P.R.E. Pura Raza Espanola Offers Classical Perfection
Van Kampen-Boyer is dedicated to the art of perfecting the P.R.E. Spanish bloodlines in the United States and keeping them pure, and it is easy to see why. The trot work in all the horses we saw was large, forward and clean and the canter work uphill and powerful. Currently Hampton Green has five breeding stallions with impeccable bloodlines, temperment, and movement.
Sales have been so successful, that all of the foals are sold, and a number of those still in utero are spoken for! While the P.R.E is rapidly becoming a popular horse for the amateur dressage rider, their talent and perfection in the Grand Prix movements also make them serious prospects for High Performance dressage.
In fact it was a P.R.E. Spanish horse; Rociero XV (Rociero VIII out of Bombardina II) ridden by Kristine Harrison-Nanes who placed third at the USEF National Dressage Grand Prix Championship, demonstrating that it is possible for a P.R.E. to have a future in this country as an Olympic and World Championship Team prospect.
Pierucci rides and competes more PRE horses on the dressage circuit than any rider in the country: two Grand Prix stallions, Idilio II and Cosaco XI, along with several younger horses up to the Prix St. George level. During the winter months riding and competing at their winter location in Wellington, Florida they trained with German team rider, Martin Schaudt.
With Pierucci the stallions have enjoyed considerable success in the show ring, but have also had their share of dissapointments. In spite of the clear success of the Spanish Team at the 2002 World Equestrian Games where they edged out the United States for the Silver Medal, there are still discrepancies in judging the breed. Furthermore the Wellington competition is the country’s toughest venue to compete an outside breed, and the judging tends to be most conservative.
But the number of judges on their “good” list is growing, and includes many of the top international judges in the world, who’ve encouraged them to keep at it.