The black stallion Dauphin descends from the famous dressage stallion Donnerhall. This stellar sire line speaks for itself. The dam line is also highly desireable. The dam sire is the famous Hanoverian Stalllion,, Feiner Stern. Feiner Stern is a 1983, 17h, black bay stallion that completed his stallion performance test in 1986 in Adelherdsdorf. He received 9’s on his trot, canter, and rideability! Dauphin, himself is a very elegant stallion with three excellent gaits. His walk is a 10! Dauphin was bred by Maxine Mickel at Hiddestorf and raised by Marefield Meadows Inc., Hiddestorf.

Marefield Meadows, his breeder, was fortunate when Dauphin was invited to join 49 other colts in the 11-Month Stallion Performance Test at Adelheidsdorf. He was the only privately-owned stallion of the group and he was given the headstall number 50. His earnest work ethic seemingly indicated that he was trying hard to prove the number on his bridle would not determine the rank of his standing at the end of the training period.

The German breeders who followed the young stallions as they progressed in their careful and thorough program were favorably impressed with Dauphin’s swinging back and happy attitude. “For him it’s like play; the riding is a game to him,” was the report from one breeder who viewed Dauphin at the first public presentation of the training group; and those who visited him in his stall commented on his kind nature and good manners.
He also showed a sturdy toughness when he made it through the entire training and testing period barefoot. There were quite a few in this group of young stallions who were highly talented in jumping but Dauphin managed to hold his own by finishing in the middle of the pack, a surprising placement for a horse from bloodlines that typically are considered almost exclusively for dressage. By the end of the test he had earned a score in dressage that ranked him fourth in the group, and Dauphin was invited to remain at Celle on breeding lease.

Update 2009: Dauphin is published for the first time in the breed value estimation, in The Hanoverian.