Saint-Lô Sport Stallion Show

On February 24/25 in Saint-Lô, Normandy in France will be the gathering place for stallions, owners, exhibitors, horse breeders as well as equestrian enthusiasts during one of the biggest sport horse breeding events in Europe: The Sport Stallion Show. The full programme can now be found in the online catalogue: The show will spotlight some of the biggest names in sport: Carinjo 9*HDC, Qlassic Bois Margot, and 2016 Olympic gold medallist Big Star.

Diamant de Semilly overtakes Quidam de Revel as #1 Sire of Sires

Photo: Diamant Semilly in the familial hands of Eric Levallois
Since Breeding News for Sport Horses published its first Worldwide Stallion Directory in 2005, the Selle Français stallion Quidam de Revel has been the perpetual #1 Sire of Sires for his outstanding volume of approved/licensed sons. However, our 2018 14th edition, which will be published at the end of this month, sees a new ‘king’ – Diamant de Semilly (Le Tot de Semilly) by an extraordinary margin of 12 sons up to the end of 2017. Diamant’s steady rise over a number of years (he ranked fourth in 2015, second in 2016), has also cemented the domination of the Selle Français studbook. Although Quidam de Revel has now dropped to #2, he also enjoys a good margin over #3, the Oldenburg Sandro Hit. Interestingly, although Sandro Hit, Contender and Cassini I have all retained their positions (third, fourth and fifth in both 2016 and 2017), both Cornet Obolensky and Baloubet du Rouet (another SF), are on the rise, moving from eighth to fifth and 10th to seventh, respectively.
Copies of the BN 2018 Stallion directory are available to order online:

Stallion Show in Normandy: February 24/25

The Selle Français studbook has partnered with ASEP (the association of private stallion owners) and the equestrian hub of Saint-Lô to organize a special weekend show for sport stallions on February 24/25. No fewer than seven French champions, including two youngsters crowned in 2017, will be paraded by their owners under the watchful eyes of spectators. The two-year-old SF champion, Falcone Rouge (Tyrol Rouge - Nesle de la Roque x Villez xx), bred by well-known local Xavier Leredde, who became the champion stallion last October; three-year-old champion Eldorado d’Elle (Qlassic Bois Margot - Niade d’Elle x Richebourg), bred by the Pignolet family; alongside half brothers, four- and five-year-old champions Delstar Mail (Diamant Semilly - Katchina Mail x Calvaro) and Catchar Mail (Utrillo van de Heffinck - Katchina Mail x Calvaro). Joining them will be the CCE four-year-old champion Dartagnan de Beliard (Quite Easy - Royce de Kreisker x Diamant de Semilly), Dagon des Baleines (Ugobak des Baleines - Quintera Alia Z x Quaprice Z), Cicave du Talus (Untouchable M - Neika du Talus x Voltaire)… Fans of dressage will also have the privilege of seeing the evolution of two young SF champion since their training began last September in Saumur. For further information: or

Cento, a horse of a life time, passed away.

The Holsteiner Cento (Capitol I - Viola XI x Caletto II, stamm 2137, bred by Heinrich Schoof) has passed away at the age of 29. The Chef d’Equipe of the German jumping team, Otto Becker, had some of his most successful results with Cento. The combination won the 2002 FEI World Cup Final in Leipzig and he was placed twice individually in the top 10 of the European championships of Arnhem in 2001 (team bronze) and of Donaueschingen in 2003 (team gold). They also finished team fourth for Germany, individually seventh at the FEI World Equestrian Games that same year in Jerez de la Frontera. Cella (Cento - Usha van ‘t Roosakker x Chin Chin, bred by Marc Kluskens) is one of his best-known offspring, jumping at 1m60 with Ben Maher.

The Canadian Warmblood Stallion Service Auction begins today…

Bidding runs from February 3-9 and is offering 30 top-quality Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association licensed/approves stallions. Buy a stallion of your choice and produce a foal with free entry into the 2019 Foal Futurity. To view information about the stallions and to open your bidding account:

