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Zilverstar with rider Chris von Martels at the 2015 Pan American Games

Wamberto with rider Morgan Fleming

Ampère with rider Ida-Linn Lundholm

Zippo with rider Patrick van der Meer

Harmony's Rousseau

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Offspring of Harmony’s Rousseau Continue Tradition of Success

Written by: Mary Adelaide Brakenridge
Client: Hassler Dressage at Riveredge
Release Date: 2015-08-04

Chesapeake City, MD – August 4, 2015 - The recently retired KWPN stallion Harmony's Rousseau has built a legacy of exceptional quality and top-class performance. His sons and daughters are carrying on this tradition with their remarkable achievements in breeding and sport. On both sides of the Atlantic, Rousseau's offspring continue to make their mark on the sport of dressage.

Recently making headlines were Rousseau's son Zilverstar and rider Chris von Martels, who won individual bronze and helped lead the Canadian team to silver at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games. The pair scored personal bests on all three days of competition, earning 75.026 percent for the Prix St. Georges, 76.210 percent for the Intermediaire I and 79.500 percent for the Intermediaire I Freestyle. Zilverstar was bred in the Netherlands by E. 't Hooft and is owned by the rider and Lisa von Martels.

Rousseau, a 17-year-old KWPN stallion (Ferro-Zsuzsa, Roemer) owned by Harmony Sporthorses, resides at Riveredge in Chesapeake City, Maryland, under the continued care of Hassler Dressage. Rousseau is no longer actively breeding, and a very limited amount of frozen semen remains.

A New Standard

The American-owned stallion began his career in Europe, standing in the Netherlands and Germany before coming to the U.S. in 2006. He set a new standard by becoming the first sire of two consecutive Champions of the KWPN Stallion Licensing and then raised the bar again by siring a third consecutive Licensing Champion.

Wamberto, the first of these three remarkable sons, was named Licensing Champion in 2006 and went on to dominate his 100-day stallion performance test at Paxton Farm in Ohio in 2007, earning outstanding scores. Athletic, versatile and trainable, Wamberto's offspring demonstrate his same tractable character and athleticism and show a great deal of performance potential for both dressage and eventing.

Wamberto has competed through Prix St. Georges and is currently showing in the FEI Young Rider division. Bred in the Netherlands by Jelke & Linda Heida, Wamberto is owned by Harmony Sporthorses and resides at Riveredge alongside his sire.

Following Wamberto in achieving Licensing Champion honors was Zagreb, in 2007. Bred by Trudy and Bas Wilschut and purchased at the licensing by the highly regarded Blue Hors Stud in Denmark, the stallion, now named Blue Hors Zack, has been on the rise in recent years. In 2014, Zack's son Sezuan won the 5-year-old title at the World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany, and his daughter, Lillevangs Pari-Diva, was named Danish Warmblood Dressage Mare of the Year.

After being named Danish Stallion of the Year in 2014, Zack has started 2015 off on a high note with success in European CDIs, earning first place finishes and scores in the 72-74 percent range at Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I.

Ampère completed the hat trick for Rousseau when he was named Licensing Champion in 2008. He then won his performance testing in Ermelo convincingly, earning the highest scores given out to that date and finishing well ahead of his peers.

Bred by A. T. Rensen and owned by Fritz and Claudine Kundrun, Ampère is in training under Sweden's Jan Brink where he also stands at stud. In 2014, Ampère finished third in the USEF Dressage Breeding Sire Rankings.

In the Spotlight

Several of Rousseau's offspring, like Zilverstar, are in the spotlight at international dressage competitions in North America and Europe. Zippo, bred in the Netherlands by W. van Rooy and owned by Trainingsstal De Hoeve, has built a successful international Grand Prix career with rider Patrick van der Meer. His record includes victories at the Mechelen CDI5* and Roosendaal CDI3* and numerous top five finishes at competitions around Europe. Zippo's talent, quality and trainability are evidenced by his consistent scores in the high 60s and 70s.

Harmony's Fiorano is off to a strong start in his international Grand Prix career, competing under the British flag with rider Susan Pape. Highlights to date include a fourth place finish in the Grand Prix at the Addington CDI3*, and the goal is to keep developing him with an eye toward competing on the British team. Bred in Germany by Anke von Riegen and based in Germany at Hengststation Pape, Fiorano is owned by the rider and Harmony Sporthorses. His first U.S. foal crop arrived in 2014.

Fürst Rousseau, bred in Germany by Reinhold Haferland and owned by Marianne Kugler, finished third at his 70-day stallion performance test at Adelheisdorf with scores of 9.0 for rideability and 8.0 or higher for temperament, trot and canter. He stood at Landgestüt Celle, the Hanoverian State Stud. Now gelded and focusing on a performance career, he has been earning impressive scores in the FEI Juniors, most recently competing at the FEI European Championships for Juniors with scores in the 70s.

Rousseau's daughters, like his sons, have proven their quality in breeding and performance. One U.S.-bred daughter, Allure S, showed promise early on by qualifying for the 2011 Markel/USEF FEI Young Horse Championships, where she placed eighth. She has matured into a top competitor, winning the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I championships at the 2014 US Dressage Finals. Bred by Sonnenberg Farm LLC and owned by Kerrin Courtney Dunn, Allure S recently qualified for the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix National Championship with rider Angela Jackson.

Limited opportunities remain to breed to Rousseau. Please direct inquiries to Susanne Hassler at (410) 885-3824 or Rousseau is also managed by the following:

In the U.S.: Sporthorse Legacy LLC (Nicole Hauseman and Richard Malmgren)
(215) 962-0463, (443) 309-0807 or

In the Netherlands: Hengstenhouderij Kuypers (Piet and Ricky Kuypers)
+31 40 283 1273 or

In Germany: Hengststation Pape (Ingo and Susan Pape)
+49 47 71 23 84 or

In the U.K.: Elite Stallions (James Crawford)
+44 01837 880100 or

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