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Your Dressage Connection to Europe in Northern California

BREEDING

Our Philosophy

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After having to prematurely retire her competition mare Relevé in 2016, Sandy was inspired to begin a small breeding program.  

She partnered with Erika Pilimai who has extensive experience breeding dressage horses for competition.    Sandy's many years of training horses from start to Grand Prix enables her to have first-hand knowledge of which bloodlines are known for producing talented and ride-able offspring.  

Her goal is to not only produce a salable foal, but a foal that will grow up to become a horse that is safe, sane and ride-able up to the highest level of dressage.   

Science suggests that a majority of the genetic influence comes from the dam, and Sandy and Erika are meticulous in their selection of broodmares. The dam contributes significantly to a foal’s temperament and talent. 

All of their mares have been hand selected by Sandy with the main criteria being, what do they feel like to ride?  Emphasis is on a soft supple back, pure and expressive gaits, and a willing disposition. Of course, good conformation ensures the best possibility that a horse will have a long and healthy career.  A sport horse will triumph in almost any discipline with three pure gaits and a trainable temperament.  

Their mares are then paired with stallions having bloodlines proven to produce horses for the FEI ring as well as attributes that compliment each individual mare.    Sandy’s foals are handled extensively from day one and if they remain in her care until riding age, they get an optimal start under saddle as well.  Sandy starts her youngsters herself so they receive careful and meticulous training from the very beginning.  Her involvement from birth until they day you receive your future dressage star ensures that your partner has received the best upbringing possible. 

Our Mares

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2013 CDS Champion 2nd level

2014 USDF Reserve Champion 3rd level

2015 USDF Reserve Champion 4th level

2015 CDS Champion 4th level