Prior to Estella, I have never been interested in any of my horse’s pedigree. Most of my horses haven’t had traceable pedigrees (a PMU foal, an old thoroughbred with a blurred tattoo, and two, unregistered warmbloods), so I haven’t given them much thought. Although Estella isn’t registered, I bought her from her breeder so I was able to ask about her pedigree.
Her sire is Dacaprio, a handsome chestnut hanoverian. His pedigree is quite impressive, with his grandsire being the of the dressage Horse of the century, Donnerhall. I find that really incredible that in my horse there is a little piece of Donnerhall!
Dacaprio is internationally recognized for both his successes in the show ring with Susanne Meyer and for his ability as a sire to stamp his offspring with his wonderfully elastic gaits, athleticism, beauty, as well as his exemplary character and rideability.
I would say that Estella has definitely picked up the best of his traits! He is known for producing tremendous willingness and rideability to his offspring, which I can see in Estella. Although she is a diva 99% of the time, she definitely has the desire to learn and is extremely intelligent. I have no doubt that she is going to be fabulous under-saddle. I can also see a big similarity in their gaits, especially the canter.
Unfortunately I don’t know much about Estella’s dam. I do know her name is Vandela and she is a registered holsteiner. Since she is registered I am able to look up her pedigree, but have been unable to find out anything about the mare, herself. Estella’s breeder had sold Vandela before I came to see Estella, so I haven’t been able to track her down. Vanela’s sire is Cor Noir, a gorgeous black holsteiner who was also successful in dressage.
I love that her pedigree is made up of gorgeous, mostly black, dressage horses! Everything I love! They also seem to have a lot of talent for jumping and great personal characteristics. I think she has a very promising future!
More pictures of her family: