Balanchine geeting a kiss from mama

This little boy was long anticipated when he finally arrived March 22nd, 2011. Balanchine by Bugatti Hilltop is a full brother to EM Wintermaske's first foal, EM Ballerina, who was an embryo transfer baby. As many may recall, Ballerina had a very rough start in life, first being savagely rejected by her surrogate dam, then falling ill with pneumonia and clostridia. I raised her as an orphan, and her first few months were touch and go. What a joy it has been to see Balanchine so strong, healthy and well nurtured by Wintermaske. He is nearly identical to his big sister in markings and color, but in a definitely more masculine version.

Balanchine papa Bugatti Hilltop(Bergamon/ Rubinstein I/ Donnerhall) is proving to be a top dressage stallion, both competing successfully at the FEI level and producing many topnotch dressage offspring. Balanchine's mama EM Wintermaske is one of my very best mares. The first daughter of my flagship mare Rubizza, Winter excelled at everything I ever asked her to do. She was named top Hanoverian mare at her AHS inspection as a three year old and the same year showed in hand in Dresssage Sport Horse Breed shows, winning the regional championship for fillies. The following year she won the regional championship for mares and also began showing under saddle. We competed her until she was five and she won nearly every class ever entered, showing successfully at Second Level and fulfilling her performance requirements to become an Elite mare that year. She is now one of my most prized broodmares and has produced outstanding foal — EM Ballerina, EMC Soliloquy, Scorpio, Wunderboy and now Balanchine.

Balanchine's sister EM Ballerina has proven to be a wonderful riding horse as well as a valuable broodmare. As a three year old she passed her AHS mare inspection and mare performance test with very high scores that earned her second in the nation in the running for Dr. Walter Hartwig Prize for the Best North American bred Young Mare given by AHS. This award is restricted to mares that are three and four years old in a calendar year. The intent is to reward those mares that are performance tested when they are young, and show good innate athletic ability and talent, in contrast to a mare who has had years of dressage or jumper training.

I fully expect Balanchine to have the same sort of rideability, willingness to work and athleticism that his big sister has displayed. At his very young age, he already has displayed a happy, easy disposition. He loads on the trailer in front of mama, leads beautifully and is very outgoing. He displays three very solid and correct gaits and a correct conformation. Balanchine is for sale.

I will update with more pictures as he grows.

Balanchine saying hi

Balanchine having a good gallop with mama

Beautiful baby boy


Last updated May 6, 2011