International Young Breeders’ world championship from Spruce Meadows, Calgary

A report from Calgary's Spruce Meadows young breeder's championships

KWPN championship

Full report from the KWPN from the KWPN championships in Ermelo

Alicante – stallion profile of one of Casall’s top-performing sons

Next in the series of stallion profiles

Aachen, de facto Worlds on Soers hallowed turf

Rolex Grand Slam GP win for Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet riding 11yo mare Coree/ex Coree de Hus (Cornet Obolensky x Liberty Life)
GERMANY (by Christopher Hector and Adriana van Tilburg) Most people would concede that Aachen is the de facto World championships. Unlike the official FEI WEGs, entried are decided on the basis of talent, rather than being restricted by nationality. On the hallowed turf of Soers, it is truly the best of the best in battle – it is here that we find the cutting edge bloodlines. So, which stallions claim boasting rights? In jumping, Chacco Blue (Chambertin - Contara x Contender) has 11 progeny among the entries...
... and is apparently the sire of choice among a fairly accomplished group of riders: Guy Williams, Philip Weishaupt, Henrik von Eckermann, Eric Lamaze, Marco Kutscher, Maurice Tebbel, Ludger and Markus Beerbaum and Philip Rüping. Then there are two stallions tied with seven offspring: Kannan (Voltaire x Nimmerdor) and Casall (Caretino x Lavall I).
Kannan's rider list is again a who's who: Lamaze (with two), Bertram Allen, Pedro Veniss, Samuel Parot, Roger- Yves Bost, and Christian Ahlmann – the highest ranked competitor being Allen’s Molly Malone (Janini x Cavalier).
It would be nice to know the number of mares Kannan has bred and the number covered by Casall, who, until this year was balancing highest level sport with breeding. The best ranked of his progeny at Aachen, with Ludger Beerbaum's Casello missing from the line-up, is Casallo Z (Kaginka III x Carthago) with Piergiorgio Bucci.
Kashmir van Schuttershof (by Nabab de Rêve out of a mare by the Grand Veneur son, Tenor Manciais, out of a Furioso II x Gotthard mare) was a genuine Grand Prix competitor with Philippe le Jeune, and he has an all-star line-up of six for Aachen, headed by Kent Farrington's Gazelle (Diva Ter Elzen x Indoctro). There are three stallions with five: Balou de Rouet (Balou- bet de Rouet x Continue), Cornet Obolensky (Clinton x Heartbreaker) and Dia- mant de Sémilly (Le Tot de Sémilly x Elf III). For Pleasure (Furioso II xGrannus) has four and his son, Forsyth (Dorian), one. And, to round out our hall of fame, there are six stallions with three apiece on the Aachen list: Quidam de Revel (Jalisco x Nithard), Berlin (Corrado x Masetto), Clinton (Cassini I x Caretino), and the sire of 2016 Olympian and 2017 World Cup Final winner, HH Azur, Thunder v Zuuthoeve (a wonderfully eclectic mix, by Argentinus out of a Nimmerdor x Lord mare)... TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS

Sokolova: “No pain, no gain!”

Nadezhda Sokolova surrounded by some of her horses at her Kursk- region farm - Photo: Elena Zobova
RUSSIA (by Elena Zobova) For the 20th anniversary of Breeding News, and specif- ically to support diversity in sport horse breeding, I decided to ask an extremely interesting woman – Nadezhda Sokolova – founder of a Trakehner horse stud located in the Kursk region of Russia, to shares her philosophies. Remarkably, if there was such a thing as a breeding score for trouble-free horses, then Sokolova’s would score very highly as they all have unique ‘liveability’...
This has nothing to do with performance and everything to do with pleasure; the pleasure of the rider and the groom bringing the horse up to its real value. Bringing out the best in it! And, so far, Sokolova’s breeding has seen global success as two of her own- bred dressage horses competed in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games: the extravagant-moving Mister X (Egejus - Derbi x Blank xx) and Inessa Merkulova finished 23rd individually, while Hannoverian Vosk (Vodoley - Sudarynia x Signatur xx) under the saddle of Marina Aframeeva placed just 31st after the Grand Prix, but this marked a real breakthrough for the Russian dressage team.
With her knowlege of genetics and pedigrees, Sokolova has a clear view on what makes a modern sport horse, but alongside her serious breeding goals, she possesses a great sense of humour – all the time reminding me about the one statement that defines her own life, about her breeding, about her horses... “He who does not take risks, does not drink the champagne!” Q When did you fall in love with Trakehner horses? Well, I first fell in love with Trakehner horses during my childhood: I competed in dressage with the Trakehner stallion Vsgljad bred at Starozhilovo horse stud, by the Polish imported Grzesznik out of Warzelsija, by Celsius. This horse was universal – he raced, he jumped, he performed in dressage. We were rather successful. I knew Trakehner horses inside out – their history, the sire lines and the dam families, their achievements in sport, so I had no doubt which horses to breed... TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS

Z-foal champs

Cornet Obolensky – well represented by offspring
BELGIUM (by Jo de Roo) From July 13-15, almost 500 foals participated in the Z-Festival foal championship in the home town of Studbook and Studfarm Zangersheide. This year, for the first time, the studbook will organize three other Z- Festivals: Marl, Germany, which took place on July 9, plus Westdorp, the Netherlands (July 29) and Petit-Mars, France on August 6.
In Lanaken, the foals were divided in six groups and evaluated by an interna- tional jur y, namely Heinz Meyer (Germany), Luc Tilleman (Belgium) and Xavier Leredde (France). Afterwards, we interviewed Luc Tilleman. When we analyzed the top 20 of each group, we see that several stallions were represented by five or more descendants: Cornet Obolensky and Comilfo Plus Z each had 13 descendants; Aganix du Seigneur Z eight; Cicero Z seven; Chacoon Blue and Levisto Z each six; Comme Il Faut and Dominator 2000 Z each five. So, this means that Cor- net Obolensky has had a major influence, not only via his own 13 descendents, but also through his grand- son Comilfo Plus Z (Comme Il Faut). Tilleman commented by saying, “In breadth we have seen a lot of quality. Time flies. I don’t remember if it’s the third or fourth time that I have been judging the Z- Foal championship. The first time I did this job, we didn’t need to think about ranking the 30 foals with the weakest scores. Nowadays, we are only talking about five foals, presented by amateurs that wanted to enjoy a day off. All other foals are bred with a certain aim. In terms of quality, there is no big difference between number 15 and number 60 in the ranking. At that moment, we are talking about a difference of maybe one point in a maximum of 50 points. Participants with a foal that ranked 60th don’t need to be disappointed. And, of course, the performance is a snapshot. If the foal doesn’t show all his qualities or he creeps a little bit under his mother, so be it. We can only evaluate the things we see.”...

New champions

Cosmopolitan (Concetto x Larimar) three-year-old champion of mares and geldings bred by Thomas Pfefferle
GERMANY (by Sonja Grob/press release) It was former Birkhof stud stallion Lord Leopold (Lord Sinclair - Fatima x Sandro), who had six offspring at the Baden-Württemberg championship held in Tübingen at the beginning of July.
For the first time, the three- and four-year-old stallions were amalgamated into one class. Arogato, the lovely chestnut offspring of Antango bred by Anja and Josef Riss, was awarded a total of 8.3 for the champion’s title. He is owned by the Riss’s son Matthias. Second was First Date, a son of For Romance (Fürst Ro- mancier - Gesina x Sir Don- nerhall) bred by Martha-Rose Kullen.
Victory for Equidiamonds Damiani The four-year-old Damon Hill (Donnerhall - Romanze x Rubinstein I) son Equidi- amonds Damiani bred by Frieder Heilemann reached a total of 8.4 for his basic gaits, with 8.5 being awarded for his development. The dark chestnut stallion is a Florestan I grandson out of Florence who grew up with Manfred Berreth in Ellwangen and was presented by his trainer Melanie Mayer. For Mayer this was her first victory and the delight for her and Damiani’s owner, Martin Lehr, was great. The winner of the final qualification was Benelli, a son of Benicio – based at the Callaho Warmblood stud farm in South Africa, out of a Lord Sinclair daughter, bred by the Stroben breeding collective and owned by Hans-Peter Krause. For his trot and canter the brown Württemberger stallion achieved a 9.0 for a final overall note of 8.3... FOR THE COMPLETE ARTICLE SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS