Appleton DHU

The versatile dressage and show jumping stallion

Appleton DHU was the eye-catcher of the Cambridge Stallion Parade 2010. He combines superior conformation with excellent movement and superb dressage and show jumping ability. Appleton is a true gentleman, both in looks and behaviour.  

Appleton DHU at the Stallion Parade in Cambridge, August 2010.

Dressage and show jumping stallion

Appleton DHU at the Stallion Parade in Cambridge, August 2010.

Dressage and show jumping bloodlines

Stallion Licensing NZWHA, May 2009

Superb show jumping ability

Stallion Licensing NZWHA, May 2009

Excellent conformation

HOY 2008, Appleton is awarded overall Champion Young Performance Bred Horse of the Year, March 2008

Appleton Champion at HOY 2008

HOY 2008, Appleton is awarded overall Champion Young Performance Bred Horse of the Year, March 2008

Appleton Champion at HOY 2008

Appleton DHU, training work on the beach. August 2010

Appleton dressage stallion training on the beach

Appleton DHU, training work at home. August 2010

Appleton dressage stallion training at home

Appleton DHU, show jumping training (fourth session). August 2010

Appleton show jumping stallion training at home

Appleton DHU, training work at home. August 2010

Appleton dressage stallion training at home

Appleton DHU, training work at home. August 2010

Appleton dressage stallion training at home

Appleton DHU was licensed by NZWHA in 2009. He was described by the judges as follows: "Appleton DHU impressed with his calm outlook and jumping ability. He will be an asset to the NZWHA stallion list."

At the Horse of the Year show, 2008 in Hastings, Appleton DHU became overall Champion Young Performance Bred Horse Of the Year. As a winner of the 'Three Year Old Performance Bred Horses' and the 'Colt as Sire of Performance Bred Horses', he stole the heart of many in the audience. Appleton, with his excellent exterior, showing a lot elasticity in his movement, was the stallion of choice of the European jury. A comment from Luc van Puymbroeck, one of the jurors: "I was really surprised by your stallion Appleton DHU because he was amazing: without discussion, he was the best horse of the show, congratulations."

Appleton DHU is the stallion of choice when you want to improve both dressage and show jumping ability.

Standing at Stud

We have good news for breeders: Economic times have been tough for all of us, and we felt that we could bring a foal of Appleton within reach of more breeders if we revised our breeding conditions.
We are now offering a service of Appleton for $850.- per insemination, instead of the old $2200.- for a LFG.

Practically this means that you are paying now on a 'per insemination' basis, instead of a per 'life foal' basis.
If you can present a mare from which you can expect a good fertility (like one with a good breeding record, or a young or even maiden one), you have a good chance that you get your mare in foal from one insemination only.

If you want to breed to Appleton DHU, just download the breeding contract here and print, sign and send it to us.

The new service fee is now $850.- plus GST per insemination.

Please contact us for more information, or call Nicole directly at 06 324 8853.

A little bit of history

The stallion Appleton DHU was born in 2005 in the Netherlands, out of the mare Michigan (Burggraaf x World Cup I). He has an obvious dressage and show jumping background. His sire Rousseau (1998) had proven himself in the KWPN performance test and subsequent dressage competitions. He produced the Champion of the KWPN stallion show for three years running (2006-2008). 

Originally, because of his superb pedigree, his breeders (AHM Bakker-Brom from Gendt, the Netherlands) wanted to raise him for the KWPN stallion selection (Royal Dutch Sporthorse Studbook), but Nicole Bours and Ane Visser from Dutch Horses Unlimited managed to buy him and bring him to New Zealand as a six month old foal.

Appleton before he was imported into New Zealand

Appleton as a young stallion before he was shipped from the Netherlands

Appleton as a two year old

Appleton as a two year old stallion

Appleton as a three year old

Appleton as a three year old stallion

Appleton as a five year old. Tangimoana, Palmerston North, August 2010

Appleton as a five  year old stallion

At 18 months he bred his first mares. His progeny has attracted attention at HOY 2010, where Colgan's Contessa (Appleton x Witzbolt) and Daybreak DHU (Appleton x Sakura Seeking xx) won a reserve championship, and Champagne DHU (Appleton x Matterhorn x Indoctro) a fourth placing.

Dutch Horses Unlimited is proud to be able to make Appleton's excellent European bloodlines available in New Zealand to breeders of performance horses.

