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Kryptic, 2007 brown Trakehner (ORB) gelding

Foaled:  04/15/2007

Sire:   Fandango (by E.H. Sixtus by Habicht)

Height:  15.3 1/2 hh

Kryptic dressage show Conyers, GA June 2011
ridden by Janine Lee
Kryptic, June 2011
photo by Karri Henning

Video from Kryptic's first show under saddle...

Registration: American Trakehner Association.  Kryptic is an ATA registered Trakehner gelding (gelded April 2013) out of an ATA approved Preliminary Stud Book Anglo-Trakehner mare, Karoline's Traum

Description:  Kryptic is confident, steady and a quick learner.  As an athletic colt, he could be seen racing his pasture mates at full speed and jumping logs in the field for fun.  Kryptic has correct conformation, a balanced and uphill topline with excellent angulation of shoulders and haunches.  His movement is correct and powerful with excellent articulation at all three gaits.  He has a substantial frame, a deep heartgirth, solid bone and excellent feet.  

In October of 2007 and as a 6 month old colt
Kryptic scored an outstanding 9/9/9 at his ATA voluntary inspection with a recommendation from the inspector that he be brought back as a stallion prospect.  To the best of our knowledge, Kryptic is one of only two young horses inspected by the ATA in 2007 to earn this score.    

Kryptic's sire Fandango was approved by the German Verband in Neumunster in October 2002, imported to the U.S. in 2003 and promptly began his show career in 2004.  Fandango is by the very influential Trakehner stallion E.H. Sixtus and out of German elite mare ES Flotte II.  He is the only approved son of Sixtus residing in North America.  Fandango was proving to be a very promising eventer in California until an unfortunate injury ended his competition career.  

Kryptic is out of the PSB approved Anglo-Trakehner mare Karoline's Traum.  Karoline's Traum is by the polish approved and imported Trakehner stallion Kartacz (Charbin xx o/o Aretina).  Kartacz was foaled in 1976 at the Polish State Stud Liski.  He was approved in Poland and was Reserve Champion of his stallion inspection.  Kartacz was used for eventing until he was imported to Mexico and later to the U.S.  Being a versatile stallion he was used for dressage, jumping, driving and foxhunting.  Kartacz had a limited breeding career in the U.S. and produced very few eligible female offspring inspected and approved for breeding by the ATA before his he was lost to EPM.   

Fandango, Kryptic's sire
Photo courtesy of Fantasy Farm

Show Results:  On February 29, 2008 Kryptic attended his first show, USEA recognized The Ark Horse Trials.  In Future Event Horse Yearling Colts he received a very good score of 77, tying for 2nd place but placed at 3rd with a tie breaker.  The first place colt scored 77.5...a very tight competition indeed.  It was our objective to give him a good first showing experience in a format that would appreciate him for what he was bred - eventing, and we were successful in doing so. 

November/December 2010 - Kryptic was started under saddle, much to his enjoyment, and is proving to be the smart, willing, and athletic young riding horse we had predicted.  He remains well behaved in the proximity of mares and geldings and has generally been an outstanding ambassador of the Trakehner breed in a region where few riders have any personal experience with Trakehners.

December 31, 2010 - With only 30 days under saddle Kryptic is going WTC with smooth transitions, excellent balance, correct leads and is wanting to naturally collect himself without asking (just like his dam).  It's as if he has been going under saddle for months already.  Kryptic learns everything the first time and is ready to move on to something new for the next lesson.  Based on his progress he may go to his first dressage schooling show in February 2011.

February 19, 2011 - With only 10 weeks under saddle young Kryptic attended his first dressage show.  He showed Training Level, Test 1 with a good score and excellent comments from the judges including "incredible", "brilliant", "lovely" and "talented."  No doubt about it, Kryptic has a super competition career ahead of him.  You can see his dressage test video above and four shorter videos from the following day when he was introduced to the cross country course and water complex (bottom of page). 

March 12-13, 2011 - With only a little more than 90 days under saddle Kryptic competed in his first USDF recognized dressage show at Poplar Place Farm in Hamilton, GA.  He handled himself like a true gentleman and scored well in his Training Level classes.  Training/1 - 3rd, 63.333%, Training/2 - 3rd, 62.5% and Training/3 Qualifier - 2nd, 64.4% (only 0.8 percentile points from 1st place).  Kryptic has returned home and is enjoying a little R&R.   

2011 - Kryptic has been brought along using natural horsemanship techniques under the tutelage of Janine Lee. He showed at Training Level in only two 2011 season USDF dressage competitions and two 2012 season USDF dressage competitions. 

2012 - Kryptic is schooling First and Second Level dressage movements and will begin showing at First Level dressage this season.


2013 - Kryptic was ridden infrequently during 2013 but didn't forget a thing.  He enjoys his work and the attention he receives.  Beginning Fall of 2013 Kryptic took a break from the dressage arena to broaden his horizons on the trails.  We plan to bring him back into the dressage arena in 2014. 


Kryptic, January 2012
Janine Lee in the saddle

Kryptic, ATA Inspection, 6 months of age
Photo by Deana Fleenor Photography

Kryptic, 6 months of age, (c) 2007 Deana Fleenor
Foaled 04/15/2007

Fandango, Kryptic's sire
Photo courtesy of Fantasy Farm


First introduction to cross country course (no jumping) and water complex...

More inspection photos...


Kryptic November 2010
photo by Alicia Frese Photography

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