Solid Foundations for the future at the LeMieux British Dressage Championships
The four-, five-, and six-year-old classes at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships were a showcase of some of the best young dressage horses in Britain.
In the four-year-old championships, horses by Follow Me, Fürstenball, Sezuan, and Governor reached the final round, with the Sezuan daughter Special Diva emerging the clear favourite for Tom Goode. The judges praised her rideability, and rewarded her with a 9.5 for general impression.
It was the five-year-old Hawtins Lirica (by Lemony's Nicket) who took the title in a hotly-contested class with Foundation (pictured below), Expression, and Blue Hors Zack presenting the other three in the top four. The Foundation daughter Femme Fatale was decribed as 'brilliant' by ride judge Philip Hess, and looks to be a wonderful prospect for the future.
Foundation's reign continued, as his son Freeman was the unanimous winner of the six-year-old championship, with Dante Weltino, Quasar de Charry, and Benicio the sires of the other three final contenders. Freeman was described as an "impressive horse with a lot of potential", rewarding the faith his rider Hannah Biggs has had in him ever since she discovered him at the Westphalian Elite Auction.
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Vanir Kamira is the Burghley runner-up!
The daughter of Camiro de Haar Z (pictuted) rounded off an unbelievable season, finishing second at Burghley after her Badminton win in the Spring. Huge congratulations to Piggy French and team!
The Balou du Rouet son Reve du Rouet recorded his best CCI5* finish to date, slotting into fourth for Sarah Bullimore, and the Quite Easy daughter Sarah D'Argouges finished just out of the top-10 in 11th, while Charles RR flew the flag for the brilliant Verdi, piloted to 16th by Alicia Hawker. Congratulations to all the riders in a notoriously tough year!
2019 Bundeschampionate Results
The cream of the German young horse crop battled it out to be crowned supreme in their age categories, across the disciplines.
Valverde (pictured) proved an unstoppable force, winning the five-year-old championship for dressage horses, ahead of the Franziskus son Federer, and the Don Juan de Hus son Don Mateo. In the four-year-old stallions' class, it was the Dimaggio son Destello who finished on top, with Fashion In Black taking the silver medal and the Apache son Arcachon in bronze. The San Amour daughter Saniola led the way in the mares and geldings division, snatching gold from the Dante Weltino daughter Dark Diamond and the Christ son Costa Brava. In the six-year-olds, the Blue Hors Zack grandson Zum Glück RS2 OLD was streets ahead of his rivals on 9.3, while Rock Forever produced the silver medallist, Rock Revolution, and the jumping-bred Caracciola MT took the bronze medal.
The jumping was a close-fought battle, and the five-year-old mare Charisma HS came out ahead of her stallion rivals. She is a grand-daughter on the popular Untouchable 27, who has been very much in-demand this season. The silver medallist Messuletto PS, with a double-cross to Baloubet du Rouet and from the same damline as Ukato, slotted into silver position, with Chacco's Light rounding out the podium.
In the six-year-old division, the Cellestial x Balou du Rouet stallion Catch Me 67 proved uncatchable, less than half a second separating him from the Comme Il Faut son Chao Lee. Zaccorado Blue, by the great competitor Zirocco Blue, was just a whisker behind in the bronze medal position.
For the five-year-old eventers, it was the Trakehner Isselhook's First Sight who galloped home in front, showing the influence of the wonderful Latimer. Close behind was the Casall ASK grand-daughter Geniale 11, who carries a double dose of Clearway in her pedigree, with the Balou du Rouet son Bounce taking the bronze with just 0.1 of a penalty between them.
The six-year-old competition was even closer, with just 1.2 penalties separating gold and bronze. The Cormint daughter Dodotheental's Canela took gold from another Casall ASK grand-daughter Fleure R, with the Carrico gelding Clover 15 taking the bronze spot.
Viva Gold dominates at Schlieckau
The superb grandson of Weihegold was the clear winner of the most recent performace test, finishing on a dressage score of 9.09. He is available through us from Gestüt Westfalenhof - click here for all the info!
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Cosmo makes a comeback in Hagen
The fantastic son of Van Gogh made his return to competition a winning one, dominating the competition almost 2% clear of his closest rivals, Isabell Werth and Emilio. Under the young German ace Sönke Rothenberger, he scored over 81% to take the win on their first appearance since the 2018 World Equestrian Games. Watch their test here.
Grey Top scoops Grande Prize in Verden
The Landgestüt Celle stallion Grey Top received 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