MAREE TOMKINSON & IMAGINE II
Imagine II has always been a high achiever in young horse classes. With Maree in the saddle from early on, she won the four-year-old championship at Dressage & Jumping With The Stars (DJWTS) in 2021 and has continued to shine ever since.
Since relocating to Germany with Maree last year, Imagine has been successful across five- and six-year-old CDI-YH classes and scored as high as 87% in qualifying for this year’s World Championships.
A six-year-old Oldenburg mare bred by Gerhard Dustmann in Germany, Imagine II is by Ibiza out of a St Moritz mare. She is owned by Maree in conjunction with Susan Gorst, and will be groomed by Nina Ditz in Ermelo.
EQ LIFE: Imagine II has always been a star in young horse classes since winning the four-year-old championship at DJWTS – how do you feel she’s developed between then and now as a six-year-old?
MAREE: For me it was always abundantly clear that Imagine showed enormous potential right from the beginning. As a four-year-old her development and training was age appropriate as it is as a six-year-old. As she gets older, she becomes stronger and more balanced and even to the less experienced eye, it is not possible to deny now how world class she is. As she develops more and becomes even more confident and secure in her power and training, it will become even more obvious. She is exactly where she needs to be at this age and stage. I am very happy with our preparation.
EQ LIFE: What are her greatest strengths?
MAREE: She has many! Imagine is a complete horse. She is exquisitely beautiful to look at, with the perfect conformation for a sport horse. She has three outstanding gaits, remarkable trainability and a very unique character… she is very calm and confident in just about any environment, but still with good energy and enthusiasm for her work and this makes her very easy to judge. She is exactly what the modern sport is looking for: a relaxed, harmonious and confident sport horse. The perfect mix. It is very rare to find such a horse, such a complete horse.
EQ LIFE: What is she like personality-wise?
MAREE: She is very sweet, gentle and a little goofy. She is inquisitive rather than afraid of things. If she sees something she is not sure of, she will slow down, look hard at whatever it is and slowly move towards it… never away. She is calm and confident and interested in everything around her. She goes out in the field every day and is very relaxed outside. She loves Friday [one of Maree’s other mares], they go out together and scratch each other most of the day. Imagine is a very easy and well-adjusted horse to have around and really she never does anything wrong ever; she is a good eater, traveller, wonderful at competitions, loves the other horses and all people. She is an absolute sweetheart.