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2004 Bay GOV Springpferd Premium Mare

Xanadu is an extremely gorgeous and talented mare by Araconit, out of Felicitas, by For Pleasure.  Her dam side great grandsire was the famous Argentan I, sire of the world famous stallion Argentinus.

This mare has a lovely disposition to match her good looks and excellent movement.  Her bloodline speaks for itself.  Xanadu has it all and is an incredible addition to our broodmare stock.  

Her sire Araconit is a gifted sport horse with almost unlimited abilities and refined technique. He knows more to do with his basic paces than pure dressage horses. 

As a sire Araconit is living up to all expectations and his progeny are winning competitors and excellent stud stock.  

Here are some milestones of Araconit’s career: 
  • Stuttgart: Dobels Araconit and Olaf Peters are the new Hall Champions 2003/2004
  • 3yo Araconit achieved third place in the HLP in Münster-Handorf with more than 141 points
  • 3 and 5yo Schleswig-Holstein Champion
  • 5yo Bundeschampionat Vice-Champion
  • 6 th Place 6yo Bundeschampionat
  • 7yo International Class S victory at the Indoor Tournament of Hanover in January 2000 
As well as many other S (National and International Grand Prix) Class successes 

Her dam sire  For Pleasure was a Hanoverian horse who competed in international show jumping under riders Lars Nieburg and Marcus Ehning. He won numerous Grand Prix events during his unusually long career, from which he was retired in 2006 at the age of 20. 

For Pleasure was born at Robert Diestel's stable in 1986. His dam's line is a collection of prominent sires of show-jumpers and the breeding to Furioso II added sought after refining French blood. A breeding which matched. For Pleasure passed his performance test at Medingen as winner in the jumping test with 145.95 points. Afterwards he was trained by Hans-Jürgen Giebel. In 1993 the then seven-year-old celebrated his first win in an open jumper class and became Lower-Saxony Champion. With his new rider Lars Nieberg, For Pleasure's spectacular international career began in 1994. 

With rider Lars Nieberg, For Pleasure won gold at the International Championships three times. They went onto win gold at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Then in 1999, German rider Marcus Ehning took over the reins and a new dream pair was born. Only seven months after their first start the two won team gold at the European Championships and reached fifth place in the individual ranking. Then in 2000 they won gold with the German team and a brilliant fourth place in the individual ranking at the Olympic Games in Sydney. With both riders, For Pleasure won 75 S-level classes. In the last eight years of his career, For Pleasure contributed to four championship victories for the German Show Jumping team and won team gold four times. He won his last Grand Prix in 2004 at the World Cup in Leipzig, Germany. He was 18 years old at the time. He won the class over a massive indoor course, "the highest track I have ever jumped with him indoors" said rider, Marcus Ehning. He was retired in 2006 at the age of 20, finished his career with staggering lifetime earnings of 1.8 million Euros. 

As of 2004, For Pleasure has sired of 16 approved breeding stallions through and 169 sporthorses. 

On February 18, 2011, For Pleasure died on a pasture at the yard of the Ehning family.

Xanadu has been approved by the American Holsteiner Horse Association, designated as Premium Mare with a score of 48.  

Xanadu's Offspring: 
2014  Bay Premium Filly Guinevere FFF,  by Cunningham
2018 Grey Premium Filly Liesl FFF, by Calito
2020 Bay Stud Colt Poseidon FFF, by Picardo

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