February 2019 - Eurequine
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 01 February 2019 05:15
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Veteran Hanoverian breeder Edgar Schutte updates excellent traditions.

by Kim F. Miller

“Excellence and experience” are Edgar Schutte’s calling cards in the American sporthorse breeding world and he’s earned them. Spanning from his mentorship with American breeding pioneers Judy and Volker Ehler at Glenwood Farms to his volunteer role of eight years as president of the American Hanoverian Society, the native Dutchman has been a leader of his adopted country’s journey to regularly producing excellent horses.

He frequently hears the highest compliments about American-bred horses from his friends and colleagues in the Hanoverian Verband. Dr. Ludwig Christman, the liaison between the Verband and AHS, has been telling Edgar that US-bred foals are of the same quality as their German-bred counterparts for many years.

Donarweiss (left) and Escher DFEN (right) join Eurequine’s impressive line-up. Left photo: Tamara

Edgar is thrilled to add two stallions, Escher DFEN and Donarweiss, to the impressive line-up at his Eurequine. Six are based at his headquarters in the Sacramento area’s Yuba City and another three will be based at nearby Woodland Stallion Station.

Edgar is familiar to many through his 25-year association with Rainbow Equus Meadows. Since parting ways with his former wife and partner in that well-known sporthorse breeding enterprise, he established Eurequine to continue with several of the stallions they co-owned, as well as new horses.

“Improvement happens over generations,” he explains. “Desirable traits, sizes and types change. Hanoverian Premium mares of 20 years ago are now average mares as we improve the breed.”

Edgar Schutte. Photo: Tamara

The boundaries for achievable performance are always evolving and breeders must, too, he stresses. International jumping courses get more technical, poles get lighter and dressage judges have escalating expectations. Breeding thinking and practices need to keep pace. “Too much old stuff is not necessarily good.”

Eurequine’s roster of standing stallions includes legends Landkonig, by Landadel; and Rubignon, by Rubenstein I; Wild Dance, by Wolkenstein II; and Relevantus; by Rabino. Newcomers include Don Roncalli, by Donnerhall; Lord Adonis, by Lordanos; and the just-inked Escher DFEN, by the famous late stallion Escudo II. Donarweiss, by Donnarhall, joined the roster as this issue went to press and a few more stallions will likely be announced in the near future.

Via frozen semen, Eurequine represents more legends: Baron Van Gogh, Diamont, Domiro, Fuerst Gotthard, Graf Top II, Grandom, Landfriese II, Pablo and Prinz Gaylord.

All Disciplines

Jumpers were the first discipline in which Edgar became known for producing talented, athletic horses with great temperaments. Two of his early stallions, Fuerst Gotthard and Pablito merged jumping prowess with the elegance and agility for dressage success. When Rubignon brought the Rubinstein I lines to the stallion line-up, the dressage world recognized a full-blown producer of top prospects for that discipline. Along with continued success in jumping and dressage, Edgar’s horses excel in the eventing world, where their affinity for jumping and dressage make them ideal partners.

Donarweiss. Photo: Tamara

Using a d

etailed mare matching form, Edgar helps owners evaluate their mare’s characteristics and suggests the best stallion match.  His belief in the mare’s contribution to an offspring’s quality is reflected in the standing offer of a 50 percent discount to clients who have mares by his past or present stallions.

“Breeding can be a bit of an unknown when working with unfamiliar mares,” he explains. “With the quality of horses in my pedigree, the offspring consistently turn out very well.”

Eurequine’s stallions are available through fresh-cooled semen and Edgar also has frozen semen on most of them. He acknowledges that frozen semen from Europe-based

stallions is readily available in the States, but notes that frozen is often more difficult for mares to conceive with and that its viability can vary from year to year.

Having earned a reputation for reliability, he reserves some time at the end of the breeding season to fulfill last-minute orders from breeders who struck out with frozen semen from other sources.

Breeding with any form of semen is tricky and Edgar is well-known for maintaining the crazy hours required to maximize a mare’s chances of conceiving. Quick responses and shipments and reasonable rates are additional Eurequine calling cards.

Escher DFEN. Photo: Patty Wilding

While he manages the horses and the breedings, Edgar is grateful to Crystal Toogood for her expert help with the marketing aspect of Eurequine. Frequently updated social media sites enable fans to follow their favorite horses and get the scoop on new sires.

Escher DFEN

Escher is a 16.2hh Hanoverian stallion who epitomizes the modern type of sport horse. “He is a smooth, correct and very balanced young horse,” Edgar explains. “He is a source of Thoroughbred blood for breeders looking to add that increasingly important element to their breeding programs.”

Relevantus - Zorro. Photo: ©Bob Langrish 2008

Last year, Escher was the only 3 year old North American stallion licensed by the American Hanoverian Society. He is licensed to produce registered Hanoverian and Rhineland foals and will be presented to several other registries at his 2019 North American Stallion Sporthorse Test.

