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2016 has been a blur - with so much happening that the website took a back seat :-(

  • Tanz and Bry (coached by Iris Eppinger) have qualified for Intermediaire I and I-1 freestyle championships!

  • At the American Trakehner Association inspection at Valhalla Farm:

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      Cabela by Hailo *Pg*E* out of Center Swing xx completed her performance test and will now be known as Cabela *P*

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      Freia by Tatendrang *Pb* out of Franceska by Tanzeln *Ps* was approved with a score of 55 (a 9 for her canter) and received the Champion Mare of the inspection award.

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      Aliea by Prince of Prussia out of Adriana by Advocate *Ps*E* was approved with a score of 55 and received the Reserve Champion Mare of the inspection.

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      Dejavu by Tanzeln *Ps* out of Holme Park Devaux received a premium foal designation.

  • Castellan by Tanzeln *Ps* out of Cassiopia by Happy Hour, trained and ridden by Andrew Palmer of Royal Palm Farm, competed at Novice eventing - running 6 times, taking 3 first places, a 2nd and a 4th and finishing the season by winning the Area 3 eventing Novice championship. He's currently sitting 4th on the USEA national Novice Leaderboard and earned his blue ribbon and gold medal with his great scores and clear xc runs.

Castellan Championship

  • Cat Dance by Tanzeln out of Cat Walk by Leonidas *Pg*E* started eventing with Andrew in January, winning her second time out at Novice and finishing 4th in the Area 3 Novice championships.

Cat Dance Championship

  • Last but definitely not least - Janina Romkowski and Amaraska were invited to participate in the German Trakehner Verband eventing/jumping clinic. From there they went replica rolex on to place 2nd with a 8.0 in their first CR style A**. The pair continued to place 3rd in the A** Event in Westerstede, finishing on their 7,8 dressage result. No faults in Show Jumping and CR. Even the muddy ground could not stop her.

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10-10-2015: Team Tanz and Sunshine Dressage had a fun weekend at the Conyers regional championship! With Iris's help, Tanz and Bryana placed first and second in their I1 classes, with the 2nd place test ridden in a torrential downpour. They also had a good PSG ride. It was a great, fun show - largest regionals in the US.

7-5-2015: Cassel Rock Trakehner's Amaraska wins Ostfriesland Regional Championships in Cross Country!

Ami and Nina

6-6-2015: Tanzeln *Ps* and Bryana Smith got a 69% and a 67% on their 4th level freestyles,replica watches and two 63%'s in the PSG. They also brought home Junior high point for the show!

5-10-2015: Kiera, 2005 dark bay mare by Tanzeln *Ps*, out of Korinna by Memeltanz. Bred by John and Kari Cassel, owned and ridden by Cheryl Youngman, Florida showed Fourth Level Test 1 at the May Day Qualifier in Florida on 5/10, placing 1st with 65.811%.  Cheryl and Kiki also placed 2nd with a 61.282% at Third Level Test 3 on May 9.

3-29-2015: Tanzeln, ridden by Bry Smith and coached by Iris Eppinger, had a very successful outing over the 3/28 & 3/29 weekend, getting 2 PSG qualifying scores over 62 and getting the last score needed for the American Trakehner Association Performance Silver *Ps* award. Tanzeln's name is now officially Tanzeln *Ps*! The pair also got great scores at their first ever 4th level freestyle with Bry putting together some fun music from Game of Thrones. Tanz clearly likes it and "tried his heart out" for Bry! Congratulations!!!

3-21-2015: Helena (registered as Madalena) by Tanzeln *Ps* out of Mixta by Erzsand *E*, had a great outing at South East Horseshows February 28-Mar 1 in Newbury, FL.  Helena, bred by Connie West, owned by Conie Coultrap and ridden by Eline Eckroth WON First Level, Test 1 on a score of 68.9, also WON First Level, Test 2 on a 72.3 and placed 5th at First, 3 on a 67.9.

2014 Awards 2 Tanzeln offspring were recognized in the 2014 H/J rankings by the ATA:

1) Champion, Performance Working Hunter: SOLOIST (Reg. Name BRILLIANT SOLO), ORB-B-S1217, by Tanzeln *Ps* out of Boadicea xx.  Bred by Timberscoombe Farm, owned and ridden by Courtney Bailey.

