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Some notable performance records:
  • 2000 USDF HOY
    4-Year-Old & Older Stallions - 5th
  • 2000 ATA HOY
    Stallions - Champion
  • 2000 MidWest Trakehners High Point Awards
    Stallions, Colts & Geldings - Reserve Champion
  • Dressage at Lamplight, Wayne, IL, Aug 2000
    Stallions - Champion
    4-Year-Old & Older Stallions - 1st
  • ABIC/USDF Region 4 Championships, Mason City, IA, Sep 2000
    4-Year-Old & Older Stallions - 1st
    4-Year-Old & Older Stallions, Dressage Suitability - 1st

Aberdeen Hänsel Merkur *E*



Heimische Gazal(Ar.)
Aida *E* Händel Carajan
Abiza *E* Maharadscha
Donauperle Tannenberg *E* Sterndeuter Stern xx
Tanjana Abendstern
Donau Girl Mazagran Ciecieruk
Donaumaid Maharadscha
Donaufahrt v.Sch.

1990 gray - Bred by Gerhard Schickedanz and approved by the ATA in 1994. Aberdeen demonstrated remarkable versatility as a performance horse. Early in his career he competed very successfully through Second Level dressage and at Training Level eventing. He was used lightly at stud, producing only 9 registered offspring prior to being sold and gelded in 1998 to pursue a career in the hunter ring.

As a hunter he was renamed Oyster Pond and achieved even greater success. In 1999 he finished 16th in the Nation in Green Conformation Hunters with many notable A-circuit championships including the Palm Beach Winter Equestrian Festival Circuit Championship. In 2001 he was sold again but continues to accumulate wins in the Children's Hunter division demonstrating his even and generous temperament.
1979 chestnut - see Donauperle's page, at Rolling Oaks Farm, for information about this remarkable mare.
1980 gray - Bred by Gerhard Schickedanz. Hänsel has also demonstrated great versatility as a performance horse. In 1985 he finished 4th in AHSA Zone 8 as a First-Year Green Hunter. The following year he finished 4th for the year in AHSA Zone 8 in Training Level Dressage while continuing to compete successfully in Second-Year Green and Amateur-Owner Hunters. Then in 1989 he was Reserve Champion at Training Level Eventing for the American Trakehner Association. Hänsel continued to compete successfully through Prelimary eventing and Third Level dressage.

His offspring have also exhibited his diverse talents, most ridden by amateur owners.
Aida *E*
1973 chestnut - Aida was an accomplished performance mare. As a jumper under Jim Elder, she qualified to represent Canada at the 1984 Olympic Games (the same Games as her brother Abdullah!), as well as having competed for Canada at several World Cup competitions. As a broodmare she was recognized as Elite by the American Trakehner Assocation for the quality of her produce, which in addition to Aberdeen, includes the Canadian Sport Horse stallion Astrahan who had wins up to Intermediate level in eventing and many good placings as a Grand Prix show jumper. Younger brother Ahlerich GS is a rising star at the Advanced level of eventing having already completed the Foxhall Cup CCI*** at age 6.
Tannenberg *E*
1966 bay - Bred by Dr Hans Dietrich Wagner, Germany. Tannenberg *E* was Reserve Champion of the 1968 Neumünster approvals. The German Stallion Book provides the following comments:

Excellent in the type of the Trakehner horse with beautiful, masculine head; best position, length and carriage of the neck; good shoulder and good withers; harmoniuous body overall that is carried on four good, correct, sufficiently strong but a bit long legs; the midsection of the body is well-coupled to the forehand and hindquarters; particularly emphasized should be the broadly set hocks; his way of going is elevated and impulsive, very slightly paddling in front; in spite of his size he is very uniform overall and significant in his overall impression.  His magnificent type is usually passed to his get, and so is the harmonious overall figure, with a rather good way of moving; good medium size is predominant.

He was a popular sire in Germany until being imported to Canada in 1975. He has more approved Trakehner sons than any other ATA stallion, 10 German-bred and 1 American-bred. Among his German-bred sons were the well regarded Schiwago, Herztrumpf and Morgenstrahl. His American son Meistersinger *Ps* is a well respected FEI dressage horse and sire of FEI dressage horses.

Tannenberg *E* was also an outstanding broodmare sire. He left numerous outstanding daughters in Germany. Among them Maiglöckchen III, dam of stallions E.H. Maizauber and Maiklang, Unkenspiel dam of stallion Unkensee. In addition to Rolling Oaks Farm own Donauperle, his ATA daughters include Maranja dam of ATA stallion Martini *Pg*E* and Alouette dam of ATA stallion and FEI dressage horse Apache.