Rubizza at her mare inspection

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Putting it simply, Rubizza is the queen of Home Again Farm. Her pedigree represents the combination of an outstanding modern German dressage line on the sire's side and a well treasured more traditional dam line. She was bred by Alwin Brunnecke, and imported by Suzanne Quarles. I was lucky enough to bring her home when she was coming three years of age in the fall of 1996. She was inspected (picture above) in 1998 and was Champion non-Hanoverian mare with the excellent score of 7.5.

Rubi trot

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Rubizza is all we could want in a mare. She is beautiful, intelligent, full of power, yet also very sensible and easy to handle and ride. Rubi has had four outstanding fillies by the Elite Hanoverian stallion Weltbekannt, a stunning daughter by Wolkenstein II, and after several barren years, another daughter, Fantastica by Fabuleux in 2007. She produced another wonderful Fabuleux foal in 2008 — this time her very first colt — Fabulocity, owned by Prosperity Farms. She produced her 7th filly in 2009, a gorgeous tall bay, Lilyana, by Londonderry, a sensationally producing son of Lauries Crusador. She produced an eighth and last foal in 2011, Fable by Fabuleux. I retired her in 2012. She will hang out with Rohanna and Frolichkeit, enjoying green pastures and the good life at home.

Rubi 9/08 in foal for the eighth time

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Rubi can still strut her considerable stuff in foal for the eighth time and looking great in September 2008

After her first two foals Rubi was not re-bred in 1999, so that she could be put under saddle for a while. She showed a great talent for dressage, along with a marvelous work ethic. In her first time showing in a breed show, she won her mare class, the mare championship, and was reserve champion mature horse. In her only recognized show, she scored an impressive 70.00% her first time showing Training Level. Rubi then went back to being a Mama for the farm, as she had proven her value as a producer of talented saddle horses.

Rubi under saddle between babies

Rubi under saddle between babies two and three

Her oldest daughter, the Elite Mare Wintermaske had an outstanding career as a dressage horse and gave us one foal via embryo transfer while working. She returned home in December 2004 to become a top broodmare in her own right. Wintermaske has since produced two gorgeous foals by Stedinger, a filly in 2006 and a colt in 2007.

Rubi's second daughter Wonderful World sold to a dressage rider as an eight month old weanling and is working under saddle with outstanding results. She passed her AHS mare inspection in October 2004 with a 7.5, making her Elite eligible.

Wisteria, our third Rubi daughter, sold to a breeding and dressage home at 10 months of age, and was started under saddle as a three year old. She produced a 2005 Dauphin foal and since sold to another dressage rider. She is almost Rubi's clone (see pictures on her page).

Rubi 's third Weltbekannt daughter Waltz With Me joined Wonderful World at Patti Thompson's farm in PA. She is well under saddle and truly shining, with a lot of Wintermaske's qualities. She was recently entered into the AHS Main Studbook.

Rubi's 2003 filly by Weltbekannt is Welcome Home, born April 10th, 2003, and who was quickly claimed by Inslee Baldwin. She is going beautifully under saddle after the typical easy start that my trainer has come to expect from Rubi offspring.

Rubi head

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Rubi showing her lovely, kind eye after many babies

After 2003's foaling, we went through several frustrating years trying to keep Rubizza in foal. In 2003 we bred her tob Sandro Hit. Sadly that pregnancy was lost after a month. Rubizza did not conceive again in 2004. We bred her to Sandro Hit again in 2005 via embryo transfer. That embryo was unfortunately lost by the recipient. We are thrilled to report that Rubi produced her first foal since 2003 in May of 2007, another filly, this one by Fabuleux. Her name is Fantastica and she will be a keeper. See Fantastica showing her Rubizza presence below.


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Rubi produced her first colt in 2008 — Fabulocity — a strong and powerful fellow by Fabuleux, while being leased.

In July 2009 Rubi produced her 7th daughter, Lilyana, a gorgeous filly by Londonderry. Here she is at 28 hours of age.


Continuing Rubi's exceptional line through breeding are her grand daughters from Wintermaske, Ballerina and Soliloquy. Ballerina and Soliloquy are both now Elite Mares.

