January 31, 2023

Everglades Foal Receives Premium Rating from Oldenburg Verband

Everglades Foal Receives Premium Rating from Oldenburg Verband

Wellington, FL (November 2, 2012) – Everglades Dressage, a premier dressage training facility in Wellington, Florida, recently welcomed a new addition to their barn. Born in July, the new filly is named Wysteria and is already receiving accolades from the Oldenburg Verband. Holly Simensen, Director of the North American division of the Oldenburg Horse Society, recently evaluated the filly and awarded her a Premium rating, the highest rating a foal can earn. Wysteria’s exceptional movement, temperament, and conformation were the deciding factors in determining her rating. Wysteria is by the famous stallion, Rousseau, and out of the international Grand Prix mare Waldora.

Bethany Peslar, Grand Prix trainer and owner of Everglades Dressage, was extremely pleased with Wysteria’s rating. “She’s built uphill with a very strong hind end and beautiful neck. She has very expressive movement both in trot and canter and was already doing flying changes around the paddock at a week old,” said Peslar. “Wysteria is clearly an exceptional foal and the Verband rating confirmed this!” Peslar also bred Walina, Wysteria’s full sister who is one year older. Both fillies were bred to excel in the dressage arena. Holly Simensen, Director of the North American division of the Oldenburg Horse Breeders Society, inspected Wysteria and confirms Peslar’s thoughts. “This filly is very, very well balanced,” remarked Simensen. “The mechanics of her movement is very good, and she has a good top line. She’s very correct in her legs and she has an outstanding character.”

Wysteria (Rousseau x Waldora) received a premium rating from the Oldenburg Verband at just a few months old. She is bred and owned by Bethany Peslar of Everglades Dressage. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)

“I’m very excited that she received a premium rating,” Peslar said. “It’s great to have her earn this recognition. She’s a very easy baby and extremely friendly. She stands to let us bathe her and already lets the farrier pick up her feet, which is rare for a young foal! Her mother was a top international grand prix horse and her grandsire and great grandsire were also both top international grand prix horses. With this heritage behind her and the conformation and movement I see now, I’m very excited for her future.”

Wysteria was sired by Rousseau and is out of Waldora (Rouletto x Chagall). Rousseau is considered one of the best stallions standing in the United States. Rousseau’s sire Ferro was an Olympic horse and is sire and grandsire to many international horses, including Olympic individual gold medalist Valegro and team gold medalist Uthopia. Rousseau’s dam was sired by Roemer, who was also an international Grand Prix horse. Rousseau himself was reserve champion as a six-year-old in the World Championships for young horses. He was the first stallion to sire Holland’s stallion licensing champion three years in a row, and stood in both Holland and Germany for several years before being brought to the United States.

Wysteria’s dam Waldora was a successful international Grand Prix horse under Juan Matute and had the potential to be a top competitor at the highest level of the sport. Unfortunately her career was cut short at a young age due to a shoulder injury, so she never had the chance to achieve her full potential at the international level. She had unbelieveable ability in piaffe, passage, and pirouettes, as well as a very impressive presence. Happily, Waldora’s offspring are already sporting her correct conformation and willing attitude.

Simensen also commented about Wysteria’s dam and the Peslar’s breeding program, saying, “They have taken an absolutely quality mare, and that is really the deciding factor in getting a good foal – you must have a good mare. The dam of this filly is exceptional in build and character, with very good gaits.”

Everglades Dressage is based in Grand Prix Village of Wellington, and offers dressage training for all levels of riders from Training level to Grand Prix. Peslar offers boarding for clients in training, and also allows clients to trailer in their horses for lessons. She focuses on helping riders achieve success with an emphasis on correct seat and effective aids, and her training program offers lesson horses through the FEI level.

Peslar is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist, was the 2006 Reserve Champion in the National Young Adult Grand Prix Championship “Brentina Cup” at Gladstone, and is a successful USEF High Performance Grand Prix competitor. Peslar’s impressive list of accomplishments also includes earning her USDF Gold Medal in 2003 at age 21. She is also a strong supporter of equestrian programs in the United States.

For more information on Peslar, visit her website at www.evergladesdressage.com

Bethany Peslar

Everglades Dressage