By Claartje van Andel, Adriana van Tilburg
Photography: FEI and private collection
On Saturday, November 2, 2019, the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses and Longines will celebrate the Longines-WBFSH Breeders Awards honoring the FEI ranking winners during the Longines Equita Lyon Concours Hippique International in Lyon, France.
The world's leading breeders in showjumping, dressage, and eventing will be invited to attend to be awarded for the performances of their extraordinary sport horses, and to receive their certificates and exquisite Longines watches, to be presented by a representative of the iconic Swiss watchmaker and Jan Pedersen, president of the WBFSH. Through its recent collaboration with the WBFSH, as well as its long-term partnership with the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), Longines emphasizes the importance of breeding and breeders and their roles in the development of equestrian sports.
According to Matthieu Baumgartner, the Longines vice president of marketing: “Given Longines’ role as top partner of the FEI and official partner of the FEI-WBFSH [...], the collaboration with the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses is a logical development of our support to equestrian sports. Longines is proud to promote and recognizes the pivotal role of breeding in maintaining the highest level of excellence in equestrian sports.”
fischerChipmunk FRH tops eventing ranking
It was not a question of if fischerChipmunk (Contendro I - Havanna 71 x Heraldik xx) would win the leading breeder/horse ranking, but when!
This horse’s career began in extraordinary style by winning the five-year-old eventing title at the Bundeschampionate – the German young-horse cham-pionship in Warendorf – in 2013 under the saddle of Julia Krajewski. She had been riding him since the age of four-and-a-half, and continued to build his reputation all the way to last year’s World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC. fischerChipmunk’s results with both Krajewski, and now Michael Jung, have been quite remarkable.
More than 100 years of breeding history
This line has been in his breeder, Dr. Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff’s family for more than 100 years, as he explains: “This damline can be traced back to 1906, and the Trakehner mare where it started who was purchased by my great-grandfather. Forty years later, war refugees came to the farm in Lower Saxony for shelter. The Graf Dönhoff family brought two Trakehner mares with them. One of these mares was in foal and gave birth to a colt that my father purchased. This colt matured rather early, and when he was two he put a grand lady (Firnis x Schwalbenflug, old Hanoverian blood), who was already an old mare, in foal, which resulted in a top filly. After I finished my pony time I had good success with her at shows in my area in jumping and dressage. We took her out of sport to let her be covered and she stayed in our family. She produced also a top filly who came to me, and I am now breeding the eighth generation out of this line. The foundation of this line is a mix between Trakehner, Hanoverian, and Holsteiner (Ramiro) blood.
“Through our experience we know this damline very well and can select the right stallions. I am continuing breeding with this same damline myself. In the past I studied agriculture and specialized in horse genetics, and my grandfather told me a lot about the history of the older generations. I started to purchase the English Thoroughbred Studbooks from Weatherbys, and am very keen on the blood of Nearco xx (Pharos xx - Nogra xx x Havresac II xx) and Hurry On xx (Marcovil xx - Toute Suite xx x Sainfoin xx). They have had and still have a very influential role in Warmblood breeding. That is how I bred Chipmunk, he carries five times Nearco xx and three or four times Hurry On xx, and this mixed with Ramiro x Ramzes x blood brings willingness to perform, power for jumping and rideability. I still look today for Nearco xx and Hurry On xx in the pedigrees...To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber