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Nora took two mares she’s trained all the way up to the Greater Atlanta Dressage Society competition in Conyers, GA April 7th-10th, 2016 and enjoyed great success!

Bahai (Baroncelli/Rotspon) had an amazing weekend – scoring two personal bests in the Grand Prix and the Freestyle. She scored a 70.9% in the Open Grand Prix for the win. On Sunday she capped off the weekend with a stellar 78.375% win in the Grand Prix Freestyle!

Micanopy RH, a coming 7 year old mare (Maronjo/SPS Mijou), debuted at Fourth Level and Prix St Georges in her fourth show ever. She rocked her Fourth Level Test 3 – scoring 71.222% and took home the blue‼ The 71.222% was also good enough for High Point Fourth Level of the show. Micanopy RH also earned a 68.325% in her Developing Horse Prix St. Georges National Qualifier, not bad for her first weekend in tails!

We’re hoping for more great tests in the future with these two special girls! Check out the candids and professional photos by WNC Photography below…

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A very successful show for River House Hanoverians at Canterbury Holiday Dressage, November 2015!

Farleight (13 yo Hanoverian gelding from the Florestan line) and Nora were 2nd in the Open Grand Prix with a 67+% on Saturday, collecting six 8′s along the way, and then FIRST in the Open Grand Prix on Sunday with a 68+%, again receiving half a dozen 8s along the way! Good Boy Flumpy.

Jeanie, and her Wilde Card/Wilber (Weltmeyer/Akut), were 3rd in a good sized PSG class with almost a 67% and several 8′s on Saturday! And on Sunday, this pair were the winners in the Open Intermediare with almost a 66%. Two qualifying scores in as many classes – Go Jeanie!!!

Our beloved Bretone/Tony the Stalliony (Elite Hanoverian stallion – Brentano II/Salut) has seamlessly made the transition from Nora’s Grand Prix Champion to an AMAZING schoolmaster! Tony helped Lee earn two blue ribbons in the Amateur Grand Prix over the weekend AND finish her USDF Gold Medal! CONGRATULATIONS LEE!

 

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Some crazy person (aka Nora) signed up for back-to-back shows in Georgia over the last two weekends, but the horses were fabulous, so it’s all good!

Nora’s beautiful Bahai (Baroncelli/Rotspon) went to Chatt Hills this weekend and was a total star – taking home the Blue in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a 71%. They rocked a slightly silly pop freestyle with music from Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, and Avicii ;-D. They got lots of comments from the crowd on how much they enjoyed watching and dancing to it – which was very nice to hear!

Micanopy RH, a 6 year old home-bred by Maronjo out of SPS Mijou (Matcho/Argentan), went to both shows (enduring two six hour drives to the Atlanta area!) and totally killed it! These were her first shows EVER and she qualified for Regionals in just two rides, winning the Third Level Three at Chatt Hills with a 69.5% and earning Reserve Champion High Score of the show! She also put in two solid FEI 6 yo tests, over the two weekends. Very proud of her and her nice, clean flying changes!

Bramble RH, a 4 year old Bretone/Gleucksfee stallion, went to the competition at Poplar Place and earned his final qualifying score for First Level Three and took home the Blue. He also put in another solid 76.6% USEF 4 yo test. Good boy Baby Bramble!

It’s been fun for Nora to compete three horses that she’s have had since they were little, tiny foals!

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Our New Covered Arena is Up and Awesome!

Published on February 19, 2015 by in Farm, General, News, Other

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River House finally got it’s covered arena! After missing our indoor arena in New Hampshire for two years, we’ve put up an over-sized covered arena at our Williston, Fl location! The building and super sand/rubber/fiber mix footing are complete and we are enjoying riding in it, rain or shine. This building will be a huge asset come sunny Florida summer. We just have three pieces left to complete before our new covered is 100% finished: a wall of mirrors across  the far end, a watering system to keep the riding surface in tip-top shape, and two viewing areas to either side of the entrance. We also put in a lot of new fencing with the arena project. The farm is looking good and becoming an ever better facility for training grand prix horses. Take a look at the pictures from the various stages of the arena project in the gallery below.

 

 

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River House welcomes Ballencia RH!

