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Hunter/dressage stallions

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  • Hunter/dressage stallions

    I’d love to hear about stallions that have been successful in the American hunters AND dressage. I don’t see very many marketed that way, but those are my preferred rings and I am starting to think about beginning to shop for a next horse. I’m curious what registries/lines might fit this odd shaped box. Preferably some tendency toward chrome and not a bay or grey. But of course, movement is more important.

    I’m not breeding anything, but I like to learn about what’s out there, and this is a good excuse to look at pretty horses.

  • #2
    R lined horses are pretty well acknowledged as actually being good at both jobs. They don't tend to have the extreme joint articulation that some of the modern dressage lines have, and generally have a great natural balance and rhythm in the gaits. They aren't flashy from a dressage perspective but they are good and correct. They also tend to have a very nice jump. (Rotspon and Redwine are the hunter R stallions but many of the "dressage r" have offspring competing in hunters successfully.)

    A less dynastic jumping/dressage line is Contendro (whose sire is a Cor de la Bryere grandson through Calypso II). As this is a specific sire rather than an entire line, there are fewer examples to research but Contendro mares are really well regarded in dressage breeding (the canters are super).

    More broad: old G line. Grande is really the progenitor that I'm thinking of but Graf had a few other offspring that I think you can still find extant lines for. They're really well known for jumping (Graf grannus, Graf top, grey top) but Grundstein I+II, Grande grandsons, are both reasonably visible in dressage breeding even now. You are more likely to be successful finding a jumping horse you like that can do dressage in the G line than vice versa-simply more of them jumping, I think.

    The Argentan line is harder to find but well known for jumping (Argentinus) and then an Argentinus son, August der Starke, sold for a record breaking price at auction for dressage and his son Augustin was an Olympic horse for dressage. There are a few stallions out there that you can still find Argentinus reasonably recent in (again, almost all jumpers). Solo's Landtinus comes to mind. You can find Argentan/Akzent II in more pedigrees further back but the most likely name if you're looking for it in the first three generations is going to come through Argentinus..and at this point, he's another stallion whose female offspring are really well regarded as broodmares for both jumping and dressage. I see him most often these days as a damsire of stallions if he's close up in the pedigree in any way.
    Last edited by Edre; Jun. 15, 2019, 01:35 AM. Reason: autocorrect fail


    • #3
      Devon Heir. The hunter people love his babies and they do well in dressage too. I have a homebred 6 year old mare by him and she’s lovely. Very easy to start and a real sweetheart. I’m an eventer and she’s a natural at dressage, but more like a hunter than a jumper in terms of how she jumps. Quiet, rhythmic, pretty.


      • #4
        Edre is right on.

        R-lines are very good dual purpose stallions. I currently have two dressage bred ones that are now successful hunters. They are nice movers, good jumpers, and have fantastic temperaments, as have all the R-lines I've met.

        Holsteiners (and most have Cor de la Bryere in there somewhere) are also a good option. Many of them aren't going to win the hack, but have very good jumps with lots of scope) I have a Riverman mare who was a successful dressage horse as a youngster and later was my AO horse.

        I think if you're looking for dual purpose stallions, you can also look at USEF Eventing Stallion rankings. Many of those won't have the flat kneed movement that wins in the hunters, but they'll be passing on dressage aptitude as well as good jumps.
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        • #5
          Wild Dance produces a very nice jumping style and has offspring as hunters as well as dressage. He was the champion of his stallion test with top dressage scores but also received 9s for jumping. Rubignon had an international dressage career , on the Swedish team but also got 8s and 9s from his Swedish test riders for jumping under saddle and has produced numerous well moving and jumping hunters with superb characters. Donarweiss same thing, Grand Prix dressage career with a junior but likes to jump and in great form, he also produced good hunters as well as GP dressage offspring.