Blackshire Equestrian Centre
Breeding Quality Warmbloods, Friesians & Irish Sporthorses In Western South Dakota USA
Belle Amour is a 16.1 hand Oldenburg Mare. Schooling PSG, shown through fourth level recognized with scores in the mid-sixties. Forward thinking and light in the bridle. Retired completely sound summer of 2020 to become a broodmare.
Sire, Benvolio was the winner of the Hanoverian Young Horse Championship in Germany in 1987. After returning to the States, he competed training through Intermediare I prior to retirement to stud.
Damsire, Rolando is a KWPN stallion by G Ramiro Z. Rolando won his jumping portion of his stallion test in Holland. He was a successful FEI dressage horse. Sire of Robert Dover's 2000 Olympic mount Rainier. He is a full brother to Armstrong and a 3/4 brother to Zeoliet. In 1992, Rolando was ranked #10 of the young sires for producing jumpers.
Rolando's sire, G Ramiro Z has become famous worldwide and is duly called the "Euro-stallion" of his day. "Preferent" Ramiro descends from the famous male lineage combination Raimond-Ramzes X - Rittersporn XX. The anglo-arabian Ramzes represents one of the basic bloodlines on which Holsteiner breeding has been founded. Ramzes gave a new dimension to sport horse breeding. In 1969 Ramiro was the absolute top stallion of his performance year and was used not only for breeding but also successfully developed a jumping career under Fritz Ligges. He excelled in his puissance performances (up to 2.20 m) as well as in competition where speed was essential. Ramiro moved to Studbook Zangersheide in 1979 and came to the Netherlands two years later. On the basis of his breeding efforts that earned him worldwide fame, he was declared Horse of the Year at Jumping Amsterdam in 1992. Ramiro is still at the top of the indexes in both jumping and dressage for many breed organizations today even though he passed away some years ago. His progeny can be described with one word: sublime.