By Adrien Cugnasse/ANAA; Translated by Fabienne Dulou-Minetti
Photography: Melanie Groger, Karl-Ludwig Lackner
Great Thoroughbred breeders used to say that one stallion out of 20 has a better production than average, and one out of 200 will become a great sire. Leading sires are even more rare. Because of this scarcity, good Anglo-Arab stallions in German stud farms have been extremely successful.
The most famous example is undoubtedly Ramzes (1937: Rittersporn xx - Jordi [Shagya] x X-3) born in Poland. After a showjumping career, he stood at stud in Holstein in 1951 and 1952 then again from 1959 to 1960. Meanwhile he sired Westfalian broodmares and many of his offspring have done particularly well in dressage up to Olympic level. Despite a small number of descendants, Ramzes really bred true with broodmares from Northern Germany, producing outstanding showjumpers. Nowadays he is well known as Ramiro’s (Raimond) grandsire and he can be found in most Holstein pedigrees, subsequently influencing any sport horse studbook in the world.
As the Polish root ended, breeders started choosing their stallions in France and it was a real success. If one example had to be selected from among the best, it would certainly be Inschallah (Israël), who produced excellent horses in both showjumping and dressage in Oldenburg.
Born in 1968 in the Pyrénées Atlantiques region at Jacques Guicheney’s, this large horse with substantial flesh and bone, had one of the most prestigious Anglo-Arabian pedigrees. The progeny of his dam Resena (Nithard), is still very active and present in France. During the 20 years spent at Gestüt Vorwerk he produced around 30 colts and his bloodline continues to the present with stallions in dressage as well as showjumping, i.e. Mr Blue, Rohdiamant…. Even if Inschallah produced outstanding showjumpers, as could be expected with his pedigree, his dam is full sister to the Olympian Olifant Chariere who produced many good dressage horses at Grand Prix level (Inferno in Sweden, Ile de Bourbon and Inervall in Germany)...
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