Once again Diamante De Semilly shone for the Sell Français studbook and easily topped last year’s WB FSH show jumping sires group. His top points-earner was Clooney 51, one of six Cornet Smolensk show jumping offspring that had qualified for the Rio Olympics.
Günter Schumer was another breeder honored at the WB FSH awards at Geneva last December for Chagall Request, the federation’s leading individual show jumping horse and sired by Casals Ask. Fifth-placed Kennan is the only stallion to feature in two disciplines in the 2016 rankings, as the Voltaire son rounds out the eventing top-10 sires too.
He has enjoyed a surge of support following the success of Bertram Allen’s Molly Malone V and Steve Guerra’s London Olympics gold medal winner, Niño DES Buissonnets. The sole Irish-bred Cruising (58th) together with other imports Good (61st), ARD DL Douglas (63rd) and OBOE Quality (66th) are the remaining Irish-based sires in 2016’s top-100.
Leading the way in the United States Equestrian Federation rankings is Che llano Z, cloned by Zangersheide Stud after the Contender son’s premature death, and his top offspring are McCain Ward’s Carlos Z. Inductor (second) has the highest number of progeny (33) recorded in the US sire rankings which, unsurprisingly, feature a range of European household names.
Illustrating the scale of prize money now available on the international circuit is Scott Brash’s prolific winner Ursula XII. The Scottish Sport Horse mare earned just short of £1 million sterling last year, three times the amount won by her stable companion Hello Forever.
Placed in numerous bumpers he finally got off the mark at Hillary in April last year and although off since he is fully expected to win races over hurdles once he gets back to the track. He has been at or near the top of the National Hunt stallion tree for many years now having retired to stud after winning at up to Group One level on the flat over up to a mile and a quarter for trainer John Golden.
Oh, and I had to put the Pinto sires on there because of my color preference. Producing great offspring for several disciplines (dressage, eventing,jumpers)I also love Consul.
Wish I could have re-bred, but my trainer backed out of the deal with the mare I was leasing. (Grrr)I love Landing as well, his jump is superb.
JD, why do you think the mare didn't take with First Gotthard? I really like Consul, Judgement ISF, First Gotthard, Iron man, and Landing.
It looks like Judgement ISF and First Gotthard only do freeze...not sure about Iron Man. I know my vet can do fresh... I think I remember her saying she did not have the equipment to do freeze (I have a call into her to be sure).
They may only be offering frozen now due to FG's age. My vet also suspects that one “servicing” from the stallion was split up to AI 5 mares.
My mare is in foal to Manhattan due in a few weeks and I can't wait. She took first try, and she's a maiden mare, and Manhattan is just impressive (check out the videos from his 100-day test on there and what not).
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When it comes to repurposing off-track Thoroughbreds for other equestrian sports, not all trainers and riders hold pedigree in equal credence. Some professionals say a horse's conformation and way of moving is more important to them; the names on the Jockey Club papers are just added color.
Denny Emerson, international eventing champion and owner/trainer at Tamarack Hill Farm, echoed the popular sentiment among sport horse riders that distance horses have historically been better suited for most types of English riding, especially eventing. Examples include Sassy Reason, a son of Champagne winner Limit to Reason, who won the prestigious Burgher Horse Trials, and Epic Win, son of graded stakes-placed Epic Journey, who went to the CCI** level.
For his own part, Emerson found success at the advanced level of eventing aboard a son of Silent Fox, full brother to Affirmed, and stood Reputed Testimony (son of Preakness and Haskell winner Deputed Testimony) at stud for many years. Shortly after our interview, Emerson tagged this writer in a Facebook post asking readers which bloodlines had brought them success in their sport.
Some love the athleticism of the Storm Cat line, while others have found the family's temperament tough to take. Indy, as well as Gone West, Fabiano, and Marquetry, but there were sires from almost every corner of the gene pool whose offspring found success in an off-track home.
Not For Love is another stallion who seems to produce good sport horses, and in Pittman's experience, they often do best under veteran riders. For several years, Pittman crossed an OTTO stallion with other breeds in search of the perfect sport horse.
He said those exceptions to the distance horse paradigm kept coming along from the racetrack, and he thought 'Why be a breeder when there are already great athletes out there?' The dressage world has been slower than eventing or jumping to come back to the Thoroughbred and has been more heavily populated by Warm bloods than other disciplines in the past few decades.
Nun Santos, a classical dressage rider, is currently competing third level with 7-year-old gelding Ken's Kitten, a son of Kitten's Joy (Santos also worked on the racetrack in California, where he galloped Fusaichi Pegasus, Ghost zapper, and Azeris). The gelding's flowing natural movement has already attracted attention, and Pittman said international achievement by a Kitten's Joy son could make the sire in-demand outside the turf course.