Pedigree profile of Rivendell Freya
Freya is a beautifully proportioned strong filly by Rivendell Beregond out of Compton House Flower Power, a hannoverian mare by Fivestar out of Rudina. Fivestar is by the well-known stallion Florestan I.
Florestan was born in 1986 and as a foal he impressed all with his type, expression and basic gaits. Temperament and character were highlights of this young colt. Very lucrative offers were declined from USA, and Florestan was sold to the Westphalen State Stud who had put first option on him as a foal. From the Nordrhein Westphalen State Stud he has influenced warmblood breeding immensely. Florestan has clearly stamped a dynasty of performance and breeding horses.
In 1988 Florestan was the undisputed winner of the Rheinland Licensing. He fulfilled expectations by Winning the Performance Test in Warendorf in 1989. He acheived a total index of 129.02.
His critics were silenced after his first foal crops proved his reproducing powers. His foals all replicated their sire’s excellent traits. Progeny from those first years impressed so much that Florestan was moved to the main breeding station in Warendorf.
Florestan and his progeny are well known all over the world. To name a few, the Bundeschampions, Fidermark, Ferrara S, French Kiss, the World Dressage Champion, Fürst Heinrich, Florencio, 3rd placegetter of World Dressage Championship finals in Las Vegas, Floriano,the best horse in the finale of the German Dressage Derby, Florianus, Stallion Licensing Champions, Future (NRW) and French Kiss (Baden-Wurttenburg), Oldenburger Main Premium Winner, Fürst Heinrich and Florencio. Bavarian Main Premium Winner Florestano, the Performance Test Champions Faveur, Fidermark, Fielmann, and Freestyle, NRW winning mare Fiedergirl, top priced stallion from the Hannoverian Licensing 2006, First Dance and Westphalen Reserve Champion and NRW Auction top price, Fleur Rubin. These are just some of his progeny and their achievements..
Florestan showed very early that he could create his own stallion line and strengthen and continue the line from his ancestors. This is evident in his sons and grand sons. Florestan has delivered since 1993 at least one Licensed son each year and many of those were honoured as Premium Stallions. In 2000, there were 15 sons at the NRW Licensing. Ten sons were licenced with the stallion, Future being Champion. Others included Fürst Heinrch, Floresco, Fielman and Floriano. Other associations have had their share of Florestan sons also. Fürstenreich, Fit for fun, and Florencio in Oldenburg, French Kiss in Baden-Wurttenberg, Florestano and Florentano in Bavaria, and First Dance in Hanover.
Florestan progeny have always done well in competition and in 2003 Fürst Heinrich was World Dressage Champion as a 5 year old. In 2004 Florencio was World Dressage Champion as a 5 year old and French Kiss was World Dressage Champion as a 6 year old.
In 2004 Florestan progeny dominated the NRW Licensing. The first three premium placings were by Florestan sons and Florestan himself.. Champion Stallion was Fidertanz (Fidermark), Reserve Champion was Fürst Grandios (Fürst Heinrich), 2nd Reserve Flovino (by Florestan). Nine sons in total were NRW Licensed that year and a further 13 stallions by Florestan sons and grand sons were also Licensed.
In 2006 Hannoverian Licensed Stallion, First Dance sold for 400,000EU.
Florestan’s pedigree shows a successful combination from various bloodstreams coming together. His sire, Fidelio originated through Hannoverian breeding and was sired by Furioso II. Fidelio consistently produced very correct rideable horses with the desired movement and temperament.
Florestan’s dam, St.Pr.St. Raute was 3 year old Rheinland Champion Mare and was awarded State Premium. She fulfilled all expectations being a succesful show and broodmare. She won her class at the Bundes Mare Show in Verden in 1983 and in 1986 at the State Mare Show she was also a winner, a big honour at this show as all top mares from other assocations compete against each other. She wrote breeding history when she produced Florestan 1 and his siblings, including 3 sisters who were all honoured with State Premium status. St.Pr.St. Wachtel by World Champ, St.Pr.St. Palucca by Paretti and St.Pr.St. Wapita by World Champ. Full brother Florestan II was Licensed and also stood at Warendorf stud.
Two other progeny by St.Pt.St. Raute are with Robert Dover, dressage rider in USA.
Florestan’s sister St.Pr.St.Wachtel was the mother of three State Premium Mares, St.Pr.St. Phantasie, by Paretti, St.Pr.St. Dollnitz by Don Bedo I and St.Pr.St. Fayette by Feinsinn.
Well known for his hereditary transmission, Florestan has a Dressage Breeding Index of 146 with 99% accuracy (2006).
Over 100 sons have been Licensed and 190 mares awarded State Premium. 1620 offspring are registered as competition horses with combined winnings of over 1,500,000EU. Florestan not only produces top sons but also top mares for breeding and sport. His progeny are also consistently producing top quality. In Westphalen, Florestan or Florestan progeny have produced 6 times in 8 years, the Champion Mare.
