‘Rio’ is a truly exquisite filly, combining great beauty, flawless conformation and supple and elevated movement. She has inherited her elegance and beauty from her Trakehner dam, and fabulous bone and a powerful hindquarter from her Hanoverian sire. She is a pink papered Hanoverian and scored particularly highly for her walk and frame at her grading. She also qualified for the BHHS National Annual Show.
Rio was bred with a performance career in mind. Her sire Rotspon was selected as he is a proven producer of Grand Prix and advanced dressage horses for amateur and professional alike, especially well known for the great ridability he passes on. Her dam ‘Elf’ is a beautifully made mare who has produced some very athletic and sporty offspring who will soon be starting their competition careers. Her pedigree is packed with both sport horse and grading champions.
Rio is named in part after the 2016 Rio Olympics, and the word Tari means ‘Queen’ in Tolkein’s Elf language, a tribute to her beautiful dam, and famous motherline.
Rio was sold at weaning to a fabulous showing home in Cumbria and had has already taken multiple major championships including Riding Horse Breeding Champion at Derbyshire Festival, Champion in hand Ayr County, and Reserve Supreme of Show at the Ingliston Grand Slam.
Rio’s sire is the Celle State Stud stallion Rotspon. The beautiful black stallion is famed for his great character and his ridability under saddle, which he reliably passes on to his descendants. His supple paces and ground covering walk that he also successfully passes on, have seen him rise to the top 30 dressage stallion in the world (2015 WBFSH rankings). His son Rosevelt was part of a very strong US Olympic team that took the Bronze medal in Rio. Rotspon was also the damsire of Olympic Team Gold Medallist Showtime.
Rotspon is also the sire of Celle stallions Rascalino (Performance Test winner and successful to S level) and Royal Blend (successful to S level) and a number of other successful Grand Prix horses. His importance as a damsire is highlighted by his grandson Benetton Dream FRH (Grand Prix and leading sire), Harmony’s Fiorano (international Grand Prix ridden by Susan Pape) and Hampton (sire with a FN breeding value of 148).
This great ridability is a legacy of Rotspon’s sire Rubinstein, who remains to this day one of the most important influences in modern dressage horse breeding. The rest of Rotspon’s pedigree contains names such as Argentan and Pik Bube, classic influences on modern sporthorses.
Rio’s dam is the dual graded Trakehner mare Harmsworth Elfinesque. Elf is highly graded with both the Trakehner and Hanoverian studbooks and brings to the table a superior walk and canter, super limbs and feet and great Trakehner beauty. She descends from the valuable Elfe mareline. For further information on Elf and her pedigree please see her page HERE