Hampton Green Farm is pleased to announce that 2003 PRE Stallion Idolo Americano, by Idilio II out of Escapada III, is this year’s recipient of the Born in the USA Breeders Award for the Stallion division at the prestigious Devon Breed Show. Idolo also was Reserve Champion In-Hand Stallion Four Years and Older, and then went on to Third Place Overall in the Stallion Championship. Idolo Americano (whose full name means American Idol in Spanish) was judged by a distinguished panel of FEI dressage and breed judges including Jacques Van Daele from Belgium, Frances Verbeek von Roy from the Netherlands , American Hilda Gurney and others.
Idolo was born at Hampton Green Farm in Fruitport, Michigan-a PRE (Pure Spanish Horse) breeding facility that specializes in producing Spanish horses with competitive dressage movement and aptitude. All of the HGF sires travel to Wellington to compete in the dressage circuit of the winter season there. Idolo’s sire is Idilio II, ridden by Pati Pierucci and showing at the Grand Prix level. The pair have worked in the past under German Olympic Team member Martin Schaudt and are in training currently with Robert Dover.
“We are very pleased with Idolo’s success at Devon and very excited to see that the kind of horse that we are striving to produce at HGF is appreciated by the international judges,” commented owner Kimberly Van Kampen Boyer. “Idolo has three excellent gaits, and he exhibits the athleticism of an upper-level athlete as well as the distinct beauty of the Spanish Horse. Its exciting to be a part of the milieu of Devon and to see the high level of product that American breeders are showing.”
Hampton Green Farm stands Idilio II only to their own mares. As a sire, Idilio II throws the large gaits, suspension and flexibility that he is known for as a dressage competitor. Idolo Americano has one full brother, who was purchased last year by Schaudt.