2) Reserve Champion, Pre-Green Hunter: CADET (Reg. Name LINUS), ORB-B-S1204, by Tanzeln *Pb* out of Lady Seven.  Bred by Janice Quinlan, owned by Marta Mazess and ridden by Laura Mormann.

11-2-2014: Benton of Tartan Farm, 2008 gelding by Tanzeln *Ps* out of Blaire of Tartan Farm by Hailo *Pg*E*finished the year as champion in USDF All Breeds for the American Trakehner Association at Second Level and 47th in overall USDF standings with a 68.214%. He's also had a great show season, with scores at Second Level up to 71+%. Congratulations to his owner/breeder Karen Smith, Tartan Farm and his riders Katie Stoy and James Koford!

10-26-2014:Tanzeln *Pb* with Janina Romkowski riding and Iris Eppinger coaching continued his Prix St Georges success with 1st and 2nd place finishes with a 65.658% and a 64.342% respectively at the Canterbury Showplace Spooktacular Show in Newberry, Fl on 10/25 & 261.
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10-26-2014: Flannigan, 2007 gelding by Tanzeln *Pb* out of Fire Angel by Emeer took replica watches uk the blue and the high point trakehner ribbon at his 2nd level debut at the Canterbury Showplace in Newberry, Fl. Ridden by Janina Romkowski, Flannigan scored 70% for the blue on 10/255 and 66.571% for a 2nd place on 10/26.
Flannigan

10-26-2014: Cabela, 2009 mare by Hailo *Pg*E** out of Center Swing xx by Dance Centre xx continued her 1st level success with two 1st place finishes with a 68.065% and a 63.871% at the Canterbury Showplace Spooktacular Show in Newberry, Fl on 10/25 & 261. Ridden by Nina Romkowski and coached by Iris Eppinger.
Cabela and Nina

9-16-2014: Tanzeln *Pb* with Janina Romkowski riding and Iris Eppinger coaching, added to their PSG scores at the Wellington Dressage Challenge and Championship on 9/16-19 with an amazing number of horses competing - scoring as high as 64.432% for a 4th place finish and 60.132% in the championship for a 9th place - only 4% behind the winning ride.

9-7-2014: Cabela, 2009 mare by Hailo *Pg*E** out of Center Swing xx by Dance Centre xx debuted at 1st level with good scores (up to 65%) at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center Fl on 9/ & 8/31. Ridden by Nina Romkowski, Cabela scored 63.387% to 68.158%. This mare is so talented - look for her to move up quickly in scores and levels.

8-31-2014: Kiera, 2005 mare by Tanzeln *Pb* out of Korinna by Memelruf debuted at 3rd level with 3 first places at the Canterbury Showplace in Newberry, Fl on 8/30 & 8/31. Ridden by Janina Meyer Kiera scored 63.387% to 68.158%

8-31-2014: Flannigan, 2007 gelding by Tanzeln *Pb* out of Fire Angel by Emeer took home 3 blues at 1st level at the Canterbury Showplace in Newberry, Fl on 8/30 & 8/31. Ridden by Bryana Smith, Flannigan scored between 67.258 and 73.387% and finished as high point Trakehner and high point Junior rider

11-2-2013: Benton of Tartan Farm, 2008 gelding by Tanzeln *Pb* out of Blaire of Tartan Farm by Hailo *Pg*E*finished the year 1st in USDF All Breeds for the American Trakehner Association at First Level and 27th overall. He's also had a great show season, with scores at First Level up to 80.645%. He finished 2nd with a score of 62.024% in his first Second Level test at the championships in October. Congratulations to his owner/breeder Karen Smith, Tartan Farm and his rider Katie Stoy!
Benton

11-2-2012: Flannigan by Tanzeln finished the year by winning the ATA Novice Level Eventing Futurity for 5 year old horses. Thanks to Erin Root for training and riding Flannigan in both dressage and eventing. Photo below from clinic with Hilda Gurney at the ATA Meeting in Batavia, OH

Flannigan

02-25-2012: Kiera (by Tanzeln) and rider (Lupe Guardaras) win at First-Level 3 with a qualifying score of 68.378 and at Second Level 1 with a 64%+ at their first show together. They also came in 3rd on Sunday at First-Level 3.

