Baaron – SOLD

Published on May 11, 2019 by in Sales, Sold

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***** CONGRATULATIONS Katherine and Bridgette! *****

Baaron (Bretone/Weltmeyer) is a sweet, gentle amateur horse. He is 17+ hands and 10 years old. He is very solid Second Level and schooling Third with confirmed half passes in trot and canter and clean changes started. Easy to ride, hack, and deal with on the ground. Baaron would be a wonderful partner for any amateur looking for a lower level schoolmaster with the talent and willingness to move up the levels. SOLD

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 As posted on Facebook 12 November 2018:

“Following an amazing week at the US Dressage Finals in Kentucky, the four horses, two corgis, and two humans that represented Team River House are safely back home in Florida! We enjoyed tremendous success – especially with the ‘Fidertanz Twins’, who took home 5 tricolors between them! We even got some 9s at Nationals!!!

On Saturday evening, Faro SQF (Fidertanz/Rotspon bred by Jill Peterson) glided his way to the Open Intermediare Freestyle Championship title with an incredible 77.783%! It was extra special because Andrea Whitcomb, my cousin and Faro’s co-owner, was there to witness his elegance in person. Fifi MLW (Fidertanz/Wolkentanz bred by Mary Lou Pitz Winn) danced to my fun, homemade freestyle to finish right on her brother’s heals with an impressive 76.783% to take the Reserve Champion honors. It was fabulous to ride these two super talented horses in the dynamic environment of the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Fifi MLW came back to earn her own Championship title on the following brisk Sunday morning. We won the Open Prix St. Georges Championship with a 73.137%! With the win, Fifi MLW earned the Miki Christophersen Perpetual Trophy, which Faro SQF earned last year. This year, Faro SQF, being the gentleman that he is, graciously accepted the Reserve Championship honors with a 71.765%. With her score, Fifi MLW also earned the Lloyd Landkamer Perpetual Trophy for the second year in a row. This award is for the FEI Highest Scoring Mare at the Finals. It is an honor for Fifi to win this award and a great opportunity for us to be able to remember Lloyd who was always such a big presence at all of our National Championships and CDIs.

These two stars also performed well in their first championship class of their competition, the Open Intermediare Championship, on Friday. Faro SQF was Reserve Champion with a 71.373% and Fifi MLW took third place honors with a 70.196%. I am so grateful to have these two very special horses in my life.

My little mare, Bahai (Baroncelli/Rotspon bred by Otto Fuchs), was a bit unsettled by the loud noises in the Alltech Arena, but still tried her heart out in the Open Grand Prix Championship to earn third place! She was very tired by the time our late night ride in the Open Grand Prix Freestyle Championship rolled around, but she managed to stay in the ribbons.

Clever 6 yo River House home-bred, Belatrix RH (Bretone/Weltmeyer), thought Regionals was a big venue, but going to Nationals was even more of an eye opener! She was a very good girl though, winning her Third Level warm-up class and taking 4th place in her Open Fourth Level Championship. She was the youngest in her class and did fabulous work in her test, unfortunately we just had a few moments of lost attention that hurt our scores. But, she’s amazing and has a very bright future!

All of these horses are wonderful and it’s a privilege to be able to spend my time training them. As always, these successes are made possible through the help of many people, here are a few… My parents, Jeanie and Verne. Andrea for her support with Faro and all of her help this week. Anne for coming to cheer, help, and video this week. Sally Seaver for her generous support. All of my clients who trust me to coach them and train their horses. The great people that help out in the barn – including working student, Celina, and Kenn. Custom Saddlery (Rebecca, Faye, and Sharon) for making the high-quality saddles I ride in. Super farrier Colin. Deborah, who routinely clips my horses and makes them look super sleek and Alyssa from Blue Ribbon Braiding for giving Bahai a gorgeous emergency body clip at the horse park. A big thank you too, to Sandy and Laura from the American Hanoverian Society for helping us get the stalls set up and everything unloaded at the horse park. All of the vets, body workers, friends, and family. And, of course, all of the show organizers, show sponsors, volunteers, and the friendly, talented competitors who help make the whole Nationals experience worth the trip every year!”

