For hundreds of years, warmbloods have been prized for their intelligence, strength, endurance, and durability. With foundations in cavalry and war training, as well as hunting, the Dutch, Holstein, Hanoverian, and Westphalian breeds evolved slowly into the international Dressage, Hunters, Jumpers, and Eventers we see dominating their disciplines today.
Though each breed has distinct strengths and predilections, breeders found that the mixing of the blood of each of these foundation warmbloods has continually produced more athletic and diverse offspring than the predecessors. The instinct of breeders in the past has been to breed Dressage sires to Dressage mares, Jumpers to Jumpers, and so on in hopes of producing a more outstanding version of the bloodline. In some cases, it worked, producing what is now referred to as the "Modern Sporthorse," but on the whole it seems that soundness and durability over time have dropped off.
Athleticism, or the capability of a horse to perform top level movements with ease within their discipline, is an extremely important factor in the breeding of warmbloods. In the same token, soundness and longevity are equally, if not more important.
Many qualities that make a good jumper also makes for a good dressage partner; infusing jump blood into dressage prospects and dressage worthy gaits into jumpers.
The theory is simple in that a good engine is important for all disciplines as well as an elastic, free shoulder and powerful “connected” push from behind. Jump talent is highly heritable where as producing upper level dressage gaits can be more of a challenge. Many horses are bred with an over extravagant front end movement, but then end up dragging their underactive hind end around the ring. Although many of these super flashy, difficult to ride horses seem to get the spotlight early in their careers, few seem to be able to remain sound and or rideable enough to reach the top of the sport. The loin connection needs to support the front end in order to have a conformationally “balanced” animal capable of longevity in sport.
Our breeding goal is to produce a horse that possesses the correct conformation to perform the discipline in which it was bred for as well as have the temperament/rideability and long term soundness needed for the upper levels of sport.
After over 20 years of breeding for the "Holy Trinity" and that perfect blend of athleticism and longevity, we've succeeded in producing top foals in all disciplines, including but certainly not limited to: