Mark van de Gelderlander (Markie Mark) is a 7 year old, 16.1H registered Canadian Warmblood gelding. He is the son of a dutch-bred Gelderlander, Magnum, the son of Vulcaan out of a well bred Dutch/Gelderlander mare by Argus out of an Akteur mare. Mark goes back to Patrick (Gelderlander/KWPN) on both his sire and Dam's pedigree.
Mark was purchased as a combined driving prospect and broke to drive, but has not been happy in his carriage work. As a result, Mark is transitioning to the dressage/eventing career for which he was bred.
Mark has been correctly started under saddle and is a quick, willing student who will progress far. He has three quality gaits, presence, and terrific natural movement and suspension. Mark is a powerful boy with lots of bone and good solid feet - always 100% sound. He's begun his jumping training and really seems to enjoy it (his sire, Magnum, is a jumper - see YouTube video "Magnum training Jumper level 4").
On the ground, Mark is a real gentleman with absolutely no vices - he loads and travels very easily, cross-ties, clips, bathes, and stands well for the farrier and vet. He enjoys getting out on trails either with buddies or alone, and he's 100% sound with no vices. In short, he's got all of the important basics down pat, hasn't been boogered up, and is primed and ready to move up in the world. Currently in professional training with a US Eventing Association Level II Certified Instructor.
$15,000; negotiable to right home where he will be fully developed.
6/1/14 Update. Mark participated in his first dressage schooling show, competing in USDF Intro A & B. Although a little wound up in the crowded warm up arena, he did well in his classes - winning both Intro A and B with a 66% and a 68%, respectively. Pretty good for his first time out!
6/19/14 Update. Mark went out for his first cross country work today and did great (see video). Overall, he was nice and relaxed and clearly enjoying himself. Because it was his first time, we stayed with small jumps but it's clear that he's capable of much, much more.
8/24/14 Update. Mark competed in another dressage schooling show, this time in USDF Intro C. He won his class of 8 horses with a 66%. As importantly, he was nice and relaxed in the crowded warm-up arena and throughout the day. See a video of his test on this page.