With their lofty gaits and regal head carriage framed by a billowing mane and tail, the breath-taking Pura Raza Española (PRE) horse also known as the Andalusian, has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of horse lovers throughout the world.
Mighty, magnificent and an outstanding athlete, Andalusian stallion Kripton-Seni II embodies all the stellar characteristics of his breed and then some!
Since he was imported from Spain in 2004 by Californians Joe and Nancy Latta, Kripton- Seni II has won 12 national championships and eight national reserve championships. He has also won 14 regional championships and four regional reserve championships. In 2009, he was a United States Equestrian Federation Horse of Honor and was one of five USEF finalists for Horse of the Year. In 2008, the show committee of the International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association named him Horse of the Year. He was also inducted into the USEF Horse Stars Hall of Fame in 2013.
These honors reflect the versatility of this 16.3-hand bay. Kripton has been victorious in Halter, Hunt Seat Pleasure, Western Pleasure and in Dressage Suitability and Hack with the Latta family members as well as their trainer Sandy Shields.
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Kripton also performs out of the show ring. He’s participated in California’s Fiesta of the Spanish Horse and has joined the marchers in the Tournament of the Roses parade where he carried Shields with grace and aplomb.
And, while he is every bit the show ring superstar, he has an even more important role for the Lattas—beloved family member! Nancy said they think of Kripton as the eighth wonder of the world!
According to the IALHA, the breed can be traced back 25,000 years to the early Iberian Peninsula. Since then, Andalusian horses have changed very little from their forbearers who were the mounts of warriors and royalty – no wonder Nancy says she feels like a queen when she rides Kripton-Seni II!
Kripton-Seni II's Breyer model was released from 2010 through 2012.