Kiera Feb 25 2012  Kiera Show Canter  Lupe and Kiera

2012 Erin Root has joined us for the winter season and is currently training multiple horses. Alaina (4 yrs old this year) has turned out to be extremely talented for both jumping and dressage. Look for her in the show ring later this season. Pictures and video coming soon.

2012 Flannigan (2007 16.3 1/2h gelding by Tanzeln out of Fire Angel by Emeer), ridden by Erin Root is now showing at both training level dressage (with scores in the high 60's) and at eventing! He won his first beginner novice rated CT and his first novice CT schooling show on his dressage score as a 4 year old. Had a bit of bad luck at Rocking Horse 1 but still finished the course... Flannigan in the water at Rocking Horse  Flannigan doing Dressage at Rocking HorseFlannigan Dressage Trot
photo courtesy of Xpress Foto                                                            dressage photos by Kari Cassel

Kiera (by Tanzeln out of Korinna by Memelruf) is home and is being ridden by Lupe Guarderas. Her training is progressing and she is showing 1st and 2nd level this season. She continues to be a "joy to train and ride". She has her sire's "FEI-quality" canter and is showing talent for piaffe.

Kiera with Lupe at the trot  Kiera with Lupe at the canter
photos by Kari Cassel

2012: Mady is now riding both Froschkuss and Cabarei. She plans to start showing Frosch in the near future. They make a beautiful pair!

Froschkuss and Mady cantering on the hill

2012: Lupe has Helea (by Tanzeln out of Hennie *M*) going under saddle. Beautiful & very talented. She loves to be ridden - voluntarily plants herself by the mounting block :-)

Helea  Helea's pretty face

2012: Tanzeln continues in full training at Valhalla Farm in Wellborn, FL and is currently showing 3rd level. Two scores down for his Trakehner Bronze Medal, 3 to go...

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photos by Kari Cassel

Two New 2012 Foals: Cassel Rock Trakehners welcomes two new outstanding colts: Castellan by Tanzeln out of Cassiopia by Happy Hour and Checkpoint Charlie by Imminence out of Center Swing xx by Dance Centre xx.

 

We Have Moved: From Little Rock, Arkansas to North Central Florida. Convenient to I-10 and I-75, the farm is a "work in progress" but we welcome visitors. Call for directions - the phone's the same: 501-231-3616
or 501-231-3614

2010: Tanzeln is now standing at Valhalla Farm in Wellborn, FL and is once again in full training!!! Look for him on the Show Circuit this fall...

 
photos by Shannon Brinkman

We Have Moved: From Little Rock, Arkansas to North Central Florida. New address is: 5169 148th Pl, Wellborn, FL. Phone's the same: 501-231-3616

Kiera, ridden by Kendra Menzies, continues to win nearly everything she's entered in 2010. She's completed her scores for the futurity and given how bored she is with training level, we're giving it up for the season. She'll be showing 1st level for the rest of the year and 2nd level next year. She continues to be a "joy to train and ride".

Kiera, ridden by Kendra Menzies, won the 2009 Region 9 open training level GAIG Regional Championship with a score of 69.2%. The pair then took reserve champion at the Southwestern Dressage Championship with a 69%. Kiera also finished 5th in the nation for USDF Materiale 4-5 year old mares and Champion Trakehner. Kiera is from Tanzeln's first foal crop and is out of Korinna by Memelruf. She's exceling in her u/s work.

Froschkuss, owned and ridden by Kendra Menzies took 3rd in the ATA 5 year old Futurity - in spite of having to call it quits early in the season due to an injury. Froschkuss is by Leonidas *Pg* out of Fire Angel by Emeer.

