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“The appeal of a stallion that has been licensed based on competition results is that he has proven consistently, and at a high level of difficulty, that he is an exceptional performer under saddle.”

a panel of judges from the American Hanoverian Society and the German Verband would conduct the final inspection. (Up until this point he had not been presented at any stallion inspections.) We were prepared for the worst when we discovered minutes before the first in-hand presentation that he had cast a shoe. Furthermore, the outdoor arena that he was to perform in was adjacent to stalls with other stallions and paddocks where mares and foals were cavorting about. It speaks volumes about this horse’s athleticism and temperament that he was approved by all judges despite these challenges! Fortunately, Edgar’s concern and resourcefulness

produced a blacksmith before the ridden evaluation. Now with four shoes to support him, our performance star was finally able to show he had a lot more to deliver than just the “correct paces” noted in his in- hand presentation! Dreammaster DMV floated through

the movements, clearly demonstrating his trademark suppleness and gymnastic ability, while maintaining perfect balance and rhythm. John, who had not ridden his favorite mount for eight months, was delighted by how Dreammaster DMV responded to the lightest of aids, staying focused while being taunted by the neighboring stallions and mares in the audience. This explains the comment by judge George Walker that this “16.3 hand dark liver chestnut particularly impressed us with his good interior, demonstrating a high level of rideability that helped to enhance his gaits under saddle.”

Final Award and Comments After the mandatory full veterinary examination, Judge

Konrad Boeth from the German Verband announced, “He is the epitome of the modern sport horse—it is a unanimous decision to license Dreammaster DMV.” To hear such an accolade was truly the crowning moment of our eight year mission. As the rosette bearing “Licensed Stallion” with the Hanoverian brand was placed around our boy’s neck, I noted John had something in his eye too. It’s a good thing the official group photos weren’t close-ups! That blue satin sash joins the rarely awarded certificate that had been presented to my beloved Dreamcatcher (Dreammaster DMV’s genetic mother). It’s entitled the “Leistungsstute Dressur” for exceptional lifetime achievement in dressage, one of the most meaningful accolades of our life devoted to our Hanoverian horses. AHS Executive Director Hugh Bellis-Jones stated,

“Having seen this horse at his licensing, he is a welcome addition to the ranks of AHS approved stallions. Dreammaster DMV is in good hands and it will be interesting to follow his performance career. Dreammaster DMV epitomizes the international nature of Hanoverian breeding which emphasizes one global population with a common breeding goal. Dreammaster DMV was bred and foaled in the United Kingdom, his breeders and owners are now resident Canadians, and the horse himself is fully licensed for American breeders. Because of the full reciprocity that exists between the AHS and Hanoverian Verband breeding programs, Dreammaster DMV has fulfilled all his requirements for all other countries where Hanoverians are registered, including Gearmany. Dreammaster DMV is the only son of 2002 Dressage World Breeding Champion, Dimaggio, standing at stud in North America and his 3 x 3 breeding to Donnerhall is particularly intriguing.” With that comment, we come full circle to our

Top and Bottom: Dreammaster DMV is licensed and approved. He is also approved by the CWHBA along with their other stallion Windfall.

message for breeders. Take careful note of stallions that have proven themselves in high level competition. For example, the legendary sire Donnerhall won over 65 FEI

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