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allowing ourselves more time to make it to the warm up ring as we are regularly stopped along the way and asked about him. Saphiro is being accepted well in the dressage community. He isn’t just another pretty horse. He is regularly receiving 8’s on gaits and is scoring consistently in the 70’s. Saphiro is being shown in dressage this year by Ashley Burd, a very talented rider who continues to shine with Saphiro. They make a wonderful team. Saphiro has been amazing to work with. He had already had a good basic foundation under saddle prior to his injury in 2007. When he arrived in Virginia he had not been ridden since he was hurt so we started him back slowly. He improves daily and his amazing work ethic makes him a joy to train.”

Not only has Saphiro been

successful in the arena, he is a much sought after breeding stallion as well. Jenni explains that he has a very rare color for an Iberian horse, so people are virtually lining up to breed their mares to him. “Saphiro is color tested cremello, which means he has a red based coat with 2 dilute genes,” she explains. “He is homozygous for Red, Agouti and Cream so will always throw one of each. Since agouti modifies the black of a horse only to their points—think bay—Saphiro cannot throw a smokey. So Saphiro throws dominantly palomino and buckskin foals. He has a few double dilute foals like himself—cremello or perlino—out of mares that contributed a dilute gene. Out of chestnut mares he will always produce a palomino; out of bay or black mares he will produce a buckskin unless the mare carries and contributes a red gene, thus producing a palomino. “Dilute Iberians are still fairly rare. They

have been around for a long time, though are often hidden behind gray. They are becoming increasingly popular but there still remain only a handful of double dilute breeding stallions available in the US. An agouti dominant cremello such as Saphiro is even more rare and is sought after since his dilute gene will express itself as buckskin on a black base. Saphiro is a prepotent stallion (stamping his youngsters with his characteristics), and since he has proven himself in the US, we are very excited to

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announce that this fall we will have frozen semen available for distribution in Europe!” Like Maxamillion and Atlantis, Saphiro has a

temperament of gold that Jenni wouldn’t trade for the world. He is also know as a comedian and is one of the most popular horses on the farm. “There is really only one way to describe Saphiro’s temperament and that is of one ridiculously huge lap dog-an older, kind dog that has been around the block and will curl up with you to watch TV. He has a kind old soul that everyone that meets him picks up on. He enjoys life and has a great sense of humor. He has always been well loved and cared for and his previous owners, Dennis and Ginger Vosburg, raised him well. He is a very respectful stallion and can turn it on and turn it off as asked,” she muses. “I’m not a big fan of spoiling stallions. We have pretty clear ground rules on my farm and expect good behavior of all the horses. We are especially mindful of those that

have testosterone influencing their thinking.

Our horses are respected and taught to be respectful. We pride ourselves in having

horses that are wonderfully behaved but never spoiled. When we met Ginger and Saphiro in Washington, Ginger was clearly

Demonstrating Saphiro’s great

(Photos courtesy Jenni Johnson)

temperament is a young student, Bethany Visokay, who loves to ride him bareback.

in love with this horse; Ginger smothered Saphiro with kisses and carrots, gave butt scratches, snout rubs, you name it. I thought, ‘Geesh, this horse sure is spoiled! Hope he knows I’m not sticking my face in a stallion’s lips when we get back to Virginia!’ Over the time we spent with him in Washington, I continued to be impressed at how respectful Saphiro was. He didn’t act like a spoiled horse, let alone a breeding stallion. He truly enjoyed the love and willingly gave it back in the kindest way.” Although Jenni wasn’t expecting to keep spoiling the stallion once he arrived home, her plans changed when he stepped off the trailer. “Here in Virginia, Saphiro is smothered with kisses, carrots, snout rubs and butt scratches. I think he knows it would stop were he ever rude, and he never has been. I guess there are some stallions that were just made to be spoiled!” she exclaims. “One thing I like most about Saphiro is his awesome temperament. He can be brilliant when asked but I love that he can turn on his 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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