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Hassler Dressage News

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The Hassler Dressage show team is enjoying the sun and competition scene in Wellington, Florida this winter! Keep apprised of the show times, show results, and other daily fun on our Facebook page. Catch the latest scoop here and also on the following news websites:

Video of Susanne Hassler and Harmony’s Boitano


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Hassler Dressage is so very proud and wishes to extend our warmest congratulations to all breeders and owners with offspring by stallions we represent on their great success in 2014! These talented horses earned fantastic accolades and are wonderful representatives of their sires.

Rousseau had many offspring that earned highest honors this year. His 10-year old KWPN son Blue Hors Zack (ds. Jazz) was named Danish Stallion of the Year in 2014 due to his striking influence as a sire. Zack’s son Sezuan (ds. Don Schufro) was the undisputed Champion of his performance test where he earned ten 10’s and later became the World Champion 5-year old at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses.

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Allure S

Rousseau’s daughter Allure S (ds. Farrington) owned by KC Dunn and ridden by Angela Jackson rode their way to two US National FEI Championship titles! Zippo (ds. Haarlem) and Patrick van der Meer solidified their status as strong contenders in the International show ring by winning the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at the CDI3* in Roosandaal! With a very promising 2-year old Rousseau-Houston pre-selected for the 2015 KWPN Stallion licensing, the future bodes well for Rousseau’s influence to remain in the spotlight!

This past spring, Hassler Dressage waited in great anticipation for the first US foal crop of Lemony’s Nicket and Fiorano. We were not disappointed! These youngsters did exceptionally well, impressing the judges at their inspections and breed shows around the US! We are so excited to see what the future holds for these young stars!

There were so many wonderful results and inspired moments shared with us by our breeders and owners of the offspring by stallions we represent! We always appreciate sharing in these great successes and look forward to what 2015 will bring!

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I have come to the difficult decision to resign as our USEF’s National Young Horse Coach, effective May 1, 2015. It has truly been an honor to serve in this capacity over the past years, as I have so much passion and belief in the value of this program and its long-term impact on our sport. It is my hope that this time period allows for a smooth transition for the Federation.

Harmony's Star Agent

Harmony’s Star Agent

I would like to thank all past and present USEF staff members, USEF High Performance and National Dressage Committee members, fellow USEF Coaches, our dedicated and supportive sponsor Markel Insurance, and the Seger Family. The support I’ve received over these years has been so rewarding and heartfelt; I can’t thank everyone enough! Unquestionably, this supportive teamwork helped drive the overwhelming success of this program.

I am thrilled to see how the USEF Young Horse program has matured in the past ten years. I believe we have developed a better connection between breeders and trainers, showcased a better understanding of proper training and development of the young horse toward the FEI levels, and have recognized where much of our future talent lies. Additionally, we have provided an exciting goal with ranking lists and national championships that many aspire to achieve. I’m particularly proud to see the numbers of young horses that are successfully feeding the High Performance pipeline. I am confident that the next ten years will be equally impactful!

Working with all the riders, trainers, owners, and breeders from coast to coast has truly been a wonderful experience. It’s overwhelmingly remarkable how open and appreciative everyone has been along the way and for this I am very grateful. Words cannot express how much I have enjoyed coaching the riders and horses, strategizing with the team of people behind these horses, and ultimately watching the development of all these talented individuals. These are experiences I will never forget.

Harmony's Diamo Gold

Harmony’s Diamo Gold

It is also very important to me to acknowledge and thank my team at home who allowed me to give 100% to this program. I wish to thank my family for their unconditional support during all my extensive travels. I wish to thank my wife Susanne for covering all the needs of our business while I was away. I am particularly grateful to our staff, my clients, and students for consistently understanding the demands on my time required by the Federation. Overwhelmingly, I wish to thank our business partners John and Leslie Malone for allowing me the privilege for so many years to do something I was so passionate about.

In this next chapter of my life, I am very excited to be able to be more consistently at home, spending real time developing our horses, and putting time into developing new educational projects. I am grateful to have the opportunity to commit anew to my own competitive goals. Currently, I have two talented partners that I am very excited about: Harmony’s Diamo Gold and Harmony’s Star Agent. I am also glad to now be in a better position to support the goals of my family, staff, clients, and students.

