Orchis is a keur preferent mare with the highest dressage index of any KWPN mare outside of Holland. She descends from one of the highest ranked dressage marelines in Holland. Her dam, Charites, is a ster preferent prestatie mare who has produced the approved stallion, Kroonjuweel, and a number of FEI level dressage horses, including the superstar mare, Nadine, who was nominated for KWPN horse of the year in 2007, is the mare responsible for the Dutch team winning the gold medal at the World Championships, was part of the silver medal Dutch team at the Olympics, and was a member of the Dutch WEG team in Kentucky. Charites is currently ranked among the top three or four mares on the KWPN's top 250 dressage producing mares. Orchis is of an ultra modern type and has the prettiest movement of any of our mares. She received her ster status at the 2000 New England keuring and completed her IBOP to complete her keur status in 2004, with some of the highest movement scores given to any mare in North America, 8, 8.5, and 7.5. Orchis has produced very well for us. Her first colt, by Zeoliet, Uzeo SSF, was purchased by a Dutch native who was living in Arizona, but has now returned to Holland and taken Uzeo with her to compete in the homeland. Her second colt, by Freestyle, Verito SSF, became the high scoring aux. foal in North America in 2002, as well as being described by the jury as having "exemplary type and fancy movement." At the 2004 keuring, "Guido" again went first premium, completely wowing the crowd and the jury with his spectacular movement. He was asked to return for possible licensing with the NA/WPN. Although not eventually licensed, he went on to win the DG Bar Cup in a highly competitive field at Iron Spring Farm. He is now approaching FEI with his amateur owner. In 2003, Orchis finally produced a filly to ensure the continuance of this famous mareline at Shooting Star Farm, Werites SSF. This mare radiates elegance and talent. While in training with Jim Koford, she went into the BLM finals with the second highest score at first level. Werites earned her sport predicate at third level, was schooling all upper level movements, and was primed to begin her FEI career, when she suffered a career-ending shipping accident. Unfortunately, Orchis lost her 2004 pregnancy, but did produce three grade A Contango embryos...that never settled in any of the recipient mares...oh, well. We breed horses to dispose of all income, right? In 2007 Orchis produced the Donatelli colt, Cervantes SSF, who went on to become the high scoring foal at the New England keuring, and one of the highest scoring dressage foals in North America! As an adult, he was high scoring gelding in New England and one of the highest ster geldings in North America. Georgie is now Kim Scudder's future dressage star. In 2008, Orchis presented us with a chestnut Donatelli filly! D’Orites went on to become reserve champion ster mare of North America, and then passed her IBOP the following year to become a keur mare, placing in the top five Nationally. In 2010, Orchis blessed us with another filly, Felicites SSF, by Rousseau. Nicknamed, Miss P, for Miss Perfect, Felicites is the spitting image of her sister, Werites. Ms. P is co-owned by Jackie Cartesio, and is being prepped for a sport career and her presentation under saddle to the KWPN-NA jury in the fall of 2015. In the spring of 2010, Orchis was one of a handful of North American mares selected for Totilas’s first group of breedings, so we bit the proverbial bullet and ponied up the funds to import three doses of Totilas frozen semen. The Equine gods shined on us favorably, and the next two years we were blessed with dark chestnut Totilas fillies. Galearites SSF went on to become ster, keur eligible, top mare at her keuring, and fourth place in North America. She is currently in training with Jane Hannigan to begin her sport career. Honorites SSF is a coming three year old whom we will prepare for this year’s keuring. Orchis’s 2014 colt, Ja Bam SSF, by Everdale recently sold to Canadian Grand Prix rider, Eiren Crawford. We had every intention of keeping Bammers as a stallion prospect...until we discovered he is a cryptorchid. Orchis lost this year’s pregnancy to Fairytale, but we are determined to try at least one more time for a stallion prospect out of this important mare.
Werites SSF is one of our favorite horses we have produced to date. She is out of our top mare, Orchis. Her sire, Freestyle, brings the valuable blood of Florestan, combined with one of Germany's very top marelines. Freestyle's dam and his aunts were the champion mares of their region in Germany, four years in a row. In Werites, we combine the talents of Holland's top dressage mareline with those of the top German dressage mareline. Werites wowed the jury at the New England keuring in 2006, and became top ster mare and keur eligible. She was also high score mare in North America, but, because she is Register A, her scores did not count in the top five rankings. Bummer! Because we believe that our best offspring should be competing in the real world, not just in keurings, Carol and I made the decision to keep Werites in training with Grand Prix rider, Jim Koford. In limited outings, she had the second highest qualifying score for the BLM Championships at first level. In her third level debut at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, she earned her sport predicate. In the spring of 2010, Werites was being readied to compete in the Developing Horse classes, and she was showing tremendous talent schooling all of the movements for the Grand Prix. Unfortunately, she was injured in a shipping accident, which severed her right hind tendon and ruptured the left. After more than five months with the good people at New Bolton Center, Werites came home to us. She will never be sound enough for riding, but we're hoping she will contribute greatly to our breeding program. In 2012 she produced the fancy UB-40 colt, Horatio SSF. He went on to become first premium and sold to FEI rider Jen Barrett. In 2014, she produced another outstanding UB-40 foal, Jubilantes SSF, who was also first premium, and sold to our friend and fellow Dutch breeder, Jan Downs-Barrett. Werites is again in foal to UB-40 for a 2015 foal. This year we will breed her to the newly licensed Ravel x Sir Donnerhall son, bred and owned by our friends at DG Bar Ranch.