With regret, the American Hanoverian Society (AHS) announces the passing of the French Anglo-Arabian stallion Baladin d'Oc (Flox x-Forteresse x/Fayriland II x), owned by the Virginia Tech Foundation. The 21-year-old chestnut stallion, imported to the U.S. in 1994, died peacefully on September 20 at Virginia Tech's Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension (MARE) Center in Middleburg, Virginia.
Baladin d'Oc was bred by Olympic gold medalist Bernard Chevalier, and completed his stallion testing at Adelheidsdorf in 1993 scoring an overall 91.90, a dressage index of 109.44, and a jumping index of 74.79, including 9’s for walk and trot; 8’s for character, temperament, willingness and ability to work. He was licensed by the Hanoverian Verband in 1994 and recorded with AHS in 2008. Baladin d’Oc was also licensed with the North American Selle Francais Association and ISR/Oldenburg N.A.
Despite a family rich with international show jumpers and eventers, Baladin d'Oc himself competed in dressage through Prix St. Georges with professional and Adult Amateur riders with scores to 66.5%. He was also the Selle Francais USDF All-Breeds Horse of the Year at Third and Fourth Levels. Baladin d’Oc has two AHS-registered offspring, both born in 2009.