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Pik's Pride
About Facet
16.0 h 1987 Chestnut Dutch Warmblood Stallion
Vanitas – Tolbert – Courville xx
Approved for KWPN/NAWPN, German Oldenburg and Rhineland Pfalz-Saar Verbands


Facet was sired by Vanitas, who created a sensation in the dressage arena and earned the prefix Olympic. This dressage star, who unfortunately died in June 1993, gave many impressive performances with Annemarie Sanders. Vanitas produced sport horses such as Cartoon and Belmondo, and two licensed sons: Facet and Caritas. Facet's presence, power and spectacular gaits from Vanitas are strengthened by Tolbert (a well-known sire of both jumping and dressage sporthorses, distinguished by the success of his progeny) and Courville xx (an influential thoroughbred sire) from his dam, the "keur preferent" Adriana, and from his grandsire, the "keur" Pretendent. Although Adriana did not perform in sport, she is described as an excellent broodmare with a first class lineage, and Pretendent left an unforgettable impression as a top source for all-round competition in the Dutch breed and was in his day also in the Top Ten in the Dressage Breeding Index.

JR/YR Susan Walker and Facet at Del Mar National Horse Show

Thanks to Facet's excellent breeding, He possesses true uphill conformation, with very good natural carriage of his head and neck, strong limbs and excellent paces, which allow him to perform movements with ease and grace. His rideability, temperament and personality made Facet one of Grand Prix rider Ellen Bontje's most adored stallions. He can be regarded as an outstanding improver of action, and ranks among the Top Five Stallions on the KWPN Dressage Breeding Index. Facet passes on his traits of athletic ability, consistency of mind and rideability for every sporthorse discipline, and improves movement particularly with regard to elasticity and presence. He crosses well with all types, but does particularly well with larger-framed mares. His offspring are highly sought after in Europe, and are known for their temperaments and exceptional trainability. Facet had his performance testing in Ermelo in 1990, and received 9's for trainability and character, and 8's for his trot and riding test. Since his licensure, the KWPN has kept strict records on the offspring he has produced, and ranked him 5th in the world for producing offspring for the sport of dressage, with a dressage breeding index for 2004 of 186.

Facet working on Piaffe at home

Facet was imported in March 2003 , amateur Gay Walker, and as a breeding stallion. Due to his superior character, which allowed him to serve both these functions and remain competition-fit, Facet was competed at selected major shows by trainer Jennifer Hoffmann in 2003.

Facet finished 2003 with a median score of 69.5% at Intermediaire-1, ranking 6th in the USDF Dressage Horse of the Year standings and 1st for the NA/ WPN. He was also Reserve Champion for USDF Region 7 at Intermediaire-1.

Facet's Pedigree:

Facet’s Accomplishments:

Facet competing with Jennifer

  • Multiple successes and high placings in the small tour in Holland with Olympic Rider Ellen Bontje

  • Won the team gold medal and individual silver at the JR Championships at Pebble Beach with Susan Walker
  • in  2004

  • 4th in USDF Jr/YR Horse-of-the-Year standings at 3rd Level with Junior rider Susan Walker in 2004.

  • 2nd in NA/WPN Jr/YR Horse-of-the-Year standings at 3rd Level; 3rd in Open Division in 2004.

  • Champions at 3rd Level for the 2004 CDS-San Diego Circuit at 3rd Level, Reserve Champions at 4th Level and Reserve Champions at FEI for Jr/YR Division

  • Ranked 6th USDF Horse-of-the-Year standings at Intermediare-1 in 2003

  • Reserve Champion USDF Region 7 at Intermediare-1in 2003

Litmanen-successful international competitor for Canada Kasper-3rd place Grand Prix at Devon 2004
Facet foal in Holland
Breed tax $1600, includes $500 booking fee and live foal guarantee. Fresh, cooled semen and frozen semen available.

$200 discount for Star/Keur/Elite/Verband's Premium mares, and for returning mares. $400 discount for contracts signed/paid by May 1.

EVA sero-positive, semen negative. Vaccinated annually. (Facet does not have and cannot give a mare EVA. Special precautions are not required.)

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