Canterbury Court
Avignon  is very modern in type with light
and elegant gaits.  Avignon is a real ladies'
horse. He is nearly unflappable in the ring
while still light in the hand and forward to
the leg.  He loves  to jump as well and has
shown in cross-country, hunters and jumpers
as well as dressage. He could easily be  an
equitation horse. Avignon currently has
flying changes, counter-canter, and canter
pirouettes. Located in Hollister, California.
Call Heidi Gaian for more information -831-

Avignon’s sire Arrian received his first public
notice in
Der Hannoveraner which stated
that he "captivated his audience with his
outstanding trot" at his 1994 Stallion
licensing in Verden.   In 1995 he was Young
Horse Champion and winner of the
Hanoverian Class at Port Jervis. In 1997
Arrian was Grand Champion at NEDA, where
he received an overall score of 92% from
judges Hilda Gurney and Marianne Ludwig.

Arrian's foal crops have also received official
recognition.  In 1996 the inspectors
commented: "It is hard for us to imagine a
better first foal crop for any young stallion".
Of the eight foals of that first crop, one,
Aldebaran, was Champion of his inspection
and another, Alcatraz, was winner of the
Colts of 1996 at NEDA. In 1999 at the Raleigh
show, Athene Nike won the 3-year old Filly
Class and was Reserve Filly Champion and
Atail won the 3-year old Colts and Geldings
and was Reserve Young Horse Champion.  
These two formed the pair that captured the
Get of Sire prize for Arrian at the same show.
Athene Nike earned her Elite Mare status in
1999 and Arriana was the High Scoring
Performance Test participant in 2001, also
earning Elite Mare status. In his summary of
the of the 1998 inspection tour published in
The American Hanoverian, Dr. Burchard
Bade of the VhW said of the second crop
representatives he had viewed at one site:
"Eight very good foals by Arrian each
received individual marks of 7 and above by
the author." Additionally, three Arrian foals
were Champions at other inspections across
the US that same year.  At the 2000 Virginia
inspection two of the three Arrian foals
presented were selected for the review ring.
One of these was named best filly overall.

Avignon’s dam Grand Jete has wonderful
gaits and a natural ability to piaffe. She was
imported from Germany as a three year old
and was used both as a broodmare and
riding horse. At her very first show she had a
championship in hunters. She is currently
being shown in dressage. She showed the
typical G-line versatility and willingness to

Grand Cru carries the hopes of the State
Stud to continue the valuable Hanoverian G-
line. His sire Grand Garcon was a Grand Prix
jumper before retiring to stud. His dam
Athene by Absatz out of a Valentino mare is
also the dam of the
1998 Dressage World
Cup Champion  Walk on Top. The Absatz-
Valentino combination is also found in the
dam of the Olympic stallion Weyden. Grand
Cru is hard to surpass with regards to
character, presence and demeanor. He
possesses rhythmic, cadenced movements.
Grand Cru has presented four stallion
candidates from his first two crops. He is
known for siring strikingly good looking
individuals of impressive class. Grand Cru
passes on to his offspring strong dressage
tendencies. His daughter Gina won the
broodmare performance class at the Louis
Wiegels Show in 1999. His offspring are
noted for improved type and ridabilty.

Grand Jete’s mother Edda has produced 8
foals in 9 breeding seasons including four
States Premium mares and two Verden
Auction horses. Her sire Einstand is a worthy
representative of the versatile E-Line which
includes the stallions Eiger I, Eisenherz,
Escudo I and II, and Evergreen.
Golden Choice by Grand Cru out
of a Westbury mare.
Grand Cru
Grand Garcon - Absatz
Al Capone - Orbis xx
Avignon C

Arrian - Grand Cru - Einstand - Wendelstein
2001 dark bay Hanoverian Gelding 16.3+ hands