Competition Horses

We made the very difficult decision to geld Fox in Sox so that he could 100% concentrate on his ridden career and it has proven to be a good decision.

I am now riding Fox in Sox as my number one horse and are thoroughly enjoying continuing with the training of this exceptionally talented young horse.

He started out his training as an eventer with the 3* rider Jade Kluske in the saddle. Fox in Sox has the most amazing temperament, passed through from both his Sire and Dam. Shooter is a refined, elegant and gentle horse with absolute presence, grace, temperament and movement.

Shooter’s Sire SOS is a stunning black and white pinto warmblood imported from Germany. Shooter’s grandsire Semper (Samber & Sandro bloodlines) is the sire of the USA’s very successful dressage sire Sempatico M. Samber needs no introduction and is said to be arguably the most influential and far reaching of all pinto warmblood sires. In sport Samber was successful in both disciplines; he showjumped up to 1.30m and competed successfully at Advanced dressage. Sandro, is also the grandsire of Sandro Hit. Sandro’s son – Sandro Song and has a total of 36 approved sons, 308 approved mares, 27 states premium mares. It is through Sandro that the blood of Sacramento Song xx lives on and daily grows more influential in both dressage and jumping breeding. Sacramento Song was a classically bred English Thoroughbred who stood in Holstein from 1973 to his early death in 1979. He is described in Dr Dietrich Rossow’s Stallion Book of the Holsteiner Warmblood Breed as: “A classically bred English Thoroughbred with beautiful, smoothly harmonious topline. Beautiful head, rather low set on neck, impressive shoulder with good coupling to the croup. Well muscled, strong legs and feet, sufficient gaits. Tremendous jumping ability, very tight with front end and good with knees.”

SOS’s dam, Pandorra is by Prinz Oldenburg was the most famous son of Picasso and is arguably one of Europe’s finest showjumping sires. Pandorra also carries the strong eventing talents of Ramiro Z and the remarkable dressage sire Pik Bube I.

Shooter’s dam’s sire is the beautiful black stallion Carbine (Imp) who was the highest scoring colt at the AWHA Licensing ever! Carbine has produced some very beautiful show horses and dressage horses but is also making his mark as the sire of eventers. It has been commented that they are really bold and fast cross country and catch the eye of the judge in the dressage phase. Carbines bloodlines go back to the great Cor de la Bryere who was described by breeders as a ‘gift from heaven,’ Cor de la Bryere has been especially successful producing jumping horses, as he passes on his incredible bascule, scope, and jumping technique. Cor de la Bryere also passed on his willingness and trainability. Romedio Graf von Thun-Hohenstein described the stallion: ‘The arching back, like a taut band of steel combined with the super elastic end gives limitless, but always expedient, springing capability to the natural dynamics of each effort. Add to that ease of riding, marvelous disposition, and a floating, highly balanced canter. These qualities are absolutely to the benefit of young horses, who will no longer have to pay with premature breakdowns caused by jumping and showing solely with a raw, crude jumping talent.’ Cor de la Bryere has had an incredible impact on the Holsteiner breed, occurring in more than 70% of Holsteiner pedigrees, and is credited for improving the breed’s jumping technique. Reynella_XC_Training_13.9.14_021[1]

SOS (Imp) Semper Sandro Sacrameto Song
Imago Samber
Pandorra Prinz Oldenburg Picasso
Saskia Sektor II xx
Watermark Isabella Carbine (Imp) Carbid Calypso II
Wenzel Princess Wenzel I
Shiver N Shake xx Ten Below xx Avatar xx
Out Cold xx
My Dusky Doll xx Montezuma xx
Avaria xx

Just a Squiggle (Oscar as he is called at home) is a rising 15yo thoroughbred gelding that would truly have to be one of the best tempered thoroughbreds I have ever owned. Nothing phases Oscar. Hot is not in his vocabulary….he just goes about his work like its just another day.

Oscar is a well educated horse (knows all his laterals and changes) but not a push button horse as I have experienced over our journey. If I push the right buttons miraculous things happen….but if I dont then Oscar will just continue to plod! We seem to have worked it out as a combination and this season are starting to do some great things.

Oscar usually puts in a very reliable dressage performance to end in top 10 consistently after this phase, no matter how big the competition. He is a consistent jumping horse, if I ride him correctly, and generally finishes with clear rounds unless the rider has a moment and does things like miss a jump or miss the finish flags, or not quite fast enough to be within optimum time….none of which the horse can be blamed for…!

Oscar has some racing greats in his bloodlines including Danzig, Native Dancer, Mahmoud, Sir Gallahad and War Admiral. Not that those racing greats have helped him out on the race track, however he has very rarely collected time penalties on the cross country.

Oscar is a fun horse to own, who is quite quirky in personality.

Oscar has now been sold and is enjoyed by his new owner Shannon Smith in Wagga Wagga in NSW.

It is with great anticipation and excitement that we await GrandView Momentum (Mink as he is known at home) join the eventing team in the very near future. Mink will be broken in this coming spring and then ever so slowly bought into the team.

Mink is by the beautiful cremello Milky Way (IFS).who is Dutch approved and Elite awarded with Europees Stamboek as well as German approved & Premium awarded with ECHA. Milky Way’s sire, Mascarpone GF, was the first Cremello Warmblood stallion was awarded a license for Warmblood breeding. He unfortunately died much too young but left many premium awarded offspring that have all inherited his wonderful character, outstanding and elastic movement and great jumping ability.

Milky Way’s dam competed successfully in dressage and jumping to the M level. She retired from competition at age of 10 and has only produced premium awarded foals. Marscapone has some of the great jumping sires in his very Hannoverian-dominated pedigree. Carefully line-bred on his dam’s side, he combined the famous line of the Trakehner MARDUC, who is famous for siring horses of great rideability and Dressage talent, with his grandfather Morgengold I’s blood, who is a top Showjumping stallion in Ireland.

On Marscapone’s dam-sire’s side is PHILIPPO, who has won through to S level (4th) Dressage as well as combining predominantly jumping blood. 4-times line-breeding to the outstanding Jumping-sire FERDINAND combined with famous sires DOMSPATZ and GRANDE to complete the picture of a supreme pedigree.

Mink’s dam is by the great Moselfischer out of a thoroughbred mare. Moselfischer was imported to Australia in 1983 and is a 17.1hh Registered Imported Hanoverian stallion who’s progeny have been well sort after by enthusiasts in both Australia and the international market. This impressive stallion produced outstanding progeny with all the attributes of a modern performance horse: expressive movement, superb jumping ability, good rideability and incredible temperaments.

Moselfischer himself competed successfully in Prix St George and Show Jumping, and shares the breeding lines with internationally recognised Champion sire Stakkato, famous dressage horse Slibovitz and impressive Celle State Stud stallion Sherlock Holmes.

Moselfischer’s sire, Mozart stood at stud in Celle, West Germany. Mozart has sired 110 stud mares in the 10 years from 1972 to 1982. These 110 mares are registered with the Hanoverian Warmblood Breeder’s Association in Germany. Thirteen of the Stud mares have been issued with the special state Premium Certificate (STATE PREMIUM MARES).

Moselfischer’s Dam, has born 7 live foals in eight breeding year’s. Senny has won many 1a (first) and 1 (first) places at Mare Shows and several of her daughters are known as highly distinguished Stud Mares.

It is extra special that Mink is bought into the team as he is one that we have bred at GrandView and we are hoping that he will be quiet enough (Im needing quiet these days!!) for him to be able to take over from Oscar when he retires.