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GRANDIOSO

MADE IN AMERICA & HERE TO STAY

by Patti Schofler and Liz Cornell

When Grand Prix riders are searching for new international quality mounts, many of them pack their bags and head to Europe. Tis is the story of a young international quality horse named Grandioso trained here in the United States. A stroke of luck has kept this horse in this country even though many European riders tried to bring him back to Europe.

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randioso is a musical term that directs musicians to play a passage of music in a grand and noble style. As a listener, one should feel uplifted and

suddenly be caught up in the excitement and emotion of a piece of music performed in “Grandioso.” When the 18 hand Westphalian Grandioso enters the arena, the music changes—an aura of something very special and noble radiates from this horse. Many top riders and trainers concur: Grandioso has presence, beauty, a flawless character, fabulous gaits and athleticism; a horse–of–a– lifetime for anyone lucky enough to own and ride him. Dr. Cesar Parra of New Jersey and Florida now considers himself that lucky person. He was able to purchase Grandioso (Grosso Z x Popocatepetal (x Palisandergrund)) in early September of this year. To the relief of his fans and trainers that knew him, Grandioso will stay in America.

MADE IN AMERICA

Georgia-based Jason Canton, who found the horse in Europe four years ago, has trained Grandioso himself making their mark at the top. In 2007, they were winners of the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Six–Year-Old-Championship. In 2008 his first time showing Fourth Level Test 2 in Wellington earned him a 77.5%. That season, his Fourth level scores remained in the ’70s. He was also third that year in the Markel/USEF Developing Young Horse Championship. This year Jason showed the young horse successfully at Intermediare II (the level just below Grand Prix). Jason discovered Grandioso while horse shopping for a

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client in Germany in 2005. He had no intention of buying himself a horse, especially not a five year old standing nearly 17 hands. However, at a friend’s insistence, he took a look. The gelding was bred in Germany by Willi Hillebrecht. “He was beautiful,” Jason recounts. “When his handler

walked him around the arena he had a big loose walk, but when she trotted him, my heart leaped and my jaw dropped. He was big, but when I rode him, we clicked. He was very comfortable to sit—so light and very uphill.” Jason’s new horse continued to live up to that first ride

and Grandioso became a horse Jason will never forget. Over the years, Jason trained and showed him successfully up to Intermediare II. “He is a powerhouse with so much go and sensitivity, and yet he is so kind and sweet, a big Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77
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