A Trip to Play with Vin Noir

In early April, I went to Germany for the Oldenburger Elite Auktion… but REALLY I went to ride our wonderful 4 year old Oldenburger Elite Auktion mare Vin Noir (Van Vivaldi – Don Gregory).

Johannes Westendarp and his lovely rider Philipp Severit are doing SUCH a great job with Vin that my rides were simply fabulous – I cannot thank them and Hof Westendarp enough!!!



Vin Noir’s First Show

Recently, Hof Westendarp’s rider Philipp Severit showed our 4 year old mare Vin Noir (Van Vivaldi  – Don Gregory) for her first time, with great success!!

As it was SNOWING outside, all 15 – 20 horses had to warm up together in the small, 15m x 40m arena!!! Vin showed confidence and maturity beyond her young age…

Many thanks to Hof Westendarp and Philip Severit for their wonderful care and training!!

Vin Noir - first show, 4 yrs old

Vin Noir

Vin Noir

We are SSOO pleased with our new 3 year old mare Vin Noir (Van Vivaldi – Don Gregory), formerly known as Victoria’s Secret, that Marta Kauffman and I purchased at the Oldenburger Elite Auktion in September, 2017.

Here she is under rider Phillip Severit, at Hof Westendarp –


German Oldenburger Fall Elite Auktion 2017

At the recent German Oldenburger Fall Elite Auktion, Marta Kauffman and Jaye Cherry purchased ‘Victoria’s Secret’ – a FABULOUS 3 year old Main Premium (formerly known as States Premium) AND Brilliant Ring mare by Van Vivaldi, out of a Don Gregory Brilliant Ring mare.

She will remain with Johannes Westendarp in Wallenhorst, Germany, for some time to see whether she will compete at the Oldenburger Landeschampionat in June 2018, and the Bundeschampionat in September 2018.

We are SSSOOO EXCITED with this new opportunity!!!!  Enjoy the Auktion video of ‘Victoria’s Secret’…

26 *Victoria Secret – 87. VHA 2017 – YouTube

Seuss Comes ‘Home’


Seuss, Marta Kauffman’s 2 year old GOV Stallion Candidate by Sondheim OLD x De Niro, came in from the field today to begin the next phase of his life.

This young stallion has a most cheerful attitude, along with lovely substance, balance, rhythm, and charm.  We look forward to what the future brings!




GOV Mare Performance Test 2016

At the GOV Mare Performance Test held at Keenridge Farm in Moorpark, Ca., Hilda Gurney’s Sondheim OLD filly Springtime achieved Premium Mare status!  Owned and bred by Hilda, this is Sondheim’s first U. S. foal, and was named a Premium Foal and Foal of Distinction as a baby.

We look forward to many successes in the show ring for Hilda and ‘Spring’!


GOV Inspection 2016

My date for the German Oldenburger Verband Mare and Foal Inspection is August 3, 2016.  Thomas Rhinow will be the Inspector – I welcome you and your horses to join us for a WONDERFUL DAY!!

Seuss – Sondheim OLD x De Niro – Premium Foal, Foal of Distinction, and STALLION CANDIDATE, 2014 – bred and owned by Marta Kauffman


Rose Kauffman Skloff WINS!

Recently, at IEL in Los Angeles, Rose Kauffman Skloff roder her Weser – Ems pony mare Roy’s Pippilotta in Second Level Test 3, and WON!!  I found ‘Pippi’ at the Oldenburger Elite Auktion, and brought her home as a Hunter / Jumper pony for Rose… they were very successful for several years before Rose decided to change disciplines with Pippi to learn Dressage.

Rose’s winning score was 68% – the second place score was 52% !!!  We are looking forward to more fun in the future…

These photos are from a First Level test from last year – unfortunately there was no photographer at this show.

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