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Broderick won the four-year- old championship with BP Castlefield (ISH), a horse he owns jointly Ger O’Neil. BP Castlefield is by Luidam, a five-star stallion under the Irish Sport horse classifica- tion system, and the dam Wendoliene (Darco) has jumped up to 1m30 level, ac- cumulating 293 SJI points. The mare has produced an- other two young progeny, a 2011 animal by Orestus (KWPN) and a 2012 animal by Iroko (Westf). The five-year-old class was claimed by ISH Alberta Mist (Womanizer [KWPN]) owned by Caledonia Stables. The Westfalian dam Lisa (Landino [Holst]) has pro- duced two other progeny, in 2005 by Ard VDL Douglas (KWPN) and in 2010 by Cas- sidee (SWB)...   To read the complete aricle subscribe

Stallion Breitling LS wins 2018 FEI World Cup Final

Photo: Isabell Werth and Weihegold
With Beezie Madden in the saddle, Breitling LS (Quintero - Armonia La Silla x Acord II) has won the 2018 World Cup Final in Paris in superb style. But, she knew she’d been in a fight, having faulted for the first time in the second round of the final, the first time this duo had put a foot wrong over three days of competition. “When I had that rail down I was a little nervous, but I still felt my horse was humping well and I knew I had to pull it together to try to get it done.” It was a second World Cup victory for Madden, who also won in 2013. On this occasion, she had a relatively unknown Devin Ryan – a fellow American – nipping at her heels riding Eddie Blue, a son of the great stallion Zirocco Blue. and the youngest horse in the competition at the age of nine. For the second year in a row, Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann had to settle for third place following a mistake with Tovek’s Mary Lou in the closing moments that denied him a jump-off against Madden. (Photo to follow).
Yesterday, lighting up the dressage arena, Isabell Werth and Weihegold scored a back-to-back victory in the FEI World Cup dressaga final having fought an extraordinary battle against Laura Graves and Verdades. Taking the competition to the wire, two dressage titans pulled out all the stops, with Graves first posting a massive 89.082, only to be eclipsed by Werth mustering all her skill and experience to score 90.657. According to a delighted Werth: “To have experience is an advantage if you use it in the right way. […] After a lot of years in the sport, you know how many things can happen, how things can change very quickly. It gives you the confidence to go in the ring and to try your best. […] This was just a great day today.”

Tomorrow, April 5, is the last day…

to try out Oldenburg sport horses that will be offered in Vechta this coming weekend. On April 7, the 88th Elite Auction will offer around 45 first-class horses for dressage and showjumping. Among the lots are licensed stallions, champion mares, schooled masters and talented youngsters. The carefully selected collection has something to excite every rider. Sun, summer, sunlight – spring is on its way and the green season will soon be off the starting blocks. But first you should secure your sport partner in Vechta so that you can get off to a really good start. The auction horses in the spring collection have now moved into their boxes at the Oldenburg Horse Center Vechta. Training has begun and the horses are ready for interested parties to try them out. Make an appointment with our team to get to know your favorites personally. On Saturday, April 7th, the 88th Spring Elite Auction will take place in the Oldenburg Horse Center Vechta. Around 45 first class sport horses for dressage and jumping are waiting for you. Also among the auction horses are licensed stallions, champion mares, schooled sport masters and talented youngsters. The carefully selected collection has something that will excite every rider. Order a catalogue, come to Vechta and secure your own future star. You’ll have the opportunity to observe your darlings during training, try them out and get to know them personally until April 5th. Please get in touch with our consulting and customer service team for this. Showjumping horses will be available to try out for the last time from 10:00 to 1:00 tomorrow: Dressage horses from 2:00 to 4:00. www.oldenburger-pferde.com

Clinton influences BWP

BELGIUM (by Jo de Roo) The Belgian stallion approvals season is over, with BWP approving 43 out of 140 candidates (30%). Overall, several approved stallions have very good showjumping qualities, we saw the very great influence of progenitor Clinton, 25% of approved stallions belong to a BWP performance line and a very complete BWP champion in the option showjumping.
Three BWP-bred three-year-old stallions were selected to participate in the championship: Pegase van’t Ruytershof (Comme Il Faut - Gianthina van’t Ruytershof x Cartani), bred by Stable ’t Ruytershof from BWP performance line 69; Prestige van het Kluizebos – a son of Halifax van het Kluizebos out of a full sister to Clinton from WBFSH-ROLEX award-winning breeder Stefaan Delabie; and Poker de Mariposa – a son of Nabab de Rêve bred by Koen De Brabander out of the international Grand Prix dam Ilena de Mariposa, BWP per- formance line 64). In the final reckoning, it was Pegase van’t Ruytershof who became the new BWP champion in the option showjumping. It is no coincidence that Pegase’s breeder Bert Vanden- branden chose Comme Il Faut for Gianthina: “Comme Il Faut is a Grand Prix stallion. He has a unique pedigree, thanks to Cornet Obolensky as sire and Ratina Z as dam. Gianthina’s sire is Cartani, a son of Carthago out of Taggi. Ratina and Taggi were two of the best showjumping dams of the 1990s. I managed to get both dams in Pegase’s pedigree. That’s one of the reasons why I chose Comme Il Faut.” The sport career of Pegase’s dam was shortlived: “She jumped for one year, at the age of five. After wards, her son Jilbert van’t Ruytershof was BWP approved, so we decided to use her exclusively as a broodmare”. Out of Gianthina, Vandenbranden has a full sister to Jilbert, as well as a full sister to Pegase. He has been breeding for 16 years, producing several out-standing international showjumpers, including Emerald, Diamanthina, Jilbert and Herald van’t Ruytershof. Pegase is also not his first approved stallion: “Until now, I’ve bred nine or 10 approved stallions” – out of around 10 foals annually. “In my breeding program I use Diamanthina’s dam line. I also co-own Ellabelle de Rie Z (Elvis ter Putte - Jeleena de Muze). We are also using a dam by Tangelo x Libero H x Grannus.”... CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE BY LOGGING IN AND RETURNING TO THIS PAGE