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 As posted on Facebook 15 October 2018:

“Team River House got back to the farm very early this morning after an incredible GAIG/USDF Region 3 Championships at the Georgia International Horse Park. The weather was gorgeous, the classes were huge, the competition was fierce, and I couldn’t be prouder of all of my horses! We took home 5 Championships and 4 Reserve Championships!!

Andrea Whitcomb‘s Faro SQF (Fidertanz/Rotspon, bred by Jill Peterson), kicked off the success by taking the large Open Prix St. Georges Championship with a 71.765%. Faro’s little sister, Fifi MLW (Fidertanz/Wolkentanz, bred by Mary Lou Pitz Winn) was a very close Reserve Open PSG Champion to her big brother with a 71.691%.

On Saturday, Faro’s big sister, Bahai (Baroncelli/Rotspon) – who River House imported as a foal at her mother’s side – kept the good things rolling putting in a solid Grand Prix Freestyle as the very first test of the day – her early morning score held up for a Reserve Championship title. Fifi MLW totally rocked her Intermediare Freestyle to decisively take the Championship with a 76.125%! Faro SQF took the Reserve title in the big, competitive class with a 73.688%. River House home-bred, Belatrix RH (Bretone/Weltmeyer) didn’t want to be outdone, so she put in a lovely, clean test to take the Open Fourth Level Championship with a 72.000%, not bad for a very clever 6 year old!

The successes kept coming on Sunday with my little Bahai pulling out a win in the Open Grand Prix Championship. Fifi MLW threw down the gauntlet in the Open Intermediare Championship – scoring an impressive 74.485%. When we were tacking up Faro SQF, we told him he had to get a 75+ if he wanted to beat his little sister yet again. So, he went out and did just that! Taking the Championship on a 75.294% and pushing Fifi MLW to Reserve. They have quite a sibling rivalry going on!

I am so lucky to have these amazing horses in my life and I still can’t believe we did this well. There are many, many people that help make this possible, but here are just a few… My parents, Jeanie and Verne. Faro the Fabulous’s owner, Andrea the Awesome. All of my clients who trust me to help them with their riding and training their horses . My fab working student, Celina. Kenn and Patty who help take care of the barn. Custom Saddlery (Rebecca, Faye, and Sharon) for making the wonderful saddles I ride in – Fifi MLW is now dancing in her gorgeous, brand new saddle! Super farrier, Colin Morrow. Deborah Bonenclark, who clipped Fifi and Bahai at the last minute to look super sleek. All the vets, body workers, friends, family, show organizers, and the kind, friendly competitors and spectators who just made the whole experience fun!”

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As posted on Facebook 08 September 2018:

“I have some Festival of Champions photographs taken by the amazing Sue Stickle to share!

Faro SQF (Fidertanz/Rotspon/World Cup I gelding bred by Jill Peterson) and Fifi MLW (Fidertanz/Wolkentanz I/Rohdiamant bred by Mary Lou Pitz Winn) were 4th and 6th respectively, in the Intermediare National Championships. I am so thankful to have these two fabulous horses to ride. Thank you so much to Faro’s owner and my cousin Andrea Whitcomb – it is such a pleasure to have Faro in my life!

It takes a whole team to do this. I am eternally grateful to my parents, Jeanie and Verne, for all of their support in my endeavors in this crazy horse sport we share.

I also want to express my gratitude to Sally Seaver for her generous patronage.

A big thank you to all the people that work to keep the horses happy and healthy: especially Colin Morrow, Dr. Tennant, Dr. Varney, and Dr. Mountan. Thank you to everyone who helps keep the farm running. Thanks to all of my clients who trust me to develop their horses and their riding goals. Thanks to my student Kasey, who kept my Grand Prix horse, Bahai, going while I was at Lamplight.

A huge thank you to Custom Saddlery (Rebecca Forrest Blikslager, Faye Flynn-Saddle Fitter, and Sharon Stanford Cooper) for making all of the saddles I ride in. I have a brand new sponsored saddle – it’s beautiful, I love it, and Fifi loves it!

