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brio and really show it off but then knows when to turn it down. He can be ridden bareback by children and I have used him for lessons as well. And did I happen to mention that I absolutely ADORE this horse!?!”

Dare To Dream

One of the first cremello Warmblood stallions to make his mark in the United States is the stunning German Warmblood, Blue Eyed Dream. ‘Dream,’ as he is fondly known, was bred in Germany by Gwendolyn Gregorio in 2002 and was purchased and imported to Florida in 2004 by Jean Thornton of Equivale. Before Jean met

Dream, she had been looking for an investment, and she wanted to fulfill her aspiration of an all palomino four-in- hand driving team. “I searched the

Internet thoroughly and found all six approved cremello Warmbloods in the world,” Jean explains. “I saw videos of all those that were standing at stud and was not very excited about breeding to those that were available. So my husband Denis and I went to Germany, the Czech Republic and Denmark to see the ones that were for sale. The idea of producing a team of golden palominos to compete in combined driving as a four in hand came to me in about November, and I quickly realized that I would not be able to buy the horses I was imagining, so after eliminating the prospect of breeding to the available cremello stallions, I became distraught as to the amount of time it was going to take me to achieve this dream.” Although she was disappointed, a twist in fate and a New Year’s surprise would put Jean back on the trail of achieving her goal. “It was then that Denis surprised me with plane tickets to fly to Germany on January 1. We toasted the New Year over the ocean having been bumped up to first class...a great omen for things to come! I knew in the back of my mind that breeding takes a very long time and I wanted to get started right away with the upcoming breeding season, so we raced

around Europe in the ice and snow trying to cram it all into a short period of time.” “It was such a bad winter in Germany,” she reports.

“When we went to see Dream, his owner hadn’t been able to spread her manure out into the fields. Her only option was to clean her stalls out into the middle of her courtyard, which was also the only place she had to let the horses out for me to see. So Dream ran up and down a frozen manure pile with his skinny two-year-old little body, and somewhere in the back of my head I was thinking, ‘This is a great horse...I think!’ His type is a little more petite than what I was hoping to find. I prefer to ride and drive a 17 hand horse, but his movement impressed me from the beginning, and that is what attracts me more than anything. I also saw that Dream had the conformation that would endure the years of training that are required to achieve Grand Prix dressage or Advanced combined driving.” Dream’s flashy

cremello coloring came from a lucky break in the gene pool.

Dream’s sire, Blonder Hans, and his dam, Seneta, are both palominos, and Dream was fortunate enough to inherit both of their dilute genes—a combination that produces the cremello color. As his full name would suggest, Dream is adorned with two blue eyes. “Dream will always throw a dilute gene to his babies, so he can only throw palominos, buckskins, or smoky blacks,” Jean explains. “But in order for a horse to be a cremello or a perlino, they have to get one dilute gene from each parent.” In addition to an already incredibly

Blue Eyed Dream from Equivale, trained in dressage and competitive driving.

(Photos courtesy Jean Thornton)

successful competition career, Dream is a proven sire and passes attractive coloring on to his progeny. In the five years she has owned Dream, Jean has learned what colors she and other breeders can expect to see when they breed to Dream. “I do not breed Dream to outside

dilute mares, so clients that breed to Dream will not get a cremello. They will only get a palomino, a buckskin, or a

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