Elite Mare Wolkenstanza MLW

Stanza winning inhand with her extravagant trot

Photo credits: Alicia Frese Photography

Elite Mare Wolkenstanza aka Stanza is Rohanna's third foal and third daughter, born in 2004. We were lucky enough to be smart enough to keep this one. As a baby she was extremely feminine and sweet and would do anything for a scratch or a rub. All of our babies have had very good temperaments, but this one has been truly exceptionally easy going and willing to please. At the age of three weeks she was showing an uphill trot with much suspension, as well as a very correct walk. She retained those qualities as she grew and has proven herself as one of the best mares we have ever bred.

Please click here for Wolkenstanza's pedigree.

Stanza being judged

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Wolkenstanza being judged as a three year old at her American Hanoverian Society inspection where she earned an overall 8.5, highest score given in 15 years!

Wolkenstanza has developed into the sort of mare that we believe should be used for breeding, with a lovely conformation, excellent gaits with a very strong hindleg and lots of suspension. Her temperament could not be better. She proved her excellence through her AHS mare inspection, where she score an overall 8.5, a score not seen in the previous 15 years. She then went on to become an inhand champion, winning her region's filly championship in 2007, then winning the mare championship in 2008 and 2009 with score into the eighties.

She was first bred in 2007, as a three year old and produced a wonderful black colt, Fidelio, by Fidertanz in 2008. After weaning that colt she went back under saddle in July 2008. She has shown well in dressage to date, pulling many very high scores and showing a willingness to work and talent for the work. She was AHS Materiale Horse of the Year in 2009, and national reserve HOY.

But she truly excels as a broodmare, producing four more foals after Fidelio by embryo transfer — Reflektion by Rousseau, Fantom and Fifi by Fidertanz in 2009, and Feather by Fidertanz in 2010. She is a strong mare who transmits much of her own best qualities. As such, she is irreplaceable in my eyes.

In 2011 Stanza continued in training and showing and progressed very well, with many wins at First and Second Level and scores up to 77%. She is schooling many Third Level moves. Through embryo transfer she produced two more foals in 2011 — Renoir by Rousseau and Segovia by Stedinger. In 2012 she produced a 5th cross with Fidertanz, Fiorenzo. She had produced two embryos for 2013 ET foals, one another by Fidertanz and the other by For Compliment. Unfortunately, we lost the For Compliment embryo.

Stanza showing at Wellington

Stanza showing at Wellington

Stanza's first daughter Fifi was inspected by AHS in October 2012 and was named Champion Hanoverian Mare.

Fifi inspection

Fifi at her inspection

Fifi inspection

 

 

Details of Wolkenstanza's life

We presented Wolkenstanza for inspection in August 2007, as a three year old. She had injured a hindleg in May playing in the fence at my trainer's farm and had been in stall rest until only two weeks before the inspection. Thankfully, this setback did not stop our Stanza from shining. Her overall score was an 8.5, which the judging committee pointed out was the highest score given by AHS in fifteen years. I have believed in this particular filly since she was tiny and having my beliefs bolstered is truly a joy. This incredibly high score won the Bari Von Buedigen Perpetual Trophy seen below.

Bari Von Buedigen award

Stanza trotting in hand

Photo credits: Alicia Frese Photography

Showing off the trot that scored a 9 in hand without being turned loose

Stanza a winner

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The look that made me always believe that this daughter of Rohanna was special!

She went to her first DSHB show in September 2007 (actually two shows on one weekend) at Pennock Point Sporthorses. On the first day she was judged by Kristi Wysocki in the 2004 fillies class, where she received a fabulous score of 83.5%, winning by a wide margin. She then went on to beat the colts to win the Young Horse Championship. Worth mentioning were her individual scores of 8.5 for walk and general impression and 8.7 for trot. Later in the day, she won her Hanoverian class with another fantastic score of 82.9%. The following day, with judge Carter Bass, Wolkenstanza repeated wins in the 2004 fillies class (80.9%) and once again won the filly championship and young horse championship.

The next month Stanza went to the GAIG/USDF Breeders Championships DSHB SE Series Final October 20th. She had qualified for the Fillies Final in September. The judges were Lilo Fore and Hilda Gurney of California. The fillies class was the biggest of the finals with nine really high quality fillies. Stanza did it again, this time winning with the highest scores yet — an average of 83.95! See her with her handler Sterling Graburn below.

Wolkenstanza showing off her trot in hand

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Judge Fore gave her an 84.6 % and Gurney an 83.3%. Fore gave her an 8 for conformation, 8.5 for walk, 8.8 for trot and 8.7 for overall impression. Gurney gave her 8.2 for conformation, 8.6 for walk, 8.2 for trot and 8.3 for overall impression. Wow!!

Stanza was bred to Fidertanz for a March 2008 foal. She presented us with Fidelio, an outstanding black colt. In 2008 after her first foal was born she was bred via embryo transfer. We were very lucky, and from two breeding cycles we got three embryos. She will have one foal by Rousseau and two by Fidertanz in 2009.

After weaning, Stanza went back under saddle and will be worked and shown for several years. I felt that she had the talent, willingness and mental capacity to shine in the FEI Young Horse dressage tests, but the time that we lost while she was in foal negated that goal. Instead she is aimed at a longterm dressage career and has been bred by embryo transfer while in work. See her below shortly after being restarted.

Stanza

Stanza under saddle in the canterphoto Reg Corkum

Stanza back at workphoto Reg Corkum

Stanza went to one DSHB show after her 2008 foal was weaned. It was a qualifier and Championship show for the SE Regional Finals. At the qualifier she won her mare class, the mare championship and the Mature Horse Championship. At the finals she was Champion mare. See her below from that show.

Stanza at a breed show in GAPhoto credits: Alicia Frese Photography

Stanza at a breed show in GA with Sterling Graburn

See below some pics of Stanza when first started in her three year old year.

Wolkenstanza ready to go

Wolkenstanza ready to go

Wolkenstanza only one week off the longe

What balance for such a green young horse

What balance for such a green young horse

Wolkenstanza

 

 

 

photo Reg Corkum

Stanza baby pictures

Wolkenstanza a few days old

Rohanna and a day old Stanza

Rohanna and a day old Stanza

Jumping for joy at a few days

Jumping for joy at a few days

Mother and daughter — two beauties

Mother and daughter — two beauties

Stanza happily cavorting at 7 months old

Stanza happily cavorting at 7 months old