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tanz & Nina

Tanzeln *Ps*
Premium ATA Trakehner Stallion
March 5, 2000 - 16.3h Dark Bay

by Enrico Caruso Ps*E x Tannenelfe *E* / Pregelstrand *Ps*E*

3-29-2015: Tanzeln, ridden by Bryana 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!!!

11-2014: Tanzeln *Ps* is now showing PSG dressage and training Intermediare.. Iris Eppinger of Valhalla Farm trained and rode him to his first score towards his silver and Janina Romkowski of Leer, Germany (visiting us for 3 months) rode him at 4 shows, gaining another 3 qualifying scores before she had to return to Germany. Bryana Smith, a University of Florida pre-vet student and amateur rider is now riding him.

Tanzeln *Pb*, Nina Romkowski and Iris Eppinger (best trainer!)

2013: Tanzeln continued showing 3rd level dressage and earned his bronze performance medal from the ATA!!! Thank you to his trainer/rider Iris Eppinger!

05-13-2012: Tanzeln, ridden by Iris Eppinger, was Third Level Champion at Canterbury May Days Qualifier. Iris and Tanz got progressively better throughout their first show together, culminating with a score of 73.3% at Third Level Test 3 with the judge commenting on the "lovely horse" and rewarding the harmony between the horse and rider with high marks.


Tanzeln is a lovely stallion with three excellent, well balanced gaits. He received a 9 on both his walk and his canter (most important for a dressage career) and an 8 on his trot from the ATA Inspection Committee. His temperament is excellent and he has a wonderful work ethic.

Tanz's sire, Enrico Caruso *Ps*E* is one of the top Dressage producing stallions in Germany and sired the well-known Trakehner stallion Kostolony. Tanzeln's dam line is that of Dankeschön III, known for producing significant stallions, with a strong foundation, great lines and impulsion in all gaits -- this is the family of Schöner Abend, Schwarzdorn and Tannenberg.

Having completed his performance requirements, Tanzeln trained and showed through 2nd level dressage until an injury forced his retirement from competition at age 7..He has since been rehabbed (see article on right under photos) and is currently competing at FEI levels.

Tanzeln's offspring are excelling in multiple disciplines. He has several offspring now competing in dressage up to 4th level. His 2005 filly Kiera took an 81.5% and reserve championship at her very first in-hand show (at 8 months old). She has gone on to win multiple in-hand championships and in 2008, scored well in 3 year old filly Materiale. Kiera in 2009 won multiple materiale and training level classes with scores to 80%. She placed 5th in USDF 4 yr old materiale and won the Region 9 Open Training Level Championship. She has her sire's wonderful work ethic, a loving disposition and great gaits and is now showing 4th level. Other offspring are also exceling in dressage, eventing and jumpers.

Tanz with Dani Vitosh riding (photo by Kari Cassel)

Talent, Temperament & Beauty
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Tanzeln *Ps* has an amazing story and much to thank Iris Eppinger (dressage trainer and acupuncture, acupressure and natural equine medicine practitioner) for. After his promising dressage and eventing career was cut short at 7 years old by a mysterious lameness, a complete bone scan showed a possible broken hip and we retired him. 3 years later, Tanz was so unhappy to not be working that we agreed to let Iris and Valhalla Farm take a chance and see if they couldn't rehabilitate him for at least light riding. Iris has exceeded everyone's hopes, bringing Tanz back to where he is now showing PSG and schooling I-1.

Iris worked to make Tanz comfortable and always with his welfare and happiness in mind, she slowly and carefully brought him back. She worked with his body, doing massage, acupressure and acupuncture along with an exercise program designed to strengthen his body in the right ways, and she worked with his mind to ensure he was happy, enjoying the work and ready to progress.

Iris' understanding of horse biomechanics, combined with her expertise in natural equine medicine and amazing riding and training skills were exactly what he needed!

Iris' dressage riding and training skills are International Olympic caliber (she has her USDF Gold Medal) and her combination of skills is nearly non-existent in the United States. Cassel Rock Trakehners is grateful that Iris was at Valhalla Trakehners and was willing to take Tanzeln on as a project!

Performance Highlights:

  • 2015:
  • Tanzeln *Pb*, ridden by Janina Romkowski and Bryana Smith earned all needed scores for his performance Silver medal and is now Tanzeln *Ps*. He will continue to show PSG and is training for I-1.
  • 2014:
  • Tanzeln *Pb* is now competing at PSG with Janina Romkowski.
  • 2013:
  • Tanzeln *Pb* is now competing at PSG and 4th level dressage with Iris Eppinger.
  • 2012:
  • Tanzeln earned his ATA bronze medal for his dressage performance and is now Tanzeln *Pb*
  • Ridden by Irish Eppinger, Tanzeln was Third Level Champion, with a score of 73.3% at Third - 3, 66.97% at Third - 1 and 65.897% at Third-3 at Canterbury May Days Qualifier.
  • Ridden by Danielle Vitosh, Tanzeln won or placed well at Third Level Dressage.
  • 2011:
  • Ridden by Collette Zimmer, Tanzeln won his Second Level Dressage classes.
  • 2008:
  • 45th on USEF Sporthorse Breeders Sires List - one of only 2 Trakehner Stallions to be in the top 50 (after only 3 foal crops)
  • 2007:
  • Ridden by both Kendra Menzies and Eva Oldenbroek, Tanzeln won in both Second and Third Level Dressage classes.
  • 2006:
  • Ridden by Kendra Menzies, Tanzeln won or placed highly in Level 1 Dressage, qualifying for the region 9 championship (due to a trailer injury he was unable to compete) 004 & 2005:
  • Completed his ATA performance requirements by completing a novice level cross-country event. Successfully competed in Training Level and 1st level dressage with scores in the high 60's/low 70's.
  • 2003:
  • ATA Champion HOY Colts of 2000
  • 4th USDFBC Colts of 2000
  • 1st USDF All Breeds Trakehner Colts of 2000
  • Ch Colt USDFBC Region 9 Ch. Colt at Cedar Trace I
  • Ch. Young Horse, Texas Dressage Classic (79.9%)
  • Reserve Ch. Colt, Glen Rose, TX
  • 2002:
  • Tanzeln placed 1st in all 3 "colts of 2000" in-hand classes in which he was entered in 2002 with scores as high as 78%.
  • 3rd USDFBC Regional Finals "Weanling through 3 year old Colts"
  • 6th USDFBC colts of 2000
  • Champion Colt Mid-West Trakehner


Comments by ATA Inspection Committee

Very good, fluid, supple, ground-covering walk. Good trot with rythmic uphill movement. Very good, balanced uphill canter with reaching hind leg engagement.

Good willing jumper showing good technique and bascule. Relaxed way over jumps.

Excellent temperament in a middle weight stallion. Good athleticism and movement in all the gaits. Should help mares who need movement and athletic ability.

photo by Shannon Brinkman

Tanzeln *Pb* 2006 Conformation
2006 photo by Pam Norton

March, 2003

Photo by Brian Wilcox, Connecticut Photo

1 Year

Pasteur xx
Maharani II
Enrico Caruso *Ps*E*
Pregelstrand *E*
Pelerissa vom Schimmelhof
Tannenelfe *E*  
Tannenlied *E*
Tannenland *E*


Special thanks to Russell Oden, Ida Anderson, Willette Brown, Kendra Menzies, Iris Eppinger, Janina Romkowski and Bryana Smith - all who have helped us immensely and loved Tanz in the process over the years.

Special from the very first day...

Cassel Rock Trakehners

John & Kari Cassel
Little Rock, Arkansas
(501) 455-4312