For 2015, I have already laid out my thoughts for future developments and improvements for the USEF/Markel Young Horse program. I am confident that the next Young Horse Coach will also have equally exciting input. I will always remain supportive and passionate about all the USEF pipeline programs and now look forward to participating.

With this I say, thank you once again for the privilege of serving as the USEF Young Horse Coach. It has truly been an honor.

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As 2014 draws to a close, we at Hassler Dressage are poised for change. For over 20 years, our passion for breeding has inspired wonderful relationships and success around the globe, much thanks to the privilege of managing marvelous stallions and being part of not only their journeys but also those whose lives they’ve influenced. The spirit of community we share with our breeders has been a treasured gift, one to which we remain dedicated through all the transitions ahead.

Commencing with the 2015 breeding season, Hassler Dressage is transitioning management of our stallions’ North American based breeding activities to a familiar team. Our former Breeding Managers Richard Malmgren and Nicole Hauseman have joined together under the name of Sporthorse Legacy to offer stallion management services. Rousseau_3_webHarmony Sporthorses has elected to continue breeding their stallions only through frozen semen, which ties into this transition as well. In North America, the Harmony Sporthorses stallions, Offield Farm stallions Lingh and Louisville, as well as the stallions from Hengststation Pape will now all exclusively be available through Sporthorse Legacy.

Of great significance during this time of change is our decision to retire Rousseau from active breeding. Rousseau’s legacy shines forth around the world through his tremendously successful sons and daughters in both breeding and international sport. Rousseau has given more than our grandest expectations when we selected him as a three-year old. It has been a tremendous honor to manage his life-long career. At this juncture, with consideration for his on-going well-being, the decision has been made to no longer physically stress him with the demands of breeding so that he may enjoy a long, happy and healthy retirement. The precious commodity of his frozen semen will now be managed around the world with special interest to perpetuate his legacy for generations to come.

Even in the face of change, some things don’t change. We have tremendous passion for breeding and the sporthorse industry and we will continue to support and be involved in various ways. We also have had long-held competitive goals and are very fortunate to have the support to now pursue them. With this transition comes our commitment to make the most of this opportunity and to continue to give back to our community along the way.

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With the upcoming Hanoverian licensing in Verden, October 23-25, 2014, we’re very pleased to see a well-bred son of Lingh listed as a promising candidate. (View him here) This beautiful, elastic, and expressive young stallion demonstrates great potential and we are hopeful for a successful result of the licensing and sale.

Here in the US, Lingh’s yearling son ION continues to shine! Texas breeder Mary Nuttall reports that ION was recently named Reserve Champion out of a strong field of yearling to three-year old colts and geldings at the 2014 USDFBC Southern Regional Championships. ION (out of Dorothee by Dr. Kooning—Alabaster) is also currently listed #2 of the Yearling Colts for the USDF Breeders Year End rankings. Congratulations to Lingh and to ION’s breeder Mary Nuttal!

Photo credit: Moonfrye Photography

Photo credit: Moonfrye Photography

Photo credit: Moonfrye Photography

Photo credit: Moonfrye Photography










Photo credit: Moonfrye Photography

Photo credit: Moonfrye Photography

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The final foals of 2014 have arrived!

Julie Higgins and her mare Ace the Experts by Society Max a beautiful Wamberto filly in May

Breeder Lisa Dunn and Donnerella (by Donnerhall) welcomed their Wamberto big handsome colt in May

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Laine Coeby and Wruffles’s (by Weltbekannt) filly by Wamberto arrived in May sporting tons of chrome!







Steve English’s mare Dinah (by Donavan ) welcomed a beautiful Wamberto filly at the end of May.

Vicki Sher and her mare Divine FH by Es Dacprio announced the arrival of a big bay colt by Wamberto on May 30th.

Breeder and owner Michelle Levesque welcomed a chestnut colt by Rousseau out of Walencia on May 5th!

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Kathy Mueller and her mare Rhoyal Riviera (by Riverman) welcome their beautiful bay colt with tons of chrome on May 12th





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Michele Seaver and Be Frie (by United) welcomed their flashy chestnut colt by Rousseau in May.








