Height: 16.1 hands
Bloodline: Quaterback x Sandro Hit x Wolkentanz II x Donnerhall x Pik Bube
Breeder: Sherry Smith, USA
Quintessential Hit couldn’t be more appropriately named, as he has it all: beauty, athleticism, gracefulness, intelligence, and three superb gaits. He has power and electricity under saddle, coupled with excellent rideability and character. His trot work is already world class, showing the potential to move with the greatest horses of all time. He has an incredible passage with huge lift and air time, and he is showing piaffe that will sit and have super expression as well. His canter work has huge scope and expression as well. He has incredibly powerful hind legs that jump him high off the ground for his changes, while still showing the ability to sit and carry in pirouettes. His walk is clear and ground covering. He is supple and flexible in all of his movements.
Currently showing Intermediate I with scores to 79% and Prix St Georges with a median over 75%. In 2016 in his first season at Prix St Georges, as only a 7 year old, Quintessential Hit’s median score was 70%. In 2015, as a 6 year old, he was the USDF Horse of the Year with a 77% median score. He regularly scores 9s on just about every movement. The goal for 2017 is to continue building his strength and confidence at small tour, as he will only be 8 years old. The goal is to have him at Grand Prix no later than 2019 so that he can gain some experience and confidence at that level before the Olympic selection process in 2020. He will be 11 years in 2020, so just coming into his own as a Grand Prix horse, and that leaves the potential for a second Olympics at the top of his athleticism too, as a 15 year old horse in 2024.
2017- #2 Ranked at Intermediate I USDF Horse of the Year
2017- #1 Ranked at Prix St Georges USDF Horse of the Year with a median of 75%
2016 - Prix St Georges median over 70+%
2015 - #1 Ranked at Third Level USDF Horse of the Year with a median over 77%
2014 - National Champion Oldenburg Horse Breeder's Society FEI 5 Year Old Horse of the Year
Aug 2014 - 8th Place USEF National 5 Year Old Championships (with a pregnant Alyssa)
May 2014 - Show debut with 78.8% at First Level and 8.28 in the FEI 5 Year Old test.
April 2014 - USEF Young Horse training session with Scott Hassler.
2009 - Foal of Distinction, GOV inspections.