Gerona is owned by the Hoog family, and Katie Hoog, who has been purchasing horses from The Netherlands since 2007, teamed up with Speck-Kern and Excel Dressage to import exceptional dressage prospects in 2015. Hoog scouted the Ster PROK predicated mare on a buying excursion to Holland in March of 2016, and was immediately enthralled by her talent, temperament, and beauty. In a pressure crunch of time and travel, the decision to purchase the mare was made from only a video and quick lunging session, but that was enough to seal the deal. As a 3-year-old, Gerona (Tango x Odessa x Junior STV) won her mare testing with an 82.5%, and seems destined to maintain a similar average following her US debut in Tryon.
Bi-annual Dutch buying trips are a staple of Excel Dressage’s focus on bringing top quality dressage youngsters to the US. During that same weekend, another Excel Dressage import, Esteban (Rousseau x Naturel), achieved his own record score with his new amateur owner. The 6-year-old KWPN was imported in late 2015, and sold to Judy Nordstrom during the 2016 winter show season in Wellington, Florida. The pair finished the weekend with an impressive 75.5%, the highest of their career.
Excel Dressage was founded by Speck-Kern in 2010 and offers training, showing, and sales of top caliber dressage horses. After beginning her career with Olympic Bronze Medalist Michael Poulin and “S” Judge Sharon Poulin, Speck-Kern’s naturally quiet and effective riding style and training method drew a strong international client base of competitive amateurs. Excel Dressage imports a select number of exceptional sales and show prospects each year, and Speck-Kern was also recently accepted into the prestigious USEF “r” program. With her sights set on eventually obtaining international judge accreditation and international show ring success, she offers a unique training viewpoint as both a rider and judge.
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