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
Franziskus – Fidertanz / Alabaster / Rubinstein / Grundstein, 2008
Brilliant in type, strong in frame, extravagent in movement – Hanoverian stallion Franziskus also brings my favourite bloodlines to the equation.
His basic gaits are nearly perfect: he walks with diligence and rhythm, he trots with impulsion, he canters uphill. His talent has dazzled from the beginning. As a foal, he impressed with his outstanding movement and character and won the qualification for the German Foal Championships. In 2011, Franziskus successfully completed the 30-days-test in Münster-Handorf where he received a score of 9.0 for trot, canter and rideabilty in the training, and a 9.5 for his character. The test rider then gave him 9.5 points for rideability. Continuing his life of success, Franziskus soon became Bundeschampion of the 4-year-old riding stallions with top marks.
Since then he has developed a brilliant career under Olympian Ingrid Klimke, delighting the crowds at every appearance, and scoring wins all the way to Grand Prix and with his dazzling entertainment at Grand Prix Freestyle.
I’ve included here a video from back in 2016, where he delights the crowd, and stirs the hearts with his character, style and athleticism.And equally delightful, a recent Grad Prix Freestyle. His brilliance continues. I have tried repeatedly to obtain a pregnancy from his frozen semen – and finally — success! Contessa will give us a Franziskus baby about May 1st, 2020.
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”.
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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.
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.
In 2019 For Romance OLD was awarded the honour VTV Dressurhengst des Jahres.
Videolink to For Romance is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXJok011QpQ
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! We have been delighted with our 2019 “Finest” filly “Fine Art“, from Giada, and have bred back for a full sibling in April 2020. Video below:
D’Avie – Don Juan de Hus / Londonderry / Walt Disney, 2012
Six Year Old World Young Horse Champion, 2018 and Seven Year Old World Young Horse Champion 2019, D’Avie is a radiantly beautiful Hanoverian stallion, with a performance pedigree extraordinaire! He dazzles with his gaits, magnificence and natural grace.
D’Avie is from the first crop of Don Juan de Hus, himself a product of the successful sire Jazz, crossed with Krack C. Don Juan de Hus took his stallion performance test in Schlieckau in 2011 with outstanding scores: 10.0 for rideability and 9.5 for his trot and canter. He took sixth place under Jessica Michel at the World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in 2013. Meanwhile eleven of Don Juan de Hus sons have been licensed in Germany including the Westphalian victory stallion and price record, D’Egalité, and the winner of the German National Championships, Don Martillo.
D’Avie’s dam, St.Pr.St. Linda is a full sister of St.Pr.A. Lady Gagga who collects ribbons in dressage up to Inter I. The benefits of the line founding stallion, Lauries Crusador xx, are reaped through the dam’s sire Londonderry. Walt Disney, as grand-damsire, brings the valuable Weltmeyer blood to the equation. The performance line of Delicta has produced many top sport horses.
We welcomed a truly beautiful D’Avie filly “D’a Bella in May 2019, from our SPS Bella Vista, by Belissimo M.
Video of D’AVIE undersaddle in 2018 Open House at Helgstrand’s:
Franklin – Ampere / Ferro / Flemmingh, 2010
Franklin is thoroughly Dutch-bred. 2013 Champion of his KWPN licensing, Franklin was also Champion of his Performance Test with 9.5 for the canter, self-carriage and balance, 9.0 for rideability and dressage potential, 8.5 for the trot. In 2015 he won the KNHS KWPN Hengstencompetitie in ‘s Hertogenbosch / NED.
His father Ampere was 2008 KWPN Champion Stallion and Stallion Performance Test winner, licensed in the Netherlands, Westphalia, Southern Germany and Holstein. From 2012 he provided more than 20 licensed sons. The damsire of Franklin is the Grand Prix stallion Ferro, who competed at the 2000 Olympics and the European Championship under Coby van Balen. Franklin is line-bred on two of the major Dutch breeding magnates Ferro and Flemmingh, hence an interesting stallion with a big future in both sport and breeding.
The offspring by Franklin show high dressage potential. Many have inherited his beautiful expression and great movement with active hind legs and a strong topline. Several have been sold for top prices; Faretti DWB (Franklin / Don Frederico), was awarded DWB Champion Dressage Filly 2017 and sold for 150,000 Euros in the Nordic International Sales during Equitour Aalborg in 2017. In 2016 Franklin sired the DWB Champion Dressage Filly, Francisca Lightfoot and in 2018 the full sister to Faretti DWB, Faretti II DWB was sold for 102.000 euro in the Nordic International Sales.
The first sons by Franklin have been Approved, and contested the Pavo Cup. Reserve Champion of the 2018 KWPN licensing was Kadans (Franklin / Jazz).
We are excited to announce that SPS Ditana, our heavily TB-influenced daughter of Don Bosco by Donnerhall, is in foal to Franklin for May 2020. We anticipate a very interesting foal, of exceptional beauty and power.
Video of Franklin undersaddle in 2019
and at the 2018 Open House at Helgstrand’s:
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 welcomed an exceptional representative of Romeo’s first foal crop “Regina Coeli“, at SunnyDays, in May 2018. Video of Romeo at his licensing 2017
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. In 2018, our Contessa delivered a Zonik colt, who received the International Hanoverian Verband “Gold Medal Foal” Award; and was also on the “2018 Top Ten Foal List” for Canadian Hanoverians. Video of Zonik undersaddle in 2016:
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! UPDATE: We welcomed the first North American-born Zoom foal in June 2018 – Ziya, from SPS Bella Vista, was sold immediately to USA.
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.