IMG_0462“Mira” is a lovely 16.1 hh Oldenburg mare, sweet, brave, and level-headed with a fantastic sense of humor that makes her truly a joy to own and one of the easiest horses I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Her qualities include amateur friendliness and a natural hunter rhythm and jump. She is built to excel as a hunter and dabbled in it before the consequences of a kick to the hock forced a career change to broodmare.

She is registered and branded Oldenburg, by Cavallo Star and out of Dorie B Good. Of particular note on her topside are Calimero, a well known dressage sire descended from Marco Polo, a prominent producer of jumpers in his own time. Marco Polo in particular you’ll see appearing in a great deal of modern day sport horses such as Nintender and Alla Czar (and thus Balta Czar and Balt’Amour). Ulft was known for producing both great jumpers and dressage horses and his sire and grandsire Le Mexico and Mexico were known for producing legendary jumpers. This line, in particular, later sired such greats as Nimmerdor, Heartbreaker, Coronet Obolensky, and Untouchable Z. On her dam’s side, she has Damascus, Bold Ruler, and Raise a Native – three thoroughbreds known for producing nice sport horses. With such a combination, you may be wondering where her genetic talents lie – but the truth is, she’s a born and bred hunter; she was born with the natural rhythm and movement we all imagine in our ideal hunter – sit there and sit pretty, because she’ll take you right to the spot you wanted and then oh-so-casually jump square and correct.

Pedigree here.

Her 2017 filly, Rha’ella, is by Balt’Amour (Balta’Czar x Ariadus). Balt’Amour is a gorgeous, classic type hunter – round and rhythmic on a soft rein. His sire, Balta’Czar, was in his own right an excellent hunter sire – Balta’Czar was known as an improvement sire, and Balt’Amour seems to have followed in his footsteps. Balta’Czar, in turn, was sired by the legendary Alla’Czar – hunter sire king! On the bottom, Balt’Amour has Ariadus – a hunter sire of a different sort. Ariadus brings elastic, gorgeous movement into the equation as well as athleticism and scope. This cross has a subtle 0.47 linebreeding to Legaat, a 1970 Dutch Warmblood that sired a number of successful jumpers, and indeed appears in the pedigrees of many a jumper today. Rha’ella shows the same uphill balance and powerful shoulder that were displayed so prominently by Legaat, combined with Chimera’s boldness and a fair amount of athleticism. Rha’ella will be retained as a young horse by Mane on Fire Farm, and will not be offered for sale until she is undersaddle and showing.