Ballencia was born at four in the morning on 25 February 2014. Her mother is States Premium Mijou, an overall “8″ Matcho/Argentan mare who scored two “9s” on rideability in her German under saddle test, has produced the approved stallion, Delacroix RH. International dressage horses have come from this mother line. The sire is our lovely, elite Grand Prix stallion, Bretone (Brentano II/Salut). The name “Ballencia” means strong and brave – fitting for a filly who decided to go for a gallop around the farm at just a few hours old! The name originates from the ancient Spanish city of Valencia, which purportedly smells strongly of citrus due to all of its orange groves – again, a fitting name for a chestnut filly born when the Florida oranges are in full bloom, to a mare who has never had a chestnut in a dozen foals! Ballencia is pretty and leggy and we hope for great things in her future!

River House welcomes Behati RH!

SPS Weltfee II (Weltmeyer/Lord Udo) delivered a tall, strong filly in the early morning hours on March 21, 2014. We have decided to name her Behati after the Namibian Supermodel. This filly is one of the many Bretone/Weltfee II foals that we have had and we love them all! Her full siblings are Betty Davis, Barcelona (AKA Banana), Banderas, Baaron Miller, Bogart, Bacardi, and Bellatrix. Barcelona qualified in the top 15 four year olds in the country for the Markel National Young Horse Championships in 2011 and we are loving riding Banderas, Baaron Miller, and Bogart – all talented, super rideable horses. Behati is very outgoing and already shows great balance and gaits. She’s going to be one to watch in the future!

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Outside at the US Dressage Finals (Susan J Stickle Photo)

Outside at the US Dressage Finals (Susan J Stickle Photo)

2013 has been a great year, and a well-traveled year, for Bahai and Nora. The good news started with a training grant from the New England Dressage Association to pursue High Performance Grand Prix. Bahai and Nora’s show ring success for the year started with multiple wins in Wellington and north Florida in the Developing Horse Prix St Georges, as well as a promising Intermediare I debut.. Their undefeated run in the Developing Horse Prix St Georges qualifiers earned them an invitation to the Markel Developing Horse National Championships in Lamplight, IL. They also received an invitation to the Developing Dressage Training Session with Debbie MacDonald at Hassler Dressage. This training session was a wonderful opportunity to learn from one of our nation’s very best trainers and competitors. After the training session in Maryland it was back down to Florida for a few weeks and then up to Illinois. Nora was thrilled to get to work with Debbie several more times at the Developing Horse National Championships and delighted when Bahai finished sixth overall. Their performance at these championships as well as in the training session with Debbie McDonald lead to a Developing Dressage Training Grant from the USEF High Performance Committee to pursue Developing and CDI Grand Prix. From Illinois, it was back to Florida to regroup before heading to Georgia for the USDF Great American Insurance Group Region 3 Championships held at the sight of the 1996 Olympic Games. Bahai and Nora had a stellar ride in the Open Prix St. Georges, taking home the Championship with a 71.908% and earning the highest PSG qualifying score in the nation for the inaugural US Dressage Finals. They had a good enough Intermediare I Championship ride, just Bahai’s third time at the level, to earn a Wild Card spot for the Finals. So, it was back to Florida for a few more weeks and then onto Kentucky for the US Dressage Finals. Although the Finals was not Bahai’s best show, being part of the inaugural competition and competing in the spectacular Alltech Arena was well worth the trip. Now, In December, Nora and Bahai have been using some of their grant money to prepare for the Developing Grand Prix for next year. They’ve been shipping down to White Fences to work with Shelly Francis and get a leg-up for next year! Check out the journey in the photos below!

 

 

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Lots of good stuff happening for River House riders lately!

 

Nora was thrilled to receive a generous training scholarship from the New England Dressage Association. She will be using the funds to train with long time High Performance competitor and trainer Shelly Francis in White Fences. Nora will take both Farleight and Bahai down for several training sessions this fall – work towards High Performance grand prix.

 

Nora and Bahai received more good news when they were recently invited to the Developing Dressage Training Session with Debbie McDonald at Hassler Dressage. They will be heading up to Maryland at the end of July to participate. Farleight will also be going to work with Scott Hassler.

 

Gilberto Gonzalez, River House’s Working Student/Barn Manager Extraordinaire, also received good news this month. He earned his USDF Silver Medal! Riding the special Grand Prix schoolmaster, Weide, Gilberto earned his fourth level scores during the winter show season and made his Prix St. Georges debut this spring – earning the full Silver Medal in just six months! Great job Gilberto and Weide!

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Farewell Maronjo

Published on July 19, 2013 by in Farm, News

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River House Hanoverians sadly announces the passing of Elite Hanoverian stallion, Maronjo (Mahon/Marbod), born in 1984.  Maronjo competed through Grand Prix with a learning trainer.  A kind and patient school master to the end, in his retirement he was used as a lunge horse and taught the “feel” of the FEI movements to many mid-level riders. Sound to the end, his final day was spent teaching a lesson and sauntering in the pasture near his beloved mares.

