Pik L to Debut in the Grand Prix at Devon
Horses Unlimited is having an exciting September. Three Horses Unlimited homebred youngsters qualified for the USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage Championships ridden by Mikala Gundersen, including Pikko Del Cerro HU, who finished fourth in the five year old division. This handsome stallion, by Pik L, was the highest placed American bred in his division. As if that was not enough, two Horses Unlimited three year old stallions were awarded Provisional Breeding Licenses from ISR/Oldenburg N.A., and a third young stallion is slated to attend the stallion testing. In addition, three foals received premium awards, including the Champion Filly, La Fauxpas HU. And now Pik L returns to Dressage at Devon. This time in the Grand Prix.
"What an amazing fall we are having,” said Anne Sparks, owner of Horses Unlimited. "As a breeder, you face numerous challenges and even heartbreak. So it’s really wonderful to have a couple of great months with so many horses doing well." For Sparks, breeding horses is in her blood; her grandfather bred champion saddle horses. “You have to love the process of breeding, from before conception, through foaling and weaning. Eventually, if you are fortunate, you get to the under saddle phase. To have three stallions on their way to becoming licensed stallions and three horses in the young horse championships is an incredible reward. This is what every breeder dreams of.”
Pikko Del Cerro HU, by Pik L out of a Rohdiamont mare, will seek victory again this week at Dressage at Devon. The gorgeous bay stallion is a multiple winner at Dressage at Devon (DAD). At the 2007 DAD, he won both USEF Four Year Old classes with scores above 80%. In 2005, he earned the Born in the USA Award with his victory in the two-year-old colts class with a 90%.
At the ISR/Oldenburg NA inspection, three Horses Unlimited stallions were presented and all three were favorably received. Galante HU, a three year old by the Olympic dressage stallion Galant du Serein, was awarded the Provisional Certified Breeding License. Out of the Landor S mare Landina, Galante looks like a young version of his impressive father. He scored an 82.5 on free jumping. “I knew he was special the moment he hit the ground,” Sparks remembers. “He has three great gaits and an incredible jump.”
Liberando VT, by Leonberg out of a Roemer mare, also received his Provisional Certified Breeding License. “Liberando is an interesting story,” Sparks recalls. “We donated a Leonberg breeding to Virginia Tech. The result was Liberando. He was Champion Colt at his inspection as a weanling. We liked him so much that we purchased him.” Both Galante HU and Liberando VT will begin their careers under saddle and then head on to the new 12-day stallion test. Another homebred, Noble Capitol, by Noble Champion out of a Capitol mare, is slated for his Provisional Certified Breeding License pending the 12-day stallion test, which is expected to be held in Florida during the winter show season.
The stallions weren’t the only horses receiving accolades. Three of the four Horses Unlimited foals presented received Premium status during the inspection. La Fauxpas HU, by Leonberg out the Premium mare Fee, who is by Fidermark, wowed the judges. The impressive filly received an 8.5 overall and the Champion Filly title. Galant’s Legacy HU, a full brother to Galante HU, received an 8.3 overall and Premium status. Lady of Quality was also Premium with an 8.0 overall. She’s by Leonberg out of Querida.
And once again it is time for Dressage at Devon. Pik L returns to the historic show, this time in the Grand Prix. The bay Hanoverian stallion has a storied past at DAD, with 11 wins in 12 starts—all with scores above 70%. This will be the first time that the Pik Bube II son has competed in the Grand Prix at DAD. His previous victories came in the small tour and the junior divisions. Also returning to DAD is the impressive RPSI stallion Leonberg. Having previously finished second in the Grand Prix Special at DAD, Leonberg is being aimed at the Grand Prix with hopes of qualifying for the Grand Prix Freestyle.
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