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The Mare

Volante was adopted through Thorncroft as she, her dam and 3 year old full brother were abandoned and starving. The full brother and dam were not able to be saved in the end. Volante was a bit of an ugly duckling with her long legs and rangey frame but later blossomed into an outstanding riding horse. She was one of the first frozen semen foals born here in the United States and the first to reside here at Watermark Farm.

In spite of her rough beginning in life, Volante grew into her large frame and was a family favorite for fox hunting, show jumping, eventing and dressage. She carried both Emily and Ellie around several Preliminary level events with multiple top 3 placings. Also Emily competed her through Prix St. Georges with high scores.

Her gaits were large and ground covering. Volante’s jumping form was scopey and powerful but the most outstanding quality of all her athletic abilities was her enormous canter stride. With her long legs a 3′6″ fence felt just like a big stride and making time out cross country was never an issue.

Her sire Volturno needs little introduction with his outstanding competition record. His untimely death was one of the great tragedies of the horse importing industry. Volturno is buried at the Kentucky Horse Park with this plaque as a marker:



Black Oldenburg stallion, 16.3 hh, 1968-1988
Vollkorn xx - Katkja by Manolete
Breeder: Jan Noordendorp (Germany)
Owner: Otto Ammermann (Germany)

German Silver Medal Team Member, 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships (Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington), 1980 Alternate Olympics (Fontainebleau, France). Competed in 27 international three-day events, finishing first, second, or third in 20. Retired sound and became Europe’s leading Warmblood three-day event sire.




Volante’s dam was a successful Intermediate event horse with an adult amateur rider in the irons. There is plenty of talent for the sport of three day eventing in this mare’s genetic background.

In her late teens, Volante was bred successfully to Adamant and produced As You Wish WF in the spring of 2001. We eventually placed her with Bonnie LaMonte of Mouse House Farm where she had 2 additional foals by Costner.

Offspring Videos




Double Bounce (Left) and Volante (Right) 1990

With Rhythm

Born June 15, 1985 in Pennsylvania
Height: 17.2½ hands (177 cm)
Offspring Photo Gallery



As You Wish WF



As You Wish WF

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