Former fashion model Olivia Hallman purchased Catherine Haddad Staller’s top Grand Prix mount, Mane Stream Winyamaro, in August. Hallman, 29, has a background in Icelandic Horses and started riding dressage more recently. She’s a student of Staller’s in Califon, N.J., and Winyamaro will stay based out of Staller’s barn.
“She’s a very bright woman, and she’s very focused on her riding,” said Staller. “She’s a very balanced and talented rider. He’s so trained that depending how she rides the corner, he comes out of the corner doing whichever movement she wants.”
Staller and Winyamaro, a 13-year-old Hanoverian (Walt Disney—Taiga, Trapper) gelding, served as an alternate pair for the U.S. team at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (Ky.), and they also competed at the 2011 FEI World Cup Final (Germany).
“I think it was probably the most intelligent thing I’ve done in my career, just because the horse is peaking,” said Staller of the sale. “He still has many good years left in him, which makes him a valuable asset. I trained him for seven years, and I was well-paid for that work. I’m sure Olivia will be successful with him. There’s no negative to this sale.”
Staller brought a newer Grand Prix mount, Mane Stream Hotmail, out at the Dressage at Devon CDI-W, placing second in the Grand Prix Special.