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Top Quality Hanoverian, Knabstrupper & Arabian Horses for Dressage & Jumping
Horses Sold by Sonesta Farms
Congratulations to Kim Luijjten on the purchase of this wonderful horse. Look for them in the dressage shows in the Houston area beginning this fall!
Lance - Looking for a quiet FEI dressage schoolmaster? Here is he! Lance is a 1992 bay Holsteiner gelding by Landgraf I. He was imported from Germany at age seven, where he competed very successfully to the equivalent of our Fourth Level in dressage and was schooling all the Grand Prix movements. After being imported he was switched to the show jumpers, where he went on to compete at Grand Prix level with International show jumping rider Christian Rogge and in the Junior Jumpers with his teenaged owner. When his owner went off to college he was purchased by a student at Sonesta Farms where he went back into dressage and spent a couple years teaching his rider the basics and showing with her in Training and First Level. His owner has developed some serious back issues and can no longer sit the big warmblood trot, so he is being made available to some lucky dressage rider who wants to learn from this wonderful boy. He has a fantastic, kind temperament. He is in full work with a USDF Silver Medalist who says he can be shown competitively up to Intermediare I right now! He will require some hock injections every year - as would any horse his age - but he is not on any other medications or supplements. He could also be used as an upper level lesson horse, as he is happy to work with multiple riders. Horses like this are hard to find, so come see him and take him for a test ride.
Pics asbove showing in Germany. Pics below from recognized show April 25, 2010
Huge congratulations to Gunner and Alana Frank on the purchase of this fabulous horse. He will be competing in endurance races beginning next spring! I know we will see him compete in the Tevis Cup someday!
BF IMPERIAL FYRE - A stunning 2002 son of Fyre One
x Fyre Love x *Bask) out of Saturns Diamond (Imperial Saturn x Diamond Facets x
Diamond Padron). This gorgeous blood bay is winning on the line in halter
and is showing great promise in his under saddle work.
A full, true 15.2 hands tall, with lovely conformation, perfect head
and neck, good legs and exquisite movement, he has tons of presence. The
legendary Arabian trainer, Rhita McNair, says he is a "true star of the future."
He's been featured in many calendars and magazine features all over the world.
His temperament is very suitable to a junior or amateur, but is expressive
enough for a pro.
Congratulations to Tracey Lord of South Carolina for buying this lovely boy! Look for them in the Arabian Sport Horse shows next year!
BF Royal Fyre - 2007 black purebred Arabian colt by BF Imperial Fyre [Fyre One x Saturns Diamond x Imperial Saturn] out of Darq Velvet [Darq Ali x Bint Samaisa x El Farazdac]. This boy is just wonderful, with light floating movement. Very well behaved. Has not been bred. Ready to start under saddle. Should mature to well over 15 hands. Nice, typey head and neck. $5000 New video coming soon, but see video clip as a yearling at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWdemNsfuPU
We would like to congratulate Brooke Brownlow of San Antonio, Texas, on the purchase of this wonderful horse. Look for Whiskey to take Brooke from the Level 4 jumpers all the way to the Grand Prixs someday! We plan to be at the Pin Oak show this year to cheer them on.
The Irish Dancer - One of my best homebreds, "Whiskey" is a 1997 Irish Sport Horse gelding by The Irish Rover and out of Illusive Dancer. He has been winning in the "A" show jumpers since he was 4 years old. Competing in 2004 in Level 7 & 8 jumpers and is ready to move up to Grand Prix. He is very sound and uncomplicated to ride. Very honest and dependable. Suitable for an amateur or junior and perfect for a pro wanting a top Grand Prix prospect. And, he can also compete wonderfully in the working hunters! What a combination! This horse is truly a gem. Only being sold to help get my breeding name out there and he deserves to be in the BIG leagues, where I can't afford to send him. See video clip of the 2002 Pin Oak Young Jumper Challenge. He was only 5 and was double clear. Call to discuss price.
Big congratulations to Terri Wall of Houston on the purchase of this lovely mare. We are also happy to report that she will remain with us at Sonesta Farms, where we have recently started her under saddle and will get the honor of continuing her training.
Prosper - 2006 registered and branded Hanoverian filly by Pablo (Pilot/Matrox/Lancelot) and out of the Main Mare Book Hanoverian mare, Diende (Diamont/Darwin/Marconi). Pablo is the sire of 14 approved sons in Europe, he has over 380 successful competition offspring in jumping and dressage thru Advanced "S" class, with 29 offspring in international FEI classes. Diamont was one of the most prolific producers of dressage stars ever in the United States. This filly will be a reasonable 16.1 hands when she finishes - just the right size for the modern dressage competitor who doesn't need an enormous horse to try to muscle around. She is very correct, sweet and fun to be around. She'll be started under saddle this fall , at which time her price will go up, so act now to add this lovely girl to your show barn or breeding program. $15,000.
Although VERY sad to see her go, we are happy to report that Cassie has found a new home with Monika Paulino and will be living the luau life on Oahu in Hawaii. I can picture her with a grass skirt and (eating) a lei! Congratulations, Monika, on the purchase of this wonderful mare. Update: See photos of her arrival in Hawaii off the plane, here.
Castanet - 2000 chestnut ISR/Oldenburg NA filly by Cabaret and out of Drifter. This lovely loud sabino colored filly is just a love to ride and be around. She rides very well and scores in the upper 60s in training level dressage. She is ready to show 1st level now. She is also very well started over jumps and shows REAL talent for it!. She can be ridden on trail rides, you can open and close gates from her back, etc. At four she stands 15.3+ hands and should mature to 16.1 hands. No vices at all, this one is very special and will be your best friend. She is one of the late, great Cabaret’s last foals before he died. She will do her sire proud. See a short video, be patient while it downloads.
Huge congratulations to Ellen Susman of Houston, Texas, on the purchase of this fabulous stallion prospect. He will be staying here at Sonesta Farms until he is ready to start under saddle and prepare for his 100 day stallion testing. We couldn't be happier.
Macarns Axxion - Loud bay leopard 2004 Registered Knabstrupper colt by Apollon out of Gypsy Queen. Awarded a Gold Premium at his foal inspection by German RPSI inspectors, this one is very special indeed. German inspector stated at his inspection that "This colt is as nice as ANY I have ever seen, whether in the U.S. or in Germany." Almost 15 hands tall at 14 months old, he should mature to over 16.2 hands. He moves like a dream and is very easy to handle. He leads, ties, bathes, clips, loads and stands for the farrier. $10,000.
Congratulations Peggy Krueger of Houston on the purchase of this very special boy. Peggy reports that both she and her trainer are in love with him. Hey, we had no doubts on that issue!
Talk Around Town - We call him Kacey (and sometimes "Honeybug"). Kacey is an Appaloosa/TB cross gelding standing 15.3 hands. He is confirmed at 2nd level Dressage with scores in the upper 60s. A wonderful, kind, willing boy that is a steady-eddy whether at the shows on on the trail. A true confidence-builder, he'll take good care of you, whether you are a child or adult. You don't want to miss this guy. Horses of this kind or temperament and ability and experience are VERY hard to find. He sells with his own custom built saddle by Schleese ($4800 value!). Owner doesn't want to sell, but MUST. $7500 includes the saddle that carries a lifetime warranty for fit. See a video of Kacey under saddle below showing off his moves with a rider who'd never been on him before.
We are very happy to announce that Jet will make his new home with Cheryl Black in Mesa, Arizona. I'm sure they will have a long and happy partnership.
BF Jet Fyre - 2003 black Arabian gelding by Fyre One and out of Darq Velvet. has extraordinary bloodlines. His sire is by the legendary *Aladdinn and out of a champion *Bask daughter. His dam is a Darq Ali daughter carrying the bloodlines of Darq, Raffon, Alaa El Din and *Ansata El Masri. So, this colt carries the best in Polish and Egyptian bloodlines. A full 15.1 hands at 3 years old, he should finish an inch or so taller. Although he has not yet been bred, Jet is very well started under saddle and shows exceptional movement and talent for dressage or hunter pleasure. Might also make a Western Pleasure mount. He is very easy to train and have around. Great ground manners. He was imprinted at birth and leads, ties, bathes, clips, loads and stands for the farrier. Jet is sweepstakes nominated, so could make you some money in the Arabian show ring. See short video at liberty here. See video clip at 3 months under saddle here. $5500
Congratulations to Melanie Gatewood of Haslet, Texas, on the purchase of Zoey. Look for them in a couple of years in the eventing shows!
Tzarina ("Zoey") - 2006 registered and branded Knabstrupper filly by the Trakehner stallion, Tzigane, and out of the Knabstrupper mare, First Encore, by Apollon. This is a very special filly with just TONS of sporthorse show potential. Her sire began his show career as a successful eventing horse and is now wowing them in the show jumpers. Her grand-sire, Apollon, was for many years the leading Knabstrupper stallion in the world with offspring competing successfully in dressage, showjumping and eventing all over the world. Here is your chance to have a really top sport horse prospect with all the bling you could ever want. Should mature to about 16.2 hands.
We are just delighted to announce the sale of this very special mare to Monet Saxton here in Cypress, Texas. Monet will show her in the hunters for a few years and then in the jumpers and, best of all, she will be local so we can watch her progress!
Inkka is a wonderful black/gray 2001 Oldenburg filly by the Oldenburg stallion, Ideal. She is out of our black Oldenburg mare, Winter Eclipse. She is a sweetheart, with wonderful conformation and movement. She is registered with the Oldenburg Verband. She should make an excellent amateur or junior’s horse for dressage, jumping or eventing. At three she already stands 16.3 hands. She was imprinted at birth and leads, ties, bathes, loads and stands for the farrier. She has five months professional training and is well started under saddle. Very calm and easy with huge movement. See a short video clip (be patient while it downloads).
Congratulations Katerina Hedlova of Austin on her purchase of this darling gelding. Look for them in the jumper ring in a couple more years.
Macarns Chocolate Mist - 2004 dark bay registered and branded Knabstrupper gelding by Apollon out of Miracle in the Mist. This boy is large boned and moves very well. He is easy and fun to be around. Ready to start under saddle and could make either a dressage horse or a very nice hunter. But he forgot his spots! Now is your chance to have a really nice registered warmblood gelding for a truly remarkably low price for his quality. See video clip of this nice boy here.
Woo-hoo! We are so happy to announce the sale of this special boy to Diane Jones, a Sonesta Farms dressage student who plans to show him in open dressage and in the Arabian Sporthorse classes. They should make a lovely pair!
BF Majik Fyre - 2002 gray Arabian gelding by Fyre One out of Bold Narkise. This gelding is full sister to our BF Moonfyre who is performing fabulously in dressage. This boy is already 15 hands at 2 years old and should mature to about 15.2 hands. He is sweet and loving and has incredibly floating movement. He is sweepstakes nominated, so could win you some money in the Arabian shows. His dam was a dressage and eventing horse, so this guy should be a good one for the Arabian sporthorse shows or could do the open stuff and compete well against warmbloods. See short video clip here.
Another big congratulations to FEI dressage trainer, Mary Claeys of Cleburne, Texas, on her purchase of this cutie pie.
Gala Event - 2004 chestnut Hanoverian filly by the Elite Hanoverian stallion, Golfball (Grenadier/Lachs/LdB Marcio xx) out of the Hanoverian mare, Taenzerin (Trapper/Kurier/Marmor). You don't get better old Hanoverian dressage lines than these. Gala floats over the ground and is very sweet in her temperament. She was champion foal at her Hanoverian foal inspection. The German Hanoverian breeding directors have been encouraging breeders to go back to the old lines, especially the "G" lines, to make sure we maintain the good canter and temperaments of the Hanoverian horses. Gala is a tribute to this breeding. She should be a lovely show horse and then be the foundation for a breeding program using her with the modern Hanoverian "R", "S" and "D" lines. Should mature to about 16.2 hands. See short video clip at 9 months. $12,000.
Congratulations to Mary Claeys of Cleburne, Texas, on the purchase of Wisdom. Mary is an FEI dressage trainer and is looking forward to starting this girl under saddle.
RF - 2003 dark bay Hanoverian filly by Stonecrop Farms' imported Hanoverian
stallion, Wildcard (Western Star/Picard/Winkel) out of Apogee
Lovely movement - was bred for dressage, but could easily do the hunters!
Sweet and well handled, she will be quite tall (should mature to about 16.3
short video clip of her at 22 months.
We are pleased to announce the sale of this wonderful young stallion to Susan Herbert-Truskowsky of Moatsville, West Virginia. He will stand at stud at her T-Square Appaloosas farm. Contact Susan at email@example.com for more info.
