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VDL Ulando H: Breed to a rising star of the Canadian Eventing Team

Photo by Shannon Brinkman

VDL Ulando H (Corland x Fanieta) is Dutch bred Canadian Warmblood Stallion owned by Ruth Armstrong of Orangeville Ontario who is currently competing with Karl Slezak very successfully at the CCI** level. In his most recent event he finished 10th out of 64 starters at the Fair Hill International CCI**/*** and is now long-listed for the 2012 Olympic Canadian Eventing Team. VDL Ulando H is a true athlete. He adores the spotlight and yet has impeccable ground manners as well as composure making him the ideal breeding stallion.

VDL Ulando H is a 16.1h bright chestnut stallion. His breeding represents the very best of Holstein and Dutch Warmblood breeding. He has no less than eight International Grand Prix jumpers in the first three generations of his pedigree and in 2004 he was the Ontario Stallion Licensing Champion and Vice-Champion of the Stallion Performance Test, achieving the highest jumping index and 2nd highest dressage index. In addition to these results, VDL Ulando H placed 3rd in the very prestigious Lt. Governor’s Cup at the 2004 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and has also been named the Hanoverian Free Jumping Grand Champion.

VDL Ulando began his career in the show jump ring where he did the 2005 and 2006 Jumper Development Series and the HITS Ocala circuit. In 2008 he began his Eventing career with owner Ruth Armstrong who competed him through training level very successfully in both Ontario and Florida. Having schooled him through intermediate cross-country questions and show-jumped him up to 1.45m, Ruth realized he had the power, scope and most importantly heart to compete at the top of the sport. Ruth handed the ride over to friend Karl Slezak and together Karl and Ulando have the grit and determination to dominate. “Their Boys Just Want To Have Fun attitude and the huge smiles seen throughout the crowd and on Karl’s face as they compete together epitomize the dynamic nature of their partnership and of course after many shows Ulando’s number one fan, twelve year old Tiffany Armstrong can be seen cooling him out and swapping many kisses with this truly lovable stallion”, says Ruth Armstrong

VDL Ulando H’s current success with Canadian event rider Karl Slezak has proven that he has it all. Scope to burn, gaits to die for, and a fast light gallop that has him aimed that the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, UK.

VDL Ulando H offspring have proven to inherit his tractability and his genuine desire to please. VDL Ulando H foals are proving exceptional, with lofty movement, athleticism, and correctness of gaits. They have won the Canadian Hanoverian free jumping, the Top Canadian Warmblood Young event horse and many other accolades. We look forward to see what they can do as they mature and move into the spotlight alongside VDL Ulando H

Photo by Ruth Armstrong

Please contact Ruth Armstrong for more information on breeding to this phenomenal stallion. His stud fee for 2012 is $2000 with a 3 year LFG

Contact Information

Ruth Armstrong

Phone: (519) 942-6085

Fax: (519) 942-8444

www.armstrongfarm.com (http://www NULL.armstrongfarm NULL.com/)

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E-mail: Armstrong.farm@sympatico.ca


Karl and VDL Ulando H turn heads at Fair Hill CCI**

Not even a few days of rainy weather early in the competition could stop this pair from putting in a personal best and top 10 finish in the CCI** at Fair Hill International in Elkton, MD. Karl and VDL Ulando H who is owned by Ruth Armstrong began their partnership in spring 2011 and clicked right from the start. Ulando’s willingness to step up to each and every challenge that comes his way makes him an incredible event horse and honest partner in each phase of the competition.

While this pair has had much success throughout the season at the Intermediate level with strong finishes at both Richland Park Horse Trials and the CIC** at Plantation Field this fall, Fair Hill is a substantially tougher course with more questions and gruelling terrain making it the biggest test yet for this fairly new partnership.

Karl and VDL Ulando turned heads right from the start with a stellar dressage test that put them in 2nd after the first day of dressage on a score of 48.90. “Ulando was the best he has ever been in the dressage ring. We’ve been working with Jacquie Brooks on the flat and I’m very excited about the progress we’ve made and will continue to make in the future”, says Karl. This combination followed up their dressage with a clear-cross country round and had just a few time penalties following several days of rain and some sticky sections out on course. Again, Karl was quick to give Ulando the credit, “He was amazing. This horse is so smart and so willing to please. He hasn’t had as much experience as many of his competitors today but he was confident as any two star horse I’ve ever ridden. I’m so proud of him”

VDL Ulando H tried his heart out on the cross-country course Saturday. “On Sunday Ulando was a bit tired from his first CCI** effort but, in typical Ulando style he bounced back for his favourite phase of the event and put in his usual spectacular show jump round. I couldn’t be more thankful to Ruth Armstrong for the ride on this spectacular horse and to Ulando for showing so much talent and heart at his first major international event.” For the remainder of the fall, Ulando will have some time to relax after a very busy season and will return to competition this winter in Ocala, Florida.

Karl, VDL Ulando H and owner Ruth Armstrong after a rock solid dressage in the CCI** at Fair Hill


Welcoming Rider’s Regalia to the Karl Slezak Eventing Team

Karl Slezak Eventing is happy to announce that Rider’s Regalia has signed on as a new sponsor of the team!

Rider’s Regalia is located in Newtonville, Ontario and is a supplier of KEP riding helmets, BR, Horsenut, USG, Ken-Taur and Fits Breeches amongst other things.

“Here you can find all of the products that you and your equine friends will ever need. All the products offered are of the higest quality, in a variety of price ranges to suit every budget. We offer a wide variety of products, from saddles and bridles, to clothes for both horse and rider, and well as those everyday stable items that you may need!” -Rider’s Regalia


If you are in the area, please check them out!
Rider’s Regalia
3014 Elliott Rd
Newtonville, Ontario
L0A 1J0


By phone:
905 786-9883 (between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. est)


VDL Ulando H: An Incredible Prospect for the Future

Karl and VDL Ulando H receiving their 6th place ribbon at Plantation Field

Karl and Ruth Armstrong’s VDL Ulando H completed their first CIC** together this weekend at Plantation Field International Horse Trials with a very strong 6th place finish in a competitive field of 28 horse and rider combinations.


They were 10th after dressage on a score of 61.40. “Scores were high all around on dressage day but I was thrilled with his placing especially in such a talented field. There’s room for improvement, especially with 3 major bobbles in 3 different movements during the test but now that we’re getting to know each other we’ll work on improving those finer details”, says Karl.

It was cross-country day that proved to be the most exciting for this pair. VDL Ulando H jumped around a very challenging course filled with complex CIC** questions full of confidence and felt incredible as he crossed the finish line. He proved himself at this event as a a true cross-country competitor ready to take on the upper levels.  His performance on Sunday was just as impressive as he jumped around double clear to move into 6th place.

Karl has high hopes for this new mount and has him aimed for Fair Hill CCI** this fall. ”  VDL Ulando H is an incredible horse who shows unbelievable potential to compete among the best. I am very grateful to Ruth Armstrong for the ride on Ulando who is quickly becoming recognized by fellow professionals as a future eventing star”

Karl and VDL Ulando H show jumping their way to a 6th place finish in the Plantation Field CIC**



1-2 finish at the O.H.T.A Championships at Wits End

It was a very exciting week for Team Slezak at the Ontario Provincial Championships. Karl and Yoshi, Janelle and Pat Fitzgerald’s Braveheart and Emily and Phatima all represented the team with phenomenal finishes but it was Janelle and Braveheart who stole the show!

Finishing in 7th place after dressage in the Open Training division this pair climbed the ranks with a flawless cross-country performance to move into 3rd. Show Jumping day proved to be an even greater success for Janelle and Braveheart who jumped around clear and within the time to move into the winning position. Congratulations also go to Janelle and Braveheart for winning the Eventing Canada Cross-Country Safety and Style award this year.

Just 0.5 points behind Janelle and Braveheart were Karl and Yoshi who finished in 2nd place as reserve champions at this event in the Open Training! Congrats also go to Emily and Phatima who finished in 8th place on their dressage score this weekend in the Sr. Pre-Training division.

Notably- all three horse and rider combinations had clear cross-country and show jump rounds at this event.

Thank you to our sponsors, supporters and owners who come out to cheer us on at each and every event!!

NEXT STOP: Plantation Field Horse Trials.

Janelle Caldwell, Braveheart and owner Pat Fitzerald at Wits End after an exciting win in the Open Training division at the OHTA Championships

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