So many wonderful stallions are available to the breeder today – many located here in North America, plus international stars of dressage or jumping available via frozen semen. So, it is possible to plan a dreamhorse — size, talent, even colour, using the sire you deem “the best match” for your mare, in terms of genotype and phenotype.
Choosing that “best match” is a mixture of science, art, intuition, research – and luck. Starting with mares you love and admire for both internal and external qualities – this is essential. Your mares bring their genetics to the equation, and they also bring attitude and example – which they pass to their foals as reliably as they do the genetics.
Below are notes on stallions I have used in my breeding, and stallions who contributed to the foundation mares of my breeding programme.
Sires of our Youngsters
Wolkentanz II – Weltmeyer / Ludendorf, 1995
Wolkentanz II has competed successfully at Advanced Level dressage and his offspring are following in his footsteps. He boasts:
12 Approved sons and 22 State Premium mares
Wolkentanz II’s famous sire Weltmeyer hardly needs an introduction — he is currently ranked third in the world for producing dressage horses, according to the 2008 World Breeding Federation statistics. Wolkentanz II’s dam, SPS Lovely, produced his full brother, Wolkentanz I, owned by the Celle State Stud in Germany as well as the full sister, WeiBe Rose, Champion of the 1994 Louis Wiegels Show. Video of Wolkentanz II can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tojsQsBcfvE
My 2012 Wolkentanz II filly Wavin’Flag was exceptional. I’ll be breeding to this stallion again.
Fabregas – Florencio / De Niro / Lanthan, 2006
Fabregas was Dressage Reserve Champion of his Adelheidsdorf 70 day performance test in 2009, and winner of L-level classes in 2011.
His first foal crop produced Champion and Reserve Champion in a 70 entrant foal inspection/show in Germany. Fabregas also sired Champion filly in the 2010 British Hanoverian Society’s foal show. Judge’s comments on these foals were that they are “very correct, elastic with great walks”. Only two years later his first licensed son was announced at Redefin, Germany, with another Premium stallion licensed in 2013 -underlining this stallion’s impressive breeding quality.
After importation to Canada, Fabregas succeeded in numerous FEI 6 year old classes and is currently trained to PSG level. Any of 1st Canadian foal crop that went to inspections were “callback” foals. In 2014 our Fidertanz mare, Free-To-Be delivered an outstanding colt by Fabregas! Flying Colours was sold to an American Grand Prix rider at just 2 weeks old; and in September was selected “Champion Dressage Foal 2014” at his large HV inspection. We look forward to a full sibling in 2015.
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Furstenball – Furst Heinrich / Donnerhall / Classiker, 2006
Equipped with a maximum amount of easy elegance, suppleness and elasticity, he is the embodiment of the modern dressage horse. Sold as a foal for 110.000 euros, he was champion of his licensing, stallion performance test winner with a sensational 154.98 points in the dressage index (16 x 9.0 and better, as well as 10.0 for rideability) and champion of the German national championships of five-year-old dressage horses in 2011. He won the Championship with top marks: 9.5 for trot and overall impression, 10.0 for walk. 9.0 for canter and suppleness. Prior to that, he became Oldenburg regional champion with a mark of 9.1. In 2012, he put his quality again to the test with high placings at the regional and German national championship and at the World Championships of six-year-old dressage horses. In 2013, he won his first advanced level/ Prix St. Georges competitions. At a gripping ceremony, within the framework of the Oldenburg Althengstparade (older stallion parade), he was celebrated as the VTV dressage stallion of the year.
Blue Hors Romanov – Rohdiamont / Grundstein / Akzent II, 2000
The combination of Romanov’s dam, elite mare Rumirell, with the main premium and champion stallion Rohdiamant has proven to be a golden cross resulting in nothing less than six approved full brothers; main premium stallion Rubin Royal, Romanov, Rumicello, Rubino Vincente, Rockefeller and Rubin Action.
Born in 2000, Romanov was Reserve Champion of the Oldenburg Approval in 2002 and stabled at the Blue Hors stud in Denmark. In 2004 he was the best dressage stallion at the Danish Herning Approval; in 2005 Champion of the dressage 5-year-olds in Denmark and in 2008 VTV sport Stallion of the Year. Ridden by Sune Hansen (DEN), he placed in Grand Prix tests, won the Medien Cup in Hamburg in 2010, came second in the Grand Prix Special in Verden, won the Grand Prix in Copenhagen and was on the Danish team at the European Championships in 2011. Under GLOCK rider Edward Gal he found a new winning formula and in 2012 alone earned five top three placings in Hertogenbosch (CDI4*), Rotterdam (CDI3*) and Odense (CDI-W). He is now excelling under Peter Minderhood.
GLOCK’s Romanov is one of the most popular dressage studs in Denmark and his semen is much in demand throughout Europe. In 2011 he had two inspected sons at the Danish approval in Herning, was Stallion of the Year himself. The German foal championships also saw four of his foals qualifying and two winning the title. His son Honnerups Driver was the outstanding World Champion of the young dressage horses in 2009 and a Romanov progeny, Hojersmindes Rolex was also in the final in 2011.
A video from 2014 can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Omzs2s6mc
Sir Gregory – Sir Donnerhall / Don Gregory, 2005
This gorgeous liver chestnut stallion was winner of his 30 day test with an overall score of 8.85 — 9.08 in dressage and 8.35 in jumping. He has consistently produced modern, big moving foals with good foundations and temperaments.
A brilliant son of champion stallion Sir Donnerhall, and out of a very strong dam line, Sir Gregory was a crowd favourite at his 2007 stallion licensing in Oldenburg, with his beautiful looks, super type, correct conformation, outstanding movement and good jump.
As a 3 year old Sir Gregory was the convincing winner of his 30 day test at Neustadt/Dosse, with very high scores in every category, including:
Sir Gregory is a very modern type stallion, of striking good-looks, with a beautiful head and neck. He has very correct conformation, his gaits are powerful, with a lot of elasticity, very good use of the hind leg, and he already shows a very good ability to collect. Sir Gregory also has a very good temperament. He is kind, smart and learns quickly, and this goes hand and hand with his excellent rideability. He has been successful up to PSG, with very high scores.
Here is a video of Sir Gregory at 4 years of age https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjdMDsrWjT4 and again at 8 years old, schooling Advanced movements https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdbttzxDm9A