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Caruso is also grandsire of Silvermoon, sire of Blue Hors Matine.) Luciano’s American dam Lilly of the Valley is by Unkenruf whose dam line is in Don Schufro and Don Primero. “I imported Unkenruf in 1985,” says Debra who has bred

Trakehners for 35 years. “When Luciano went to Europe, the Germans were excited to have him in Europe because Unkenruf was their grand champion in 1972. And they were excited to have Enrico Caruso bloodlines back.” This fourth generation American horse became the

only American-bred stallion of any breed to go through the licensing process in Germany. And he did it with flying colors. Luciano was approved unanimously by the Trakehner Verband and has since been licensed with the Westphalian and Rhinelander breeds as well. “The head breeding director of the Trakehner Verband, Lars Gerhmann, announced that for the first time in over 50 years we have a stallion in our stud book that was bred


outside of Germany,”Debra says. Still living in Europe, the nine year old stallion is

competing at Intermediaire I with Finnish dressage team member Tehri Stagers, who is planning to move him up to Grand Prix and is aiming for the Finnish Olympic team. Last year, Lord Luciano also bred 26 mares. “Having a horse in Europe, the board and training is

around $1,200 a month. I can’t get that quality of rider with that money here. Here for a top trainer, it’s $3,000 to 5,000 depending on who you get. And then with an American rider, he would have to go to Europe to compete if he was to be on a team,” says Debra, who is still struggling financially from the effects of the fire. “We had three years without income, no boarders. We had clinics two years out with Karl Makolka, USDF workshops and trainer programs.” Ironically it cost her $4,000 to import her own horse’s semen from Germany. “Everyone has to get a piece of


ome European breeders are shopping for sport horses in America, but not for the horses you might expect. They have been attending the Scottsdale Arabian Show looking for American-bred Arabian stallions. At the 2007 show, a group of spectators from Denmark followed Arabian stallion OKW Entrigue+++// (Ricky) back to

the barn after a class and asked if he was for sale. Dressage trainer Patience Prine-Carr of Castorville, California, replied no. “When I got home I had an email from the Blue Hors Stud in Denmark. They felt they had to explain who they were: that they had a horse (Blue Hors Matine) that was second at the World Equestrian Games in 2006. Of course I knew that and almost fell off my chair that they emailed,”Patience laughs. Blue Hors offered owner Mary Jo Wertheimer $120,000 for Ricky who was then competing at Intermediaire I. He would go

on to compete at Grand Prix. Patience recalls, “Mary Jo said the offer didn’t excite her. If they offered five times as much, she might talk.” In another instance, last year at the Scottsdale show, Danish Arabian sport horse breeders Signe and Thomas Kirk Kristiansen

tracked down the black, 16 hand Arabian stallion they had read so much about. They watched Zonyx compete in a halter class and made Californian breeder Mark Browning an offer. “I told them he was not for sale, so they made me another offer,” Mark says.

“They wanted a stallion to breed to Warmbloods. Zonyx met the size requirement. He’s also black which a lot of people like. And he has the movement of a dressage horse with a big engine in back.” The Kristiansens wouldn’t take no for answer. “They fell in love. He’s an

extremely personable horse. As a baby I could lay down in the stall with him,” Mark adds. Mark couldn’t resist their offer. The Kristiansens returned to Denmark with the

then three-year-old who they presented to the Danish Warmblood Association inspectors. Zonyx was declared champion of the refinement stallions and described as an elegant and well-proportioned stallion with a lot to offer the Warmblood breeding. Zonyx became the first and only Arabian stallion licensed by the Danish for

breeding. “Since he passed the temporary approval, he has bred 11 mares with 20 possible additional, all Warmbloods,” Mark says.

Top: Ricky competing with Patience Prine-Carr. Photo © Maupin Bottom: Zonyx, a 16 hand Arabian stallion bred by Mark Browning of Shadow Oak Arabians sold to Denmark. Photo by Naismith

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