1998 KWPN Dutch Warmblood Stallion, 17.1H
Silver Medalist 2003 World Championships for Young Horses
Owner: Harmony Sporthorses (Silver Spur Operating Co.)
Breeder: J.D.A. Haak, The Netherlands
Performance Test: Champion Dressage Stallion of KWPN Performance Test, Ermelo 2001
Stallion Licensing: 2001 KWPN Premium Ring
Approved in Europe: Hanoverian, Oldenburg, Westphalian, Swedish Warmblood and Belgian Studbooks in Europe;
Approved in North America: KWPN-NA, AHS, ISR/Oldenburg NA, GOV, SWANA in North America
Sero- negative for EVA, prior to vaccination
Breeding Fee: $2,500 Frozen or Cooled Semen LFG; frozen semen by the dose also available
Our flagship stallion Rousseau, occupies a prominent place in our hearts and our aspirations, having managed him into his supremacy as an international breeding stallion. Rousseau’s remarkable success is exemplified by the fact that out of his first four foal crops in the Netherlands, Rousseau produced three consecutive Champions of the KWPN Stallion Licensing: Wamberto (2006), Blue Hors Zack (2007), and Ampere (2008). From his first foal crops in Germany, Rousseau has four licensed sons: Fiorano named to the Premium Ring of the 2008 VhW licensing, Fuerst Rousseau now standing at Celle, a Rousseau-Lauries Crusader licensed in the late 2008 Hanoverian korung and Rousseau Noir, licensed by the GOV. Three of Rousseau’s sons won their stallion performance tests with record-breaking results, Wamberto, Fiorano, and Ampere! With National Champions in the Netherlands, USDF National Champion titles here in the US, and offspring performing at the top of their peer groups at CDI’s around the world, Rousseau’s impact is proven. A top class stallion who consistently produces top class offspring, Rousseau is readily available to North American breeders for fresh, cooled semen services; we proudly offer his frozen semen services to breeders around the world with ready inventories waiting in Europe.
Rousseau took center stage in our lives in 2001 when we first selected him as a coming 3-year old at the KWPN Stallion Licensing. He was the top selling stallion of the KWPN stallion show and came under American ownership. We are very proud of his career to date and the results of his impact around the world.
His early performance career established his stature as a significant stallion in international breeding circles. Rousseau had the winning dressage score at his KWPN Stallion Performance Test in Ermelo, receiving an 8 for dressage ability. He was the Dutch National Champion (PAVO Cup) as a 4-year old and Reserve Champion as a 5-year old. He earned perfect scores of ‘10’ from guest riders Lisa Wilcox and Stefan van Ingelgem. He consistently rose above his peers in competitions among other KWPN Stallions.
Rousseau was the Silver Medalist of the 2003 FEI World Championships for Young Horses. It was here that Rousseau truly captured the world’s attention as a top young dressage stallion and soon after, Rousseau was licensed by the Hanoverian, Oldenburg, and Westphalian Verbands. In late 2004, Rousseau transitioned to Hengststation Pape in Germany where he stood at stud before coming to the United States to influence the North American mare base.
Rousseau’s has produced eight licensed sons. He made international history when three years in a row, he was sire of the KWPN Stallion Show Champion: 2006 Wamberto (ds.Voltaire-Dutch Boy), 2007 Blue Hors Zack (ds. Jazz-Belisar) and 2008 Ampere (ds. Flemmingh-Amor). The KWPN had never named the Champion by the same stallion two years in a row, let alone three! These unprecedented results firmly established Rousseau’s significance in the breeding world.
Wamberto won his stallion performance test with record high scores in North America. Zack was Reserve Champion of his stallion performance testing in Denmark. Ampere made history in the Netherlands with his scores of 8 for trot, 9 for trot, 9.5 for canter and 9’s for self-carriage and quality as a dressage horse. Rousseau produced two other licensed sons in the Netherlands, Zenon and Zjenghis Kahn. In 2007, Rousseau was listed with the highest dressage index of all KWPN stallions, 181. His 2012 index reveals that he continues to lead his peer group with the highest dressage index, rideability, and performance tests results amongst his offspring evaluated by the KWPN.
In 2006, the first licensed Hanoverian sons by Rousseau were approved. Fiorano (ds. Rotspon-Lauries Crusader) was named to the 2006 Premium Ring of the Hanoverian (VhW) Stallion Licensing and went on to become the Champion of his stallion licensing in Munster-Handorf. Fuerst Rousseau (ds.Weltmeyer-Grenadier), who stood at Celle, also excelled at his performance testing, placing third overall with a dressage index of 137.88. Rousseau Noir (ds. Del Piero-Lauries Crusader) was licensed by the GOV in 2008 and currently stands at Tannenhof.
