2013: DANCIER & HOTLINE: Dr.Christman Notes: FN toplist values for SIRES

Dr Christmann also notes with a degree of relief that two of the heavily promoted stallions of recent years – Dancier and Hotline seem to be fulfilling their promise:

“Celle’s state stud sire Dancier was able to place in the top ten with a breed value of 162 in his first attempt. He created a good starting point with an outstanding performance test. The performance test results of fifteen daughters were entered into the integrated breed value estimation while the evaluations of twenty-six young horses (including auction pre-selection scores) were used to determine the association’s breed value estimation. The next two years will tell what his fate will be.”

“In the beginning Hotline pursued a career similar to Dancier’s one: first licensing champion in Verden, then performance test champion and heavy use as a breeding stallion at the station Schockemöhle and at the Danish breeding farm Blue Hors. Then after the first foal vintages things went quiet. He became more and more popular again once his first descendants were under saddle and showed off their ability. His sons and daughters reveal excellent riding horse attributes that explain his high breed value and which places him in the top one percent in the breed value estimation of the FN.”

The FN top 1% Dressage Stallion Values confirms the dominance of Donnerhall, with 15 of the 44 stallions from his line. There are four stallions with four representatives each: Rubinstein, Weltmeyer, Sandro Hit and Florestan. The newly re-awakened ‘B’ line of Bolero, has two representatives, but both of them – Breitling W and Belissimo M – are in the top ten. The steady return of Trakehner blood to competition ranks, and the breeders’ favour, continues with five Trakehner stallions making the cut: Münchhausen and Insterburg, and their sire Hohenstein, Hofrat and his Hanoverian son, Hotline, and the Latimer son, Hibiskus.

The new openness of German breeding is reflected by the fact that the Dutch sire (and WBFSH No 1) Jazz, features in 14th spot.

This openness is further reflected in the latest Hanoverian standings, where top dressage spot goes to the Belgian born, Dutch owned and ridden, Florencio, who is Westfalien branded, and solidly German bred: by Florestan out of a Weltmeyer/Pik Bube II mare. Florencio had a spectacular Young Dressage Horse career, with two world titles, and while he has been somewhat pre-occupied with his breeding career, he is still in work with Hans-Peter Minderhoud, and headed for a Grand Prix start.

World Champion Young horse, but is he a world champion sire? Florencio

Florencio with a breeding index of 158 (and an accuracy of 91%) is ten points clear of the equal second placed stallions, Belissimo M (also 91%) and Hohenstein (97%) on 148. That’s three private stallions at the top of the Hanoverian list. The days when the stallions at the State Stud Celle dominated, and private stallions were an outlandish Oldenburg fashion, are well over.

The highest ranked Celle stallion is Don Frederico in 4th on 147. Despite the former Celle director, Dr Bade’s initial unwillingness to recognize the worth of Donnerhall – Oldenburg’s great rival to Bade’s beloved Weltmeyer – we can see today on the Hanoverian standings just how completely Donnerhall has conquered the Hanoverian dressage breeding scene. Of the 43 stallions on the ‘Topliste Dressur’, 13 are from the D line, almost double the Weltmeyer descendants who total seven.

Weltmeyer himself comes in at number 5, with his best ranked son, Weltregent H at 7. Weltregent is an example of wonderful niche marketing, he stands at the Baumgart family’s Schwartze Hof stud, where he is only available through live cover – one of the very few, if not the only, private stallion stations in Germany to follow this time honored practice…

There are five new faces in the Topliste this year – Hotline (Hofrat / De Niro – this must be a relief to the 800 or so mare owners who are reputed to have bred to the stallion in his first year, because the foals on first report were looking a little, er… plain), Desperados (De Niro / Wolkenstein II), Locksley II (Londonderry / Weltmeyer), Dancier (De Niro / Lancier) and Breitling W (Bismark / Maat I).

The Hanoverian Yearbook also publishes a Topliste for type, and every year since the Yearbook was first published in 1999, these standings have been headed by the Trakehner stallion, Caprimond (Karon / Mackensen) – and so it is once again in the 2011 edition, and once again, Caprimond wins by a considerable margin, with a breeding value of 173, with the second placegetter, Wolkentanz II (Weltmeyer / Ludendorff) on 161.


USDF Breeder of the Year Awards

 USDF Sporthorse Breeding Awards

USDF Breeder of the Year awards

Greengate Farm Competes on the USDF Sporthorse Circuit and has won many Awards including: National USEF 2004 Sporthorse Breeder of the Year & National USDF 2006 & 2009 Dressage Riding Horse Reserve Champion Breeder of the Year.
2012: As of September 15th, Greengate Farm/Rachel Ehrlich is currently #1 Dressage Sporthorse Breeder in the USA. Showing: 2 year old Stallion candidate, STERNLICHT ggf (Soliman de Hus/EM Rhapsody ggf) and SHALIMAR ggf (Schroeder/SPS Walkuere) May we be lucky and blessed enough to keep our title as the year ends. It will be tough, because the other breeders are showing farm more horses at a larger number of shows, but remember “Quality not Quantitly” counts at Greengate. We are Honored that we could be raised to such a high level by our TWO BEAUTIFUL YOUNGSTERS!!! SHELL & ZIGGI.
MOST OF ALL: We Thank Everyone who has helped us to this sucess in 2012. Warren & Rachel