Waps Moonshine - 2003 black based, blue roan snow cap colt by the famous Appaloosa Sport Horse stallion, Wapspotted. We bought his dam in foal to add to our Knabstrupper breeding program and were hoping for a filly colored JUST like this. He is already 16.1 hands at 3 years old and his snow cap coloring means that he should always produce the appy coloring, even when bred to solid colored mares. Wapspotted offspring of this quality are just NEVER offered for sale, so jump on this opportunity to own a stallion quality Appaloosa sport horse colt to breed and/or show. He has begun his saddle training and is doing well. He has also been trained to collect on a dummy mare and his first foal crop is due in spring of 2007. All three mares got pregnant on only one breeding! See short video clip. $10,000
We are just thrilled to announce the sale of this wonderful boy to Stacy Munoz of Houston, Texas, one of our students and friends, who will keep him here with us! Look for them in a couple of months in the dressage and Arabian shows!
BF Fyrepower - Want to go to the Arabian Sporthorse Nationals someday? Here's your boy. Power is a 2000 black (in the photos he's bleached by the Texas sun, but we PROMISE and guarantee that he is black) purebred Arabian sport horse by Fyre One out of Darq Velvet. He is Sweepstakes nominated, is 15.3 hands tall and has fabulous movement. He is very well started under saddle and scored 69.048 on his first dressage test at an open dressage schooling show - shaming some warmbloods! He is very sweet and willing and just loves to work. What a dream horse he is! You should not miss him. See short video clip.
We'd like to congratulation Dr. Ellen Zeimer of Rougemont Sporthorses in Bahama, North Carolina on the purchase of this lovely mare.
Winter Eclipse is a 16 hand, 1991 true black Oldenburg mare approved for breeding by the Oldenburg Verband and the International Sporthorse Registry/Oldenburg North America. Her sire, Wallenstein, is a grand prix show jumper. Other impressive bloodlines are those of Winchester, Canadian International team captain, Ian Miller’s show jumper in international competition, Pik Konig and Pik As, important German sires of both dressage horses and jumpers. She has produced three gorgeous black foals (see Inkka above and Pilar below). She has good bone and very good conformation. A hock injury ended her performance career as a junior’s eventing horse, but she is sound for light riding and loves the trails. She is open, but could be sold with a breeding back to the Oldenburg stallion, Manhattan.
We are very happy to announce that Dolly has been purchased by a sport pony breeder in Canada. She know she will love the cooler weather in Canada!
BF Fyres Satin Doll – This little girl already has quite a fan club. She was born live on
the internet after keeping her fans in suspense for over 3 weeks as we waited for her birth. An immediate favorite, this black filly by Fyre One
(*Aladdinn x Fyre Love x *Bask) has the most wonderful face, loving personality and breathtaking movement. Her dam, Darq Velvet
(Darq Ali x Bint Saimasa x El Farazdac), has already produced
two stallion candidate sons by Fyre One - one that is winning already on the line at halter in both open and amateur to handle classes.
She is sweepstakes and futurities nominated. This filly was the survivor of
twins and is quite small. She is just a hair over 13.1 hands and would be the
perfect mount for a child.
Congratulations to Vicki Chritton-Myers of West Plains, Missouri, on the purchase of this mare. Look for them in the Arabian show ring!
BF FyresSirenSong - 2000 black (no white) Polish/Egyptian Arabian filly by Fyre One (*Aladdinn x Fyre Love x *Bask) and out of MB Satira (Imperial Saturn x Samira x Dalul). What a glorious mixture of pure Polish and straight Egyptian! This filly carries the best of the bloodlines from both. With close up *Aladdinn, *Bask, Imperial Staturn, *Morafic and Ansata Ibn Halima, what more could you ask for a top show prospect or brood mare? She has an exotic head and long, hooky neck and is sweepstakes and futurities nominated . Update: Siren is a lovely, sweet filly that learns quickly and will definitely win for you in western pleasure and/or hunter under saddle. She was started under saddle by a 17 year old girl who, after only 90 days riding, took her to a big futurity show where she was high point horse both days of the show, and was UNDEFEATED in hunter under saddle. In those two shows, she showed in western pleasure, hunter under saddle, halter, showmanship at halter and trail class. She was just perfect! What a show horse this will be! Here are two video clips from the show. The first one is just trot and canter and the second one is of her in the trail class. (these are big files, so allow a bit of time to download).