California Riding Magazine • February, 2008

Gray Fox Farm
Introducing Redwine,
a Hanoverian stallion with promise.

by Kathleen Burke Jensen

Nestled in the wine country town of Petaluma, Gray Fox Farm is the home of Redwine, a stunning black Hanoverian stallion imported by owner Jill Burnell. Gray Fox Farm specializes in breeding quality Warmbloods for the hunter ring, but with his lovely bloodlines Redwine is also capable of producing dressage prospects.

“Our homebreds are beautiful enough to show on the line and talented enough to get a piece of the hack and win over fences,” says Jill with a grin.

Jill was looking for a stallion that she thought would fit the American market well. She wanted a pretty horse, a nice mover, a good jumper, and a horse with a good temperament. After looking for an agent with integrity and knowledge to help her with her search, Jill hired Linda Mendenhall of Hof Mendenhall in Massachusetts. “We looked at a lot of horses and none of them were quite right,” Jill says. “But when I saw Redwine I knew he was the one. And his name was perfect too!”

Redwine (Rotspon x Merle by Matcho AA) is a lovely 7 year old black Hanoverian with four white socks and a blaze. He has a fantastic jump and a wonderful temperament, both of which he has consistently passed along to his offspring in Germany.

Standing 16.1 hands, Redwine is approved Oldenburg NA, RPSI, Westphalian, Canadian Warmblood and Mecklenburg. He completed the 30-day and 70-day testing in Germany with good scores in all areas, most notably with 10s for character, constitution and rideability.

When talking about what makes this horse special, Jill enthusiastically describes him as “a big teddy bear…he’s the kind of horse that anyone can do anything with and he just has the best temperament.” Although he’s still a young stallion he has three foal crops on the ground in Germany including a stallion son who recently completed the approval process.

Redwine was imported to the U.S. in June 2007 and bred some mares last year. Jill plans to have John French start competing Redwine this year on the hunter circuit.

For more information on booking Redwine for 2008, contact Jill Burnell at 707-322-3046 or via email at or visit the website at