the New ULTIMATE PIAFFE Website 
Under Construction

 Still a premiere Teaching, Training and Boarding & Breeding  Facility. 

 Still the home of Ideal ... The World Renowned Oldenburg Stallion and Breyer Model Horse.

In answer to the question "is Ideal still available for breeding?" The best answer is the new colt below


This Ideal colt is named Ijara which means Reward in Swahili.   He was born June 23, 2014.

                           and is out of Summer a TB owned by Tracy Curran of  Lakewood, Colorado.  Congratulations TRACY!






News  of International Importance!

I Candy, the popular IDEAL OFFSPRING,  has been sold by Virginia Allen, one of our favorite Canadian clients, to Dominique Culham-Buckland. Dominique  has been long and short listed for The Canada Team.

Virginia reports her new owner hopes to be able to try with I Candy for the Canadian team for the 2015 Pan Am Games. This will probably be good news for IDEAL and the Ultimate Piaffe because Dominique has a reputation as a  is a lovely rider and very nice competitor and dedicated support from her husband and family. Congratulations to both the buyer and seller.  keep us posted!

Carol Ives Writes ..... (with Pride:)


Jean Kuehnemuth who owns Westwood Warmbloods in Spruce Grove, Canada, sent me pictures of a beautiful filly by IDEAL that was born May 20, 2014 and has been named, Imprezza.  She is out of Fortune, a very well bred mare with Bold Ruler, Secretariat, Man-O-War, War Admiral and Princequillo on the Dam side and Nasrullah and Mr. Prospector on the Sire side.  This filly is a good example of why 50% of Ideal’s offspring were out of Thoroughbreds

They call her Imprezza           

Now scroll a bit further down and meet IDEAL MAN aka LEO 

Leo is a 2008 16.2 hand grey gelding by Ideal out of Low Flying Angel (Thoroughbred).  I’ve had him since October of 2012 and we compete in Three Day Eventing.  Leo is tremendously talented.   He’s opinionated for sure!  He is also incredibly brave and willing to do whatever I ask him to do.  He’s incredibly sweet and very well-mannered on the ground. 

Bill Olson 
Los Angeles, CA



NEW! Announcing the RETURN of our FREE CLASSIFIED SALES PAGE for all IDEAL OFFSPRING. This was a tradition for decades which is being brought back by request.                       


 Yes, breeding to IDEAL is still available. We are thrilled to get letters from owners of IDEAL offspring. See the letter below this section from Michaela about INZO, an IDEAL star!

IDEAL  STILL holds the record for the most  Premium Foals in the entire History of the ISR!  



That has NOT changed... but there are other changes taking place at The Ultimate Piaffe.  

We are shifting our emphasis to become a Boutique-Style training and boarding facility with fewer stalls and more individual attention and Greater comfort.


            We have finished construction of a full-court outdoor sand arena with Dressage ring and letters designed for year-round use. 



   The Ultimate Piaffe
  1180 Zivney Lane
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034
  Carol Ives 503 638 7716  503 638 8099 F





Darrel Purdy 503 317 8051  Darrel@DarrelPurdy.com    

Darrel o
n Ideal at Oldenburg evaluation


  Michelle Ives Purdy  MIvesPurdy@Gmail.com
Michelle winning State Championship with William

Michelle and Ideal  Watch A VIDEO OF IDEAL working 
"At Liberty"


Ideal and Darrel at The Hunt Club  "Bryerfest Video"  


      Trainers influences include Major Anders Lindgren, Alexsandra Howard and most recently the 5 Star FEI judge Lilo Fore.

·       Our students and trainers have earned multiple Championships and Awards, however we believe the journey is the most valuable reward.

·       Family owned and managed since 1985.

·       The trainers(Michelle and Darrel) live just a few feet from the barn and are hands on in the everyday care and feeding

·       The intimate environment in our small facility allows us to build trusting relationships with or clients and to recognize any change in the horses personality or routine.

n    Newly resurfaced full-court outdoor sand arena with Dressage ring and letters, designed for year-round use.

·      Daily turnout in groups or single.

      60 x 120 newly paneled indoor arena.  

·       Blanketing and turnout included in board.

·      Stalls cleaned 7 days a week and picked out several times a day and into the evening.

·     Property completely fenced – remote control security gate.

·     The facility is attended to 24 hours a day – the horses are not left alone.

·     Hot water wash rack.   

Husband and wife team Darrel Purdy and Michelle Ives-Purdy combine their strengths to offer their students a comprehensive program defining the aid system and following the training scale to move up the levels on happy, confident horses.  Our trainer and students have won State, Regional and National Championships. 

Darrel and Michelle were voted ODS Trainers of the year in 2006.


We have space for this season and welcome all ages and abilities.

CALL DARREL AT 503 317 8051  




Special Offering ...


     First Straw $500 Second straw $300 - 1 or 2 Straws a Dose

     Additional Straws (if needed) $150 each. $300.00 booking fee.

      “Over  11 years, Ideal has an 89% per heat conception rate and 93%  pregnancy rate with  frozen semen. 

       The  acceptable average is 48% per cycle”.

       For additional details call Carol Ives 503 638 7716 or e-mail  


Our Magazine Ad




Pictures of Michaela Binda and her new horse Inzo at RMSJ

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CLASSIC III at Calgary Alberta, Canada  AUG 21 - 25th 2013



In August INZO's new owner wrote ...

My name is Michaela Binda and a week or so ago I got the opportunity to meet with Darrel (and IDEAL) and speak with him about my mare Inzo . Darrel had mentioned that I should email you with some photos and info about her.

I have owned Inzo for just over two months now and in this short time I have absolutely fallen in love with her and learned so much from her. She is 10 years old now and finished off at just over 16.1hh. When I first met IDEAL it took my breath away how incredibly similar they look. Everyone who meets Inzo or sees a photo of her has nothing but compliments, and she is quickly becoming a barn favourite. We often refer to her as “Inzarella” around the barn because she is a princess and slightly spoiled. J I do not know much about dressage unfortunately, but I must say she is one of the most comfortable and willing horses I have ridden on the flat. However, both Inzo and I’s hearts belong in the jumping ring, and there is nothing she would rather do. She loves to jump and immediately lights up when there are fences set in the arena. 

Inzo and I had a very successful first show together, and she blew past all of our expectations. We competed in the 0.90m (3’) jumper classes, as well as the 3’ hunters and equitation. She was very brave considering this week was her first time ever being in a hunter ring. We ended up coming home with 7 ribbons in total! We were 8th in our 3’ hunters, 7th and 2nd and 1st in our Equitation , 3rd in our children’s’ medal, and twice we came 5th out of 51 in our 0.90m jumpers. She was so good and we are very proud of her!

I have attached some photos as well as some video links, I hope you enjoy them!

Video One

Video Two

Michaela & INZO

Thanks for the great letter and super pictures!


Congratulations to Rich Devons of Las Vegas, NV who acquired Immerjoy from the Ultimate Piaffe in June of 2011. 

She was bred here and previously shown by Darrel Purdy. Immerjoy out of Proxy the Ultimate Piaffe's mare.



IDEAL is the Number ONE Oldenburg Stallion for PREMIUM FOALS!


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1180 Zivney Lane, Lake Oswego, OR. 97034 USA

Carol L. Ives 503 638 7716 

Darrel Purdy 503 317 8051