dam sides: Brentina - United States/Debbie McDonald; Salinero - Netherlands/Anky van Grunsven; Satchmo 78 - Germany/Isabell Werth.) Kim’s first broodmare carried the genetics of trainable and rideable horses that had been confirmed at the highest levels of dressage sport over many generations. Later in 2007, Kim found and acquired her second brood-

mare, Tiadora (Tantris x Dachs), a brown Oldenburg mare born in 2001. Although not branded Hanoverian, this mare is in the main studbook and approved for Hanoverian breed- ing. Her sire Tantris was a Grand Prix dressage stallion who stood in southeastern Pennsylvania and a sire that Kim had seen. In Tantris, Kim found the same Trakehner-influenced “A” Hanoverian breeding line that Tiadora shares with Academy Award. Tantris also has a double Trakehner influence on his sire’s side through the Trakehner stallion Traumdeuter (by Arogno). Tantris’s mare line has produced numerous licensed

breeding program right away. Kim has consistently chosen Hanoverian sires for her mares and has registered all her foals with the American Hanoverian Society (AHS). She says she has done so because the AHS offers many wonderful stallions in the United States and Canada, because she appreciates the high breeding standards of the AHS and Hanoverian Verband in Germany and because the AHS is very well organized and easy to work with. Kim’s very first foal from Tiadora, HPMC/CM Donatella

LEFT: Tiadora with Donatella CF (by Donarweiss) as a foal at their inspection in 2009. Tiadora (Tantris x Dachs) was Kim’s second broodmare; Donatella CF is the first FEI horse Kim bred. RIGHT: Kim and Donatella CF com- peting in Grand Prix in 2018.

stallions, most notably the very popular Grand Prix dres- sage sire Romanov and his four also-licensed full brothers. Although Kim admits Tiadora is not a beauty, she chose the mare because she had this wonderful genetic background that produced trainable and rideable horses up to the highest levels in dressage. Plus, Tiadora was wonderful to ride, easy and light under saddle. As Tiadora’s seven successful offspring have proven, Kim was right to focus on rideability more than exterior beauty in making Tiadora her second broodmare choice.

Breeding for FEI Once Kim had her two foundation broodmares, she started her Hanoverian

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CF (HPMC/CM is Hanoverian Premium Mare Candidate/ Competiton Mare; CF is for Callaway Farm), was born in 2009, and thanks to Kim’s training is now competing success- fully at Grand Prix. Donatella’s sire is the Hanoverian Grand Prix dressage horse Donarweiss GGF (De Niro x Hohenstein x Archipel). Donarweiss was bred and born at Greengate Farm in Massachusetts. His Hanoverian sire, De Niro, is at the top of the World Breeding Federation’s dressage rankings. And, Donatella benefits from no less than three contributions of the rideability and athletic ability from “A” breeding line genetics because they appear on both the sire and dam sides of Donarweiss’s pedigree as well as in Tiadora’s pedigree. At the time Kim chose Donarweiss, he stood at and was being competed by the

famous sport horse center Hilltop Farm, which is

located just across the Pennsylvania-Maryland border from Callaway Farm. (Several years ago, Donarweiss was sold as a young rider’s dressage mount to Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center in California.) Donarweiss is justly renowned for his

A Word about MPTs

Currently, in both the United States and Germany, a mare who achieves inspec- tion and mare performance test scores averaging 7 or above would be a Hanoverian Premium Mare Candidate. After successfully producing a foal, the mare would be a Hanoverian Premium Mare. Mares taking the mare performance test are judged on rideability, temperament and character as well as on gaits and free jumping. A study in Germany shows a high correlation between Mare Performance

Test results and the ability to predict the talents of the mare’s offspring. It evaluates a mare’s rideability, gaits and jumping talent, with each area weighted one-third in the final score.


Janet Gallay

American Hanoverian Society William Alphin

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