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On July 8th we lost a true legend; Escudo II (Espri/SPS Athene/Arkansas) a most endearing friend and family member.
Prior to joining us at Rainbow Equus Meadows in 2006, Escudo II was pictured on the cover of the State Stud “Celle” DVD as the star of the “Celle” stallion parade. His dressage tests without rider, unattached in an open field with pylons earned him the title “World Champion Freiheids dressur”. His incredible type, confirmation, movement and jumping ability earned him the title “1994 Hanoverian licensing champion”, his offspring propelled him to high breed values and he made both German Top lists for” jumpers” and “riding horse type”. Escudo II was one of only two US stallions to appear in both top lists. Often bred to modernize old fashioned jumper mares Escudo II always managed to improve type. Amongst all Hanoverian jumper stallions worldwide he enjoyed the highest “riding horse type” breed value for eight consecutive years. Escudo II was a class I stallion who completed his testing at Adelheidsdorf with 125.63; 4th out of 43 stallions. 117.56 dressage and 125.73 for jumping. Versatility we see in many of his offspring. Escudo II produced 10 licensed sons and several showjumpers up to GP level, 13 SPS mares and 47 offspring were selected for German Hanoverian auctions.
Escudo II, Hannover’s poster boy for learning ability, performing his many tricks, entertaining thousands and quickly gaining admirers from all over the world. When we first brought him to California he received fan mail and we received hate mail from Europe for taking him here, away from them. In just six years Escudo II became one of the most prolific producers for the AHS with 114 registered offspring and he has many more registered across all registries. last year was his biggest breeding year and this year he covered about 50 mares already so there will be many more to come.
An infection in his leg deteriorated his tendons so quickly that he could no longer walk outside his stall and we made the decision to not let him suffer anymore.
Escudo II loved people! He had once 20 4-H kids crawling all over and under him and he loved every minute of it. His upbeat, smiling personality and positive attitude towards anything in his life endeared him quickly to all who knew him. He will be missed very much, such a unique smart and brave soul. We will forever be blessed to have been his people.