Ruidoso or “Rio” is a powerful yet elegant, black/brown, 16.3, 2009 Hanoverian gelding by Rousseau out of Weisentanz (Wolkentanz I/ Grunewald). We are extremely proud of how Rio has done and feel he exemplifies what we strive to achieve through our breeding program: talent, temperament, and trainability.

He has been correctly started and brought along by talented rider, Benjamin Pfabe.  Benny and Rio have been thrilled to work with David Blake since he was a youngster. Rio is a seasoned show horse with scores into the mid 70’s. He and Benny were Region 9 First level Champions in 2015.

He is joining our daughter Sarah in training in Maryland and we are very excited about their future together!

Rio’s sire Rousseau is a top producer of Champion stallions, mares, and foals across Europe and North America. Rousseau himself was the Silver Medalist of the FEI World Championships for Young Horses. He made history by producing the “Champion of the KWPN Stallion Show” three years in a row! No other stallion in history has achieved this. His son, Wamberto, not only won the KWPN Stallion Show, but also won the 2007 100-Day Stallion Performance Test at Paxton Farm with an impressive margin. Wamberto’s overall performance index was 158.78, with a dressage index of 168.87 and a jumping index of 145.15, he earned perfect 10’s for his character and canter, and 8’s and 9’s for his walk, trot, and rideability.  Five year old “Zippo” (Rousseau – Haarlem), ridden by Patrick van der Meer and six year old mare “Warola” (Rousseau – Ubis), ridden by Leonie Bos, have both made the KWPN long list for the World Championships for Young Horses. Ruidoso is virtually a carbon copy of his famous sire…, and he moves with power and lightness.


Rio’s dam Wiesentanz, has consistently produced offspring with presence, confidence, and outstanding movement. Her offspring are winning in-hand as well as under saddle. His half-sister, Rosentanz, was 2009 Training Level Horse of the Year with the highest median score ever recorded of 79.8% at the time.

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