Soprano (Sandro Hit/Contender)/ Weltmeyer, Rain has the pedigree and the skills to be a winning competitor. Her sire has produced successful get in young horse classes all the way through the FEI levels, and into the hunter ring. His offspring show their trainability and talent across the board. At his 70-Day Stallion Test, Rubinero finished 2nd in the dressage phase with a score of 140+ points, and finished in 3rd place overall. His character and rideability earned him perfect 10’s. Rubinero qualified for the Bundeschampionat, was Reserve Champion at Rastede, and quickly moved up to the Advanced levels. Imported to the US in 2013, Rubinero continued his winning ways with his amateur owner, earning scores as high as 72.5% at Intermediaire I. He was the USDF Region 3 Champion at Intermediaire and Reserve Champion at Prix St. Georges.
Rubinero's sire, Rubinstein, remains a legend in the dressage world, with over 90 approved sons, more than 170 States Premium daughters. His offspring have won over 2.5 Million Euro in competition. Long after his death Rubinstein & his sons (and grandsons) have been a constant on lists for the world's top dressage sires. Along the way, Rubinsteins have become as close to guarantee of good character & rideability as one can hope for in the horse world. They have the gaits to succeed, but more importantly the desire.
Rubinero’s dam, Faola, passed her Mare Performance Test with an overall score of 8.36, receiving a 9.0 for her willingness to perform, her canter, rideability, free jumping technique and a 10.0 for free jumping ability. Her sire, Ex Libris, sired both jumpers and dressage horses.
This "multi-disciple" pedigree is repeated in the pedigree of Rain's dam, Sugar Magnolia RHR. Her sire, Soprano (Sandro HIt x Contender) has produced jumpers, eventers & dressage competitors. Sugar herself shows an aptitude for jumping as well as dressage. In addition, she demonstrated her quality early on, when she not only won her foal inspection with a whopping 8.6 in movement ("only" a 8.2 on conformation), but tied for Reserve Champion Filly in the NATION for that year. Started u/s Sugar proved to be a hard worker, uncomplicated and (per her riders) a joy to ride. Sugar also enjoyed extensive trail rides in the Idaho mountains,both alone & with company, illustrating her sensible nature and bold character. So far, these characteristics seem to be passed on to Rain; between the Rubinstein blood and Sugar's contribution, we foresee a very bright future for Rain in both competition and as a broodmare. In addition, there is a strong possibility that Rain could be homozygous for dark color -- meaning she will never produce a chestnut foal -- as both her sire & her damsire were homozygous as well. This will be a great advantage as a broodmare.
Rain looks to mature in the 16.1-16.2hh range. She has been raised in 24/7 pasture turn-out, although she is handled frequently. So far she loads & stand for the farrier without problem. She truly is a jewel -- inside and out!