News from San Diego Sporthorses

July, 2010

We recently attended the USEF/USDF dressage breeders in-hand show with our beautiful 3 year old Donatiena (Donnerschlag x EM Ladylike) for her first ever breed show. We were thrilled to win the 3 year old filly class; the Hanoverian class and Reserve Champion of the Young Filly Division. We were so please with how calm and level headed our mare was - she took the whole show experience as a real pro. We will again show her at the September 11th breed show to further her exposure in preparation for her dressage career next spring. Donatiena is currently in under saddle training and will be presented for her Hanoverian mare approval on October 20, 2010. Donatiena will be bred to Quaterback in March, 2011 - this foal will be available for purchase inutero.

May 2010

Another new addition to our foals of 2010 page! Our beautiful Dutch mare O'Baby presented us with a stunning filly by Hilltop Farms' Bugatti. This little lady is very special - sweet and beautiful with perfect conformation. This was an excellent cross and one worth repeating. This filly is offered for sale - see Horses for Sale section.

Des Chappeles "Ruby" finally delivered her Contucci filly nearly two weeks past her due date, but definitely worth the wait! This gorgeous filly, now named "Confetti" is a clone of her mother! Three tall above the knee and hock stockings with a huge blaze was welcomed into the world by her new owner Alessa in Texas. Congrats on your perfect new addition!

April, 2010

Another colt! Our elite mare Ladylike presented us with a black/bay colt by Hilltop Farms' Bugatti. I am impressed with what this stallion is producing - very fancy colt with presence and movement to spare. This boy will be a big time dressage horse with his movement and self-carriage - such a charming and friendly little man!! He is offered for sale to a select show home - see Horses for Sale section.

We are happy to report that our new barn is now complete and all of our horses have finally returned home after being off the farm for over two years! Our previous barns were destroyed in the October, 2007 wildfires that most of San Diego experienced. None of our horses were lost in the fires. Our beautiful new barn was manufactured by MD Barns and is truly our dream barn. Photos to be posted soon!

American Hanoverian Society Inspection, October, 2009:
We are very proud to report that we have once again been honored with the Top Colt and Best Foal award at this inspection. Our beautiful Hanoverian mare, Barcelona SP, has produced a champion foal - this is the second time this mare has been awarded this prestigious honor! Her gorgeous chocolate bay colt impressed the judges as well as the audience with his outstanding conformation, head, elegant body type and oh my what a mover! He is a serious contender for the FEI Young Horse classes - we cannot wait to see this boy mature.

San Diego Sporthorses has produced 100% site champions at every American Hanoverian Society and German Oldenburg Verband inspections that we have attended.
These include: 2004 AHS: Baylea by Batido x EM Ladylike (champion filly and awarded best mover of the day); 2005 AHS:Markova by Madison X EM Ladylike (champion filly) and Monterey SP by Madison x Tequila Sunset (champion colt at same inspection as Markova); 2006 AHS: Weltido by Wonderful x Barcelona SP (top colt and awarded best mover of the day); 2006 GOV: Cadence by Camiros x EM Ladylike (top foal and premium filly); 2007 AHS: Donnatienna SP by Donnerschlag x EM Ladylike (awarded top foal of the inspection out of both colts and fillies); 2008 AHS: Ragazzono SP by Regazoni x EM Ladylike (awarded top colt and best mover of the day); 2009 AHS: Royal Reflection SP by Royal Prince x Barcelona SP. We at San Diego sporthorses are quite proud of these honors which clearly
reflects our high quality breeding program. Our mares are of the highest quality, as are the stallions that we use in our breeding program. We continue to produce foals that are champions in the show ring as well as at home!

Oldenburg NA Inspection: Jupiter, Florida:
We are excited to learn that one of our offspring has been named Top Mare for the east coast based on her incredible mare test score of 109 - this award was granted to Cadence by Camiros x EM Ladylike. Congrats to our "little girl" as well as to her new owner, Dr. Lori Minteer, DVM!

The end of an era: We are sad to report the passing of our last breeding stallion in the fall of 2008. The imported Dutch warmblood stallion Werigo was humanely destroyed due to complications of old age at the age of 28. Werigo lived a fabulous life as an FEI competitor for the then unknown German rider Steffen Peters. He then continued his career as a schoolmaster for his adult amateur rider Cauleen Glass, as well as a short period of time as a young rider mount. He was then purchased by San Diego Sporthorses and began his stallion duties as a teenage stallion. Werigo was always the perfect gentlemen, both in and out of the breeding shed, and produced beautiful foals with excellent toplines and temperaments. He spent his last few years of his life at the farm of Dr. Lori Minteer in Jupiter, Florida. We will miss you "marsh mellow man"....see you at the Rainbow Bridge.

