van de Wortel: 1998 stallion gelded, imported
from Holland. Wallenstein (Winterstein) x Elisa
(Midas). All Tyrolian bloodlines.
is 15 hands tall, with
impressive balance and uphill movement which is
seldom found in Haflingers. We are
particularly pleased with his gentle, calm
attitude and excellent work ethic under saddle.
He really likes his job!
He has beautiful metallic copper chestnut
coloring with snow white mane and tail, a lovely
refined face and kind intelligent eye and has
passed these characteristics and fine temperament
to his offspring.
Both his parents were bred in the Tyrol, Austria, both approved for breeding through the strict inspection process run by the World Haflinger Federation. Elisa, imported to the US by 3R Farms in Blaine, WA, and now sold to Alaska, is a remarkable "ster" rated mare with three approved sons for breeding in the Netherlands. His sire, Wallenstein, son of the multiple champion Winterstein in Austria, was the National Champion stallion in the Netherlands in 2000 and 2002. Waldheer is
one of only two Wallenstein sons owned in North America and one of a hand full of Haflinger stallions actually competing in open recognized shows with other breeds.
At that time he was the only Haflinger stallion competing in USEA recognized events and winning or placing every time out.
As a weanling colt in Holland, Waldheer was
designated the top rating of 1A in his province
and was the provincial Grand Champion colt.
He has been in dressage and eventing training
with our trainer, Jessica
Heidemann of Cain Lake Stable, schooling
third level dressage and jumping almost 4 feet.
Wally has competed in open Novice division in
Area VII United States Eventing Association
recognized events at Camas, Rainier, Deep Creek,
Whidbey and finishing fifth at Donida and seventh
at Caber Farms in Washington state in 2002. This
is a significant accomplishment as he is one of
only two stallions competing in the region, as
well as one of the youngest horses and certainly,
by several inches, the smallest horse competing.
He has been consistently high in his dressage
placings, almost always jumping clean in his
stadium round, and has gotten braver with each
event in his cross country phase. He's been
dubbed the "Area VII mascot" by regular
horse trial attendees because of his gentlemanly
behavior and willing nature.
After an 11 month hiatus from training, he
returned to eventing at Donida Farms in August
2003 to finish first place over 19 other horses
in open novice division. He is the first
Haflinger in North American history to win at
this level in a recognized USEA event. In
September 2003, he competed in his first event at
training level, and though he did not place, he
did exceptionally well in his dressage round
(first level) with a score equivalent to 71.
In 2004, he was not shown until fall because of his breeding schedule and was in two events, placing at Donida again in open novice, and winning the open novice division at the Northwest Equestrian Center Horse Trials, with clean jumping rounds and another outstanding dressage score of 71.5 (28.5).
He was selected as one of the demo horses for
the Equestrian Institute Dressage Symposium
featuring Lendon Gray in November 2003,
emphasizing non-warmblood breeds in dressage. Her
comments about Waldheer included: "I love his energy, he is
clearly 'into this' and happy and forward in his
movement with a nice rhythm and very consistent
with a very nice trot." She also
complimented his "outline" and that he
has "great engagement of his
hindquarters--very strong for a first level
horse". She said he "accepts the bit
well and despite a thicker neck, seems very