Auctions: An ever-increasing trend

INTERNATIONAL (by Aurélie Covini) The supply of horses for auction continues to grow, thanks to various online platforms that now offer sales very regularly. In this first quarter of the year, the number of horses sold at auction has increased by more than 50%. In France, still far behind in terms of auction offerings compared to what is done elsewhere in Europe, the Fences agency has for the first time organized an online sale of performers, as is sometimes seen in Belgium.
If only seven horses found a new owner, with a turnover of €133,500€ and an aver- age price of €19,071, sales boss Arnaud Evain is nevertheless optimistic about this new concept for France: “Half of the horses of this sale had been tried, but two- thirds of the horses that were bought were bought by people who did not try them. It is, therefore, a model that can work, as long as the horses are well described, to show the videos, the model, the locomotion, with small comments and areas of estimated value”. Embr yo sales always meet with success. However, prices seem to have peaked, other than for offspring that come directly from ex- tremely confirmed lines. Globally, the prices for embryos rarely exceed €20,000, and the only guarantee of a pedigree on glossy paper probably justifies the reluctance of buyers. If we consider those who were sold for more than €30,000, we find a future brother or sister of the stallion I'm Special Muze, from the two cracks of Harrie Smolders, Emerald and Walnut de Muze. This em- bryo fetched €60,000.
A future offspring of the champion Valentina van't Heike sold for €44,000, an embr yo from the same mother as the star Emerald fetched €43,000. Another embryo that had a €40,000 price tag is an offspring of the full sister of the stallion George Z (a son of Usha van’t Roosakker) who had been previously gender-tested and whose buyer was assured of having a filly. This embryo sold at the Zangersheide online auction and will go to France and the stables of Roger Huon (Élevage Ker vec). An embryo out of Quasibelle du Seigneur, (a sister of the top stallion of Gerco Schröder, London) went for €30,000 – which wasn’t so much when you consider that another embryo of this mare sold for €70,000 during this same period last year... CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE BY LOGGING IN AND RETURNING TO THIS PAGE

High standard for HSI

IRELAND (by Susan Finnerty) Nine years after Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) introduced their continental-style stallion inspections, the consensus was that this year’s inspections yielded the best overall standard to date. And while Irish breeders have started the slow, painstaking steps of rebuilding their performance bloodlines by tapping into leading European pedigrees, there were a number of homebred success stories too.
At a time when, courtesy of ‘online shopping’, the world’s best stallions are readily accessible to Irish mares owners, there was also a sense that stallion owners are increasingly realistic about the calibre of stallion prospects required for the inspection system and the amount of future business owners can expect to attract. For example, just 29 stallions were entered for the 2018 Irish inspections, held once again at Cavan Equestrian Centre (March 21-22). This was the lowest number of entries; consisting of sport horses (14), Irish Draught (nine), thoroughbred (five) and pony (one) hopefuls, since the current format began in 2010. Seventy-two stallions were presented in that first year, consisting of 43 Irish Draught stallions (19% approval rate); 25 sport horses (4%), three Thoroughbreds, (66%) and one pony (100%). Numbers then peaked the following year (2011) when 102 stallion candidates were presented at an expanded four-day inspection. Since then, the numbers have steadily dropped to this year’s entr y list of 19 Irish Sport Horse studbook hope- fuls, nine Irish Draught Stud- book candidates and one pony stallion. The first day at Cavan saw the widest range of breed types put for ward and the first ap- proval at the 2018 selections was the latest addition to the fledgling Irish Sport Pony studbook. This was Valerie Gateau’s Blaengwen Kato Star (Synod Master Man - Blaengwen Nocturne x Fronarth Glyndwr), bred by N.S. Jones.
Another successful candidate from the first batch on Wednesday morning was the David Cullen and Boleybawn Horses’ Ronan Rothwell- owned SHS Soco Blue (Zirocco Blue VDL [SF] - Be- lazza [Holst] x Clear way [Holst]), bred by Steffen Meerboth. This Dutch-bred three-year-old met the criteria for Stage 1, the first step in HSI’s approval system. .. CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE BY LOGGING IN AND RETURNING TO THIS PAGE
 

