Seen him with his Aussie rider though? Much better! Brett did a wonderful job with him, I was very upset that he lost the ride and the Whisper was sold to a Kiwi :O Whisper has the most insanely awesome temperament! I knew his owner in Australia, her 5 year old kids rode around on him, he was just so quiet. My coach has a 5 year old by him and he is just magic. So beautiful to watch he just floats across the ground and will certainly go GP. Extremely trainable temperament.
I also have a friend with one and she's only just started competing her. 68% at her first novice test. Again, impeccable temperament, floating movement, very powerful backend.
Another friend has a BIG whisper gelding. AGAIN, superb temperament, super SUPER backend, beautiful lose shoulders and very natural sit and swing.
And yes, GREAT hocks, GREAT ability to sit, VERY good horses behind. I'll try and rustle of up some footage of these progeny.
Jody has only just got her hands on him, hence he's certainly not performing at his peak. He was in contention to be an international favourite for Australia and we had many a visiting international/European rider/coach/trainer comment that it was quite a loss to have him sold from Holland.
Seeing Whisper warming up at the Victorian Dressage Championships a few years ago, Brett had him so soft, through the bridle and engaged, it was beautiful to watch the power in that stallion. He really was a super horse to observe from the sidelines. Unfortunately Brett had a falling out with Whisper's owner as he decided to take another stallion overseas, thus loosing the ride of Whisper. The owner decided to take him out for herself, and she unfortunately did not do him justice in the slightest and DOES use rolkur methods at some points.
This is a stallion who DOES have the ability to be beautiful behind, but rider error/training has got him out behind. I am hoping that Jody gets to know him and does him justice, I would not hesitate to put him over a nice mare.