The distribution of breeding: Pratoni 2022 edition | Eventing Nation

Raising a quality competition horse capable of winning (or competing, and in some cases even finishing!) a modern five-star is a feat that requires skill, creativity, bravery and a bit of luck. Raising one that will go to the world championships? A whole new challenge. In his latest column, owner of Race.Ride.Compete and Willow Tree Warmbloods Blood Advisor Amanda Chance breaks down some facts from the field at this year’s World Championships.

To note: In this column, xx = thoroughbred, “second sire” = sire’s sire

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Andrew Hoy’s Vassily de Lassos is one of five horses in this year’s World Championship field, sired by Jaguar Mail. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

It may be the week of the FEI Eventing World Championships in Pratoni, but if you look at the pedigrees of this edition’s participants, you could also tell that it feels a bit like a family reunion.

There are a handful of bulls that have several offspring representing them this week in Italy, along with the Selle Français stallion Jaguar Courier lead the charge. He is the sire of five horses competing in this Championship:

  • Vasily of Lassos (Andrew Hoy)
  • Colorado Blue (Austin O’Connor)
  • Ferreolus Lat (Miroslav Prihoda Jr.)
  • Box Leo (Frida Andersen)
  • Joystick (Aminda Ingulfson)

Although he was a 1.60m show jumper himself, Jaguar Mail proved to be a very good sire of competition horses, which is perhaps not at all surprising if the we look at his pedigree.

I was lucky enough to meet Jaguar Mail in the flesh, pictured here at his home in Normandy, France, in 2019.

He is 82% blood, by the full thoroughbred stallion Hand in Glove xx, and also has a thoroughbred grandfather in Laudanum xx. Hand in Glove xx had a remarkable career, starting on the ring at the age of two before moving on to a dressage career which took him to the Prix St. Georges before again moving on to a career in show jumping where he competed for World Cup level.

Laudanum xx was no slouch either, having also jumped at the 1.60m level. Jaguar Mail lived up to its pedigree by competing in the 2008 Hong Kong Olympics for the Swedish team ridden by Peter Eriksson. Given his jumping ability and high percentage of thoroughbred blood, he’s been a popular stallion for eventing breeders, and well…it seems to be working.

If that’s not enough to convince you that it is indeed possible to purposely breed for eventing, the Trakehner stallion Birkhof’s Grafenstolz is the second most represented stallion in the field, with four descendants:

  • Graffalo Lordships (Ros Canter)
  • Candy King (Holly Jacks)
  • Shjabrina (Mia Hastrup)
  • Absolut Gold HDC (Nicolas Touzaint)

Some of you may remember Grafenstolz from his eventing career, in part because he was competing against a little German boy (who at the time was only in his twenties) named after Michael Jung (photos where it didn’t happen). Together they won the world championship title for six-year-old young horses at the Lion d’Angers in 2004, and Ze Terminator (was he still Ze Terminator at the time?) took him up to level four stars. Grafenstolz is a well-used stallion for producing eventing, and again it’s easy to see why.

There is another eventing stallion who shows up in the field several times – Yarlands Summer Songsire of two starters.

  • Toblerone
  • Alertamalib’or

A world championship horse himself with a silver medal in 1994 and a silver medal in 1998 under his belt, Yarlands Summer Song finished fourth individually at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. He was also a very good producer despite a later start to his stallion career, siring six 5* horses. In addition to the two direct descendants here at Pratoni, Yarlands Summer Song also appears in the pedigree of another horse: he is the second dam sire of Spanish rider Gonzalo Blasco Botin’s Sij Veux D’autize.

A few other stallions also make appearances in the pedigree of several horses. rider phenomenon Semilly Diamondwho himself competed in show jumping at 1.60 m, is the direct father of two competitors (Toledo de Kerser and Viamant du Matz) and of his son Pacino is the father of two others (Ballypatrick SRS and Monbeg by Design). Diamant de Semilly is also Mahalia’s second sire (by Elvis ter Putte).

A dressage stallion is also making his mark on this group here at Pratoni (perhaps trying to add some propriety and civility to all that aforementioned “madness in the middle”) – Fidertanz is the father of Fallulah and Fifty Fifty. Although he was bred for dressage (and competed in the Grand Prix himself), Fidertanz has a certain “jump” to the dam side of his pedigree, which likely helped him to be a Fairly successful eventing sire. So far, Fallulah is his only offspring to reach five-star level, but he also has a handful currently competing at four-star level.

Although he has no direct offspring in this area (it is true that he was born in 1984), I would be remiss to write any type of article on eventing families and not include Competitor. In the Pratoni estate, he is the second sire of four horses (Goliath by Chello III, Fernhill Wishes by Chacoa, fischerChipmunk by Contendro, Calle 44 by Cristo), the dam sire of a horse (Canvalencia by Verdi TN), the third sire of a horse (Swiper JRA by Contenda), and second sire of a dam of a horse (Cartania). Competitor, Competitor everywhere.

If we look at the dam side of the pedigree (this is where things always get funnier, if you ask me), we have a few stallions that appear in the dam sire position more than once.

king of rockwho was an Advanced/4* level rider himself, is the dam sire of three horses, all British bred and registered with the SHBGB.

  • Graffalo de la Seigneurie
  • Colorado Blue
  • Menlo Park

Selle Francais stallion Bayard d’Ellewho competed in show jumping at the 1.60m level, is the sire of a dam of two horses.

Fidgy des Larches
Toubleau de Rueire is registered Selle Français, and Fidgy des Melezes is registered sBs (Belgian Sporthorse – not to be confused with BWP, which is Belgian Warmblood)

The most popular type of mare family in the field is Thoroughbred, with 24 horses coming from a line of Thoroughbred mares. The most represented are family 14 and family 1, with five horses each. The only subfamily that appears more than once is 14-b, along with Virgil and Colorado Blue.
We also see two families of Warmblood mares with multiple appearances.

Selle Français 20/21, descendant of the mare Camera, has two entries in Hermione d’Arville (Camera is his 5th dam) and Darmagnac de Beliard (Camera is his 3rd dam). This has proven to be a remarkable family of mares, having produced dozens of 1.60m show jumping horses and several 4* and 5* horses, including 2018 Pau winner Siniani de Lathus (ridden by Frenchman Thibault Fournier).

Holsteiner Stamm 4847 owns two horses: Imperial van de Holtakker and Meyer’s Happy.

To summarize? When you’re sitting there sipping your coffee at 5 a.m., squinting at Pratoni’s live stream, and mumbling to yourself about how all those dang horses look alike…well…welcome to the reunion of family.