ABOVE: Main Studbook Warlander gelding - CS Invictus
Karen-Maree’ Kaye began breeding Baroque horses in
1990. Her love of Classical Equitation led to the development of the
Classical Sporthorse Stud (CSS) and she is the 'world founder' of the Warlander breed.
The emphasis of the Classical Sporthorse Stud is to produce baroque horses that have a 'high degree of trainability' and the functional ability (conformation) to perform
reliably through to advanced training. Simply, CSS horses are bred for rideability.
"The way I achieve this is to have a strong mare base including second and third generation CSS bred mare lines. I only breed with horses known for producing exceptional temperaments in their progeny - who are themselves proven under saddle or have 'direct' and often 'multiple' lineages to proven performance horses (FEI dressage and High School Classical Equitation). I train all of my breeding horses to ascertain their willingness, work ethic and ability to learn because my experience has shown me that these qualities are inherited," says Karen-Maree'.
"I do not breed for the sake of having something to
sell, nor for a colour fad. I breed baroque horses because I love them, and I want
to produce the 'best' possible outcome in temperament, ability, movement and racial type.
CSS has a unique Friesian breeding program whereby we concentrate our efforts on producing STAM 50 line progeny (the highest rated Friesian mother line for producing Approved Stallions) from the two smallest Friesian blood lines - Age 168 and Ritske 202 Preferent," Karen-Maree' finishes.
Since its inception, the Classical Sporthorse Stud has built
a solid reputation for producing quality horses that have shone in commercial
work (movies, television series and commercials), show horses, dressage,
driving and pleasure horses.
the stud have represented and placed Australia in International Competition
(World Cup Level), been National Champions of their breed, State Champions of
their breed under saddle and importantly for Karen-Maree' have been and are in homes where
they are loved and cherished.