Appleton DHU combines superior conformation with excellent movement and superb dressage and show jumping aptitude.
to make Appleton DHU even more attractive his service fee is only 850$ + GST per cycle
At his licensing in 2009 the judges said: "Appleton DHU impressed with his calm outlook and jumping ability. He will be an asset to the NZWA stallion list."
Appleton DHU is a prepotent stallion who passes on his elastic movement and gentlemanly, workable temperament to his offspring.
Bringing us the best of KWPN
His sire Rousseau (1998) was the Champion Dressage Stallion of KWPN Performance Test in Ermelo 2001 and was named to the Premium Ring at his licensing. He subsequently went on to sire a number of Premium Ring licensed sons. In fact he produced the Champion of the KWPN stallion show for three years running (2006-2008). Rousseau himself has now achieved the highest accolade as a breeding stallion.
Rousseau’s sire, Olympic Ferro, the “Black Pearl” of the Netherlands captured the hearts of dressage fans around the world during many international performances under Coby Van Baalen.
Appleton DHU's dam is Michigan G (Burggraaf x World Cup I). She received the honor of 'keur', a high distinction in the Dutch Warmblood studbook, for excellence in exterior, movement and quality of offspring.
Michigan G's sire was the world famous stallion Burggraaf, who has produced numerous international show-jumpers, among which Calando, Caletto, Chanel, Contrast and Corlandus. With Roelof Bril he cleared the 2.10 m during the puissance of Indoor Brabant in 1991 and in 1993 they were reserve champion of the 1.40 class for KWPN stallions. Burggraaf also produced offspring with a lot of movement. Examples are the Grand Prix dressage horses Florijn, Louisville and Kingston (Voltaire x Burggraaf).
The stallion Appleton DHU was born in 2005 in the Netherlands. Originally, because of his superb pedigree, his breeders (AHM Bakker-Brom) wanted to raise him for the KWPN stallion selection (Royal Dutch Sporthorse Studbook). But Nicole Bours and Ane Visser from Dutch Horses Unlimited managed to buy him and bring him to New Zealand as a six month old foal.
Pedigree Proven in Peformance
Appleton DHU has competed sucessfully at showjumping with placings up to 1.20m. He is currently focusing on dressage and is competing at 5th level and going up. He has also proven himself in the show ring. At the 2008 Horse of the Year show, Appleton DHU was winner of the 'Three Year Old Performance Bred Horses' and the 'Colt as Sire of Performance Bred Horses', becoming overall Champion Young Performance Bred Horse Of the Year.
A comment from Belgian breeder and international expert Luc van Puymbroeck, one of the jurors: "I was really surprised by your stallion Appleton DHU because he was amazing: without discussion, he was the best horse of the show, congratulations."
Appleton DHU progeny excel
At 18 months he bred his first mares. His progeny began to attract attention at HOY 2010, where Colgan's Contessa (Appleton x Witzbolt) and Daybreak DHU (Appleton x Sakura Seeking xx) won a reserve championship, and Champagne DHU (Appleton x Matterhorn x Indoctro) a fourth placing. His progeny have gone on to shine in many arenas.
Showjumping progeny are Floriant DHU ( Appleton DHU x quarter horse x) and Faratona STS ( Appleton DHU x Anamour) who both have proven themselves in the age series, being often in the top 3 of all their competitions.
First Lady DHU and Galileo DHU keep climbing up the grades in dressage going level 4 now and bringing home ribbons at every competition.
Appleton DHU Progeny Accolades:
HOY 2016 - 5 year old SJ -second place
HOY 2016 - Showhorse -second place
HOY 2014 - Grand Champion WB Sporthorse
Dutch Horses Unlimited is proud to be able to make Appleton's excellent European bloodlines available in New Zealand to breeders of performance horses.
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