Born and approved in Germany, Maronjo was imported by Otto Fuchs and won his hundred day test in the United States with the then top score of 138+points. Those who saw his cross country performance were amazed, although the factors of character and rideability enhanced his overall score. He was developed to first level by Reggie Lorenz. His jumping ability was noted and when River House acquired him at the 1990 Glenwood Farm auction, several contenders were jumper riders.

Before the advent of frozen semen and the broadening of the imported mare base in the US,  Maronjo bred very large books of mares. He corrected feet, legs and front ends on thoroughbred mares and produced well-grown foals that won at foal shows, breed competitions and AHS mare shows.  Maronjo’s offspring have been very successful in hunter/jumper, dressage and combined training disciplines.  Perhaps they should most be remembered as peoples’ best friends.  River House still receives regular calls from owners loving their Mo offspring, wanting to know more about him and looking for another.

Maronjo will live on through his many offspring – active in multiple disciplines. Maronjo has proven to be a valuable broodmare sire and River House is also thrilled with their crosses between Maronjo and Bretone daughters. The first Maronjo/Bretone cross is now starting under saddle, and we will continue to make more using his frozen semen.

We will miss Maronjo’s kind and quirky nature, but his time was long and fruitful.

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All three horses put in great performances at White Fences, March 22-24, to bring Nora’s Wellington season to a satisfying conclusion.

Nora’s own Bahai (a nine year old mare by Harmony’s Baroncelli out of SPS Rose by Rotspon) put in a smooth, energetic test to win the Developing Horse Prix St Georges with almost a 68%. The next day, Bahai did her second Intermediare I ever with great results – earning over 69%! Nora is very excited about Bahai’s progress toward the Grand Prix in her training at home and thrilled that she seems to be getting the hang of doing her thing in the show ring!

Nora’s Farleight (an eleven year old gelding from the popular Florestan line) made his Intermediare II debut – his first time ever piaffing, passaging, and one tempiing in the ring – very exciting! He came out with a bang – winning his test with well over 67%! Very exciting indeed!

Nora also rode Anne Clement’s Bandito RH (one of many fabulous Bretone babies) to three blue ribbons in his recognized show debut. Bandito RH may not turn five years old until July, but he’s already bringing home the blues at both first and second level. He won both his second level three classes with scores to almost 68% and he won his first level three class with almost 71%. This week he is back at River House, with Anne in the tack, showing her how to ride trot and canter half-passes and walk pirouettes. He’s a star!

Overall, a great way to wrap up the Wellington season before hitting the ground running at River House in Williston!

 

 

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River House Hanoverians’ Bretone (AKA Tony) is a wonderful Grand Prix competitor, a teddy-bear in the barn, and has recently started being a very patient schoolmaster. He passes on his talent, incredible trainability and willingness to work to his offspring. We have heard so many great things from people who have bred to him or purchased his foals.

 

Anne Clement met Bandito RH (Bretone x Feines [Fabriano]) when he was just a few weeks old and fell in love. Bandito stayed at River House to be raised, but Anne had fun visiting him, taking pictures, and presenting him as a yearling for his American Hanoverian Society registration (he missed his foal inspection, as he was born in July!). Bandito got started as a three year old and, being a very smart boy, Anne was soon in the tack. He went to the Williston, FL farm in the spring of his four year old year to get a little more training and to start seeing the world. Anne enjoyed riding him all summer and fall, and this spring Bandito is back in Florida – Wellington this time – with Nora, where he has been making his competitive debut! As just a 4 1/2 year old, he went to his first competition ever at White Fences in February and was a star – placing second in first level 3 with a 68+% and second in second level 1 with a 66+%! Next up for Bandito – maybe qualifying and competing in Regionals, showing with Anne, and some training over fences. Anne and River House are very proud of him!

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Bandito RH at his first show (Photos by Anne Clement).

 

Sarah Flannery also purchased her Bretone boy, Breezy (Bretone x SPS Arielle [Argentan/Matcho x]) as just a foal. She took Breezy home to raise him, but sent him back to River House to be started this winter. He has grown into a tall, handsome horse with three super high quality gaits. He has been a pleasure to start under saddle and certainly has a bright dressage future ahead of him. He’ll be going home  soon and River House wishes Sarah and Breezy all the best!

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Breezy looking pretty impressive after just a short time under saddle.

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