January 2008

We are very proud to be the breeders of the First Place Yearling filly for the German Oldenburg Verband for the entire United States. Cadence (Camiros X Elite Mare Ladylike) received this top honor based on her in-hand scores in competitions during the 2007 show season in Florida. Cadence is now owned by Dr. Lori Minteer, DVM, of Jupiter, Florida. Congratulations to Lori and Cadence, and a huge congrats to EM Ladylike for yet another fantastic filly foal!

November 2007

Firestorm – Southern California 10.21.07
Many of you have emailed or attempted to call our farm for the past several weeks to determine if the recent fires had affected our property – your thoughtfulness is much appreciated! We are sad to say that we did in fact suffer the loss of all of our barns and outbuilding, although we suffered no losses to our horses as they were safely evacuated. Plans are in place to rebuild the barn – it should be in place within the next couple of months.

May 2007

We are sad to report the passing of the black, imported Hanoverian stallion Madison (Matcho) at his home in Jupiter, Florida. Madison lived a easy, chosen life as a breeding stallion at Celle, Germany for 10 years (he was the first approved stallion of Matcho) He was then purchased by an American amateur rider as her schoolmaster, and was then purchased a short time later by San Diego Sporthorses when he was 14 years old. Madison was truly that special horse that greeted you with a loud talkative whinny each time you approached his stall. He was a beautiful stallion, both inside and out and was so gentle and easy to handle. Madison spent his last years of his life in Jupiter, Florida, as not only a breeding stallion, but also as a first class schoolmaster to Liz Olmstead and Lori Minteer. Madison's offspring possess the beauty and temperament of their father, and are just starting to make their mark in the show ring. Good-bye Madi - you were truly loved by all that knew you, but especially by your latest partner, Liz Olmstead. You have left a hole in her heart...


Our Elite Mare Ladylike does it again!

Her 2007 hanoverian filly, Donatienna SP, by Donnerschlag (Donnerhall) impressed the judges with her flawless conformation and outstanding movement at the recent American Hanoverian Society inspection in August, 2007. This filly was not only named top filly, but also TOP FOAL for the inspection. This is Ladylike’s fourth foal (all fillies) all of which have been named TOP FOAL at every inspection for both American Hanoverian Society and German Oldenburg Verband.

Ladylike is safely in foal to the incredible stallion Regazonni for a May, 2008 foal. This foal is available for purchase – inquire for terms.

Winning Offspring!
San Diego Sporthorses offspring are doing incredibly well in the show arena once again! The yearling filly “Cadence” (Camiros X EM Ladylike) has won all of her yearling filly classes at the USDF inhand shows in Florida. This filly also took Grand Champion in the 3 and under division! She is currently ranked at first place for yearling GOV bred horses for the entire U.S.

Premium Mares!
San Diego Sporthorses offspring have received some of the highest scores in the U.S. at the recent Oldenburg N.A. inspection in Jupiter, FL.

  • Markova SP (Madison X EM Ladylike), 3 year old black Hanoverian mare scored 109 and received her Premium Award! Owner: Dr. Lori Minteer, DVM
  • Whinning Waltz (Werigo X Watch Out), 3 year old black Oldenburg are scored 106 and received her Premium Award! Owner: Dr. Lori Minteer, DVM
  • High Society (Hohenstein X Matcho XX), 12 year old black imported Hanoverian mare scored 105 and received her Premium Award! Owner: Regina Nelson

Huge congrats go out to the owners of these wonderful mares!

5-22-07 San Diego Sporthorses is excited to announce the birth of yet another Hanoverian filly born on 5/22/07! Our wonderful Batido daughter Barcelona SP “Barbi” produced a beautiful filly by the Hanoverian stallion Rubino Bellissimo. This filly is both strong and healthy and perfect conformation. She is destined to be a dressage diva and future broodmare! She is available for purchase – refer to sales page for more details.

5-12-07 San Diego Sporthorses is excited to announce the birth of our second filly of the year! Born on 5/12/07, our Elite Hanoverian mare “Ladylike” delivered a beautiful and healthy Donnerschlag filly. With the barn name of “Lady Di”, we expect great things from this little one. This filly will be retained by San Diego Sporthorses as a future show and breeding prospect.

- San Diego Sporthorses is excited to announce the first birth of a beautiful Hanoverian filly by Bergamon out of the SPA Hanoverian mare “High Society”. We are very excited for her new owners in Florida – Regina Nelson!