International success is always a milestone for a stallion, especially when it is his offspring that shine. Rousseau’s offspring in sport are starting to tally up impressive records. Zippo (ds. Harlem), ridden by Patrick van der Meer placed 6th and 5th respectively in the PSG/Intermediare I small tour at the 2012 Aachen CDI and 5th at the Rotterdam CDI. Patrick reports that Zippo is highly trainable and very talented; the pair will soon start in Grand Prix’s. The 7-year old stallion Rousseau’s Topaz (ds. Rohdiamant) ridden by Steffen van Ingelgem placed in Prix St. Georges among far more seasoned competitors at the 5* CDI in Belgium. The pair had previously won PSG qualifiers and Intermediare I classes with top scores to qualify for this 5* CDI. The Grand Prix Special at the 2012 Mechelen 5* CDI was won by the 9-year old Rousseau gelding Wilco V (ds. Centauer Z), ridden by his Belgian rider Mario Van Orshaegen. We’re thrilled to see these promising talents shine on the international platform for Rousseau!
In North America, Rousseau’s offspring have met notable success. His offspring consistently have appeared on the KWPN-NA Top Ten lists since 2003, dominating these significant results in 2008. His offspring are winning USDF All Breeds awards in breeding and sport annually. Most recently, his son Emile (ds. Inseelmeer-Formateur) was named as the USDF’s 2012 National Champion 3-year old Sport Horse Prospect. The 2005 KWPN mare Allure S (ds. Farrington) was a finalist at the 2012 Markel/USEF FEI Young Horse Championships in the 6-year old division and won her first Developing Horse PSG with a 75.44% in 2012. Rousseau’s son V.I.P (formerly a KWPN licensed stallion, ds. Farrington) scored consistently in the 70’s in the FEI Yong Rider division at prestigious 2012 CDI’s like Dressage At Devon and Saugerties.
Rousseau is a true improvement sire. He stamps his offspring with a beautiful head and expression; his prepotency for producing suppleness, self-carriage, and a powerful hind leg readily improves the next generation. His offspring have very good character, rideability, and trainability. What stronger statement can be made about a stallion? Rousseau stands today as our flagship stallion here at Hassler Dressage at Riveredge. We proudly manage his services to his worldwide mare base with ready inventories waiting.
For more Rousseau Photographs, visit Rousseau’s Gallery.
2006 KWPN Stallion Licensing Champion
(Rousseau x Olinda v. Voltaire — Dutchboy)
2003 KWPN Stallion bred by Jelke and Linda Heida, The Netherlands
2006 Champion of the KWPN Stallion Licensing
2007 100-Day Stallion Performance Test/ Paxton Farm (USA)
Highest scores ever in North American 100-Day Stallion Performance Testing
Overall performance index of 158.78, Dressage index of 168.87, Jumping index of 145.15
2007 KWPN Stallion Licensing Champion
(Rousseau x Orona v. Jazz — Belisar)
2004 KWPN Stallion bred by B. Wilschut, The Netherlands
2007 Champion of the KWPN Stallion Licensing (under the name “Zagreb”)
KWPN Select Sale top sale at 430,000 € to Blue Hors Stud of Denmark
Reserve Champion of Stallion Performance Testing in Denmark
Blue Hors Zack and Andreas Helgstrand earn 3rd place with overall score of 8.80 in Four Year Old Division of the Danish Young Horse Championships in 2008
Spring 2009 video.
2008 KWPN Stallion Licensing Champion
(Rousseau x Larivola v. Flemmingh-Amor)
2005 KWPN Stallion bred by A.T. Rensen, The Netherlands
Third successive KWPN Stallion Licensing Champion for Rousseau at 2008 KWPN Stallion Show in Den Bosch (under the name Ajong)
Owned by a partnership between Tamerus Beheer, Nico Witte and Reesink Horses
Champion of the Spring 2008 KWPN Stallion Performance Test in Ermelo at 8 points ahead of the reserve stallion
Earned 9.5 for his canter and 9’s for the trot, suppleness, rideability, and potential, finishing with a total of 88.5 points
2004 KWPN Stallion bred by J.A.P. Gloudemans, The Netherlands
Earned KWPN license at the 2007 Stallion Performance Test at Ermelo
Performance Test Scores of 9 for trot, suppleness, and suitability as a dressage horse
Overall score of 85
Purchased as a yearling by British WEG team rider Wayne Channon
Approved KWPN Stallion – 2007
(Rousseau x Univers v. Rubinstein – Donnerhall)
2004 KWPN Stallion bred by E.M.G. Kuijpers, Netherlands
Scores of 8 for walk, trot, canter, suppleness and capability as a dressage horse, score of 8.5 for rideability at KWPN Stallion Performance Test, Ermelo. Overall score of 80.
Participating in 2009 KWPN Stallion Show Divoza Cup
First foal crop expected 2009 (over 90 mares covered)
Qualified for 2010 World Breeding Championships for Young Horses under Nikki Schaap for The Netherlands – Six Year Old Division
Premium VhW Stallion; Champion HLP at Munster-Handorf
(Rousseau x Rawina v. Rotspon-Lauries Crusador)
2005 Hanoverian Stallion bred by Anke von Riegen, Germany
Named to Championship ring at Fall 2007 VhW Licensing and titled a Premium stallion of the licensing
Champion of the August 2008 70-Day Stallion Performance Test at Munster-Handorf with nearly a 12 point lead and an overall score of 136.12
Earned 9.5 on temperament and rideability and 9.o on character, constitution, and trot
Dominated Dressage portion of the testing with 20+ point lead over the next highest scoring stallion in that phase with 141.70
Stands at Hengststation Pape in Germany
In full training under Susan Pape
Fiorano at 2010 Oldenburg Stallion Days – Stallion Parade (Fiorano begins at minute 3:05)
Fiorano at 2011 Neuenkirchen.
Top finish at 2008 Stallion Performance Testing, Adelheisdorf
(Rousseau x Weltina v. Weltmeyer — Grenadier)
2005 Hanoverian Stallion bred by Reinhold Haferland, Germany
Approved for Hannover in the VhW late 2007 approval
Leased by the Hanoverian State Stud, Landgestüt Celle for 2008 breeding season
In November of 2008, finished 3rd of 29 at the 70-day Stallion Performance Test at Adelheisdorf
Earned 9.0 for rideability and 8.0’s or higher for temperament, trot, and canter at Performance Test.
Now fully licensed, will continue to stand at Landgestüt Celle with his first foal crop expected in 2009
Will be ridden by Ole Kuehler, current rider of Don Frederico
Second Rousseau son approved in Hanover
Half -brother to 2008 World Champion 6-Year Old, Dramatic, by Don Frederico
(Rousseau – Haarlem)
2005 KWPN gelding bred by Wim van Rooy of Bergeijk, Holland
2012 Placed 5th with a 70.737% in CDIO Rotterdam at PSG level
2013: Placed 1st at first Grand Prix with 71.65% in Holland. Finished in top 6 at the CDI 3* Grand Prix at Verden with a 68.128%
2014 Zippo wins at Roosendaal CDI3*!!! Grand Prix special 1st with a 70.647%
and Grand Prix with a 69.280%
(Rousseau – Rossini)
2004 KWPN Gelding bred by __, Holland
2013: Under trainer/rider Chris Von Martels of Canada, Zilverstar placed 3rd at the NEDA Fall Festival in the Prix St. George with a 69.29%. He then went on to place 8th in the competitive Intermediare I class in the Dressage at Devon CDI with a 68.3%
(Rousseau – Farrington)
2002 KWPN Gelding bred by H. Rongen, Holland
VIP formerly KWPN licensed son
Scoring consistently in the 70% range in the FEI Young Rider division at prestigious 2012 CDI’s like Dressage at Devon and Saugerties
(Rousseau – Farrington – Hierarch)
2005 Mare bred by Sonnenberg Farm owned by Dr. KC Dunn
2011 Allure S was qualified for the Markel/USEF FEI Young Horse Championships and finished on an overall 8th place.
2012 Allure S and rider Angela Hecker-Jackson competed in the USEF Developing horse qualifiers with great success.
2013 Allure S competed successfully at PSG and Intermediare I with scores consistently in the 70’s
(Rousseau x St. Pr. Doro v. Del Piero — Lauries Crusader xx)
2006 Hanoverian Stallion bred by Ingo Pape of German
Photos coming soon.
Top Sale at 2008 Hanoverian Auction at 80,000 Euros, purhcased by Gestut Tannenhof
Approved by the Oldenburg Verband
Attending 70-day test in Adelheidsdorf in August 2009.
(Rousseau x Krack C)
2002 KWPN Mare bred by Stoeterij ‘T Centrum, The Netherlands
2005 Third Place Three Year Old Mare in Holland, “Top Model” of National Mare Show
(Rousseau – Regazzoni – Lanthan)
2010 Mare bred and owned by Kris Zagoria
2013 Rosa Parks was Young Horse Reserve Champion at Dressage at Devon
|Ferro pref.||Ulft||Le Mexico|
Rousseau’s sire is Olympic Ferro, the “Black Pearl” of the Netherlands who captured the hearts of dressage fans around the world during many international performances under Coby Van Baalen. Magnificent, powerful, awe-inspiring, Ferro inspired a fresh influence in the Dutch breeding program. Ferro captured the Team Silver at the 1998 World Equestrian Games, 1999 European Championships and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Ferro is one of the KWPN’s foundation stallions, having sired over ten licensed sons. His legacy includes an impressive list of KWPN approved sons: Kennedy, Metall, Negro, Rousseau, Pyriet, Paddox, and Osmium. The British AES approved two Olympic Ferro sons: Jazz Dancer and Lorenzo; and the NRPS licensed and approved one other, Ferrolan. Olympic Ferro sired the year 2000 Champion Stallion of the KWPN Stallion Show in Den Bosch and the 2000 Champion KWPN Mare at Ermelo. With scores of successful offspring to his credit, Ferro earned the important predicate of Preferant stallion in the KWPN studbooks.
Olympic Ferro held the #1 position of the BN World Stallion Rankings late into his career and maintained an outstanding dressage index of 153 with the KWPN, boasting an impressive 87% reliability index. As a three-year old, he was Champion of his stallion performance test at Ermelo with impressive scores of 8.5 for his trot and canter. Olympic Ferro left over 35 Keur Preferant daughters, 145 Star daughters, 300 Studbook daughters and 150 1st Premium foals.
Ferro was also valued for his jumping influence. With over 111 points in the KWPN’s jumping index and an 80% reliability factor, Ferro’s jumping influence is readily explained further back in his pedigree. Ferro’s sire Ulft descends from the valued influence of the KWPN Dutch stallion Le Mexico, who ranked 10th on the jumping index with 142 points. Le Mexico bears the world renowned influence of Furioso xx. Ferro’s dam Brenda is by Farn, another stronghold in the KWPN jumper index. With 146 points, Farn nearly matches his preeminent sire Nimmerdor, who ranks 2nd in the KWPN jumper index with 155 points.
Rousseau’s dam Zsuzsa “Ster-sport” was successful in Grand Prix dressage competition under an amateur rider. Zsuzsa is by the Preferant stallion Roemer, the internationally renowned stallion who became one of North America’s foundation sires in the Dutch program. Roemer earned a perfect ’10’ for temperament in his stallion performance test. During his years in the Netherlands, Roemer was a successful international jumper then under Mary Alice Malone of Iron Spring Farm, Roemer became a Champion Grand Prix dressage stallion. His dressage index reached a pinnacle 218 points in 2001. His offspring inherit both his dressage and jumping talent. His son Mistral competed as a Show Jumper at the1992 Olympics in Soeul. His son Darwin led the KWPN’s dressage index for his age group in 1994.
KWPN Stallion Show – Championship Ring.
KWPN Select Sale Top Sale.
70 Day Stallion Performance Test, Ermelo, The Netherlands.
8.5-walk, 8-canter, 8-dressage ability.
PAVO Cup Champion as a 4-year old, Dutch National Championship under
Nicolette Van Lierop: 89 points.
Earned “10’s” from guest riders Lisa Wilcox and Stefan van Ingelgem.
PAVO Cup Reserve Champion as a 5-year old, Dutch National Championship under Nicolette Van Lierop.
KWPN Stallion Show Champion, Divoza Cup.
FEI World Championships for Young Horses, Verden, Germany .
Reserve Champion under Nicolette Van Lierop:
8.8-trot, 9-canter, 8.6-walk, 8.8-suppleness, 9-impression, 8.84 overall.
Harmony’s Rousseau – Our European Agents
While we welcome inquiries from breeders around the world and look forward to making personal contact with each of you, we have also established the following agents to offer Rousseau to their local markets. Please feel free to contact the agent in your country/region directly but know that we’d be delighted to know of your interest in Rousseau as well!
In the Netherlands:
5674 NX Nederwetten
Strader Strasse 108
Tel: +49 47 71 – 23 84
In the United Kingdom:
Devon EX17 6LL
Phone: 01837 880100 or +44 (0) 7967 202174