Nancy Steger and Elicha CR welcome a black filly by Rousseau in mid April.

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Jill Schabel and Chole (by Opus) welcomed the first US bred Fiorano colt in May!









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The second US bred Fiorano colt was welcomed in June by Jourdan Murphy and her mare Gypsy Princess (by Gold Luck)







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Baguette (by Bugatti) and her owner Linda Piette welcomed a beautiful Rousseau colt in mid April!



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Sue Myers and her Flemmingh mare Aspen announced the arrival of beautiful colt named Jasper MM in late April.




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Nanni Baker and her mare Diachee (by Diamont) welcomed 2 Lingh foals by Lingh, a handsome bay colt in May and then a beautiful filly in June!






Kim Benson and Cabernet ( by Lortzing) welcomed a handsome colt in June!

Joy and Don Chappin welcomed their Lemony’s Nicket filly, Lady London OBX, out of Rafaella OBX (by Rousseau) in mid May!

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NBatchelder_Bahai_2_webBaroncelli’s daughter Bahai (ds. Rotspon) and her owner/trainer Nora Batchelder continue their success in 2014!  Nora and Bahai have already qualified for the National Developing Grand Prix Championships in Lamplight by winning her test of choice Developing Horse Grand Prix with a 68.25% and her Developing Horse Grand Prix Qualifier with a 70.500% at the Florida Dressage Concours II. Congratulations to both Nora and Bahai on their incredible success


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April Arrivals

Hassler Dressage would like to congratulate these breeders on the arrival of their foals during the month of April:

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Jessica Austin and her mare Won Easter Vigil welcomed their Locksley I filly Libby.






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Julie Haralson and Tola welcomed the arrival of their big bay colt Joyland HF. Julie is just thrilled with this Rousseau son.








Breeder and owner Renee Hall and her mare Concertina (by Contucci) welcomed their Lemony’s Nicket colt Lemieux









Rosentanze and her owner Jackie Nixon welcomed their dark bay Wamberto colt on April 16th!





Howard Mikytuck and his mare Filique Nani VT’s Wamberto colt arrived on April 11th.

Angle and her owner Laurie Castriota welcomed their Rousseau son on March 25th!

Congratulations to all of the breeders on their new arrivals!

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After an especially challenging winter across most parts of the country, the arrival of Spring and the first foals of 2014 is particularly sweet and exciting!

Legacy HVH

Legacy HVH




Congratulations to High Valley Hanoverian on their Lemony’s Nicket colt Legacy HVH out of EM Radience! Annetta Coleman says that Legacy HVH (aka “Legs”) has a very uphill build and is very curious!















Congratulations to Barbara Cadwell and her mare Debutant (ds. Donovan) on their Rousseau filly “Ravishing!” Ravishing is a gorgeous dark bay filly with beautiful conformation.







Laurie Castriota and her mare Angle welcomed their handsome Rousseau colt on March 25th!

No foaling season is without is difficulties, it seems. Jill Peterson’s treasured mare SPS Whitney gave birth to a beautiful Lemony’s Nicket colt earlier this month. Unfortantly after giving birth SPS Whitney passed away. Thankfully, the little colt has taken well to his nanny mare and is thriving. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jill at this time of loss and our hopes are for this colt’s future to lend grandly to SPS Whitney’s legacy.

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We knew when our longtime friend and employee Richard Malmgren married Jessica Jo Tate almost two years ago, that the day would come when he would leave Hassler Dressage to carve out the rest of his life with his wife. This day has now arrived… So, we lift our glass with a very warm “Skol” of love and thanks to our friend Richard for his terrific energy, his excellent viewpoints, and his endless loyalty and friendship!Richard_1_web

At our special family luncheon for Richard, we enjoyed sharing memories and roasting our good friend because there is so much to love about ‘who’ Richard is! For those who don’t know…Richard is a huge fan of John Deere, John Wayne, Coke-a-Cola, and the Dallas Cowboys…a true American in a Swede’s body! On the last day of our recent Young Dressage Horse Trainers Symposium, we acknowledged him before this very special group with a Dallas Cowboys cap, which is aptly marked with their team emblem: a Star, just like Richard himself.


Photos from Richard’s roasting