Ballerina as an hours old foal

Ballerina (aka Rina) was born early in the morning May 17th 2004. She is an embryo transfer foal by Bugatti Hilltop out of our sensational performance mare Wintermaske. She is the spitting image of her mother, black with a huge blaze and hind socks. She has Winter's neckset, and may be leggier than her mother.

Very sadly, the ET recipient mare rejected this filly, so we raised her as an orphan.

She showed that she has all the heart of her mother, recovering from pneumonia and taking a week's stay at the University Of Florida vet school's intensive care unit in stride. We are immensely grateful to our regular vet Randy Emmons and to the vet school team of Dr. McKay and Dr. Clare Ryan, who helped us get through these very frightening days and helped little Rina get better.

Rina recovered fully from her rough start. In May 2005, Ballerina was sold to a breeder as an addition to her mareband.

Ballerina was started under saddle as a three year old and successfully completed her Mare Performance Test and mare inspection with the American Hanoverian Society as a three year old only about two months under saddle. Her scores were so high that she placed 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.

Ballerina is now an Elite Mare. She produced a wonderful Hotline colt in 2009 and in 2010 produced a gorgeous black Ferro colt, and another good Ferro filly in 2012.

She was sold to a dressage home with Marsha Dawson in late 2012 and will go back under saddle. I look forward to keeping in touch with her new owner.

Ballerina under saddle

Photo credits: Alicia Frese Photography

Ballerina showing the rideability that earned her an 8.5 after only 60 days training

Ballerina in the jump chute

Photo credits: Alicia Frese Photography

Ballerina jumping well despite her pure dressage pedigree


Ballerina produced several nice foals for her owner before being sold as a dressage horse. My own feeling is that she was a very strong producer, which was to be expected from a grand daughter of Rubizza and a daughter of Wintermaske.

My trainer recently started Ballerina's Ferro colt Ferrari and she has been raving about how muck like Ballerina he has been under saddle. She calls him her little sports car.


Ferrari — Ballerina's Ferro son — a little sports car owned by Inslee Baldwin

Latest Update August 31, 2013