Rohanna

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I report the loss of one of my best loved and most incredible producing mares. I lost Rohanna on December 12th. I had bought Roh as a long yearling from Judy Yancey who had recently imported her. Finding a Rohdiamant filly in Ocala who was bred by Rosemarie Boelts, one of Oldenburg's finest breeders was amazing. Roh went on to mature into a beautiful, talented riding mare and one of my very best broodmares. She leaves a legacy of daughters (EM Weltdancer. Weltspring, EM Wolkenstanza, EM Dominique, Well Worth It) and fine sons (Hampton Roads, Word of Honor). She leaves grandchildren that were even better than her own progeny (Fidelio, Fantom, Fifi, Feather, Fiorenzo all by Fidertanz out of Wolkenstanza, Renoir and Reflektion by Rousseau out of Wolkenstanza, Bellissima by Bellissimo out of EM Dominique). Rohanna was the sweetest, kindest and gentlest mare I have ever known. I will miss her forever. RIP, my most beautiful one.

I have a public album on Facebook that is devoted to Rohanna and her offspring and grandchildren. Feel free to visit it and understand just how wonderful she was.

The rest of this page is from when Rohanna was younger.

Rohanna at AHS mare inspection

Rohanna is one of Home Again Farm's finest mares, contributing an impeccable pedigree, lovely way of going and the best possible character to her offspring. Rohanna is a 1998 Oldenburg mare by the outstanding Rubinstein I son Rohdiamant. She was bred by Rosemarie Boelts, and imported by Judy Yancey. We were lucky enough to be able to add her to our little herd in November 1999. She is enrolled in the Main Studbook of the American Hanoverian Society and the Main Marebook of the German Oldenburg Verband. At her AHS inspection (picture above) in October 2001, she made an 8.2, tying two other mares for the highest score on the national tour as a three year old. She made 9's on her typiness and feminity, walk, impulsion and elasticity, and 8 on conformation, and too many other categories to list here.

Rohanna head shot

Proof of her excellence is her daughter Wolkenstanza, who when inspected by AHS made an overall 8.5, a score not seen in at least 15 years. I count a broodmare's offspring as proof of her excellence and Wolkenstanza is just one of five that Rohanna has produced that are well above average.

Wolkenstanza top Hanoverian mare for 2007

Rohanna's daughter Wolkenstanza top Hanoverian mare for 2007 with an overall 8.5

Weltdancer (Weltmeyer/ Rohdiamant), Rohanna's first foal, is now owned by Jessica Morgan who has started her well in her dressage career, as well as preparing her beautifully for inspection. Jessie successfully guided Dancer through her Mare Performance Test and mare inspection in Rhode Island this month, taking the sash for Champion of the MPT and Champion Hanoverian Mare, with the dream scores of 7.83 (inspection) and 7.72 (MPT). Since then they have been winning in their firstd ressage shows with scores as high as 77%! Kudos to Jessica for giving Dancer (seen below at her mare inspection) such a grand start! Stay tuned.

Weltdancer at her mare inspection trotting free

Weltdancer at her mare inspection

Rohanna produced Weltspring, another beautiful filly by Weltmeyer on March 21st, 2003. Her next filly, Wolkenstanza, by Wolkentanz, was born March 23rd, 2004. We were so pleased with Wolkenstanza that we kept her for our mare herd. In 2006 she produced Dominique by Don Schufro, a filly that shows every sign of having the same powerful gaits that her older sister Wolkenstanza possess, with the same easy temperament. In 2008 Rohanna had her first colt, a lovely bay by Hotline named Hot to Trot. I bred her back to Wolkentanz I in 2008 and on January 24th, 2009 she gave us a stunning black filly, Well Worth It, a full sister to Wolkenstanza. Rohanna was leased to Prosperity Farm for a 2010 foal and produced a lovely bay Danone I colt. She was be bred back to Wolkentanz I for a 2011 foal and produced a gorgeous black colt, Word of Honor, who reminds me so much of Wolkenstanza at the same age that it is uncanny.

I retired my sweet Rohanna in 2012. She, Frolichkeit and Rubizza will be enjoying green pastures and the good life at home.

Below are more details about Rohanna's ancestors and her growing up years.

