Rodioso's history is one of distinctive breeding, youthful success and a
competitive show career. He is currently schooling Grand Prix.

Foaled in 1996 in Germany and bred by Heinrick Lahmeyer, who was also the breeder of the licensed Oldenburg stallion Harvard, Rodioso was off to a good start by being in such experienced hands.

In November 1999, Rodioso was presented to the Oldenburg Verband for his stallion license. He was awarded a '10' on character, a '9' on conformation, and '8's on temperament and ridablity... showing the tractability and generosity the Rubinstein
line is famous for.

Rodioso was expertly prepared for his 100 days performance test by Ulli Henschke and his wife Birgit Wellhausen-Henschke. He passed his performance test in February, 2001 and was, after some further training, imported to the United States by Dr. Jan Williams of Coyote Run Farm in Massachusetts.
Rodioso made his in-hand debut in 2001 and was named Champion Stallion and IBC winner at the Potomac Valley Dressage Association's August show. He followed that success with the Stallion Championship and Mature Horse Championship at the New England Dressage Association's CDI Breed Show. He finished his first show season by being named Grand Champion Stallion and Oldenburg IBC Winner at the prestigious Devon Horse Show in Pennsylvania. The following two years he was shown under saddle in dressage thru third level by his importer Dr. Jan Williams. He received numerous year-end awards from the USDF in their Horse of the Year program.
In the summer of 2004 Rodioso was acquired by Rodioso Ventures LLC and moved to the Seattle area. He stands at Derby Farms in Woodinville, Washington. In 2005 his show career continued at 4th level with great success under Pamela Pentz placing 3rd with Oldenburgs in the USDF Horse of the Year at 4th level. His in-hand career also continued with even greater success. He placed 1st in Oldenburg Stallions in the USDF All Breeds Horse of the Year and placed 4th over all in the Open Horse of the Year for Sporthorse Breeding. He was named Grand Champion Stallion for the Pacific Northwest Series for the Cosequin/USDF in-hand finals.
In 2014 Pam and Rodioso were awarded the FEI Intermediate A Silver Stirrup Championship in the USDF. A new test that bridged Intermediate to Grand Prix it was only offered for one year. Currently schooling Grand Prix with The First Lady of American Dressage Hilda Gurney, Pam and Rodioso look forward to an exciting future in their golden years. Sound, sane and healthy Rodioso continues to regularly compete as well as breed.

Rohdiamant (Sire), was Champion stallion at his approvals in Oldenburg in 1992. In 1993 he was named Oldenburg State Riding Horse Champion in Rastede, Federal Champion in Mannheim and Vice Champion at his performance test. In 1994, Rohdiamant was State Champion 4 year old dressage horse. In 1995 he was State, Federal as well as Nobilis Cup winner for young dressage horses sin Bremen. In 1996 he was 6th in the FEI 6-year-old Championship and by 2000 he was a seasoned Grand Prix horse under the rider ship of Olympic Bronze Medallist, Lisa Wilcox. As a sire he has over 35 premium mare daughters and over 16 approved sons. He is consistently placed among the top dressage sires in the world with the FN breeding index.
Rubinstein (Grandsire), is one of the most popular and influential dressage sires the world has ever known. Gestüt Vorwerk acquired the young stallion from his breeder Herbert de Baey and he became an instant success in the breeding shed as well as the show ring. In competition the lovely black stallion with the golden temperament had over 40 wins in the Grand Prix ring. Carrying the bloodlines of Rosenkavalier and Romadour II on his sire's side and his dam was Antine a full sister to Dr. Reiner Klimke¹s great Alerich, Rubinstein was destine to be a great sire. In his lifetime he sired 89 State Premium mares and an astonishing 66 approved sons. His sons and daughters are carrying on his legacy today.
Furioso II (Dam Sire), was an Anglo-Norman stallion that first came to Germany in the late 60's to add refinement to the heavier horses of the time. He stood at Gestüt Vorwerk's and had an incredible influence on the modernization of the European Sporthorse. The blood of Furioso II can be found in just about all the major warmblood breeds in the world.
Inschallah (Grand Dam Sire) The move to ever modernize and refine the sport horses of Europe continued with the Anglo-Arab stallion Inschallah. Brought to Oldenburg in 1972 by Georg Vorweck to stand at his famous stud the lovely gray was known for his "enormous gaits and suburb elasticity". By the time he died in 1990 he had sired over 30 approved sons, 80+ States Premium daughters and several offspring to achieve Olympic fame. One of his greatest qualities was that he was not a specialist but sired dressage talent equally with jumping talent. .
Praefectus xx (Grand Dam Sire) As a final note Rodioso's grand dam's sire is Praefectus xx a thoroughbred sire found in the Hanoverian line who is also the grandsire of the Gold Medal horse from Sydney, Olympic Bonfire.

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