Cabarei, ridden by Ashley Walker, was part of the winning Region 9 young riders team, and qualifies for the regional championship at the 2009 GREEN COUNTRY CLASSIC I AND II June 13-14 with the following scores

  • USEF TRAINING LEVEL, TEST TWO - JUNIOR - 3rd, 66.786%
  • USEF TRAINING LEVEL, TEST FOUR - JUNIOR - 1st, 68%
  • USEF TRAINING LEVEL, TEST FOUR - JUNIOR - 1st, 63.6%

Proud Meadows Spring Sporthorse Breeders - June 6-7 2009:

  • Kiera, trained & ridden by Kendra Menzies wins 4/5 year old Mare Materiale classes with scores of 78.9% and 79.9% - receiving a 9 for her walk.
  • Resonance, trained & ridden by Kendra Menzies competes in 3 year old colt/gelding Materiale class finishing with scores of 70.2% and 72.7%
  • Fiana, trained & ridden by Kendra Menzies takes 2 4/5 year old Mare Materiale classes with scores of 78.9% and 79.9% - receiving a 9 for her walk.

Altamont Sporthorses Tanzeln/Knabstrupper filly arrives & is she FLASHY!!!

Cabela - Hailo *Pg*E* filly out of Center Swing xx arrives May 21, 2009
 

Kosmisch, trained, ridden & owned in partnership with Kendra Menzies, earned 68.542% in his Second Level Freestyle at the Dallas Dressage Club Spring II on May 10 and qualified for the regional championships.

May 2-3 2009: Kiera, trained & ridden by Kendra Menzies took Training Level Champion & Trakehner High Point at the Oklahoma Dressage Society I & Show Champion, Training Level Champion & Trakehner High Point at the ODS II in Shawnee, OK with her 1st place scores of 67.2% and 68.8% Kiera is now qualified for the Regional Championships.

Cat Dance - Tanzeln Filly out of Catwalk by Leonidas *Pg*E* arrives April 19, 2009
   

    
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April 2009: Kiera trained & ridden by Kendra Menzies - at her first dressage show (Ft Worth Dressage Club Spring Fling I & II), finished 3rd with 61.2% at Training 4 & 2nd at Training 2 with 66.43%. The next day, she placed 1st at Training 4 with a 69.2% earning Trakehner High Point. Both days had very tough judging - with the high score of the show both days at 70 and 70.4%

April 24, 2009: Kiera trained & ridden by Kendra Menzies - places 2nd at 4-5 yr old mare Materiale (Houston Dressage Society, Inc. Spring Classic I), finished 2nd with 80%.     Kosmisch, also trained & ridden and owned in partnership by Kendra Menzies, finished 2nd in Second Level Freestyle with a 69.583%.

2008: Cassidy 5th place in Training Level at Region 9 Championships with owner and rider Christy Leonhardt.

2008: Tanzeln (after only 3 foal crops) hits 45th on the national list of top USEF dressage breeding sires (one of only 2 Trakehners in the top 50 list)

2008: Kiera 2005 filly (by Tanzeln out of Korinna by Memelruf) takes champion Trakehner 3 year old filly Materiale and finished 6th in the US with a final score of 73%. She was trained by Kendra Menzies and ridden by both Kendra Menzies and Christy Leonhardt (jr rider) and did her first show in September with less than 6 weeks of light work u/s.

       

Kosmisch (trained and ridden by Kendra Menzies) takes reserve champion Trakehner at 2nd level for 2008

Kosmisch (trained and ridden by Kendra Menzies), placed 3rd in his first Third level dressage outing (in a double bridle) in a highly competitive class at the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge II show in Wellington, FL on March 8, 2008. He continues to impress.

Congratulations to Christy Leonhardt on her purchase of Cassidy by Happy Hour
   
Congratulations to Courtney Bauer on her purchase of Tira by Leonidas *Pg*

Both young riders are looking forward to many years of showing success!

   
Alaina practicing to be a "pissy-faced" mare...                          Callaghan & JC having a conversation...

Kosmisch (trained and ridden by Kendra Menzies), won his 3 second level classes and took the 2nd level championship at the Alamo Dressage Spring I & II show in San Antonio, TX March 29-April 1, 2007

 

So much happened in 2006...