Appleton on Youtube

Click on the 'Play' button of the video you want to view. The first one is a presentation of Appleton in 2013. The second one is about the presentation in the Dressage NZ Stable of stallions at the Bates National Dressage Championships. The third one is Appleton's training in the months preceding the dressage championships. The fourth one is from winter 2010, when Appleton started training. Convince yourself about Appleton's outstanding movement and jumping talent, his manners and of course the quality of his progeny.

Appleton's pedigree

Appleton's dam is the mare Michigan G, who received the honors of 'keur', a high distinction in the Dutch Warmblood studbook, for excellence in exterior, movement and quality of offspring. Michigan G's sire was the world famous stallion Burggraaf, who was assigned the honors of 'preferent', an even higher distinction.

Burggraaf (Landgraf I x Cor de la Bryère) has produced numerous international show-jumpers, among which Calando, Caletto, Chanel, Contrast and Corlandus. With Roelof Bril he cleared the 2.10 m during the puissance of Indoor Brabant in 1991 and in 1993 they were reserve champion of the 1.40 class for KWPN stallions. Burggraaf also produced offspring with a lot of movement. Examples are the Grand Prix dressage horses Florijn, Louisville and Kingston (Voltaire x Burggraaf).

Appleton's sire is the stallion Rousseau, standing at stud in the United States. Rousseau is owned by Harmony Sporthorses and is among the highest rating dressage stallions in the Dutch Warmblood studbook. Rousseau also carries the predicate of 'preferent'. Rousseau's sire was the dressage stallion Olympic Ferro, who was second at the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000, with Coby van Balen. Rousseau's dam was by the very influential stallion Roemer, which is currently very sought after as an ancestor.

 
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Appleton's sire Rousseau KWPN, Oldenburg, Hannover, Westphalia

Appleton's sire, the dressage stallion Rousseau

Appleton's sire Rousseau

Appleton's sire, the dressage stallion Rousseau

Appleton's sire Rousseau

Appleton's sire, the dressage stallion Rousseau

Appleton's sire Rousseau

Appleton's sire, the dressage stallion Rousseau

Appleton's sire Rousseau as a four year old under Nicolette van Lierop, Champion of the prestigeous PAVO Cup

Appleton's sire, the dressage stallion Rousseau, champion of PAVO Cup

Appleton's grand sire Burggraaf

Appleton's grand sire, the show jumping stallion Burggraaf

Appleton's grand sire Burggraaf KWPN, Selle Français, Rheinland

Appleton's grand sire, the show jumping stallion Burggraaf

Appleton's grand sire Burggraaf

Appleton's grand sire, the show jumping stallion Burggraaf

Appleton's grand sire Ferro KWPN, Oldenburg, Hannover

Appleton's grand sire, the dressage stallion Olympic Ferro

Appleton's grand sire Ferro, Team Silver at Sydney Olympics 2000 with Coby van Baalen.

Appleton's grand sire, the dressage stallion Olympic Ferro

Appleton's grand grand sire Roemer, KWPN, Oldenburg, Westphalia, very talented show-jumper and dressage stallion. Sold in 1986 to the USA.

Appleton's grand sire, the dressage stallion Roemer

Appleton's half brother Wamberto (Rousseau x Voltaire), highest scores ever in North American 100-day Stallion performance Testing

Appleton's half brother Wamberto (Rousseau x Voltaire), Overall performance index 159, dressage 169, jumping 145; Champion 2006 of the KWPN Stallion Licensing

Appleton's half brother Ampere (Rousseau x Flemmingh), Champion of the KWPN Stallion Licensing 2008; Champion of KWPN Stallion Performance test 2008. 9.5 for canter and 9's for the trot, suppleness, rideability, and potential. Total of 88.5 points

Appleton's half brother Fuerst Rousseau (Rousseau x Weltmeyer), Approved by Hannover. Earned 9.0 for rideability and 8.0’s or higher for temperament, trot, and canter at Performance Test. Second half-brother of Appleton approved in Hannover

Appleton's half brother Rousseau Noir (Rousseau x Del Piero x Lauries Crusador xx), approved by Hannover, Oldenburg, Rhineland, Westphalia, BWP.

Appleton's half brother Rousseau Noir approved by Hannover, Oldenburg, Rhineland, Westphalia, BWP.

Appleton's half brother Rousseau Noir took his stallion performance test in 2009 in Adelheidsdorf with high scores for rideability and gaits, finishing fourth in dressage with a score of 122.64.

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