Dream Maker gets nod at Hanoverian licensing in Verden


A bay son of US based stallion Damsey has been licensed by the Hanoverian Stud Book during the traditional 129th Hanoveraner Körung, and his dam has been named Mare of the Year.

The Stallion Licensing and Stallion Sales of the Hanoverian Stud Book in late October in Verden, Germany, celebrates the best new licensed Hanoverian stallions.

Dream Maker, bred and owned by Doug and Louise Leatherdale, is based at Hengststation Jens Meyer in Dorum, Germany. The Leatherdales maintain ownership of the stallion.

His sire Damsey was licensed by the Hanoverian stud book in 2005 and then bought by Leatherdale Farms, near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Damsey's Son Dream Maker is among the stallions Licensed at the Hanoveraner Körung in Verden.
Damsey’s Son Dream Maker is among the stallions Licensed at the recent Hanoveraner Körung in Verden. © Kiki Beelitz

The Stallion Licensing is only open to males registered in the Hanoverian stud book at their birth. At 2.5 years old, the best horses (103 this year) are presented to Stallion Licensing . The Hanoverian Stud Book and its Licensing commission, composed of renowned experts, approved Dream Maker, out of the Worldly/Laptop mare Wünsch Dir Was (“Make a Wish”) and named him Premium Stallion, a title granted to only 19 stallions at the licensing – 11 dressage and 8 jumping stallions.

After the stallions have been chosen to be licensed by the Verband, they can complete their licensing by taking either the 30-day testing or the 70-day testing. This is only after they are provisionally licensed.

Damsey qualified for the 2006 Young Dressage Horse World Championships, and his sire, Dressage Royal (Oldenburg dam line of Fasse III), placed in the Federal 5-year-old Dressage Championships. Damsey is licensed by both the Hanoverian and Danish stud books.

Dream Maker with Doug and Louise Leatherdale, and Manfred Schäfer, Chairman of the Hannoveraner Verband.
Dream Maker with Doug and Louise Leatherdale, and Manfred Schäfer, Chairman of the Hannoveraner Verband. © Kiki Beelitz

As well as the licensing of Damsey’s son Dream Maker, the show named his dam, Ria Grande (1991, by Ritual HAN), as Hanoverian Mare of the Year. She is also the dam of Daianira van de Helle,  (Dream of Glory) who finished 6th and 13th at the World Dressage 5- and 6-year-old Horses Championships

Ria Grande (Ritual / Grande) was bred by Kornelia Haak-Höring and is owned by Dorit Kothe. Ria Grande was presented along with her 2013 foal, a full brother of Damsey by Dressage Royal.

The D line goes back to Devil’s Own, a Thoroughbred active from 1894 to 1906, through Detektiv, a stallion active from 1926 to 1943 to whom all of the D-line offspring approved today can be traced. The line is then divided into a main branch out of Dolman and another smaller branch out of Dwinger which produced Diskant, from which came Donnerhall, great-father of Damsey. Stallions out of this D-line are rare and much sought-after by breeders.

Members of the Licensing Commission include Heike Kemmer (Olympic Champion 2004 and 2008, Individual Bronze Medalist in 2008), Peter Teeuwen (eventing rider), Hans-Heinrich Meyer zu Strohen (president of the Licensing Commission, head of the state riding school and national dressage trainer of junior and young riders), Dr. Werner Schade (breeding manager and managing director of Hanoveraner Verband), Hans-Henning von den Decken (successful breeder and trainer), and Martin Spoo (breeding manager and managing director of the Rheinisches Pferdestammbuch).


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