- Congrats to our client Kasey Cannon and the Batido son “Bonjourno” (now called Boin Gourno) and his rider Nick Wagman. “Boney” is now showing Grand Prix Dressage on the A circuit with excellent scores. He is truly following in his fathers’ footsteps.

- Congrats to two of San Diego Sporthorses’ home grown offspring – both daughters of our Elite Hanoverian Mare Ladylike! Bailey (Batido X EM Ladylike) was rated at Number 1 in the U.S. for 3 year old Materiale for 2006; The two year old black Hanoverian filly “Markova” (Madison X EM Ladylike) was rated 4th in the U.S. in the Young Horse Inhand Division. Both of these fillies are being shown on the very competitive east coast (Florida). What a outstanding job for these two “California Girls”!

- We are very honored to be awarded Fourth Place for Dressage Breeding for the entire United States by both the USDF and USEA. This placing was based on the outstanding scores received from offspring bred by San Diego Sporthorses which include: Bailey (Batido X EM Ladylike); Markova SP (Madison X EM Ladylike); Watch Out (Waldorff X Lehnsgabe); Whinney (Werigo X Watch Out). A huge thank you to the owners of these fine horses – Liz Olmstead (Bailey); Lori Minteer – Markova; Watch Out; and Whinney!

- Congrats to our client Deena Smith and the outstanding year she has had with her Batido son Brigadier. “Bufford” not only represented the U.S. in Verdan, Germany last year for the 6 year old FEI classes, but also tied for first place again for the U.S. finals! Brigadier is now showing PSG with excellent scores, and was awarded a 2nd place finish at PSG at the huge DG Bar Ranch Show in May, 2007! This was his first time showing at PSG – outstanding job – not bad for a horse that is just coming 7! Best of luck to Deena and Brigadier’s rider/trainer, David Wightman.

August 2006

A huge congratulations to our wonderful client Deena Smith and her outstanding Batido gelding “Brigadier” who has had an incredible show career at the tender age of 6! Deena wrote us this week with their exciting news: “Just got back from was such an adventure. It was a HUGE show with all the top riders including Isabell Werth! Bufford did pretty good there. The first day he was a little tense and didn't do the changes well and was 25th (out of 36) with a score of 6.70. The second day he was great and was 9th with a 7.26. He was the highest placed American horse there and the only American bred one! We are planning on going to Kentucky in September for the National final. It really was fun being there and Bufford really did look great......even in the test he didn't score so well in. There were lots of great compliments from many people watching. I am very proud of him and his rider, David Wightman!!!

“Bufford” was not only the second highest scoring horse in the U.S. for the 6 year FEI Young Horse Division, he also placed third last year in the 5 year old FEI Young Horse Division, and was placed 1st for American bred!!!

What an honor to have owned the wonderful stallion that produced this fantastic horse. To have one of Batido’s offspring represent the U.S. has us all on cloud nine. We only wish Batido were still with us, producing even more of these top competition horses….

May 15, 2006
Our Elite Hanoverian Mare Ladylike surprised us with the birth of a new filly foal two weeks early! This gorgeous bay filly with star and three socks is by the imported Holsteiner stallion Camiros. The filly will be registered Holsteiner and will be honored with the name "What A Lady". And WOW what a mover! Photos to be added soon to our "For Sale" Page.

April 28, 2006
Long overdue but finally complete... The website has gotten a facelift and a complete update of all the pages. Enjoy!

March 29, 2006
San Diego Sporthorses is proud to announce the birth of our first foal of 2006. A gorgeous, bright chestnut colt by Wonderful (Weltmeyer) and out of our beautiful maiden mare Barcelona SP by Batido. This colt was born at the respectable hour of 4:30am - mom and baby are doing wonderful! We are so thrilled for the owner of this colt, Nancy Burdette of PA, who purchased him inutero.

Regional Championships / Region 3
Brocken, a 4 year old 16.1H Hanoverian mare by Batido, owned by Ellinwood Brown-Miegel of FL, and ridden by Debbie Hill, wins the Region 3 Championships at Training Level with a score of 71.731%.



March 11, 2004
It is with a very heavy heart that we at San Diego Sporthorses announce, that our flagship Elite Hanoverian Stallion Batido (Bolero) passed away in his pasture this morning in Jupiter, FL. Although we do not have all of the details, we have been told that the vets feel it was most likely due to a brain aneurysm.

Batido left a legacy of incredible offspring who are just now starting to make a name for themselves in the show ring. We wish to thank all of the many mare owners who were lucky enough to have a Batido foal of their own - they truly are special.

Goodbye Mr. B...we will miss you and love you forever.





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