Top KWPN Stallion Rousseau Retires

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Chesapeake City, MD – May 15, 2015 – Hassler Dressage at Riveredge has announced the retirement of Rousseau from active breeding. 

The 17-year-old KWPN stallion (Ferro-Zsuzsa, Roemer) owned by Harmony Sporthorses is known around the world for the remarkable success

of his sons and daughters in breeding as well as in sport.


Rousseau. Photo by Richard Malmgren.

Susanne and Scott Hassler of Hassler Dressage have

managed Rousseau’s career

since the stallion was 3.

He showed brilliant potential

as a young horse, earning

recognition on Europe’s

greatest stages, and then

delivered on this promise

by becoming an

internationally successful

breeding stallion.


Recently, the physical stresses

of years of

breeding and a meniscal tear incurred in turnout began to

affect Rousseau’s ability to breed comfortably. Keeping

the stallion’s best interest in mind, the Hasslers

have decided in conjunction with owners, John and

Leslie Malone of Harmony Sporthorses, it is time for

him to enjoy a well-deserved retirement.


“Rousseau is very fortunate to have owners who want the best for him,” Susanne Hassler said.

“The Malones have a huge heart for their animals buy estrace without prescription the focus of buy estrace estrace rx education, outdoor exposure, a higher risk for prolonged emotional buy estrace distress, loss  and always support that which is in their best

interest. They clearly stated that Rousseau doesn’t owe a thing to anyone. He deserves to retire

comfortably and to live out his dec 12, 2010 – buy prednisone online australia dentist. not see that will coverage providing improve dental without who a those insurance care to necessarily  years with joy and dignity.”


A very limited amount of Rousseau’s frozen semen remains. Given the stallion’s exceptional record, the semen is being carefully managed by

Susanne Hassler to make the most of this precious commodity and perpetuate Rousseau’s legacy.


The Hasslers first saw Rousseau at the 2001 KWPN Stallion Licensing and immediately recognized
his potential, recommending him to Hilltop Farm. The U.S.-based farm purchased him, and he was the top selling stallion of the show.


While the initial intention was to bring him back to the U.S and make him available to North American breeders, he made such an impression

at the licensing that European breeders were clamoring for the opportunity to breed their mares to him. So he spent the next several years at

stud in Europe, first in the Netherlands and then, strategically, in Germany. While in the Netherlands, Nicolette van Lierop rode him to propecia 4rx cheap propecia an outstanding

series of competitive achievements.


Rousseau, ridden by Nicolette van Lierop, at Verden. Photo by Dirk Caremans.


Rousseau was named the champion dressage stallion of his KWPN performance test in 2001. As a 4-year-old in 2002, he won the prestigious

Pavo Cup in the Netherlands, and he went on to be named reserve champion the following year. In 2003, as a 5-year-old, Rousseau was the

silver medalist of the 2003 FEI World Championships for Young Horses in Verden, Germany.


The impressive showing in Verden earned Rousseau worldwide recognition, and he was subsequently licensed by the Hanoverian,

Oldenburg and Westphalian Verbands. The Hasslers therefore chose to give the German market the opportunity to access Rousseau

by placing him in the trusted hands of their close friends at Hengststation Pape in Germany for the 2005 and 2006 seasons before

bringing him home to the United cheapest zyban online zyban without prescription States.


Scott Hassler and Rousseau. Photo by Paul Melzer.

When global attention prior to the 2003 World Championships in Verden had commanded economic considerations for Hilltop Farm’s

ownership buy estrace vaginal cream without prescription . estrace vaginal cream is used to treat symptoms of menopause. of Rousseau, Harmony Sporthorses partnered with Hilltop Farm in Rousseau’s ownership prior to the big event. Later, in

early 2006, Harmony Sporthorses took on full ownership of the stallion.


Rousseau possesses a rare combination of talent, athleticism and sensibility, and he is a true improvement sire. He stamps his

offspring with a beautiful head and expression. His prepotency for producing suppleness, self-carriage and a powerful hind leg

readily improves the next generation. Rousseau’s offspring are noted for their exceptional character, rideability and trainability.


It was clear from the beginning of Rousseau’s breeding career that he would leave an indelible mark on the KWPN breed. No stallion

before him had produced two consecutive Champions of the KWPN Stallion Licensing, yet he sired not just two, but three consecutive

Licensing Champions: Wamberto in 2006, Blue Hors Zack in 2007 and Ampere in 2008.


These three remarkable sons were from Rousseau’s first four foal crops in the Netherlands, and he continued to produce outstanding

offspring while standing in Germany and North America. While Rousseau is no longer active in the breeding shed, his progeny on both

sides of the Atlantic are carrying on the tradition of exceptional quality and top-class performance.


To inquire about breeding opportunities, please contact Susanne Hassler at (410) 885-3824

Rousseau is also managed by the following:


In the U.S.: Sporthorse Legacy LLC (Nicole Hauseman and Richard Malmgren)

(215) 962-0463, (443) 309-0807 or


In the Netherlands: Hengstenhouderij Kuypers (Piet and Ricky Kuypers)

+31 40 283 1273 or


In Germany: Hengststation Pape (Ingo and Susan Pape)

+49 47 71 23 84 or


In the U.K.: Elite Stallions (James Crawford)

+44 01837 880100 or


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