A Royal Affair: Queen Elizabeth II is Now Proud Owner of Two Trakehners

July 11th, 2013 7:42 AM | Comments Off on A Royal Affair: Queen Elizabeth II is Now Proud Owner of Two Trakehners

Story courtesy of ATA and Trakehner Verband

Queen Elizabeth II offers her hand to her Trakehner mare, Dolce Luciana, upon presentation by Petra Wilm, left, President of the Trakehner Verband, and Prince Heinrich Donatus von Hessen, center. Photography: Eva Zielinska-Millar, all rights reserved; © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Newark, OH – When Queen Elizabeth II accepted the 5-year-old premium Trakehner mare Dolce Luciana as a “Diamond Jubilee” anniversary gift late in 2012, the mare was in foal. The Queen now owns a second Trakehner, as on June 24, the mare delivered a colt sired by Kentucky, champion of the 2009 Trakehner Stallion Licensing at Neumunster, Germany.

Dolce Luciana, a German State and Verband premium Trakehner mare, was sired by the American Trakehner stallion Lord Luciano. She was presented to the Queen at the Royal Mews at Windsor by Prince Heinrich Donatus von Hessen, a German descendant of Queen Victoria who is deeply involved in Trakehner breeding. The mare moved into the Royal Stables as the only Trakehner in residence.

The Queen is regarded as an excellent and knowledgeable horse woman. The Prince reported, “At the presentation, the Queen instantly recognized (Dolce Luciana’s) fabulous walk, which (was) demonstrated in her performance test as well as the grading.”  He went on to say the Queen specifically requested information on the mare’s pedigree and literature about the Trakehner breed which she could study before placing it in the Royal Offices and Archives, adding the Queen “is now already considering whether the mare’s breeding career should take the path of dressage or eventing.”

Dolce Luciana is repeating the history of her distinguished breeding. At 3 years, she was chosen Grand Champion of the Rhineland with the third highest score given by the Trakehner Verband in 2010. A few months later, she stood as Champion Mare of the Trakehner section and was in the spotlight of the Rhenish Elite Show in Wickrath. She secured her Premium rating with her performance test in 2011 while in foal to Kentucky. She delivered her first foal, a filly, and was bred back and confirmed in foal before her presentation to Queen Elizabeth II. Her sire, Lord Luciano (by Enrico Caruso Ps*E*, out of Lily of the Valley by Unkenruf Pg*E*), was the first young American stallion to be approved at inspection by the German Verband. He was bred by longtime American Trakehner Association member Debra Tyler at Tylord Farm in Benson, Vt. and competed last season in Europe as a multiple winner in Prix St. George and Intermediare I. He has started his Grand Prix career this year with great success, ridden by Olympian Terhi Stegars.

Prince Donatus reported he and Petra Wilm, president of the Trakehner Verband, talked with the Queen about horses and the mare for approximately four hours. He concluded, “We met the Queen in best mood and in an unmistaken way she expressed their joy at the unexpected gift. She was highly impressed by the beauty and the great character of the mare. I think we gained a new lover of the Trakehner with the Queen of England.”

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