Grey Top scoops Grande Prize in Verden
The Landgestüt Celle stallion Grey Top has been awarded the prestigious award in recognition of his superb selection of young offspring emerging under saddle. Grey Top is one of the last pillars of the brilliant G-line, and his ancestor Grande gave his name to the award. The Italian-bred stallion is from a hugely successful damline and and is ideal for breeders looking to add size, scope, and rideability. View all the info on Grey Top here.
All stallions pass Danish performance test
21 stallions are approved for breeding in 2019 after passing the 10-day observation test in Denmark. Many of them will be available in the UK, including Danciero, Global Player, and Vivino.
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Zack & Don Olymbrio make waves in Den Bosch!
Daniel Bachmann Anderson is enjoying a brilliant run of success with Zack and Don Olymbrio for Blue Hors.
With Blue Hors Zack (Rousseau x Jazz), he dominated in the Grand Prix Freestyle, winning with a commanding 84%+ in their final run before contesting April's World Cup Final in Gothenburg.
In the CDI3*, Daniel swept the board with Don Olymbrio (Jazz x Ferro), scoring 78%+ and 84%+ to win each class.
Zack will be available for breeding after Gothenburg, and Don Olymbrio is available via excellent quality frozen semen all season.
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Springbank II VH wins the 2018 Breeders Trophy under Charlotte Dujardin
Four-year-old Sprinbank (Skovens Rafael x De Niro) was the superior winner of the prestigious competition, with the highest praise from the Olympic gold medallist.
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2018 WBFSH Sire Rankings
The 2018 WBFSH Sire Rankings are out, and as always they make for great reading!
The top two in each discipline remain unchanged from 2017, speaking volumes for the strength and influence for these great stallions.
De Niro remains on top of the world in the dressage rankings, ahead of runner-up Sandro Hit and third-placed Rubin Royal for the second year running. Sandro Hit has two sons in the top 10 (San Remo and Stedinger), and his maternal half-brother Diamond Hit is up four places into seventh.
The one and only Jazz is up a slot in fourth, with his son Johnson just behind in sixth. The power of the D-line continues with Don Frederico in fifth, and the British-owned Dimaggio, who also ranks inside the top 100 for eventing, in ninth.
Looking at the full top-100, the battle between Dutch and German bloodlines is as hot as ever, with Gribaldi, Don Schufro, Florencio, Rousseau, and Vivaldi all among the top 20.
Belissimo M is back with a bang, rocketing up the rankings into 19th, partly thanks to his superb daughter, Bella Rose.
In the jumping, the late, great Chacco-Blue holds on to top spot, almost 12,000 points ahead of second-placed Diamant de Semilly. The brilliant Casall is up two places into third, leap-frogging over Cornet Obolensky, who holds on to fourth.
Berlin continues his climb up the rankings, nipping into sixth, while Balou du Rouet is still the only stallion to sit inside the top ten in two disciplines - keeping the ninth spot for show jumping and nipping into fourth for eventing.
The brilliant For Pleasure drops a few places to 11th this year, missing out on the top ten by just 41 points. His semen is so rarely available that there are only a few sons and daughters to fly the flag for him these days!
The ever-brilliant Verdi is in 15th, while world number one eventing sire Contendro I sits in 17th, just ahead of Cicero Z, Numero Uno, Indoctro, and Mylord Carthago, who round out the top 25.
In eventing, Contendro I leads the way for the fourth year running, with only 51 points separating him from Jaguar Mail, who again holds the runner-up position. Courage II is up eight places into third, while the full-thoroughbreds Heraldik and Master Imp show the importance of blood in the sport. Contender makes a jump into ninth, up from 24th on 2017, while Diamant de Semilly occupies 14th in addition to his World Number 2 spot in the show jumping rankings.
Fidertanz makes a surprise appearance in 18th, with several offspring at CCI and CIC3* level, in addition to his 24th spot in the dressage rankings.
Van Gogh remains inside the top 100 for both dressage and eventing, a fantastic achievement for a grand prix jumping stallion.
We are thrilled to see so many stallions on our books enjoying success in the rankings, and proud to represent so many of them, including 22 of the top 25 for dressage, 5 of the top 6 for show jumping, and 3 of the top 4 for eventing. We are always on the lookout for new stallions so let us know who’s on your list for 2019!
Diamant de Semilly