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Where did the €700,000 colt come from?

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€700,000 colt Energy (Escamillo)

By Christopher Hector

From Hannover, Westfalia, Oldenburg and France (!) the black colt sensation at the recent Hanoverian stallion licensing is a heady cocktail of bloodlines. Energy, now christened Glock’s Energy, easily topped the subsequent auction with a bid of €700,000, but for all his eye-watering price tag, he is by a relative unknown in the stallion ranks – Escamillo.

However, as we will find, Energy's pedigree is more or less a history of dressage breeding over the past decade.
Escamillo (Escolar - Cassila x Rohdiamant) was born in 2015; indeed he was the reserve champion six-year-old at the recent World Championships in Verden, and he is by another relative newcomer to the stallion ranks, Escolar. Although the latter, a big bay, has gone from being a young stallion class winner with an extraordinary canter and trot (10s, 10s), to being an accomplished Grand Prix competitor under the careful guidance of a master – Hubertus Schmidt.
In truth the sport horse world is very lucky the line he comes from did not disappear. Escolar and his sire Estoban have gone a long way to saving the Westfalen 'E' line from extinction. My friend and colleague, Thomas Hartwig tells the story of the rescue of the E line by master breeder Norbert Borgmann: “In the last two or three years, we have seen a very interesting comeback of the famous E line. The founder of the E line in Westfalia was Ehrenschild (Eindruck II x Adlerschild), a stallion from the Hanoverian State Stud in Celle. He came to the town of Melle in 1960, which is right on the border of Westfalia and Hanover, and so the Westfalian breeders used him. He was a big, heavy horse, but typical of his time; remember he was born in 1956, and came to Melle in 1960 – for this time his type was typical... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber

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