Roemer was one of the first approved Dutch Warmblood breeding stallions imported into the United States in 1985. Roemer moved from a career as an International Grand Prix Jumper in Holland to a Grand Prix Dressage horse in the U.S. with Mary Alice Malone. Listed as the top producing sire of USDF Horses of the Year over an 11-year period in the United States. (1989-1999), Roemer is the first breeding stallion to be inducted into the HOF.
Horses inducted into the HOF are those who have made outstanding contributions to dressage through their competition records in dressage or sport horse breeding, and/or served as ambassadors of the sport. Individuals inducted into the HOF are those who have made outstanding contributions to the development of dressage in the United States through their creativity, originality, vision and sustained effort.
Roemer proceeded to make his mark competitively in the dressage arena by quickly progressing to the FEI levels with Mary Alice after being in dressage training in the U.S. for only three months. She and Belinda Baudin trained him to Grand Prix in only three years. He may be the only stallion to be the Grand Champion of The Dressage at Devon Breed Show while competing at the Grand Prix Level. He earned a USDF performance certificate at Grand Prix, with more than 10 scores over 60% at that level.
According to Mary Alice in 1988, “Roemer is actually extremely easy to ride, he is intelligent, so I only have to show him something once before he understands. He doesn’t make an issue over doing it again even if it’s difficult for him. He has such an honest character, and really tries.”
As the first KWPN stallion living outside of the U.S. to be awarded the Preferent Predicate by the KWPN, Roemer set himself apart from all other stallions in the U.S., and distinguished himself as one of only three other stallions in the world awarded this status. This predicate was based upon Roemer’s dressage competition record as well as the international success of his offspring. Roemer was the leading sire in the USDF Horse of the Year standings over an eleven year period.
Over the years, many of Roemer’s get blossomed into talented performance horses. To date, he has produced four approved sons (Winston, Darwin, Boy B, and Einstein), one licensed son, five Preferent mares, 111 Star mares and geldings, 27 Keur mares, 211 Stud Book mares, 75 First Premium foals, and 627 registered Dutch offspring. He was an approved breeding stallion by the KWPN, Westfalen, and Oldenburg registries. His talented offspring have competed successfully in dressage through the Grand Prix Level. Trainability and outstanding temperament became synonymous with the sire Roemer.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation lists 48 offspring on Roemer’s stallion report. A sampling includes the following horses at the FEI levels: Sea Fox (who qualified for the 1996 Olympics with Canadian Leslie Reid), Casanova, Escado, Jakarta, Joshua, Magnolia, Tango, Winston, Zaire, and Zenobia—and at the national levels: First In Line, Goodwill, Homer, Jericho, Intrepid, Kashmir, Jaegermeister, Isosceles, Fandango, Ginosko, HRH Nimble, Jubilant Dancer, Kingston, No Questions, and Opera.
A trailering accident cut his career short when he suffered a broken shoulder. He recovered after surgery and became a fulltime breeding stallion. But despite his early retirement as a competitor, he continued to build a lasting legacy through his sons and daughters. Roemer was honored after his death at age 21 by winning the Get of Sire class at the 1996 Dressage at Devon Breed Show.
The breathtaking nature of this wonderful stallion delighted audiences up and down the East coast with his larger than life presence, physical beauty, and harmonious work at the Grand Prix Level. Roemer’s strength of character, intelligence, beauty, and sensitivity made him a legend in his own time. His breeding record was truly outstanding, and his many sons and daughters excelled in both jumping and dressage competition.