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. The full sibling “Flying Machine” of 2015 was Campion Dresage Colt at his inspection; and the 3rd full sibling born 2017, “Flying Free” was Reserve Champion of her Inspection and awarded as an “Albert Kley Top Ten Foal for Canada, 2017”.
Finest – Furstenball / Wie Weltmeyer / Prince Thatch xx, 2011
A Premium Hanoverian stallion, one of Furstenball’s best sons, and “winner of the heart” at his licensing, Finest shows a bit more leg and elegance than even his darling sire. From damsire “Wie Weltmeyer” (Olympic mount of Emma Hindle), he has power in his engine. This combines with very good elevation in the gaits, much freedom in the walk, super charming face and expression, swing through the loin, freedom of the shoulders, and front legs that reach up and out. His neck is well placed, coming up and out cleanly from the chest. He is athletic and knows where his feet are at all times!
Finest’s dam dam Wie Princess is also the dam of St. Moritz Jr. Some say he shows even more beauty, charm and movement than his older half brother.
Finest completed a very good 30-day SPT at Munster, with a breeding value of 138 points. He has scored as high as 9 in competition, and qualified for the Bundeschampionates (4 and 5 year olds) with top scores. His offspring are very correct and beautiful, including many Champion foals, SPT mares and licensed sons. He is true to his bloodlines! Video below:
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 Zonik undersaddle in 2016:
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. Video of Romeo at his licensing 2017
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
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.
Zoom’s first foal crop is due in 2018, with high expectations!
Here is a video of SPT Champion Zoom undersaddle at 4 years of age,
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:
Buckingham – Bordeaux / Rousseau, 2011
A sportsman from head to toe: that´s how Buckingham presented himself at the licensing in Vechta in 2013.