DD, I would love to see some photo's of your Donnerhall - like you, I love the D line. I have spent a few months looking for a yearling, and D-lines were my preference, then R (pref by Rotspon directly). I have ended up with a Fabriano grandson, by Fisherman's Friend who stood at Celle for some time before being imported to Australia. He doesn't have enormous, scopey paces like some of the other lines - Jazz springs to mind - but he has an impeccible temperament, 3 very good paces that I can absolutely work with and such a trainable head on his shoulders.
As Anebel said previously, I would rather ride something like him, trainable and very workable paces, than a huge moving, fire breathing dragon like so many of the Dutch lines!!
Of course! My old man Do It Again has been sold on now but he's on the same yard. I was doing level 3, I think you call it, at aged 19 with him! But it was starting to show the pressures, and it wasn't fair to expect so much from him. Sold him to a friend, and bought Duffy who is Donnerbube-Donnerhall, with Paradox/Fruhlingsball on her mother's side, so good lines there for possible breeding with!
Celle is about three hours from here, nice place but I'm in the NRW region that is horseland, and they're a lot cheaper in this region. I have a few (not very well taken) pictures of Duffy from when I first got her in June. I have a lesson this weekend, will try and get some more pictures up of her!
So glad to have found someone else who is a fan of this line! Although they can be fairly grumpy, they are stunning movers, trot is fab on them all. Kind temperaments too, I've put a disabled man on Doey, and he just walked round like there was no one there, the fella trotted him, and as soon as he lost his balance, came back to walk or halt.
Duffy, for a 18.1hh 6yo with little training has an awesome temperament! I would quite happily lead a kid on her back if I could hold the kid up there, but she's a wee bit big for that ;)