first published in the January 2022 Equiery

Many Equiery readers will remember the striking black and white filly that graced the August 2012 cover with her long super model legs and inquisitive gaze. The image of Saintly Appointed was the 2012 Foal Photo Contest winner and now, her latest foal is already turning heads around the world. The 2021 colt Royal Graffiti, bred by Mr. and Mrs. William House, was recently approved for Book A with KWPN, bringing a new set of Paint Warmblood lines to the international KWPN book.

On his dam’s side, the colt’s lines include Maryland-bred stallion Saint Sandro (Stedinger x SES Hailey) and Dressen Fancy (Duellglanz x Fancy Ruler). Dressen Fancy was bred by the late Angela Barilar of High Point Hanoverians on the Eastern Shore. The mare is by Barilar’s foundation stallion, Duellglanz, who was on The Equiery’s December 2006 cover when he was named The Equiery’s Stallion of Distinction.

On his sire Gaudi’s side, there is the international dressage superstar Totilas (Gribaldi x Lominka) and Annabel (De Nero x Alina). Gaudi is a popular sire, with foals being born around the world.
What makes Royal Graffiti unique, however, is his coloring and Paint lines. “His strength is in his pedigree,” said House of her new colt. “We don’t know what the future will hold for him of course but his lineage is second to none.”

When initially looking into registering her foal, House first contacted the North American KWPN but encountered resistance because Fancy Ruler (Dressen Fancy’s dam) is 1/8 Paint and 7/8 Thoroughbred. “They said they were looking into things but never got back to me,” House explained. So she made a call to the KWPN registry in Holland and sent them the foal’s pedigree. “They said ‘wow’ and ‘no problem’ so he now has European papers, which is actually better for him in the long run.”

House, who operates a small private breeding farm on the Eastern Shore, has already had several offers for the sale of Royal Graffiti based on his pedigree alone. But House, who is excited about the foal’s future, said, “this one is staying!”