  • Kosmisch ridden by Kendra Menzies, wins ATA 2006 Training Level Futurity, multiple training and first level championships at the Houston Region 9 championship and places 2nd at Devon in the North American Breeders Futurity (NABF) FEI 5-year old class

    photo by Kari Cassel (KC Photos)
  • Kiera by Tanzeln (2005 filly) Wins ATA Champion yearling filly and places ....
  • Cassidy by Happy Hour (2004 gelding) wins Reserve Champion Colt, Region 9
  • Tanzeln, ridden by Kendra Menzies, wins at San Antonio & Shawnee dressage shows
  • Cassel Rock Trakehner's Tanzeln Babies of 2006
     
  • Kiera by Tanzeln (2005 filly) Wins Champion mare...
  • Tira by Leonidas (2004 filly) wins Reserve Champion...
  • & Cassidy by Happy Hour (2004 gelding) wins Champion Colt at The Victory Challenge USDFBC show in PineBluff, AR (04/08/06)   

 

  • Kosmisch wins 1st at First Level 4 and Training Level 4 at the Alamo Dressage Spring I show
  • Tanzeln wins 1st at First Level 2 and 2nd at Training Level 4 at the Alamo Dressage Spring I and II shows
  • Kiera by Tanzeln (2005 filly) takes top score (81.5%) and Reserve Champion mare at ATA mare show in Conroe, TX (11/05)
  • Kosmisch places 4th at Devon (9/05) FEI 4-year old, ridden by Kendra Menzies
  • Tanzeln's first foals (2005) - click here for Photos:
  • It's Baby Time at Cassel Rock Trakehners
  • Kosmisch places 4th overall in USDF 2004 HOY Materiale and 1st in USDF Trakehner HOY Materiale for 3 year old colts and geldings. This youngster shows tremendous promise!
  • Kosmisch wins 1st place Materiale with a 77.1% under rider Ida Anderson at the Cedar Trace II Sporthorse Festival (9/15/04) Kosmisch finished 6th in the Colts Championship Region 9

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  • Cassel Rock Trakehners is listed in USDF Connection as one of USDF's top breeders for 2003 (6/30/04)

  • Kosmisch wins 2nd place Colts of 2001, Reserve Champion Colt, high-point Suitability and Champion Materiale (thanks to his rider Nina Romkowski) at Texas Dressage Classic (4/15/04)

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  • Kosmisch wins 1st place Colts of 2001, Champion Colt and high-point Materiale (thanks to his rider Nina Romkowski) at Pro Am Challenge in Glen Rose Texas (4/4/04)
  • 2004 New Arrivals (See our 3 fillies by Leonidas and our mother's day Happy Hour colt!)

 

Planning next season's show strategy...

 

 

  • Tanzeln approved by ATA as a Premium Trakehner stallion (10/4/03)

Many thanks to Tanzeln's handler & trainer Russell Oden (Oden Sport Horses)

  • Tanzeln wins Champion Colt, USDF Breeders Champion Region 9 Finals and places 4th nationally, USDFBC Colts & Geldings of 2000 & takes USDF Trakehner HOY, Colts of 2000 (9/14/03)
  • Tanzeln named ATA HOY, Colts of 2000 (11/03)
  • Kosmisch wins 5th place, USDF Breeders Champion Region 9 Finals & USDF Trakehner HOY, Colts of 2001 (9/14/03)
  • Nitzsche wins Champion Colt, Cedar Trace II (9/14/03) and 6th place, USDF Breeders Champion Region 9 Finals (9/14/03)
  • Classical Jazz & Nina win their 1st Level-Test1 class in their first schooling show.
  • Nina Romkowski joins the Cassel's for a year. She's an awesome rider and Jazz is an awesome horse! (7/10/03)
  • Tanzeln wins Champion Young Horse at Texas Dressage Classic (4/10/03) with 79.9%!!!
  • Kosmisch wins 1st place Colts of 2001 at Texas Dressage Classic (4/10/03)
  • Tanzeln wins Reserve Champion Colts at Pro Am Challenge (3/28/03)

9/14/03 photo by Pam Norton

4/10/03 Photo courtesy of ActionShots

 

 
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