Dante, born in
July 2001, out of the Dutch baroque style mare Teckla, is one of
the last sons of the now deceased, incredibly gifted, Dutch
approved stallion Pyt 325. Dante was transferred to the German
registry, and made his judging débuts at the 2005 FHS inspection
held in Stillwater, MN. His powerfully built 17 hand plus
frame, easy movement, quiet demeanor and athletic potential,
propelled the four year old to a second premie Ster rating, and
was advised to proceed to the stallion performance test to be
held at Proud Meadows in 2006.
Dante proceeded to
travel to Breyerfest with the Black Pearls in 2005 and appeared
at the Festival of Friesians, the Minnesota Horse Expo and the
Minnesota State Fair. Dante graced the cover of the first
edition of the new Art Horse magazine, although the ownership
credit was misprinted.
Dante has entered full
time training for dressage and driving, and
joined Valour in 2006 as they perform and compete in pair driving
events at exhibitions and dressage shows across the country.
Dante completed the training
phase of the 2006 stallion
performance test with the FN trainers, but did not complete the
test when the trainers determined that he was still growing and
needed another year before he would be coordinated enough under
saddle to complete the test. He was driven in exhibition with Valour as a pair during the performance test program, and
is very highly regarded by the FN trainers and judges
alike. Dante is available at stud.