Lexington, Kentucky (February 16, 2014): Reed Kessler has a new ride; the popular jumping mare, Stakki 2. The nine-year-old Hanoverian mare has done very well ridden by Germany’s Jan Sprehe in classes up to 1.45m. She competed at her first five star class in Leipzig in January 2014, after much success in international and German young horse classes in her youth. Stakki 2 is sired by Stakkato Gold (Stakkato - Werther) and is out of the bay Hanoverian mare, Silvia (Silvio I - Domspatz). Stakkato Gold is a bay Hanoverian stallion owned by the Sprehe's farm, Gestüt Sprehe, in Cloppenburg, Germany. Now Stakki will fly the American colors under Kessler.
“I'm very excited to get started with Stakki 2. Jan Sprehe bought her from the Hanoverian Verband's riding horse auction in Verden in 2009 as a 4 year old and has brought her up to be one of the most successful young horses in Germany. He has done a super job educating her and I'm thrilled to get started with her. We will most likely start slowly through Florida and go from there,” said Reed.
Kessler has been able to follow the mare's development in the show ring. For example, only days after winning the Longines Rising Star award at the FEI Awards Gala, Reed Kessler showed the form that earned her that recognition by taking a 1.45m winning round competition at CSI2* Oldenburg (Preis der Oldenburger Wirtschaft) in Oldenburg, Germany. Fifty four horses competed in that class and when the last jump was cleared, Kessler was first on Ligist, a 13 year old veteran, and Jan Sprehe was third on the then eight-year-old Hanoverian mare, Stakki 2 (see full results: http://eventcontent.hippoonline.de/851/sta_erg/03_ergDEU.htm?style=hippo)