Why Buy a PRE Horse?
The PRE Horse has been bred and prized for centuries for its unique beauty. The characteristic features of the PRE Horse--the high-set neck and proud head, the short back and rounded croup, the refined leg and luxurious mane and tail--have defined the standard for equine beauty since the Renaissance.
The PRE Horse is unmatched in its intelligence, trainability, and sensibility.
Modern breeding standards have improved the strength of the back and hindquarters of the PRE Horse resulting in more ground-covering gaits and forward movement, while keeping the breed’s trademark high-stepping expression and aptitude for collection. More PREs are excelling in international arenas as high-level trainers are bringing along top prospects.
The PRE Horse is the world’s newest developing sport horse breed. Demand for well-bred and well-trained PREs exceeds the supply in the US as well as in Spain.
Why Buy a PRE Horse from Hampton Green Farm?
Proven Sires in Top Competition
HGF selects for breeding only those stallions who have proven themselves in dressage competition as well as in the morphology circuits, as HGF believes that the mentality and ability to do upper level work are inherited. In the past three years alone, HGF sires and offspring have taken first or have been in the ribbons in over 25 CDI classes in the US and Europe, 3 HGF horses have placed in the top five in National Dressage Championships in both the United States and Spain, including achieving National Grand Prix Champion of Spain in 2011. Most recently HGF sire Grandioso was appointed to the Olympic Dressage Team for Spain, finishing 29th of 50 in London 2012.
HGF horses embody the most sought-after traits of the modern Dressage horse—natural roundness conveyed by a ground-covering trot with suspension, freedom of the shoulder with knee action in front, and a quick hind leg to match; a canter that is supported by a powerful hind-quarters with flexibility of the croup and a natural propensity to carry the weight underneath the body; a clear four-beat walk with moderate over-stride. The trademark style of movement historically associated with Iberian horses has now become desired by FEI-level riders and pursued by warmblood breeders.
Ideal Environment for Young Horses
All HGF young horses are kept in herds and live outside in large pastures for the majority of the year, exposed to all the conditions of the outdoor life. They are handled and started by our experienced staff, who do not introduce stress or isolation into the young horses’ experiences. As a result, HGF horses are confident, social and sensible.
All HGF horses are presented with X-rays.
“X is absolutely a joy!! …. when he comes in for his work he just goes about his business. . . Trainer is very pleased with X's attitude and movement in all three gaits. I have started to take him for walks under saddle around the property, no fuss, no muss, no bother. ..The folks at the barn are most taken aback at how calm he is!!! Yet he is a warrior when pushed.”
“X acted like a perfect gentleman at the show. . .We got a 64.7% and a 67.3% first in class both times. My dreams are coming true with this horse. Some of the ladies at the barn are really taking note that a PRE can compete with warmbloods at a CDI show! So glad I came to Hampton Green Farm. Best Regards . . .”
"Yo tengo uno de los hijos de Cosaco, un potro muy bonito y alto. Gracias a Kim y a HGF;-)."
“X is doing great….all the people at the farm are amazed with him. . . I have been doing a lot of ground work with him and he loves it. He has to be one of the most intelligent horses I have ever worked with. Show him something once and he remembers it. . .I always knew he was a good horse but he will be a GREAT horse. . . I am certainly sold and impressed with the Spanish Horses…”
“X was awesome yesterday…Straight fluid changes and near perfect piaffe and passage tour!”
How to Evaluate a Young Horse:
- Look for 3 good gaits.
- Keep in mind that size is not as important as quality and scope of movement.
- Evaluate the young horse’s temperament, in the context of the situation.
- Look for a conformation that will assist your riding goals, or that will best represent the breed standards.
- Judge the young horse for overall Harmony—of conformation, temperament and movement.
- Consider the age of the young horse and its state of development. Scope, strength, suspension and balance improve as the horse reaches physical maturity—6 or 7 years old in the PRE breed.