World class dressage and event horses

Stratton Stud is located in a tranquil rural location, 2 miles from the nearest village in 35 acres of deepest Oxfordshire. Our horses have an idyllic existence, with much more than the minimum necessary grazing land available, to afford them a relaxed and stress-free life.


Our goal is to breed and develop world class dressage and event horses, either from home-bred stock or by carefully selecting top quality young foals to 'bring on', with particular emphasis on superb movement and a kind trainable temprement. All of our young stock are handled frquently from birth and receive regular hoof clipping, worming and vetinary care.

Sire and Stallion lines

Sire and stallion lines that we have available are: Don Dante (our stallion), Sandro Hit, Rubinstein, De Niro, Weltmeyer, Florestan 1, Pik Bube, Donnerhall, Millenium.

Stallion: Don Dante

A superb mover and an exceptional temprement for a stallion. He will undoubtedly produce stock that will be of first rate quality and easy to ride. He has no Rubinstein, Weltmeyer or Sandro Hit in his pedigree, so a useful outcross for those lines.


His sire, Dancier, has an incredible pedigree filled with top stallions such as De Niro, Donnerhall, Lancier and Espri. Dancier was champion of the stallion testing in 2005, attaining a perfect 10 for his trot. At 4 years he was third in the Bundeschampionate. In 2011, a two year old son of Dancier sold at auction for 315,000 Euros.


Don Dante's dam, Sabrina, is a state premium mare by Salvano who is the grandsire of the famous Salinero. Her pedigree also includes Matrose, the grandsire of Millennium.



  • In 2008, Don Dante was reserve champion yearling at the BEF Futurity Elite show.
  • In 2009, he was reserve champion at the BWBS UK stallion grading. The judges remarked on his natural balance and self-carriage.
  • In 2011, under saddle, he was placed at the Shearwater Young Dressage Horse 4 yo Championships and qualified for the National Championships.
  • In 2012, he was placed at the Shearwater Young Dressage Horse Championships at Hartpury, the Hickstead National Young Dressage Horse Championships, the Badminton Young Dressage Horse Championships and the Shearwater Young International Dressage Horse Championships at the National Championships.
  • In 2014, he was restricted medium champion at the National Championships.
  • In 2015, he was 4th in the medium open class at the Winter Championships held at Hartpury. 
  • In 2016 he was placed in the advanced medium restricted and advanced medium open freestyle classes at the Winter Championships and in the advanced medium gold class at the National Championships scoring over 70%. 
  • In 2017, he won at Prix St Georges and Inter I at Premier League Shows. He was 7th in the Elite Inter I Freestyle Championships at the Horse of the Year Show.
  • In 2018, he won at Wellington Premier League Inter I. Competed at Hartpury CDI3* and placed 6th PSG and 5th Inter I Freestyle.


His first foals were born in 2014 and show great promise having inherited his expressive movement, good temperament and confidence.  In 2018, his son, Don Divine, was graded Elite at the Futurity grading scoring 9.5 for his trot, canter and frame.  He is also the sire of higher first premium winners Dixie Rose and Dodge the Doubters. 


Horses For Sale

Youngstock by Don Dante and by his Sire, Dancier, for sale. Please contact us for details.

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