This summer, Jasmine Schaudt and her PRE Stallion Icono HGF have started a small revolution in the FEI Five Year Old classes in Southern Germany. In three separate shows from July through September, three panels of judges have placed Jasmine and Icono in First or Second place, with scores up to 8.2% in classes of over 20 horses, including former Four Year Old and Five Year Old champions of the Trakhener and German Young Horse circuits.
Jasmine, wife of German Gold Medalist Martin Schaudt, is the rider and trainer of both Icono HGF (Idilio II x Escapada) and Genio HGF (Grandioso III x Ibiza), two five year old PREs purchased by Martin in 2006 in Michigan when both horses were still at their dam's sides. Martin is known for his passion for young horses, and in 2006-7 was riding and training the sires of his horses, Idilio and Grandioso, at Hampton Green Farm. Genio is a full brother to Robert Dover's 2008 Fiero HGF.
Icono and Genio are Jasmine's first experience with PREs. Jasmine is best known as the former owner and rider of Girasol, Nadine Capellmann's Olympic-hopeful mare and half-sibling to Totilas, with whom she obtained scores to 70% in German national Grand Prix classes. About competing in a Young Horse Class in Germany with a PRE, Jasmine laughs: "When I first enter the ring on Icono, I get a lot of comments like 'how exotic...'. But when he starts to move, the smiles freeze!"
After three separate shows with top results, it looks like their success is becoming a trend. Jasmine and Martin are planning to keep both young horses for the time being, with the goal of training them to Grand Prix.
"I am pleased on several levels to hear the news of Icono's successes in Germany," says Kimberly Boyer, owner of Hampton Green Farm, who recently visited Martin and Jasmine's farm in Stuttgart. "I am pleased that the Schaudts are so excited about their young Spanish horses, and I've now seen how well the training there is going with them. Even more so, I am thrilled with the response of the judges in Germany who will reward a well-bred and well-started PRE horse, regardless of breed. Let's hope this trend continues."