18LBD 103                                                                                                                                                          

 2002 EMC Hanoverian Mare (Don Frederico-SPS x Weltmeyer) 

Level: Intermediare I
Height: 16.3
Color: Black
Owner: Amy Gardner
Breeder: Klaus Juergens, Germany



EMC Donna Romantica had an impressive start to her career as a young horse.  She was imported from Germany in 2006 from the Elite Hanoverian Auction at Verden by Marion O’Connor. She won the Great American/ USDFBC Northwest Series as Mare Champion, ending the year as 2006 Horse of the Year (HOY) for USDF Four Year Old Mares in Materiale, D'Romantica earned her Elite Mare Candidate status after successfully completing her Mare Performance Test with scores of 8 for her walk, 8 for her trot, and 7.5 for her canter.

Sire, Don Frederico, was Champion of the 1999 Hanoverian Stallion Licensing. In 2009, he was awarded the Grand Prize of the Hanoverian Verband in part because of the resounding success of his offspring such as the internationally successful Grand Prix gelding, Don Johnson, ridden by Isabell Werth, and the Olympic team silver medalist, Diva Royal, ridden by Dorothee Schneider.

Dam sire, Weltmeyer, is a legend.  As the AHS writes, “Weltmeyer continues to almost single-handedly reshape the Hanoverian breed.” He was the 1986 winner of the stallion licensing in Verden, and the 1987 winner of the stallion performance test in Adelheidsdorf.   In the same year Weltmeyer also won the three-year-old stallion classification at the Federal Championships of German Riding Horses in Warendorf. In 1988 he was honored in Verden as the best stallion of his age group and awarded with the “Freiherr von Stenglin Prize.” One year later he became DLG Champion in 1989 in Frankfurt.  Last, but not least, he became “Hanoverian Stallion of the Year” in 1998.

D’Romantica has competed successfully through Intermediare I. In 2014, she was the USDF Region 6 Open Intermediate 1 Reserve Champion, as well as the ODS & Northwest Dressage Open Intermediate 1 Musical Freestyle Reserve Champion, while ridden by Nadine Schwartsman. HFD owner, Amy Gardner, purchased D’Romantica in 2018 in order to learn from this extraordinary schoolmistress with the goal of finishing the scores for her Bronze medal.  

HFD plans to breed D’Romantica via Embryo Transfer to Secret (Sezuan x St. Moritz ) for 2020 which will complete her Elite Mare status. Secret is an exceptional, promising young stallion, the son of triple World Champion of Young Dressage Horses, Sezuan.  Sezuan was also a champion at 5, 6, and 7 years old. During these competitions, he received scores of 9.5 and 10. Sezuan was champion of his stallion test and received the high score of 10, a total of ten times; a new record. Secret was the National Vice Champion for 3yo Stallions. He won the 3yo Stallion qualifying class at the 2017 Bundeschampionate, Scoring 8.5 for trot; 9.5 for canter; 9.5 for walk; 9.0 for rideability and 8.5 for conformation with a total score of 9.0


Career Highlights: 

        • 2014 Oregon Dressage Society Open Intermediate 1 Musical Freestyle Reserve Champion
          2014 USDF Region 6 Open Intermediate 1 Reserve Champion
          2014 Northwest Dressage Open Intermediate 1 Musical Freestyle Reserve Champion
        • 2013 Northwest Dressage Open Prix St. Georges Champion
        • 2006 USDF Horse of the Year 4-Year-Old Mare Materiale


2008 RPSI filly White Romance (Wolkenzauber x D'Romantica)


2007 RPSI colt Wildly Romantic (Wolkenzauber x D'Romantica)                                                                                                    

 ---In 2011, Wildly Romantic won Materiale HOY with a median score of 87%, the highest year end score of any USDF horse at the time!