Lesley was purchased as a weanling from the late Angela Barilar of High Point Hanoverians. It was our hope that Lesley would become the foundation broodmare for the farm. She has exceeded our expectations, maturing into an athletic, elastic mover with fluid, ground-covering movements and outstanding conformation. It is her kindness though, and her calm even-tempered manner that places her first in our hearts. This mare was "born broke", and her introduction to under saddle work as a three year old was greeted with her usual equanimity - a literal walk in the park. She matured at 16.2.
Lesley's breeding, combining Lugano and Bolero descendents, represents a long-proven combination of bloodlines that can be found in many, many gifted equine athletes. The most current and famous of which is Peggy Thomas' Brentina, who represented the US for a decade with Debbie MacDonald.
Lesley's sire Lessing was selected for the German State Stud, Celle. A Grand Prix jumper himself who begat talented jumpers and event horses, Lessing's offspring were known for their level-headedness and rideability, with excellent canters. Damsire Banter has made his mark here in America as an improving sire, producing outstanding and successful offspring with exceptional gaits. Lesley's dam, Balarina, was High Score Mare at her inspection in 1996. Balarina's full sister Belated, was the Champion Hanoverian Mare at her inspection in 1997 and earned the title of Elite mare that same year.
With the arrival in 2001 of her first foal, a Contucci colt, Lesley has proven herself to be an excellent producer. The result? Tall, fluid, elegant and very modern - with good freedom and activity. Her 2004 colt "Fielding" by Fred Astair is an expressive, powerful mover with a lot of presence and very good jump. In November of 2007, Fielding successfully completed his Stallion Performance Test with a score of 125.3 to become a fully approved, Class I stallion.
And speaking of presence, Lesley has had three colts (Coppersmith, Fielding and Ruiz Airoso) and two fillies (Pascala and Fidelma) by different sires. All four have marked "presence", that hard-to-define quality that turns heads and draws the eye. I've been told that her foals "stay with you" for some time after you see them. This I find remarkable in that Lesley herself is decidedly un-prepossessing.