Good notes for German sport tests

GERMANY(by Adriana van Tilburg) Two years ago, the German Federation (FN) initiated a new performance test – an event taking place over three days for four- and five-year-old approved stallions. On the first day, when the stallions arrive, there is a free training session, followed by a mandatory training period under the watchful eye of an evaluation committee, as well as an assessment and a showjumping course under the stallion’s own rider. 
The second test day examines rideability with a common vote by the test rider and the discipline expert (dressage, jumping and eventing). The final day is also very interesting for visitors and, during March, four test days were held at different venues throughout Germany. Verden This was quite an exciting test, with champions in both the dressage and jumping tests. With the four-year-old dressage stallions it was the KWPN bred Jovian (Apache - Zinith x Tango), bred by the Ten Bosch family, who took home the highest score of 9.01. The ver y pop- ular German Sporthorse- bred Secret (Sezuan - Seline x St. Moritz), bred by Hubert Vogler), finished second with 8.88, ahead of the 2017 Bundeschampion, the Oldenburg-bred Finest Selection (Follow me - Laetizia x Lauries Crusador xx), bred by Heinz-Hermann Leismann, with 8.74. The Oldenburg champion stallion of 2016, Fürst Fabrice (Fürstenball - Casa-blanca x Sandro Hit), bred by Arnold Wegbünder, re- ceived a total score of 8,3. The five-year-old dressage stallion sport test was won by the Oldenburg-bred For Final (For Romance I - La Martina x Dimaggio), bred by Sarah Kohl, with the final score of 8.2, having already won his sport test in 2017 in Münster. The Trakehner bred Helium (Millennium - Hirse x Induc), bred by Alan Nissen) finished second with 8.15, marginally ahead of the Hanoverian Frascino (Fürst Wilhelm - Danzmusik x Don Frederico), bred by Manfred Zimmermann) with 8,12.
Ten stallions contested the sport test for four-year-old jumping stallions, including three highly decorated champions. However it was the underdog, the Holsteiner-bred Denver (Dinken - Ondia x Lennon, stamm 504), bred by Johann Peter Lass, who celebrated victory with a final note of 9.03. Denver was approved last April in Elmshorn. Second place went to the Hanoverian-bred champion of the Westfalian approvals, Karajan (Kannan - Vilja x Verdi), bred by Werner Schultze, with a final score of 9.02. An interesting detail is that this stallion was auctioned last year for €620,000... CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE BY LOGGING IN AND RETURNING TO THIS PAGE

Strong sBs damlines at selection show

BELGIUM(by Jo de Roo) This year saw a record number of candidates inscribed to participate at the BWP as well as the Studbook Zangersheide stallion approvals, respectively, 140 and 118 candidates. From March 10-11, the sBs stallion approval took place. Unfortunately for this smaller studbook, ranked a very creditable third in the WBFSH studbook ranking of showjumpers, the organisers couldn’t talk about a record. On the contrary! They could only welcome some 40 candidates, whereas eight or nine years ago they counted double this volume, or even more.
The jury, consisting of Daniël Maillart, Jacques Fraselle and Luc Tilleman, approved 21 stallions, amongst them 17 in the option showjumping (including two ponies), three dressage stallions, plus one stallion in the option eventing. The jury approved more than 50 percent of the presented stallions, which is considered quite a lot. On the first morning, March 10, candidates were evaluated on conformation and movements. After witnessing this part of the programme there was some consternation as a number of stallions received conformation comments about the quality of their legs, insufficient expression... Also, for movement, we saw ‘too little elasticity’, ‘not enough impulsion from the hindquarters’ etc. During the first afternoon, dressage candidates were assessed at liberty in the arena, while the showjumping candidates were seen free jumping. At the end of the day, we were happy because we saw several good dressage stallions and some outstanding showjumpers. Top supplier, Balou du Rouet Three stallions were each represented by two or more sons. Balou du Rouet, number nine in the WBFSH sire ranking of the best suppliers of showjumpers, had three sons participating in this stal- lion approval. Kaiser van het Lambroeck and Vigo d’Arsouilles both had two sons, although none of them were approved. On the other hand, they approved two sons of Balou du Rouet, namely Jeuzolympix des Simes (bred by Jennifer Vanheyste out of a daughter of Arko III) and Jasco du Bourbecq (bred by Benoit Devillers out of a daughter of Orlando). Baloubet du Rouet, ranked eighth in the WBFSH-sire ranking, also put his stamp on the stallion approval, not only via his son Balou du Rouet. Baloubet, himself, had one son amongst the candidates: Jaloubet des Peupliers, born out of Image Platière (Verdi - Sophia Platière x Grand Veneur, bred by Christian Meunier). Jaloubet belongs to a very strong performance dam line, including stars like Popstar Lozonais, USA de Riverland, Eros Platière, Van Schijndels Lys Platière, Gentleman, Micko and Numidor Platière. Jaloubet was approved by the jury... CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE BY LOGGING IN AND RETURNING TO THIS PAGE