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
Sir Donnerhall – Sandro Hit / Donnerhall, 2001
Sir Donnerhall combines the genetics of Sandro Hit and Donnerhall in a beautiful package, and he is prepotent in passing on his qualities to his offspring. In addition to achieving the highest ever dressage index in his Stallion Perfomance test (165), Sir Donnerhall was second Reserve Champion at his licensing, a I-a main premium stallion, the 2006 Bundeschampion as well as Vice World Champion for five-year old dressage horses. He has already produced 85 licensed sons, including many premium and licencing champions, for multiple registries. More than 60 daughters have been awarded the States Premium title, and his youngsters achieve record prices at auction.
In 2013, Sir Donnerhall dominated the Bundeschampionship as no sire has before: His daughter Cindy OLD won the class for four year old mares and geldings and the licensed sons, Sir Henry and Sean Connery became Vice Champions of the five- and six-year old dressage horses respectively. Sir Diamond won the bronze medal in the class for five-year-olds and with Secret Love and Simply Red, two more of his descendants, reached the final. The son Sa Coeur was the 2012 and 2013 World Champion for five- and six- year old dressage horses and then the top price at the PSI-Auction in Ankum. His eldest offspring are now shining at Prix St George, even Grand Prix levels.
I have used Sir Donnerhall five times, paired with Contessa, and have been given award-worthy foals – light-hearted, athletic, modern and people-oriented. Videolink is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuLp1Jtv4MQ
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
In 2008 – 9 offspring competing at”S” (Advanced) level Dressage
In 2008 – 1 offspring competing at “S” (Advanced) level Jumping
Ranked #2 of all Sires with an Index of 172 points for producing Type and Riding Horse qualities
Ranked #14 of all Sires for Dressage with an Index of 145 points (Source: 2007 Hannoveraner Jahrbuch Hengste)
Reserve Champion, 70 day test – Index of 133.56 pts
Champion of Dressage portion of his SPT with an Index of 143.94 points – Scored 10 twice for Rideability
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.
Furstenball by Furst Heinrich
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.
Fürstenball also sets a new standard in his hereditability. He ranked number 1 of the FN breeding valuation throughout Germany in 2015 – it is hard to do better at such a young age! With his first crop, Fürstenball had already produced the champion stallion and top price (400.000 euros) of the 2012 Oldenburg Stallion Days, Follow Me. Up to now, 34 sons of Fürstenball have been licensed, often awarded with premiums and some of them sold for record prices, for example Farell, Fashion Maker, Finest, Fürsten-Look and others. In 2014, three of the four Oldenburg regional champions were by Fürstenball. Currently, about 60% of his daughters have achieved Premium or SPS Status at their studbook inspections!
For Romance – Fuerst Romancier / Sir Donnerhall / Don Schufro, 2009
For Romance – the epitome of a model sire – is blessed with three excellent gaits, lightness and elasticity. His canter and trot can only be described with superlatives and his character is also noteworthy. For Romance stood out brilliantly in the strong lot of stallions at the 2011 Oldenburg Verband licensing; and, as expected, he passed his 30-day test in Schlieckau with super scores, receiving 9.25 for his trot and rideability, a 9.0 for his canter and an 8.88 for character.
For Romance has a fairytree pedigree, tracing back to Fuerst Heinrich on top, through his wonderful sire Fuerst Romancier. His dam-sire, Sir Donnerhall I, was the 2nd Reserve Champion at his licensing, State Champion, the record-breaking winner of his stallion performance test with 165 points in dressage, Vice World Champion of young dressage horses and Bundeschampion as well. More than 50 of his sons have been licensed; and in 2010, three of his progeny took Vice Bundeschampion titles in Warendorf: Silbermond – the NRW Champion Stallion, Appassionata and the licensed Snap Shot. He has also sired numerous top auction horses and has offspring excelling internationally. For Romance’s damline is further enriched by the blood of the incomparable Don Schufro.
It is little wonder that in 2012 For Romance’s full sister Fasine took the Oldenburg Champion Mare title, and that in 2014 For Romance’s 1st foal crop included German Champion fillies and colts.
Videolink to For Romance is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXJok011QpQ
Grand Prix sire Zonik
Zonik – Zack / Romanov / Don Schufro, 2008
This brilliant Danish Warmblood stallion by Zack / Romanov / Don Schufro, combines potent bloodlines for competition excellence. And he is gorgeous!
The bottom half of his pedigree especially notable: Zonik’s dam won the bronze medal at her mare performance test, his granddam competed in the final of the Danish Four Year Old Riding Horse Championship with Andreas Helgstrand and has won classes up to Prix St. Georges level. His dam’s sire, Romanov, is a Grand Prix winner. He won the VTV Dressage Stallion Award in 2008 and his son Honnerups Driver was the absolutely brilliant Dressage World Champion in Verden in 2009. Our own premium breeding stallion, Don Schufro, contributes quality genes in the third generation. Don Schufro won the Olympic team bronze medal in Hong Kong, produced the Oldenburg champion stallion of 2010 and Uno Donna Unique, World Champion of Six Year Old Dressage Horses. He has topped the FN dressage breeding stallion index for seven years in succession and produced numerous advanced dressage and Grand Prix horses such as Donna Asana, Bocelli and Diamond Hit. Zonik’s dam line has brought forth many Grand Prix horses.
Zonik is a quality stallion now excelling at Grand Prix level with Edward Gal. Video of Zonk undersaddle in 2016:
Romeo by Romanov
Romeo – Romanov / Wolkentanz / Wanderbursch II, 2012
The quality Romeo possesses proves that breeding is not a coincidence. His sire BH Romanov won many Championships as a young stallion in Denmark; was on the winning team at the European Championships 2013, Winner of Grand Prix Kür Aachen 2013, winner of Grand Prix Special in Drachten 2014, announced Danish Warmblood sire of the Year 2011 Warmblood and, in 2016, he qualified for the Olympics in Rio with Hans Peter Meinderhoud.
Romeo’s dam SPS Wolke is graded with “9” in overall impression and was a Champion of the “Johan von der Decken-Shau” in Verden. In 2015, Wolke also received the prestigious title of “Elite Family” along with her two daughters State Premium mare Silberwolke and her 2-year-old Destano daughter. Romeo’s grand-dam is also SPS, by the dual talented mare-maker Wanderbursch II.
Originally directed at a competition career, Romeo developed so nicely that he was presented for licensing with both Denmark and Hanover – and warmly received. He won his 35 Day SPT in 2016, with a dressage score of 8.96, and had an excellent 14 day SPT in Verden in January 2017 – earning a “10” for interior qualities, and a “9” for rideability. We will be welcoming a representative of Romeo’s first foal crop, at SunnyDays, in May 2018. Videolink at https://youtu.be/UODDph6JE_U
Glock’s Romanov 2012
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:
Interior (Temperament,character,conformation) 9.25
Jumping Ability 8.00
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
Zoom by Zack / Don Schufro
Zoom – Zack / Don Scufro / Brentano II, 2014
The 2016 Westfalian Reserve Licensing Champion Zoom was the only colt to receive a premium label at the 2016 Hanoverian Late Licensing and Approval of young colts and older stallions in Verden, Germany, on 13 December 2016.
Then, in April 2017,the bright-bay Zoom became the high scorer of his 14-day Stallion Performance Test in Neustadt Dosse scoring an overall mark of 8.53 points, with a strong 8.88 for dressage and 8.03 for show jumping. The stallion got 9.25 and 9.50 for character, 9.0 for willingness to work, 8.5 for walk and trot and 9.5 for canter. His rideability earned him 9, his jumping in freedom 7.5 and his test rider gave him a 9.5.
Bred by Dorthe Jeppesen and owned by the Warendorf state stud, Zoom comes from an excellent damline. His mother “SPS DMJ DivaDannebrog” is full sister to the licensed Celle stallion Dannebrog, and half sister to two BEST IN SHOW State Premium Mares by Londonderry.
Zoom’s first foal crop is due in 2018, with high expectations!
Here is a video of SPT Champion Zoom undersaddle at 3 years of age
Morricone by Millennium
Morricone – Millennium / Rubin Royale / De Niro, 2012
A royal appearance and outstanding movement, always in self carriage, Morricone inspired the Oldenburg breeding Director Dr. Schulze Schleppinghoff to say:
“Under saddle, Morricone exceeds all expectations. For one, he dances through three fantastic basic gaits, showing rhythm and a captivating activity of the hind legs. More over, the unwavering strength of character and the rideability of Morricone is outstanding and unique for a 3-year old Stallion.” In his 30 day test in Adelsheidsdorf, he had an overall dressage capability score of 9.33 and a breeding value for dressage of a sensational 158 points.
The judges’ panel agreed four times to award the maximum score of 10.0; twice for the walk and twice for rideability. The scores 9.5 and 9.0 were all nine times for the trot, canter, interior qualities, Character, temperament, and willingness to work.
Morricone’s father, Millennium, was the second reserve winner of the Trakehner Hauptkörung in 2010. He has a direct connection to the Trakehner noble blood of Gribaldi, who still stands high in the rankings of the WBFSH since 2014, and is listed as the best dressage producing sire.
His direct mother, Hartima, is a noble mare by Rubin Royal. Her sire, Rubin Royal OLD, comes from one of the most successful Oldenburg brood mare lines, to that of the Rudi’s line. Rubin Royal OLD, who has already produced 26 licensed sons, is an international Grand Prix winner, under Hendrik Lochthowe. He is the direct full brother to the stallion Romanov — internationally successful under Hans Peter Minderhoud, as well as to four other licensed stallions.
Grandsire is the venerable De Niro. The Donnerhall son has for many years been an undisputed leader in the ranking list of the WBFSH as the best dressage sire of the world.
Morricone is proving to be an absolutely solid riding horse in training with Falk Rosenbauer, and his first foals appear stamped in every way by their sire.
News from First Foal Crop evaluations 2016:8. July 2016
“PHENOMENAL TYPES AND MASTER MOVERS”
“The Oldenburg foal show at Bonhomme stud also presented an official evalution of Morricone’s offspring (Nachzuchtbewertung). 15 Morricone foals were presented to the judges of the Oldenburg committee. All Morricone foals made a fantastic impression. They showed very modern and highly elegant types, strong hind legs, correct conformation and very nice, super elastic trot.”>
Here is a video of Licensing Champion Morricone undersaddle at 4 years of age
SPT Winner Buckingham by Bordeaux
Buckingham – Bordeaux / Rousseau, 2011
A sportsman from head to toe: that´s how Buckingham presented himself at the licensing in Vechta in 2013.
Under saddle, he has thoroughly reached all expectations, and it was no surprise that he became the best dressage horse of his stallion performance test with a breeding value of 154 for dressage. His three fantastic basic gaits and his constant willingness to perform were rated with outstanding scores, and the test riders were absolutely delighted: he got a 9.5 for his rideability.
This athletic ability is no coincidence. Buckingham´s father Bordeaux was placed 4th at the World Championships of Young Dressage Horses with Eva Möller. And Buckingham’s dam´s sire, Rousseau, was second in these Championships in 2003 as well.
Here is a video of Buckingham, presented undersaddle