Sire: Although he was born in Germany, CONNAISSEUR has the remarkable distinction of being approved in four countries: Germany (Westfalen), Holland (KWPN), Sweden (ASVH), and Belgium (BWP). And, he achieved all of this before his fourth birthday. A dressage stallion of the highest international quality, Connaisseur attracted an extraordinary level of interest at the Swedish licensing, where he received an average gait score of 9.13, with 9.5 for his powerful, expressive trot, and a perfect 10 for his exceptional canter. As a four-year-old in 2011, Connaisseur successfully completed the KWPN's 50-day performance test with 82.5 total points. He was described as an "honest, reliable stallion with a good attitude", receiving 8.5 for canter, self carriage, rideability, and character, and 8 for walk, trot, and suppleness. Connaisseur's willingness to work and talent as a dressage horse were also noted on his test results, along with the comment that he is easy going and quiet in the barn. As a breeding stallion, he can be expected to improve rideablity and the canter in his offspring.
Dam: O. SOLEIL is a wonderful mare by VDL ULANDO that scored 8.05 on her CW inspection. Her first foal by BOSCH BLUE, O.GIANCARLO, was the Young Horse Reserve Champion at the CWHBA Breeders Show in 2011. He is showing in the 1.10m and winning. Her 5-year-old, O.LIVIA, by LANDKONIG was 2nd in the CW Foal Futurity. Her 3-year-old, O.BON BON by BON BALOU, a full sister to O.BON VOYAGE, has begun showing and was involved as a showmanship horse at the Young Breeders World Championships at Spruce Meadows in July, a testament to the good mind Soleil passes on to her offspring.
Notes: O.MAURITZIO (aka Maurice) is one of the breeder's most tractable and trainable youngsters. It has always been evident that this horse would make a great partner for someone. He has the presence for a wonderful dressage horse and is figuring out jumping with a willingness to keep trying. Maurice has a wonderful build with straight legs and is the friendliest horse in the field. His sire, CONNAISSEUR, has definitely stamped him.