By Christopher Hector
Photography: FEI/Leanjo de Koster
Of late, dressage breeding has become a much more diverse and genetically interesting place, although a few years ago it looked as if we were doomed to endless repetitions on the theme D – R – W: Donnerhall, Rubinstein, Weltmeyer.
Then Florestan started to share the stage with Donnerhall, Rubinstein and Weltmeyer, but now, particularly with the spread of Dutch blood, it’s a real alphabet soup, with new names and bloodlines springing up seemingly overnight.
But they are not all new lines, one of the most influential newcomers is the E line that has its roots in the old Hanoverian A line of Adeptus xx (1884-1904). But these new E line stallions have absorbed all sorts of influences on their way to their current popularity.
Let’s look at one of the most popular of the newcomers, Escamillo, one of the stars of the Paul Schockemöhle stallion collection. Escamillo was the champion of the Verden licensing in 2017, and his value was soon recognized when in 2021 he was awarded the Weltmeyer prize by the Hanoverian Verband. In 2022 Escamillo looked great at the World Breeding Championship for Young Horses in Ermelo. He was second in the seven-year-old first go-round behind the eventual champion, Kjento, then a few mistakes in the final saw him slip to third. The stallion was initially trained by Isabell Werth, but was transferred to Helen Langehanenberg’s yard, and taken out of breeding to concentrate on his sport career. At Ermelo, he was ridden, brilliantly, by Manuel Dominguez Bernal, as he is a ‘bit cheeky’ for Helen’s taste.
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