May update: Mr. V has made great advancement in his jumping training! Super brave "point and shoot" attitude!
Introducing Versailles, aka "the King" or "Mr. V.". When you look up the word versatile in the dictionary, it really should say Versailles ;-). This gorgeous 17.1 hand black IMPORTED Westphalian warmblood is quite a catch as he purposely was started late to give him all the opportunity to grow his tall body correctly. This is a rarity nowadays.. Healthy and strong, he easily works in a variety of disciplines. One day he does flat work or jump around a course, whether it be an event field or a jump ring, and the next we take him to an obstacle set up or do some working equitation. If we feel like working with some cows in the field, we take him sorting and there as well he is completely in his element. In all of this, his extensive flat work experience, his beauty and gaits are standing out. And of course that thick tail ;-)!
He has also completed a 20 hour course of basic mounted police horse work. He walked amongst fire and smoke, sirens, quietly stepped over, under and through strange and scary objects. He even literally hugged the giant blown up Dragon!
Versailles is trained classically in all the disciplines; he has not been forced and we have never used any sort of contraptions on him. This went right along with the philosophy of allowing this big horse to grow up before starting to work him under saddle. The result is that he should be able to work and be someone's riding partner for a long time as it has been proven that starting work a few years later results in significant increase in soundness at later life stages.
He is very soft in the bridle, and truly responsive to seat aids. Versailles loves variety and needs fun challenges to excel in. He would do best with an experienced rider who likes keeping his brain stimulated, all the while having a blast doing just that! With all that confidence, he is no nonsense, can sometimes be a bit strong willed and he will need fair and correct leadership to be the best he is and can be. Given that, he is extremely trainable and well mannered and quite the gem with his impeccable bloodlines, he is very handsome and charismatic, almost regal even, a horse that draws eyes upon him everywhere he goes. Hashtag# the King ;-)
His one half sister (same mother) was 3 year old National Westphalian Reserve Champion in GERMANY, another half sister was a SUBLI CUP winner in the NETHERLANDS. Versailles' sire is the international Grand Prix stallion Glock's Voice who is by the famous De Niro. Versailles is very healthy, he has great hoofs and is barefoot. Price will increase with continued training.
We aim for the best new partnership in his future. A phone call works best if you want to know more!