Florestan features as the Dam’s Sire of hundreds of Licenced Stallions, Premium Mares and successful competition horses. Along with his achievements as a Sire, this makes him one of the most Influential Sires in Warmblood history.
Flower Power’s dam, the state premium mare Rudina, is by the stallion Rubin Royal. A stallion with a very magnetic personality. Rubin Royal is a performer and has the power to enchant his audiences. At the licencing for young stallions in 1999 he was awarded the I d-premium. He awed the judges with his brilliant type, sensational movement and great jumping qualities. Wherever Rubin Royal makes an appearance he is always welcomed with a spontaneous applause. His first offspring have already won young horse classes which justifies his 12th place in the German wide Breeding Evaluation List for dressage horses.
In 2000 Rubin Royal completed his stallion performance testing in Adelheidsdorf finishing in fourth place in Leistungsklasse 1, with great critical acclaim from the press. In all aspects of the testing he confirmed his abilities and talents with high scores. After the presentation of his first foals in 2001, Rubin Royal was undisputably awarded the 1 a-Main Premium Stallion in Oldenburg. Rubin Royal, from Seiferts own breeding, is a great example of a multi-talented stallion. In 2001 Rubin Royal was introduced into the dressage competition sport and was quickly qualified for the Bundeschampionat for dressage horses. Since then, in partnership with Dieter Weichert, he has won Prix St. George, Intermediare 1 and has qualified for the Nürnberger Burgpokal finals.
His father is the champion stallion Rohdiamant. The mother Rumirell has birthed three full brothers after Rubin Royal: Romanov, the young stallion-reserve winner from the Oldenburg stallion approvals in Oldenburg 2002 and Danish champion of four-year-olds, Rumicello and Rubino Vincento. The mother’s father Grundstein II has been consistently producing internationally successful dressage and jumping horses in the Worldclass-Niveau. The high rideability component of these horses comes from the third generation father, Akzent II. The offspring from Rubin Royal is exceptionally elegant with fascinating movement and character. From the first group of offspring is the sensational Rubin Cortes, the first approved son and also the approved young stallion-reserve winner from the Oldenburg stallion approvals in 2003. Since then there have been five approved sons in various breeding areas such as Oldenburg, Hannover, and Westfalen- alltogether they have a seldom seen quality. At the Oldenburg Foal Auction in 2004 the Rubin Royal son, Radisson, was the highest seller for 40,000 Euros.
Rivendell Freya’s sire is Rivendell Beregond by Belissimo M, one of the top stallions in Europe. After a long break from competing, he returned in 2011 at the advanced (S) level, and straightaway he achieved victories and placings in Grand-Prix under Hayley Beresford.
In recognition of his breeding significance, Belissimo M has been honoured in a way that only a few top stallions have. He now is allowed to perform as representative of his homeland, as Belissimo NRW. The Holsteiner Verband has also honoured his extraordinary breeding qualities in 2010 by granting him a rare approval to breed Holsteiner mares as a sire of a foreign blood-line.
The offpring of Belissimo M set records: Nine stallion performance test winners and three vice performance test winners from the first few crops is probably a world record! In addition, there are five Bundeschampions and, with Blickpunkt, there is a double bronze medal winner of the World Championships for young dressage horses in Verden. Currently, Callaho’s Benicio – the eponymous hero of the 2011 Hanoverian licensing in Verden – became, with fantastic scores, Bundeschampion of the six-year-old dressage horses in Warendorf. Benicio also won his stallion performance test with 9.88 in dressage (a 10.0 for trot, walk and canter each) and an 8.43 for jumping!
Belissimo M has produced more championship winners, and many highly priced auction horses such as his daughter, Belandra, who sold for 572,000 Euro to Denmark at the PSI Auction in Ankum. All are the result of Belissimo M’s resounding inheritance of riding quality. In 2011, his oldest offspring competed in the advanced class for the first time – already five of them were successful at this stage, several times even as winners.
According to FN’s estimated breeding values, he has been positioned for years nationwide among the top dressage sires with a score of 169 index points in 2012, and he also has a positive breeding value for jumping (107 points). The Hanoverian estimated breeding value statistics place him with the very best stallions with 147 points for the dressage quality of his performance tested daughters, and with impressive evaluations for the heredity transmission of riding horses (142 points) as well as the fundament (159 points!).
Until the end of 2014, Belissimo M already presented 42 licensed sons including numerous premium stallions in Hanover (310,000 Euro top-prized Bentley), Oldenburg, Westphalia, and Austria where Bellheim became the champion stallion. Furthermore, there are already 80 state premium mares, including the champion mares of Hanover and Bavaria, as well as the 2009 champion mare of Westphalia, Brillante, and the 2011 reserve champion mare, Bella Vista.
