2003, 16.2-hand Trakehner Stallion
“His offspring are making a splash! It is striking how many offspring of this stallion can be seen in foal markets, auctions and breed licensings. They are extremely rideable and performance-ready horses. He is leaving an outstanding legacy in Trakehner breeding, Hanoverian breeding and overall in warmblood horse breeding.”— International master trainer Johnny Hilberath
At his Trakehner Licensing, Herzensdieb was awarded Champion Stallion. “This stallion is not just moving, but dancing,” was the enthusiastic comment. Trakehner Verband Breeding Manager Lars Gehrmann added, “Endowed with the aura of something special, this stallion embodies the classical Trakehner upgrader type.”
He was Reserve Champion of his 70-Day Test scoring above champions from Hanoverian, Oldenburg, Westfalen and Holsteiner licensings. He won the Trakehner Championship for 3-year-old stallions, qualified for the Bundeschampionat for 6-year-old dressage horses and then trained up to the Advanced Level.
Sire Tambour won his stallion licensing and was highly successful in both advanced level dressage and jumping. He then went on to become a successful sire producing auction horses, Premium mares and successful sport horses.
Herzensdieb’s dam, St.Pr./El.St. Herzensfreude, scored 9.11 at her Mare Performance Test and was successful in dressage competition. Granddam, SPS Herzenslust, Champion Mare in Schleswig-Holstein, won her Mare Performance Test. This noted damline has produced several licensed stallions, successful dressage horses and highly awarded mares.
Herzensdieb has an FN breeding value dressage of 142 points and is in the top 10% of German dressage sires. He was honored with the prestigious Elite Hengst title (E.H.) by the Trakehner Verband.
Herzensdieb stamps his offspring with his elegant type and exceptional rideability. Many daughters including Heartbreaker, Harriet and Helmi have won honors at large mare shows throughout Germany. Daughter Elfenzauber qualified for the Bundeschampionat for 6-year-old dressage horses. He has two licensed sons; Herzenswunsch was 2012 Champion of Southern Germany, Horse of the Year in Berlin-Brandenburg and a multiple Bundeschampionat finalist. Hollywood made his successful CDI Grand Prix debut in 2019 with Helen Langehanenberg. In the U.S., Hannigan L had a stellar year at Fourth Level at large shows with rider Mike Suchanek.
He is approved Trakehner, AHS, HV, ARS, GOV, Southern Germany, Danish and Swedish registries.
CEM (Contagious Equine Metritis): Negative
EVA (Equine Viral Arteritis): Negative
WFFS (Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome): Negative N/N
Herzensdieb is owned by Leatherdale Farms and stands at Bridlewood Farm. Owner Louise Leatherdale has been honored twice as USDF Dressage Breeder of the Year. Visit Herzensdieb’s page on the Leatherdale Farms website here.
View more about E. H. Herzensdieb on the Leatherdale Farms website here, including an extensive Offspring Gallery and more testimonials.