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Lilac Farms Proudly Presents...AufWiedersehen MLF

(b. 6/1/06) Arno van het Nieshof x Moxie NTF



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VADER HAS BEEN SOLD TO A NEW HOME IN PENNSYLVANIA! THANK YOU CHERYL! LOOK FOR VADER IN UNDER SADDLE VENUES IN 2010 AT HAFLINGER AND OPEN ALL-BREED SHOWS!


   


   

(above photos taken as a 2-year-old)

This young 3-year-old stallion was born to be a superstar! In 2008 Vader won 2nd place pleasure 2-year-old stallion in BOTH the AHR National Futurity and the AHR National Show, and was 2nd place in the pleasure Get-of-Sire group class. He was also one of six stallions featured in the stallion liberty. Vader was also 2nd place two-year-old pleasure stallion at the GLHA Futurity and featured in the GLHA stallion liberty. Although Vader was at a very growthy-looking and gangly stage of developement and was the youngest-looking stallion, he held his own, displaying his outstanding freedom of shoulder, and ground-covering gaits with lots of reach and extension up front and impulsion from behind!

   

   

   

(liberty photos and below in-hand photos as a 2-year-old taken by Frawgbyte Photography)


Many people made very nice comments on Vader's outstanding movement, including "stunning!", "huge mover!" and "That's the type of stallion I want to breed my mares too!" As always, Vader's kind, gentle personality shown through at the show in both the liberty and his in-hand classes, where he behaved like the perfect gentleman he is!


   

In 2007, Vader was named Reserve Grand Champion Pleasure Yearling and won first place yearling pleasure stallion at the AHR National Futurity, was 2nd place yearling pleasure stallion at the AHR National Show and 2nd place in the pleasure Get-of-Sire group class, and was Grand Champion Yearling and 1st place pleasure yearling stallion at the GLHA Futurity! He was also 2nd place yearling stallion at the Buckeye Haflinger Show in June!

When we first saw Vader at two months of age, he took our breath away, and was one of the most incredible-moving Haflingers we had ever seen! With exceptional movement on both sides of his pedigree, Vader has excellent impulsion from behind and extension and reach up front, with great freedom of shoulder. He is a very elevated mover with an uphill build and well-defined withers. Upon seeing him as a weanling shortly after his arrival to our farm, several dressage trainers/riders remarked that he looked and moved like a warmblood. On top of that, Vader's beautiful, large, kind, expressive eye, excellent conformation, length of leg and neck and excellent head set all attract attention. He is very refined with exceptionally clean, smooth bone and a stunning copper color.

Vader is out of two-time National Champion pleasure stallion and three-time SIP Stallion-of-the-Year, Arno van het Nieshof. His dam, Moxie NTF (now deceased), is a multi-champion at halter and out of one of the best-moving mare lines in the breed. This cross has produced a number of exceptional-moving horses over the years, and Vader is no exception!

Vader is trained to drive single and double. A pleasure to work with, he has a very willing attitude and wonderful work ethic. Vader is also very well-mannered--a true gentleman!


   

(pictured as a 2-year-old)

A very forward moving colt, Vader overtracks a foot or more at the walk. (We documented some of his longest strides at 15" as a yearling!) Because of Vader's athleticism and natural self-carriage, we think that he is destined for greatness, and eagerly await his inspection and future career as a dressage horse and breeding stallion! Vader will go back into "driver's training" in the spring, and we expect him to begin his under saddle training with a professional dressage trainer in the late fall. Look for Vader in dressage venues at Haflinger and sporthorse breeding shows this summer and fall!

   

(pictured as a yearling)

If you are looking to breed to a stallion with exceptional movement, outstanding conformation, and a wonderful personality and temperament, keep your eye on this up and coming young stallion! We expect Vader to mature @ 14.2H. We tentatively plan to have Vader AHR Inspected and Classified and inspected by the North American Sport Pony Registry (NASPR) in 2009. He will be offered to a very limited number of approved outside mares in 2010. Discounts available for AHR silver inspected and classified mares and HOPE (Haflinger Owners Promotional Enterprise) members. Ask about our fantastic breeding incentives!

   

   

   

   (above) pictured as a yearling (below) pictured at 3 months

   

   

Vader's sire, two-time National Champion (2001 & 2004), three-time SIP Stallion of the Year (2006, 2007 & 2008), and high silver AHR classified and inspected "star" stallion-78 points, Arno van het Nieshof, owned by Genesis Farm, MI:


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