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Press - SouthEast Equine Magazine Article

Richman won her heart

When Shawna Harding returned to the US after a reconnaissance horse finding trip in Denmark , the Dutch bred bay stallion on the tape was not intended for her customer Kathleen Broughan. Kathleen was looking for a young horse prospect that would be an understudy to her aging FEI competition horse and would eventually replace him. But every time she looked at the tape, it was Richman that Kathleen came back to. When Shawna and Kathleen returned to Denmark, they had a number of prospects to see and ride. But in the end it was Richman that stole Kathleen's heart and her pocketbook.Besides his beautiful exterior, his owner-to-be was amazed at his outstanding disposition. Richman stood calmly (and elegantly) on the grooming rack next to four other horses in different stages of grooming and saddling. Kathleen's first ride on him was in the indoor with another rider who was riding a mare. Shawna quickly dispensed with the double bridle for the snaffle and found the 10 year old Danish breeding stallion to be light in the mouth and extremely rideable.

'Team Richman' decided that Shawna would have the ride for the first year. That was fine for Kathleen, who needed to put her riding career on the back burner in order to run a busy non profit organization, Lowcountry Equine Assisted Psychotherapy,  that incorporates horses in the psychological treatment of at-risk children and adolescents in Charleston, SC. Any one who knows Shawna Harding knows that she is a perfectionist who expects her horses to be the best that they can be. She set to work immediately with Richman establishing more rhythm, throughness and expression in her new mount. Shawna's skill and Richman's talent came together in October when he made his debut at the Atlanta Fall National Dressage Show in Conyers, Ga. This was probably Richman's first outdoor show due to the extremely short outdoor show season in Denmark . Besides attracting a lot of attention for his good looks, he handily won both of his Fourth level classes with scores of 69.186 and 71.396.  In late November Richman and Shawna settled into their winter headquarters in Wellington, Florida where Shawna will be competing him through the winter show season .  

A well established breeding stallion in Europe, Richman's bloodlines are extremely versatile possessing both Grand Prix jumper and Grand Prix dressage winners. His grandsire Quattro, produced two horses that both performed in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Quando Quando in dressage and Oliver Q in jumping. Richman's sire Mantovani, also produced strongly in both the dressage and jumping rings. Richman's damsire Zeoliet, is by the modern breeding stallion Ramiro, who earned the designation Eurostallion. Zeoliet is also a double talent, producing top performers in dressage and jumping, including the international showjumper Escado who with Stefan Lauber won the Team Gold at the European Championships in 1995. Zeoliet himself was extremely successful in the National Stallion Competition and he went extraordinarily well in ZZ dressage with Roger Shulkens.  

Richman's offspring are of excellent type. His three year old daughter Rubin C, owned by Kathrine Jensen, won her three year old mare inspection in Denmark in 2008. Richman is registered with the KWPN registry and is licensed as a Danish Warmblood breeding stallion. His offspring are eligible for registry in either association.  

For 2009 breeding information on Richman, please contact Dr. Kathleen Broughan at (843) 270-7988 or visit www.RichmanStallion.com.