This resounding heredity transmission is the result of systematic performance breeding. The sire Beltain was himself successful in the dressage arena up to advanced (S) class and originates from one of the most successful mare lines of Hanover. His dam is full sister of the Celle State Stud sires, Garibaldi I and II, and granddam of Wolkenstein I and II as well as of the Grand Prix dressage horse Little Big Man, the Celle State Stud sires Brentano I and II, as well as Beauvalais who was the 2002 World Equestrian Games silver medalist, and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist.
Belissimo’s dam, Roxa, produced, when bred to Boss, three successful full siblings in dressage up to advanced (S) level: Bonnie Bianco, Baccarole and Boutique.
Wolkenfee, state premium Hannoverian mare is Beregond’s dam.
Her sire is Wolkentanz I, one of the successful sons of the legendary sire Weltmeyer. He became Champion Stallion at the Verden licensing in 1993.
One year later in 1994 he won the three-year-old stallions classification at the Federal Championships of German Riding Horses, and was runner-up in the stallion performance test, scoring a convincing 140.53 points in the dressage category.
In 1995 Wolkentanz was honored as the best stallion of his age-group. Like his father, Wolkentanz has excellent movements, very good rideability and great talent for dressage. This stalliond thrills audiences with his breathtaking trot as a member of the Celle Dressage Quadrille. His offspring turned head with their fantastic movements, wherever they competed or were inspected.
In 2001 he produced both the champion colt and filly of the German Foal Championships–with both scoring perfect 10’s on their gaits! Thus, Wolkentanz appears to be Weltmeyer’s best producing son so far.
In 2005, Wolkentanz received a Breeding Value Index of 157 points, with an assurance of 97% heritability, from the German Equestrian Federation.
Damsire Bergkristall, was bu the legendary stallion Bolero, who was one of the new dressage sires in the Hannoverian studbook, with his abundance of Thoroughbred blood contributing to the elegant quality of his descendents.
Bolero is by the elegant English Thoroughbred Black Sky, imported to Germany in 1972. Black Sky’s grand-sire Djebe was a son of Djebel, sire of the great stakes winning sire, My Babu, who when exported to the United States established a winning line of hunter/jumpers. In Australia the My Babu son, Better Boy has been an influential sire of jumping horses.
Bolero’s dam, Baroness is by another English Thoroughbred, Bleep who traces on her dam’s side, to Hyperion and then of course to Bay Ronald. Her dam’s sire Athos was regarded as a good sire of dressage broodmares. The damline, Athos-Fliegerstern also produced the popular sires, Grenadier (Celle State stallion} and Hitchcock (Celle and Radegast state studs} as well as the private stallion, Winner.
At his performance test, Bolero performed only moderately, placing 6th out of 30 stallions in his 100 day test at Adelheidsdorf with a score of 111.
In his lifetime Bolero was a useful sire in a career cut short far too quickly, but he is now proving a wonderful sire of broodmares. He was stationed Landesbrück where he clicked wonderfully with the daughters of Grande and Duellant.
In his nine seasons at stud, he sired 47 licensed stallions, including the champion of his year, Buenos Aires. Perhaps his most influential stallion sons have been the Brentanos I & II and Bismarck.His son Beltain was the sire of the Champion Six year old horse at the 2005 Bundeschampionate, Bellissimo.
Bolero is the sire of 317 registered broodmares, of whom 96 were awarded State Premium status. The mare Baccarole was the Champion mare at the Louis-Wiegels Show in 1989, and European Champion mare at Brussels in 1990. Baltengracie was again Champion of the Louis-Wiegels Show in 1991. Bolero sired three winners in the three year old Riding Horse class at the Bundeschampionate, Boruschkin (1984}, Bini Bo (1987} and Bocaccio (1988}. All three went on to advanced level dressage. The gelding son, Borsalino was a successful Grand Prix horse with Heike Kemmer, another son, Bossanova looked sensational at Grand Prix with Anna Merveldt-Steffan before his untimely death. As of the year 2000, Bolero was represented by 412 competition horses, with collective winnings of DM1,282,504. Bolero’s son, Beauvalais, ridden by the Spanish rider, Beatriz Ferrer-Salat, won the indiidual silver medal and team bronze at the 2002 WEG, and the team silver and individual bronze at the Olympic Games in Athens, 2004.
In the calculation of breeding values on the basis of the Hanoverian mare performance test, Bolero daughters give him a dressage ranking of 139 – as against a not unexpected 57 for jumping.
Bolero’s sudden death at the age of only 12 reduced his chances to shine as a breeding sire, but nowadays, he is proving an exceptional sire of broodmares.
Rivendell Beregond is competing successfully in dressage himself and won the 2018 Western Cape championship as well as the Freestyle championship at adult novice level. He is an extremely rideable stallion who aims to please. His offspring have all been taller than him.