It was wonderful to be back at Festival of Champions – the gorgeous venue at Lamplight, the show managers, USEF staffers, and all the amazing competitors with their awesome horses combined to create a super competition with great Championship atmosphere. With Luck, we’ll be back there again soon!”

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27 May 2018 Facebook post:

“Everyone for Team River House had a great weekend of firsts at the beautiful Grand Oaks Dressage Show. The wind and rain of a subtropical storm were threatened, but the weather held and ended up being fabulous for riding! Clark donned the tailcoat for the first time and looked dashing as he piloted Tony the Magnificent (Bretone) through two solid Prix St. Georges tests and earned his USDF Silver Medal! Though Rebecca and Micanopy RH are just beginning their partnership together, this gorgeous pair had a very promising start in their first PSG – earning 65+% and the blue ribbon! Kasey and her talented HS Diamond Dolly were brilliant in their first Intermediare I endeavor – earning a 68.6%! They also survived the crackling speakers to earn their first I-1 Freestyle score for Regionals and a blue ribbon. Mitch did a fabulous job navigating through a very respectable initial foray at First Level 3 on an overly exuberant Chewy; Mr. Chew looked a bit like he wanted back in the speed round at the jumper show – two thumbs up for impulsion! I also was lucky enough to ride this weekend on Fran‘s 7 yo star, Grapjas, in his first Prix St. Georges tests. He was fantastic – winning both his Test of Choice classes with 69.6% and 69.4%. He is a joy to ride and has a very bright future! Congrats to all!

 As posted on Facebook on 05 August 2018:

“Team River House survived the heat and had a great show at the always pleasant Canterbury Showplace this weekend! (Be sure to check out the cutest member of the team in the short video =D).

Belatrix RH, a 6 y.o. River House home-bred (Bretone/SPS Weltfee II [Weltmeyer]), was a total star in just her second USDF competition. She was High Point Open Third Level horse with her 70+% winning 3-3 ride. She also won her Fourth Level debut in the demanding 4-3 test with another 70+%. Bela is always a blast to ride – such a good girl!

Kasey and her super unicorn, Dolly, won both their Amateur Intermediare I (with 66+%) and their Intermediare Freestyle (with a 68+%) classes – taking home High Point FEI Amateur honors. Cleaning up yet again in just their second outing at the Intermediare level!

I haven’t had Bahai in the ring since last year’s US Dressage Finals, so we were quite rusty. But, we still managed to pull out a win in the Grand Prix with a 66+% and earn Open FEI Reserve High Point honors. By the Grand Prix Freestyle today, we were starting to get our groove back a bit – she took home the blue with 71+%.

As always, a big THANK YOU to Custom Saddlery for making the fabulous saddles I ride in. Fifi MLW will be sporting the latest gorgeous saddle to head our way when she, Faro SQF, and I head to Festival of Champions in a couple weeks.”

As posted on Facebook 16 September 2018:
“We took a very quick trip over to Grand Oaks to get a few last minute qualifying scores. The always impressive Fifi MLW (Fidertanz/Wolkentanz) tried her new freestyle for a second time. We have worked some kinks out since Festival of Champions and she scored a 79+%!

Home-bred, 6 yo wonder mare, Belatrix RH (Bretone/Weltmeyer) put in a lovely, clean 4-3 test to get her all qualified at fourth level for Regionals. Good girls!”

As posted on Facebook 06 November 2018:
“We’re on the road to Kentucky!!! But, before we get started on US Dressage Finals, a quick update about Team River House’s success at the recent Canterbury Holiday Kick Off Show.Kasey and Dolly rocked their Intermediare II debut, taking home two blue ribbons and High Score FEI Adult Amateur. Way to go Kasey and the Unicorn – you two have a bright future in the Grand Prix!

Mitch and Sir Chewy made their Second Level debut and earned their third score towards a USDF Bronze Medal. They did a great job tackling a new level and concurring those simple changes!

Working student Celina Collins, did a super job piloting Wilber through his first two tests back in the ring after a long hiatus. In just her second dressage show ever, Celina earned her first two scores for her USDF Bronze Medal. Nice job!”

 

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Van Helsing RH

Published on January 13, 2019 by in Sales, Young Horses

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Born 24 April 2018 – a gorgeous, bay colt with four white feet and a star. By Vitalis out of SPS Florence Royal H (Florencio/DeNiro/Calypso II). He has three quality gaits, loads of presence, and a sweetheart personality.

 

 

 

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This post appeared on Facebook 01 April 2018:

“Faro SQF, Fifi MLW, and I just completed a successful CDI double header at Global 10 & 12 in Wellington. In large classes, among talented competition, we earned ribbons in every test and finished in the top 3 five times! They both made their I-1 debuts in the international ring this winter and held their own. I am super proud of both of them.

Highlights for Faro SQF include a 3rd place in the I-1 CDI 3* at week 10, a 3rd place in the PSG CDI 1* at week 12, and a 2nd place in the I-1 CDI 1* at week 12 with a 70+% and just a couple tenths off the lead! He also did his first I-1 freestyles this winter, earning a pair of 71+%s and top five placings. I am eternally grateful to Andrea for enabling me to ride this fantastic horse and I am very excited for his future!

Highlights for Fifi MLW include a 2nd place in the PSG CDI 3* and a 3rd place in the I-1 CDI 3* at week 12. We have had some set backs this winter, but we’re slowly getting our mojo back and the sky is the limit with Queen Fifi, so we’ll see where we go!

We’ll be at the farm now for a few months playing more with the Grand Prix work and then, with a bit of luck, we’ll be headed up to Festival of Champions!

Thank you so much to my mom for helping me out tirelessly at the show. Thank you to my dad, Verne, for keeping the farm going so we can come down and try to swim in the big pond. Thank you to Kenn, Celina, Gilberto, and Dean for all you do for the horses at the farm. Thank you to Sally for all of your support in my High Performance goals. Thank you to all of my clients who trust me with their special horses and let me teach them. Thank you to all of the incredible professionals that keep my horses sound and healthy: including Colin, Dr. Varney, and Dr. Tennant. Thank you to the wonderful organizers, competitors and sponsors at AGDF, who make these events spectacular. And a thank you so much to Custom Saddlery (Rebecca, Sharon, and Faye) and Choice of Champions International (Allyn Maix) for sponsoring me with fabulous Custom saddles and supplements that help us perform at the top of our game!”

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Dark Chocolate RH

Published on January 12, 2019 by in Sales, Young Horses

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Dark Chocolate RH is a gorgeous 2018 dark chestnut filly. She is by Blue Hors Don Olymbrio (Jazz/Olympic Ferro) who is currently winning at international Grand Prix with Daniel Bachmann Andersen. She is out of the amazing mare Lovelyn (Londontime/Don Crusador/Wolkentanz) who WON in hand at the prestigious Louis-Wegels Show in Germany. DC is super sweet and looks to mature around 16.1 hands. She has a brilliant future ahead of her in the dressage ring.  Asking 29K OBO.

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Hakira – SOLD

Published on December 16, 2018 by in Sold

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Hakira, Kira, is a high quality, 2012 16.3 KWPN (Cashmir/Métall) mare with super FEI potential. Gorgeous red bay with four white feet, Kira has three powerful gaits and lots of talent. Kira was shown very successfully in 2018 at training and first level by her Amateur rider with scores to over 78% – they were both Region 3 Amateur Training Level and First Level Champions with 77+% and 75+%. Kira is schooling second level and starting to play with some third level movements. This is a very nice horse to put some time into and take up the levels! SOLD

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Lexicon

Published on December 16, 2018 by in Featured Horses, Riding Age Horses, Sales

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Lexicon is a 2015, shiny black 17 hand imported Hanoverian gelding by Londontime out of a States Premium DonCrusador/Wolkentanz/Salvano mare. He is quiet, safe, sweet, sound and trainable – ready to be someone’s sweetheart to take up the levels! Coming 4 in 2019, he is already doing broken lines in the canter, leg-yielding, learning to rein back, and hacking out in the fields. He comes from an amazing family, his full sister won in hand at the prestigious Louis-Wegels show in Germany. His dam’s full brother is Celle State Stud stallion Don Index. Many competitive upper level dressage horses have come from both his sire and dam lines. Lex has a bright future. Asking $49,999.

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