TRIBUTE TO OUR PRE STALLION
(1989 - 2003)
“Pretty is as pretty does” was more than just a cliche around Sommer Ranch. The magnificent PRE Andalusian stallion, BRAVIO appeared to change like a chameleon, adapting to meet the challenges presented to him....fiery for parades and exhibitions; low key and level headed for trail and western pleasure; yet naturally extended for Dressage while ‘rising’ to the occasion for Saddle Seat and halter competition. Despite all this ability and flashy appearance, he was so kind and docile, newcomers found it hard to believe he was actually a stallion! Bravio’s list of accomplishments appear endless, and far too numerous to list here; but a few of them established his position in the Andalusian history books. He was the first U.S. Andalusian to ever be awarded the prestigious “Best Movement” trophy. And he was also the first Andalusian to ever win a Cross Country Trail Trial competition (against a field of 48 horses of all breeds!)
His national championship titles included hunt seat (amateur & open); Western Pleasure (open); Country Pleasure Saddleseat (Amateur & Open) and Dressage with a score of 71 - his first time out! Concurrent to performing in these various disciplines, Bravio also earned the honor of being high point halter stallion in 1993 (under the training and handling of his amateur owner, Scott Sommer).
Bravio has thrilled audiences at numerous exhibitions and events, including the world famous Rose Parade and the Volvo World Cup competition. He was one of the first U.S. Andalusians to be approved by the Cria Caballar from Spain as a top quality breeding stallion. And he has produced both pure and partbred offspring that are earning amazing titles and accomplishments in their own right.
It was two of these very special Bravio offspring that appeared double dilute and brought light to the existence of some previously unknown ‘mutation’....which later lead genetic researchers to the discovery of the PEARL gene at UC Davis. Color genetics took a major turn, thanks to this once in a lifetime horse.
Bravio did everything we ever asked of him and then some. He was my soulmate and I miss him everyday of my life. The meer mention of his name still brings tears to my eyes...but I rejoice in his sons, daughters and granddaughters.
We Miss you Big Guy!
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