The School Stallions
This are the Courtly Riding School's school stallions. Every one of them is a rare variety of baroque breeds of riding art, which we want to preserve. And of course every stallion has a fantastic personality which we want to shortly present to you below!
Raisulih el Hadi
Barb stallion, licensed and honored with top rating, first class award category, worldchampion in 2005, *1992
Breeder: Heide Graf, Menslage
Raisulih is the most deserved horse in the Courtly Riding School. He was a planned child out of the two algerian Berber horses Jihal and Islaka, which had been imported to Germany by Wolfgang and Christin Krischke. You can really call him an allrounder and some experts even say that he is “the last real war horse” – and it is certainly true that he passed the education as a fighter and life saver on 4 hoofs with flying colours and he has now dedicated himself to his job as a professor. But not only fighting, also the haute école of riding art (mezair reculé, long rein work, caper under the saddle…) and film tricks ( neighing on command, falling down after a pistol shoot…) belong to the imposing stallion's repertoire.
The “Grand Seigneur” of the Courtly Riding School!
The Barb horse is an endangered species. Although they are domiciled in North Africa they have already been vaunted since the antiquity as war horses par excellence. The romans spread them in their territory and to the end of the Baroque time these horses have already been the most important horses in Europe because of being people-oriented, their talent for canter and their courage. They were used for several breedings.
Lusitano stallion, *2001 in Portugal
Breeder: José Manoel Correia from the stud Monte das Mós in Canha.
Ulysses is “disturbingly beautiful”, as his rider always says – with his blue eyes he has a very human look and you can really call him something very special! The beautiful blue-eyed stallion is an extraordinary baroque type with a very rare coat colour – he is a so-called Perlino, a brown horse which has two brightening genes. Mane, tail and leggs, which would be black for a brown horse, have a light orange and the red shorthair is nearly light pink because the pink skin gleams through the white hair. He was born this bright, not like a white horse which is born dark and brightens through time. However he is not an albino, they do not exist in the horse world.
Ulysses is a “human turned into a horse”, usually he already calls his rider with a very special high neighing a long time before you can even see her – he virtually speaks whole sentences with his psychological parent.
Bonmot du Roi
Hispanic Genette *1991 in Spain
Breeder: Yeguada Martinez Boloix, Córdoba
Bonmot is a real ballet dancer – just as the former Hispanic Genettes which have been the horses of kings. Bonmot combines the beautiful walks of the Andalusians with the Barb's characteristic of being people-oriented.
Bonmot has been present from the very beginning of the courtly riding school and he already taught lots of élèves how to ride the applied riding art or the side saddle. Bonmot is a real professor of riding art. But with his 22 years of age he is not one of the old guard, quite the contrary, he is in the prime of his proficiency. He can now pass on his knowledge to inexperienced riders, but he still learns new things every day. He is extremely people-oriented: his fellows are never very interesting for him – much more important is the question what “his human” is doing and how he can have fun with other people. He always gets a tidbit out of every pocket with his huge black eyes and his tilted head.
Hispanic Genettes have been very popular riding horses in the Baroque and they have mostly arose from Barb horses or Iberian horses or sometimes from cross-breeding with local horse breeds. For his owner he is THE horse for special commitments such as photo shootings, film commitments or special show components like fencing in the side saddle, or riding without reins in the hand.
Boxter aus der Schützenden Hand
Knabstrupper stallion, first class award category, licensed and honored with top rating ZFDP, *2000 in Werpeloh, Germany
Breeder: Heinz Hackmann
Boxter is a top sire for his breed, he is licensed and honored with top rating and he is a first class award category stallion. Moreover he is the father of many, many dotted foals and he is really people-oriented. He is the most reliable horse for side saddle riding but also loves long and fast hacks and he does everything to appeal to his human.
Knabstruppers, best known by “Pippi Longstocking”, are the descendants of the dotted Frederiksborgs of Denmark. Unfortunately only few pure-blooded exemplars exist. So Heinz Hackmann runs the biggest preservation breed, with about 100 horses, of this original Knabstruppers worldwide. The Courtly Riding School accomodates 4 of the original Knabstruppers, all of them very friendly, good-humoured stallions which always want to give pleasure to their human!
CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow is the lucky mascot of the Courtly Riding School and he always shadows the other school jumpers – he can namely teach them a lot. Jack is a real Filou who loves to be in the spotlight and who does everything to get another applause or goody, even when it is not his turn yet. The “huge horse in a small body” is a big-hearted pony, which easily learns every lesson and who keeps himself in shape by pulling a coach – because a CAPTAIN has to pay attention to his waistline.
