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smoky black. If the mare is chestnut, then the offspring can only be palomino, but the shade of palomino is determined partially by the shade of chestnut that the mare is. I didn’t discover this until after the foals of my third season had dropped and the foals from my fourth season had just been conceived. As it turned out, I had purchased all the wrong shade of chestnut mares and therefore produced a large number of very light palominos. Now I know that light can produce dark and dark can produce light, but light is dominant, so if you start with a light chestnut mare, there is very little hope of producing the dark golden palomino that I’m looking for. I have now sold all of my light mares, but I still have a large number of light babies for sale. Now that I have a better idea of what to do, I am prevented from moving forward by the downturn in the economy. I didn’t breed any of my mares this year. Just last month we sold two horses, so I’m hoping this is a sign of a change in the wind!” Dream’s expressive and correct movement was one

of his traits that attracted Jean to him in the first place, and he has been making great use of these gaits in both dressage and driving. More so, Dream has great trainability and a personality of gold, so he has been successful in the competition world from day one.

“Dream hasn’t got a mean bone in his body,” Jean says.

“He loves people and wants very badly to do the right thing for them. He has an enormous willingness to work, and always rises to the occasion when called upon to perform. He is hot enough to rip through the hazards to become the youngest horse pulling the heaviest carriage in marathon at Live Oak and still getting the fastest time, but he is calm enough to be able to hitch to the carriage only a handful of times each year and still accept it as if it were his daily activity. Combined driving is my favorite way to play with him as he is only 16 hands, and I prefer to ride the 17 hand horses, but I don’t think driving is a particularly nice thing to do to a horse every day, nor do I think driving in itself is the best way to develop a horses full potential, so my assistant trainer Charity Messer rides him on a daily basis. She is more petite than I and they have a great bond. There are plenty of 17 hand palomino offspring around here for me to ride!” In 2008, Dream achieved a great number of accolades

SAMBER AND ART DECO • Pinto Warmblood Pioneers

to be approved by the Netherlands’ KWPN STUD book. Born in 1976, Samber passed his 100-day performance test with a 10 for character and an overall score of 160.2. He was very successful in his careers of Grand Prix dressage and upper level show jumping. A brown tobiano standing at 16.2 hands, he is now into his 30s. It is difficult to find any pinto colored Warmblood without Samber’s blood in the lineage. Art Deco (pictured), by Samber and out of Zorba, was the first pinto


photo by Suzanne Sturgill

amber was the first and only Dutch stallion of pinto coloring

in the dressage arena, including Central Florida Dressage Association (CFDA) High Point Open Champion with a cumulative score 69.444%, CFDA First Level Open Champion with a cumulative score 68.146%, and CFDA Second Level Open Champion with a cumulative score 63.357%. Additionally, he was named the United States Dressage Federation All- Breeds American Warmblood Registry First Level Horse of the Year, and the North American Warmblood Registry First Level Champion. In 2009, Dream made his debut at Third Level and received an impressive 71.025% in one of his first outings. “My favorite part

Jim Koford on Art Deco

Warmblood breeding stallion to make his mark in the United States. Imported by Anne Gribbons, Art Deco sold to Elizabeth Hall of Silverwood Farm in Lovettsville, Virginia back in 1987. He proved himself a great sport horse like his sire, competing to Grand Prix dressage with Jim Koford, plus showing in hunters, eventing and jumpers successfully. Considered to be the foundation sire of pinto sport horses in the U.S., he’s approved by numerous breed registries, including Oldenburg N.A. and ISR, Oldenburg Verband, RPSI, and many more. For more information on Art Deco and other pinto Warmblood stallions, visit

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about owning Dream is that he passes his docile temperament and his lovely movement to his offspring,” Jean smiles. “He is enormously easy to have on the property. He is not one bit destructive to the fences or difficult to handle in the barn, and of course, he is just plain beautiful to look at out of my kitchen window in the morning when I’m making my tea.”

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