Stormy is one of the foals that I bred, and that I will likely keep forever. I bred him for myself, but he grew so big so fast, that he was a late start. He has also struggled with excessive growth and upward fixation of the patella due to his size. To top it all off, he is clumsy AND playful so he has been injured more that any of my other horses. But he is my boy, and having started him and trained him from the beginning, when I do get to ride him, he is tons of fun.
His sire is the infamous Judgement. Judgement ISF showed North American breeders what’s possible by becoming the first domestically bred winner of the $1,000,000 CN International at Spruce Meadows. That was just one of his many international show jumping victories. He represented the USA on 10 Nation’s Cup teams, including the gold medal winning team at CSIO La Baule in 2008 and Hickstead in 2007. He also earned the National Champion title at Spruce Meadows on four occasions. When he retired sound at age 18 he had nearly $1.5 million in prize money. While Judgement ISF Crown is recognized for his outstanding international jumping talent, he’s leaving his legacy through impressive offspring. Year after year, his sons and daughters are receiving 1st Premium, North American championships and other accolades from the KWPN, and then continuing on to significant athletic careers as jumpers, eventers, hunters and dressage horses.
His Mom, First Impressions, is a big Hanoverian cross mare from the W line. She competed to 1.10m and was provincial champion at 2nd level dressage, before an injury ended her career.