High quality at the BWP stallion expertise

Top supplier of stallions at BWP expertise: Cornet Obolensky (Clin- ton - Rabanna vh Costerveld x Heartbreaker)
BELGIUM (by Jo de Roo) The second phase of the BWP stallion approval took place from January 18-20, in Liege. On the Friday and Saturday the event welcomed many Belgian and foreign visitors. During this second phase the three- and four-year-old candidates were presented. In the catalogue we counted 115 candidates in the option ‘showjumping’ (including 75 BWP-bred) and nine in the option ‘dressage’ (five BWP-bred). There was certainly a wide variety of performance bloodlines.
The top suppliers were Cornet Obolensky/ex-Windows van het Coster veld with nine candidates, followed by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve (with eight sons), Diamant de Semilly and the clone Gemini xx (each with six sons) and Comme Il Faut, Toulon and Vigo d’Ar- souilles (with four apiece). According to the WBFSH-studbook ranking BWP is number one. On the occasion of the BWP stallion expertise we once again enjoyed high-end show-jumping quality!
In total, 47 candidates in the option ‘showjumping’ and six in the option ‘dressage’ were selected to participate at the third phase that will take place from March 15-17 in Meerdonk.
The offspring of Cornet Obolensky was the most successful: seven of the nine presented sons were selected for the third phase. In his hoofprints followed the offspring of Comme Il Faut (three of four sons selected), Emerald van‘t Ruytershof and Iron Man van de Padenborre (two out of three presented sons apiece). On Friday, the candidates in the option ‘showjumping’ were evaluated during free jumping, whereas the candidates in the option ‘dressage’ were judged according to their free movement in the arena. Despite the great number of candidates, the program finished at 9 p.m, but it was a pity that we had to wait more than one hour before it was announced which candidates had been selected to participate on Saturday. All the dressage candidates were selected and, in showjumping, the jury selected 43 BWP-bred and 24 non-BWP stallions... SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE IN THE CURRENT EDITION OF BREEDING NEWS. CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS

Luc Henry: “I took a worthwhile risk”

Luc Henry – the proud owner of Liscalgot and five of her daughters
FRANCE (by Adriana van Tilburg) During an interview with Luc Henry, I men- tioned that I’d had an interesting conversation with Eric Levallois at the showjumping FEI-WBFSH World Breeding Championship for Young Horses in Lanaken concerning the differences between French- and German-bred sport horses. Questions such as ‘Why do German horses have a better mouth than French’. ‘Why are French horses more intelligent than German?’...
Do horses with a lot of scope have an easier mouth?’ Intriguing questions, indeed. But, is a German-bred really less intelligent than a French-bred sport horse? Luc Henry (48) is one of the best-known breeders in Belgium. He bred, for example, the 1m60 jumping horse AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno (Baloubet du Rouet - Katinka van de Cast- ershoeve x Elanville) ridden by Brazilian international Doda de Miranda; Top Hero (Ogano Sitte - Da Silva Hero x Libero H) 1m60 with Johnny Pals (NED); and Tonik Hero (Ogano Sitte - Citadine du Cortil x Elegant de l’Ille), 1m60 with Wouter Devos (BEL).
Already from a very young age Luc Henry was interested in breeding, saying, “I don’t think that I have chosen this passion... The passion has chosen me. Breeding horses has been everything for me.” His maternal grandfather, Ernst Gössing, was director of the Rhinelander Studbook, was a judge for 40 years in Aachen, including 25 years as president of the jumping judges. He was responsible for organizing equestrian sport at the Munich 1972 Olypic Games, and served as a judge at the first World Cup jumping finals in 1978 and 1979. Henry’s grandfather on his father’s side was a farmer who was well known between the two World Wars for having very good draught horses, including having the champion stallion of Belgium with his breeding. Henry continued explaining; “They were in a certain way a stud for draught horses, and they always had passion for horses. I am the only one from the family who continued the passion for breeding. Already when I was 10 years old I was reading the books and documents of my grandfather. I started to breed with ponies because I really wanted to breed, but only a few foals. I also tried to explain to my father how to breed with his cows, but he never listened. The first Warmblood foal that I bred was 23 years ago.”... SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE IN THE CURRENT EDITION OF BREEDING NEWS. CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS

German FN breeding values 2017

Peter Geerink riding Heartbreakers
Christopher Hector analyses the latest breeding values from the German FN which have once again been enlivened, as they were last year, by the division of the FN breeding values into two sections – one for the sires of young-horse stars, and one for the sires of competitors in open competition. And, as we will see, once again, it makes for four almost entirely unrelated leader boards.
The dressage sires Back in 2006, the Dutch beat the Germans to recognizing two distinct breeding streams – dressage and jumping – within the KWPN studbook book. It would now seem that the Germans have leap-frogged their neighbours, and are also recognizing two streams within their dressage pop lation, and why not? The young-horse market is a lucrative one, and is easier to breed for than trying to breed Grand Prix horses for the 'big sport'. There will always be a market for pretty horses to be ridden walk-trot-canter by pretty girls, and they are up-and-running as three and four-year-olds, without all those years of tedious training it takes to go Grand Prix. Across the border, the Dutch seem to still trying to combine the two goals: Young-horse success with Grand Prix potential. At the 2017 World Championships at Ermelo, I talked with Arie Hamoen, who was chair of the KWPN stallion committee from 2003 to 2012, and I put the question to him: Do you think that it is almost as if we are breeding two streams of horses, you breed to a Grand Prix stallion like De Niro or Gribaldi, and you get a good chance of a Grand Prix horse, or you breed to a horse that has never done anything but young-horse classes, and you get a young-horse class result?.. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE IN THE CURRENT EDITION OF BREEDING NEWS. CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS