Kismet Palindrome, aka Kismet, is a 2006 Orlov Rostopchin/Arabian cross. Currently standing 16h with an uphill build and four white stockings, he has presence as well as a fantastic temperament. He is sound of wind, limb, and mind with beautiful, healthy hooves. Kismet is currently schooling walk, trot, canter, shoulder-fore, free walk, stretchy trot circle, turn-on-the forehand, and leg-yield. He has the ability to lengthen (see free lunging video). He is capable of standing quietly for mounting, the farrier, and when cross-tied. He trailer loads easily, is relaxed stalled or pastured, and has no vices.
Kismet's sire is the impressive Gorhonik.
Kismet's dam is Kismet KY-Anne.
The Orlov Rostopchin is a rare Russian Warmblood with only about 35 in North America and 600 in the world. This breed has had proven success in the dressage ring (Barin and Dikson competed in 1988 and 1992 Olympics).
Kismet was started undersaddle in October of 2012 and has been with Dressage Trainer, Emily McIntosh, since January of this year. He has made wonderful progress, and is ready for the show season. He has been great for both trainers; willing, wants to please, quick learner, and neither trainers have experienced any dangerous resistance (such as bucking, rearing, or bolting). Kismet is very much a people pleaser with a "what would you like next? ...sure, I'll try," willing attitude.
This is a fun, willing partner for the knowledgeable rider to take up the levels.
Kismet is available for purchase as of April 3, 2013 at Serendipity Dressage in Clarksville, TN. The price of this wonderful gelding is currently $7,000.00 US Dollars.
I had introduced Kismet to the tarps and giant beach ball the day before. Besides that, this was his first day to see everything. He's not completely bombproof, but has a fantastic willing attitude and becomes accustomed to new things very quickly.