In late June of this year, the AHS Board of Directors revised the Breeding Rules of the AHS and the American Rhineland Studbook to permit performance results in the hunter ring to qualify a stallion for breeding approval.
On July 23rd, at Hilltop Farm, the first stallion was presented and approved utilizing the new hunter performance criteria. The judging panel consisted of Dr. Ludwig Christmann of the Hanoverian Verband, Stallion Committee member Mr. George Walker of South Carolina, and former AHS Vice President Suzanne Quarles of Maryland. The trio observed the stallion Vallado in hand and at liberty, and Vallado was declared "gekört", or "licensed". This achievement, coupled with his success in the hunter ring and hunter derby field, gives the 2002 stallion full breeding approval for the American Rhineland Studbook, the American Hanoverian Society, and the Hanoverian Verband.
Vallado, a bay Dutch Warmblood stallion, showed for most of his career as "Praise". This stallion is by the Dutch stallion Now or Never M (Voltaire/Nimmedor) and out of the half-Thoroughbred mare Ecaranda (Saros xx/ Important), and bred by F.J. Morssink of the Netherlands. Valledo's owners, Dr. Kenneth and Selma Garber are standing their stallion at Hilltop Farm, in Colora Md. Big congratulations to Vallado, his owners, and all of his connections on this landmark stallion approval!