Growing up

Rohanna as a young filly in Germany

Pretty Rohanna as a weanling in Germany

Rohanna was a charming, feminine filly with a wonderful way of going when we bought her as a long yearling. She had outstanding natural rhythm and a powerful movement that came well under from behind. Rohanna was started lightly under saddle in January of 2001. She showed a great willingness, excellent balance and gaits. In just seven weeks she was working very nicely at the walk, trot and canter, doing nicely balanced transitions. Our trainer Maya Sniadecky did her usual wonderful job, giving Rohanna a foundation that will last all her life. See her below after only seven weeks under saddle.

Rohanna 3 weeks under saddle

She was bred to Weltmeyer in April 2001. She stayed under saddle until November 2001, capping her time under saddle by winning her three year old Materiale class and coming third in the Materiale Championship at the SE Regional Breeder's Showcase Championship, behind two older stallions with much more training. See her in her Materiale class below.

Rohanna Materiale

Photo Credit Lori Harrison

Rohanna went back under saddle in fall of 2004, and was shown very successfully in January and February 2005. We toyed with selling this mare but came to our senses after seeing her progress under saddle and watching her 2004 filly blossom.

Rohanna trot

Photo credit Reg Corkum

Click here to see Rohanna's pedigree.

Rohanna's Ancestors

Rohanna's mother-line is exemplary. Her mother and the rest of her damline five generations back are all premium mares in Germany. Her grand dam Elite-St. Kimba II is the mother of two approved German Oldenburg stallions, Sunday Boy by Silvio and Feinglanz by Feinbrand. Her great grand dam St. Pr. Kateja III is a full sister to the famous stallion Volturno. The stallion Titus, a sire of 6 stallions and 5 SPS Mares in Oldenburg, was a full brother to Rohanna's grand dam Kimba. With such mares as close ancestors, we expected good things from our pretty Rohanna, and we have gotten just that in her foals!

Her Sire – Rohdiamant

Rohdiamant is one of the best sons of Rubinstein I. His dam-line adds the refining bloodline of Inschallah to that of Rubinstein. He is a 1990 Oldenburg stallion that is approved for the following registries in Germany: Oldenburg, Hannoverian, Westphalian, Rheinland, Hessen, Bavarian, and the list goes on!

Rohdiamant

He was stallion tested at Adelheidsdorf in 1993. Out of a class of 53, he was second with an overall score of 135.64. His dressage score was an outstanding 150.01 (first place), with a very respectable jumping score of 108.00 (17th). In 1994 he was state champion 4 year old dressage horse and main premium winner in Oldenburg. In '95 he was state, as well as federal, champion 5 year old dressage horse . At seven he was already very successful at the advanced level of dressage and competed with high placings in Prix St. Georges and Intermediare I. As a breeding stallion, he has already been equally successful with 9 approved sons and 12 states premium mares.

Rohdiamant’s dam’s sire, the Anglo Arab Inschallah, sired 38 approved stallion sons and many top mares. He was reserve champion of his stallion testing in 1972. His daughter Elektia V produced, not only the marvelous Rohdiamant, but his two full brothers, Royal Diamond, an approved stallion, and Roter Diamant, who sold for a very high price to stallion rearers.

Rohanna's Damline


Freiherr - Her Dam's Sire

Freiherr is a 1976 Oldenburg stallion, approved for breeding in Germany by seven registries, among them Oldenburg, Hannoverian and Westphalian. His sire Furioso II is known as a foundation sire for many breeds. Furioso II sired more than 250 registered mares (100 or more of those states premium mares) and 50 approved stallions. Freiherr’s dam-line is world class as well, with the dam Almentanne producing two other approved stallions. At his 1979 stallion approval, Freiherr was the best of the Oldenburg group with a good score making him 6th overall.

Freiherr

The quality of his first foal crop earned him a main premium in 1980. He has sired almost a dozen approved sons and more than twenty states premium mares. He is the sire of the outstanding stallions Fair Play, Feiner Stern, Feinbrand. Two of his better daughters are Weltwunder and Love Story.

Rohanna's Grand Dam's Sire – Aktuell

Aktuell

Aktuell is by Absatz, the most influential son of the foundation sire Abglanz, a Trakehner who influenced Hannover’s horses profoundly. Absatz sired such stallions as Argentan I, Akzent I and II, Admiral I and II, in addition to Aktuell. Aktuell sired 12 approved sons and many fine mares, among them SPS Kimba II.

Tiro - The great Grand Dam's Sire

Tiro sired 7 approved sons, among them Titus, full brother to SPS Kimba.

Tiro


Titus - brother to Kimba

Titus

Titus, a sire of 6 stallions and 5 SPS Mares in Oldenburg, was a full brother to Rohanna's grand dam Kimba.

August 30, 2013