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Rubizza's excellent ancestry

Her Sire - Rubinstein I

Rubinstein I was a simply phenomenal black Westphalian stallion standing in Germany until June 2000. He was Rubizza's sire, paternal grand-sire of our young mare Rohanna and dam's sire of our young mare Wintermaske. Rubinstein had an incredible career. He was shown very successfully by Nicole Uphoff at Grand prix dressage in Germany. His breeding career was one of huge impact to many breeds. He has about 60 approved sons, among them Rohdiamant, Regazzoni, Rubirando, and Rotspon. Many of his sons won their stallion performance tests as well as German riding horse championships. He sired more than 400 mares that are enrolled in the studbooks of the various German breed registries.His name quickly became equated with character, willingness, work ethic, rideability and abilities for the highest levels of dressage. He was lost to the dressage and breeding world early in June 2000, due to founder following an inguinal hernia and other complications. He leaves a great and surely lasting legacy in his many talented sons and daughters.

Rubinstein I

Rubinstein came third out of 66 stallions at his testing in 1989, with a score of 136.56 overall, and 134.91 in rideability. His dressage breed index is 155. His breeding values based upon his daughter’s performance at their studbook and mare performance inspections are 169 for typeyness, 173 for limbs, and 184 for dressage. Rubinstein progeny are especially prized for their trainability.

Rubinstein’s sire Rosenkavalier won his stallion testing, and is a top Westphalian stallion. Rubinstein’s dam Antine is a full sister to the late Reiner Klimke’s Olympic mount Ahlerich II, and Amon, another top international dressage horse. Antine produced two other approved stallion son, the full siblings to Rubinstein, Rubinstein II and III. Antine’s full sister is the dam of Nicole Uphoff’s former Olympic mount Rembrandt, as well as the stallions Royal Angel I and II.

The Dam’s Sire Sendbote


Sendbote is a son of Sender who produced two sons and 6 SPS mares. He was 4th of 16 at his stallion testing in 1969. Sender’s best known sons include Saloniki, Salut, Seeloewe, and Sendbote. The Sender line has largely died out, but still hangs on in the form of the Celle stallion Sherlock Holmes. Of Sendbote’s two approved sons, Sir was a full sister to Rubizza’s dam Sendermaerchen.

The Grand Dam’s Sire - Darwin


Rubi's grand dam SPS Demut was by the Elite Hanoverian stallion Darwin. This stallion’s line goes back to the great Duellant, sire of many top dressage horses. Darwin sired one approved son, 6 SPS mares, and 42 MSB mares.

Rubizza's damline extraordinaire

SPS Demut was a multiple champion mare, placing among the best at the Louis-Wiegel and Ratje-Niebuhr Shows. Her dam, Almmärchen by Almhügel III was a successful advanced level jumper who went by the name of Isegrimm under Gerd Wiltfang. SPS Demut was the dam of SPS Almmaerchen, mother to a licensed 1991 Weltmeyer son. The Akzent II daughter, State Premium Almmärchen, a highly expressive bay mare, has made a reputation through her own performance record, starting as a two year old member of the winning family in Isterberg. After winning tests for young riding horses, she was awarded State Premium the following year and then proceeded to finish her broodmare performance test with a score of 9.0 for jumping. Up to very recently, Almmärchen competed at shows, winning one after the other – from regional shows to class winner at the Ratje-Niebuhr Show, the 1a Prize at the Louis-Wiegel Show and high places at the 1994 and 1998 German Broodmare Show. Numerous prizes as an Elite family with various daughters and granddaughters also clearly emphasize the relative importance of this exceptional mare. Whether as the dam of the approved Weltmeyer son, Weldan, and Don Akzento, or as the dam of the State Premium mares, Weltmärchen I and Weltmärchen II, the first of whom has also produced two approved stallions (one of these is the Donnerhall son, Don Cavallo, State Stud Celle), the mare is certainly special.

No wonder Rubizza has been such an incredible provider for us, with daughter after daughter showing exceptional talents as well as beauty. Such mares are as valuable as gold and much more loveable.

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