The young hot shot was very well received at his licensing and rewarded with terrific scores, starting with a 9 for “type and masculinity.” He also scored a 9 for neck and 8s for saddle position, frame, foreleg, conformation and, importantly, canter, jumping ability and overall impression. One Hanoverian judge commented that Escher was a stallion he would use in his own program, Edgar relays.

Escher is a natural choice for the jumper mare, especially for those who would like to continue a desirable type. “Both of Escher’s parents are in the American Hanoverian Breeding Society’s Jumper Breeding Program.

Edgar and Ludwig. Photo: Tamara

He is by the legendary stallion Escudo II, who maintained the highest riding type of Hanoverians worldwide for eight consecutive years. Escher’s genetics combine the multi talent, strong top line and beauty of Escudo II with similar traits in addition to lightness and legginess from the dam side.

His dam is the outstanding Thoroughbred mare Apt to Please (by Pleasant Tap). She was a winner of her AHS Inspection, and completed her Mare Performance Test, easily earning entry into the Jumper Breeding Program.

Apt To Please was also a successful event horse. With her first two Hanoverian foals she has already produced an Elite mare candidate and now a licensed stallion.

Escher’s 4 year old full sibling, Eleanor, was awarded the Hartwig Trophy, acknowledging the highest performing Mare Performance Test of the AHS tour in 2017. Eleanor is also in the Jumper Breeding Program with the AHS and, just this fall, she qualified for the United States Eventing Association (USEA) 4 Year Old Young Event Horse Championships in her first show ever. Several weeks later she took the USEA championship course brilliantly, Edgar reports.

Escher will be attending the 2019 North American Stallion Sport Test in the jumper division as a 4-year-old. He has been campaigned through the USEA Future Event Horse program. Escher DFEN was the highest scoring Two-Year-Old colt or gelding in the nation last year with the USEA earning a score of 85.2 with no individual scores below 8.2 in any category.

Don Roncalli

“Excellent temperament. Good stallion quality individual,” was the statement from a North American Sport Test judge.

“Escher is an excellent choice for mares with older style pedigrees because he offers the ultimate in modern sporthorse type,” Edgar elaborates. “Escher has a golden character and is an ideal young stallion to add the correctness, smoothness, jumping style and ability that many breeders are striving for.”

Escher is owned by Dr. Sarah McCarthy, DVM.

Donarweiss

In addition to his stellar breeding track record, Donarweiss is well known to dressage enthusiasts in California and throughout the country as Genay Vaughn’s partner in many show ring successes. His breeding career had been back-burnered for the last few years, but will now resume full force with Edgar in charge.

Apt To Please. Photo: Barbara Livingston

Donarweiss was Champion of his 30-Day Test with an overall score of 8.33. His versatility was showcased with individual scores of 9 for rideability and jumping technique. In his first season of FEI, Donarweiss was ranked first for the AHS/USDF Hanoverian All-Breed’s Awards. In 2009, Donarweiss won the USDF Region 8 Prix St. Georges Championships. The following season he finished second in the AHS/USDF Hanoverian All-Breeds Awards and eleventh in the nation for Intermediaire II with scores as high as 72%.

Purchased by Starr Vaughn Equestrian in late 2011, Donarweiss and Genay qualified just a few months later for the US National Championships where they finished third. Later that season they won the Team Silver Medal at the NAYRC. In 2013, the pair qualified for the Brentina Cup National Championships and won the Region 7 USDF Championships for Intermediaire II Jr/Yr.

Donarweiss’s sire, De Niro, was Reserve Champion of his performance test with a score of 141.93. De Niro had a wonderful sport career with over 24 wins at S-Level and has sired 108 States Premium mares, 25 approved sons, and numerous FEI level competitors earning him the top spot on the 2012 WBFSH Dressage Sire Ranking List.

Escher DFEN.

Donarweiss’s damsire, Hohenstein, was Reserve Champion of his Stallion Performance Test. Further back in Donarweiss’s pedigree is Archipel, a son of the 1994 Hanoverian Stallion of the Year Argentan, which brings additional scope and jumping ability.

Donarweiss offspring are consistently impressive; He produced a great number of inspection champions, Premium Mares and a licensed son. Donarweiss was 2015 NEDA Futurity stallion of the year. Grand Prix performer Donatella was 2018 AHS All Breeds awards I-2 champion, Donarzen GGF is the 2018 current year colt USDF HOY, Donarshaun GGF USDF finals Champion AHS young colt. Donarweiss offspring are now proving themselves under saddle at both dressage and hunter/jumper competitions. Several are showing at 4th level through Grand Prix. Great character, show-stopping looks and athletic ability are this sire’s calling cards.

Donarweiss is owned by Starr Vaughn Equestrian.

Lord Adonis

Stay Tuned!

At press time, Edgar had donned his American Hanoverian Society president hat and was jetting off to Phoenix for the association’s annual meeting. Nearly-sealed deals to represent two more well-known stallions await his return as Eurequine brings more excellence and experience to the American breeding world.

For more information, visit www.eurequine.com.