Summer Spiced Up With Coriander


Coriander (Charmeur x Hochmut, His Highness). Photo © Emilie Goddard.

Written by Sue Weakley

Known for her culinary skills as well as her dressage prowess,Ruth Hogan-Poulsen is spicing it up with a little Coriander in her barn this summer. Coriander (Charmeur x HochmutHis Highness)was born June 28 at 12:30 a.m. while a red half moon lit the night sky.

Ruth was in New York watching the birth via cameras and helped her assistant trainer Julie McKean through the delivery of the filly by His Highness.

“I’ve had good luck with black mares,” Ruth said, adding that she had three, Dream Lady, Ho Height (Hochmut’s full sister) and Madame Noir.

Coriander’s sire Charmeur presented a superior stallion test in 2010 where he came out as the clear winner. He won the Dutch Pavo Cup as a 4-year-old and 5-year-old in in 2011 and 2012 respectively. At the World Championships for Young Dressage Horses, he received fifth place. Now 6 years old, he recently won the Stallion Championships in Den Bosch with a 10.0 for the trot and canter. His father Florencio won the World Championships for Young Dressage Horses twice. His dam’s sire Jazz is one of the most successful dressage horses in the world.

Coriander’s dam Hochmut (His Highness x Gluckspilz, Gluckstern) won the East Coast Breeders Championship for overall best mare as well as the Hanoverian division, scoring an 85.5 at the 2014 Regional 8 Dressage Championships in Saugerties, New York. She also won the Spy Coast overall top mare in 2010 as a 5-year-old in Wellington, Fla.


Coriander’s dam, Hochmut. Photo © Marco Esteves.

Hochmut’s sire His Highness (Donnerhall x Hohenstein, Caprimond), owned by Doug and Louise Leatherdale of Minnesota, was the 2002 Hanoverian licensing champion. The black stallion became the Stallion Performance Test winner in Prussendorf and was licensing champion at the Danish Warmblood Licensing. Trained under Klaus Balkenhol’s supervision, His Highness won many riding horse and dressage horse tests under Stefan Wolff and Inga von Helldor and he placed in the finals of the 2005 and 2006 Bundeschampionate in Warendorf. His Highness was euthanized in 2007 after a leg injury.

Ruth said she has no agenda where Coriander is concerned except keeping her and her dam healthy. She hopes to breed Hochmut back on her first foal heat.

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