Pura Raza Espanola (Andalusian stallion), * 2004 in Spain
Marcos is an excellent, licensed and honored example of his breed, unfortunately he has a difficult past. So much the nicer that his rider experienced his talent and his wonderful personality under the hard core. Meanwhile he looks toward the future confidently and full of reliance. He is likely established as a side saddle horse and he makes a very good impression at the “long reins”.
Frederiksborger stallion, *2006 in the Netherlands
Breeder: Stud Moravita, Coevorden
Bariton the horse with the oldest pedigree in the world. Already in the 16. century in Denmark one began to write down the derivation of the bred horses and you can backtrack his ancestors until that time. Today only a few pure examples of this breed do exist and even fewer are that beautiful and typical as most of the baroque breeds of riding art have been bred from a riding art horse to a sport horse after the French Revolution. You can compare that to a ballet dancer and a marathon runner. Bariton will be a condign sire of his breed, once he is large and strong. Until then he may absolve his primary school and of course his teenage years in Bückeburg.
Lipizzan stallion, *2000 in Bad Kissingen, Germany
Breeder: Baron Stephanie von Reichenau
Amata is a highly skilled stallion, who understands his rider like nobody else. His ancestors have been selected for their features in riding art for centuries (they come from Piber like the Lippizans for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna). And so Amata has already been able to absolve the lessons of the haute école as a “child” on the meadow. He also showed his talent for the Airs above the Ground right from the beginning – he only needed the ground to feel the gravitation every now and then. Amata is always presented as “Caprioleur” and he really knows how to put himself in the limelight. Nevertheless he is also highly skilled under the saddle and he proudly teaches his trainee rider everything she needs for the riding art.
Beryll aus der Schützenden Hand
Knabstrupper stallion, *2002 in Werpeloh in the Emsland, Germany
Breeder: Heinz Hackmann
Beryll is the Courtly Riding School's school jumper with the most beautiful and longest pesades – and sometimes he is a real clown who likes to funnily fool around. Nevertheless he always knows when it is important to show his talent in his outstanding levades or to glance in the Airs above the Ground. Still he is one of the most reliable school stallions and teacher for our trainees and he is a real fellow to his rider. This stallion has first been trained at the long reins and only after that trained under the saddle, so he only had to find his balance – he already understood the human language.
Hispanic Genette, *2001 in Spain
Aramis is a so-called Vaquero horse from Spain, what means that he is a horse who has been bred for the work on the bull and who needs to be really fast. Unfortunatley these horses often do not get a good education and neither a good treatment – so they are almost always traumatized. Yoou can see this in form of his scars: cuts from a sereta on his nose and deep wholes right over the eyes of the horse. Since Aramis never learned to trust a human he only is trained from the ground as long as he rediscovers his confidence and his trust in the human being. You can already see this approach in his extraordinary, selfconfident Levades. You can often see his silhouette on copperplate engravings of the baroque period, with his thin neck, his powerful body and his cut off tail.
Bückeburger (Hispanic Genette stallion), *2009 in Bückeburg
Breeder: Wolfgang Krischke
Celeste is the junior horse of the Courtly Riding School. With an age of 4 years he just starts his training, until now he passed the time on the meadow with his friends. Even though he does really look like an adult horse he is still a real teenager. He is trained on a Bosal because he is changing his primary teeth just like a human. Hopefully he will once follow in his father's footsteps and enchant the audience with his grace and elegance.
Pura Raza Espanola, *2005 in Spain
Duende is part of the Courtly Riding School since June 2012 and he came to Germany completely unridden. He has obviously been a driving-horse in Spain, he also wears a huge scar on his shoulder from his former work. However he has huge trust in humans and he always is looking for help from his reference person. He is also ridden biteless and, as an experiment, in old Californian style, which has been practised in the 18. century in America.
In this type of riding the European baroque horses, which had been brought to America before, were used for work on the cattle. Unlike today's western riding the horses have been ridden in gymnastical lections. Wolfgang Krischke explores this with this beautiful and very talented horse.
And a lot more…
Of course there are more horses in the Courtly Riding School: the foals on the meadow, the horses of our trainees and maybe one or another “experiment”. So “Choco” and Biennacido, Brioso, Conversano Torysa and Citano are also part of the Courtly Riding School, even though you can not watch them in our shows regularly.