The Wallonia breeding championship took place in Ghlin, Belgium on September 30/October 1, with free jumping classes for two- and three-year-olds (110 and 62 entries, respectively), as well as a foal championship (almost 70 participants).
The many spectators created a very pleasant atmosphere and, during the free jumping contests, Daniel Boudrenghien provided a very smooth and expert commentary about the pedigrees, breeders, riders, and the selection criteria.
Ologie du Pont-Rihen: 3yo free jumping winner
With four competitors to go, Olisco du Seigneur led the interim rankings of the free jumping championship for three-year-olds with 87.08 %. The SBS-registered Olisco is a son of Touardo Blue Z out of Diana du Seigneur, a Vivaldi du Seigneur daughter who, amongst others, produced the AES approved stallion Joker du Seigneur and the four-star international showjumper Jolie Mome du Seigneur. Olisco was bred by the founders of La Ferme du Seigneur,Marc and Kathleen Vanlangendonck. However, victory was not yet in their hands as Olisco was immediately followed by another SBS-registered three-year-old – Ologie du Pont-Rihen. This daughter by a ‘du Seigneur’ stallion displaced Olisco from his provisional first place by receiving 90.83% from the jury – a scored that the final three competitors were unable to better.
Ologie is a daughter of the eight-year-old SBS approved stallion Junior du Seigneur, with whom Edward Levy ranked third in this year’s four-star 1m45 class in Ascona. Ologie du Pont-Rihen was bred by Patrick Donnay, who said; “Her dam, Emeraude du Pontrihen, is by the stallion who won the 2012 World Championship for six-year-olds, Gangster de Longchamps. Emeraude performed at the age of five and six and showed good showjumping technique, good use of the back, and a lot of punch.
“As a six-year-old she managed to place well several times during international showjumping competitions. In 2016, she finished 14th in the six-year-old final in Lummen, in partnership with Charlotte Lutz. Emeraude was then injured and used in breeding, producing Luracine du Pont-Rihen (Emerald van’t Ruytershof), Nulle Part du Pont-Rihen (Nixon van’t Meulenhof), and Ologie du Pont-Rihen. Unfortunately, Emeraude passed away fifteen days after Ologie’s birth. Ologie was raised by a foster mare.
“Emeraude’s offspring are cool-headed and easy to ride; not too spooky and have a lot of balance. They always want to do their best. Emeraude didn’t have the scope to jump at the very highest level, but thanks to Junior du Seigneur we have managed to improve that issue, which was the intention. I love Junior as he jumps with great ease.”
Patrick Donnay has been an active breeder for 15 years. “I’m an amateur. I breed an average of two foals every year. The first horse I bred, Bijou du Pontrihen, jumped internationally at 1m50 level. Even after he was sold to the United States and came under the saddle of another rider he continued to perform at that level.”.. To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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