Proudly owned in partnership with Lee Anne Greene Johnson of Country Lee Farm. Rendezvous ESH is a 2014 Hanoverian stallion. ‘Rende’ has impressive conformation, quality movement, and an exceptional character- really. Yeah, everyone says those things about their stallion, and in many ways I am just lucky, but this guy really is the whole package. Rende was super easy to start under saddle. On his first time ridden off the farm he lead much of the way on a trail ride at Fair Hill- including crossing the narrow bridge over the interstate. He didn’t put a foot wrong. With only a few months of riding I have already been on him bridle-less (with just a neck rope), ridden near mares, have longed him with a tarp tied to his tail, and never has a thing bothered him. He is easy to sit and was born on the bit.
Rendezvous’ conformation is also exceptional- earning him top honors in the country at the American Hanoverian Society’s yearling futurity in 2014. He was in the top 5 again as a two year old- a feat not shared by many. He is a modern type without being a ‘spider-monkey’. Rende has awesome feet, and is in full work barefoot and doesn’t even flinch on the stone driveway.
In the movement department, Rendezvous ESH is in my opinion functionally perfect. He does not have the high leg flinging action of some modern warmbloods and I am okay with that- I want to go on a trail ride and not have to ride a passage the whole time. He does however have three ample gaits that are supple, powerful, and well organized. Despite being young he has shown talent for collection and extension, and has a particularly balanced canter for his age. Even as a professional rider, I don’t want to have to spend 2 hours in the gym everyday to sit my horse’s trot- Rende has gaits that have the quality for the grand prix arena, but maybe not the flair we see at stallion shows.
If one doubts this stallion’s Grand Prix potential, you just need one glance at his pedigree. Rendevous ESH is by Rubignon, who won international Grand Prix’s and was listed for the Swedish Olympic team before being imported to the US and being shown by his amateur owner. Rubignon contains 4 generations of Grand Prix sires including the immortal stallions Rubinstein, Donnerhall, and Pik Solo who need no introduction. Rubignon consistently passes on his character, temperament, and type and has a son, Replay, on the Swedish Olympic team. Rende’s mother, Weltlan, is by Weltmeyer- another top producer of international grand prix performers who was declared “Stallion of the Century”. His maternal Grandmother, Dom Perignon, was still cranking out top offspring at 22 years old, last I heard. She is by, you guessed it, another Grand Prix stallion, Domingo- a throwback to an older D Hanoverian line going back to Duerkheim and Duft II. I wont get into the details of all the Grand Prix horses and producers in his back pedigree in case you are not obsessed with pedigrees- just know there is a long rich history of sound dressage performers.