5 Year Old, jet black Hanoverian gelding 16.1 hands: by FEI WERBELLIN/Weltmeyer/Legat, out of: LEPANYA , imported Hanoverian mare by Lugano. Front pasterns white, hind socks white, narrow stripe similar to sire’s. Three quality gaits and quiet enough to take an amateur rider to upper levels. Started Under Saddle x 1+ year. UTD: shots/coggins/farrier, trailers well.
Bred by: KATHERINE Flannery, Moosup, Connecticut


DENALI by Donarweiss

Lunch_and_Denali_x_1.jpgVicki Felcan of Borders Edge Equestrian Center announces the birth of “DENALI” by Donarweiss, out of: Evan’s Lunchbox Social, a Section A, Welsh pony mare. DENALI is a German Riding Pony that is the same breeding as his full brother, who was a Gold Premium at last years inspection.
Contact Vicki for information about these and other oustanding German Riding Ponies.


Wirbelwind: at the NEDA Robert Dover Spring Fling

Hi, just wanted to drop you a line and tell you that I saw Wirbelwind at the NEDA Robert Dover Spring Fling in Millis, MA.
the rider, Kelly Orgettas was a demonstration rider during the event. What a beautiful gelding, he looks like a great amateur ride.
Anne Proctor,
Central Massachusetts

UPDATE: 2012: Whirbelwind and Kelley Orgetas: Qualified for Region 8, AA, 2nd Level Championships. Congratualtions Kelley!


DIVA MODENA: by Donarweiss

3 Year Old


DIVA Modena


I have attached a photo of Mias foal from DW. It’s a filly! Probably going to be black. 2 partial stockings (LH,LF) large star. Thought you would like to see how DW did. She has an elegant head, fairly refined with a great expression .Uphill, good topline. Very light on her feet with lots of reach. Athletic and long legged. Definitely dressage type. She has been very strong from the start.

Thanks again for sticking with us till the last breeding. She has quite the personality and very intelligent, and a good mover too ! I think she will be easy to train and be with. I do like her. I have her halter on and leading back and forth from pasture already. She is so willing to come along and try.

Carrie Vacolas

2012 UPDATE: DIVA MODENA: Has gone on to win many USDF titles in hand including, Champion& Reserves, she is now undersaddle at HILLTOP FARM and doing very nicely. Look for her out undersaddle next year!


Werbellin is a gentleman – Rachel wonderful to deal with

Werbellin is definitely quite a gentleman! I have met him numerous times and I am always amazed at his temperament. Also, Rachel is a wonderful stallion owner to deal with. I have a Werbellin foal due any day now and I can’t wait!!!

Linda M.

UPDATE: WOOMERA o/o Shining Star was born to Linda Mendenhall, Now Hof Mendenhall, and the rest is History………and has become a Legacy of another fine Hanoverian Breeding Operation in New England. Hof Mendenhall breeds some of the finest international bloodlines today with a solid German mare base, from the Time Honored family of Hof Bruening. The operation is bringing to riders another option for purchasing TOP Riding Horse Prosepects, here in the USA.
Greengate is proud to have served Linda on her quest from the first breeding/foaling experiences with her mares, to the purchase of Day Dream and introduction to Family Bruening and others. HATS OFF!!!!! to a JOB WELL DONE along the path of Hanoverian Breeding :-)


Rachel and Werbellin deserve a pat on the back

I just had to give Rachel and Werbellin a pat on the back. The lady I work for has a 2 yr old filly by him. This is the sweetest, kindest, gentlest horse. She wants nothing more than to please and be with people. She will leave her food to come over for attention. She is quite interested in learning about her world and what is expected of her.

Along with this wonderful attitude is movement that we are all hoping for. She is so supple and relaxed in her movement, I can’t wait until she is under saddle.

If this is typical of his foals, which I understand it is, he is quite a gentlemen.



Margo Smith, Atlanta, GA

Last year, I saw a handsome Werbellin foal out of a Hanoverian-approved Thoroughbred mare. He was a frozen semen foal. I liked him so much I decided to go that route myself.

It was really a breeze. I arranged with Green Gate Stud for the frozen semen. I called Connie at Select Breeders to set up my account and then, when my vet, Scott Hansen, said it was getting to be close to insemination time, we ordered the shipment from Select Breeders and it arrived in the tank and stayed at our barn until exactly the right moment for insemination.

Mary Pawlak, the owner of the mare station where I had my mare to be bred, told me the quality of the semen was just excellent. The vet inseminated my mare and she took immediately. I had no idea that a frozen insemination could be so easy and so effective. The proof is in the pudding. I have a gorgeous bay colt born May 29th of this year. We are just as pleased as can be with this baby and I am considering breeding again to Werbellin via the frozen. It is inexpensive, easy, and what can I say? I am thrilled with our new pride and joy!


D’Armani (by Donarweiss)

I wanted to share this photo of D’Armani. He is by Donarweiss GGF and out of an imported Welsh Section A dam. He is registered with RPSI.

Vicki Felcan


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