The breeding season has started again.
We have been thinking about our stallion choices all winter long, making plans and adjusting them again...
On what basis was your choice made? Is she made on your gut feeling or do you choose a proven stallion?
In Equnews there was a list of the 5 best performing stallions.
1) Casall Ask
Casall Ask is at the top of the list with already more than 2.3 million in prize money. Casall may be the oldest in this list at the age of 18, but he still remains in the absolute world top.
With rider Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE), this handsome stallion was in the top 5 no less than 11 times last year, of which he won the Global Championstour Grand Prix (Paris, Valkenswaard and Doha) 3 times and once the GP of the CSI5* in Basel.
Casall Ask is a Holsteiner stallion, but is an approved breeding stallion for all studbooks. Casallo (Piergorgio Bucci, ITA), Powerplay(Eric Lamaze, CAN), Casello Z(Ludger Beerbaum), Alicante HBC (Jérôme Guery, BEL) and Caracas (Jos Verlooy, BEL) are just a few of his offspring who compete in the sport at the highest level.
2) Taloubet Z
On the second place we find Taloubet Z, a KWPN son of Galoubet A and Krista (by Polydor).
According to Zangerheide, this 17-year-old stallion is the pride of their domain and we can rightly call it that.
Taloubet, together with top rider Christian Ahlman, has a lot of CSI5* tests on his record. His most recent victory in the World Cup in Stuttgart at the end of November and his 2nd place in the Top 10 Rolex Final in Geneva at the beginning of December, prove that this stallion is still in shape.
Taloubetdarco K Z (Toshiki Masui (JPN)) and Talou Contender K Z (Christian Ahlmann (DEU)) are both descendants of Taloubet who compete at the highest level.
3) Casallo Z
Casallo Z is a 13-year-old son of the number 1 in this list, Casall Ask and has as grandfather Carthago Z. With rider Piergorgio Bucci, this "Tal Milstein Stallion" has already collected a lot of prize money. He was first in the Grand Prix GCT Estoril and third in the CSI5* Brussels 1m60.
Casallo Z can be found on the website of the Tal Milstein Stallions. Tal also owns Alicante, who is also a Cassal Ask son.
4) Comme Il Faut
Comme Il Faut could could not be missed from this list after his great competition year. Comme Il Faut is a breeding product of BWP stallion Cornet Obolensky (by Clinton) and Zangersheide mare Ratina Z (by Ramiro Z) and this turned out to be a golden combination.
This 12-year-old stallion has besides a lot of scope also a very strong character, which ensures that he could jump to the top together with Marcus Ehning during the past years.
Ehning managed to jump clear with Comme Il Faut 17 times in 20 races in the last year and won the CSI3* 1.55m in Paderborn(GER), the CSI5* GCT Grand Prix in Vienna and the CSI5* World Cup in Madrid.
His oldest offspring were born in 2009 and therefore do not yet compete in the 5* circuit. Comilfo Plus Z (°2009, v.m. Balou de Rouet), Capri 100 (°2010, v.m. Pilot) , Cap 4 (°2010, v.m. Landjonker) Cairon 10 (°2010, v.m. Charisma I) and Commissaire S (°2010, v.m. Polydor), the eldest sons of Comme Il Faut, are already promising. At the moment we already see this in the results lists of 1.40m-1.45m tests and some of them are already in the list of approved stallions.
5) Halifax van het Kluizebos
At 5 we find Halifax van het Kluizebos, a stallion out of Heartbreaker and Dalida vd Heffinck (by Fetiche du Pas) born in 2007, which makes him the youngest of this list.
This 10-year-old BWP stallion could count on a super education from a very young age. As a young horse Halifax was ridden by Frederic Vernaet in the 6&7 year old stallions. Since 2014 it was Daniel Deusser who took care of Halifax and when he became 8, he was ridden by Lorenzo de Luca.
The last 2 months he won combinations in London-Olympia CSI5* 1.50m and 1.55m and also during the first day of Jumping Mechelen Lorenzo won the CSI5* 1.45m.
In Zurich (SUI) Basel (SUI) and Hong Kong he also won prizes with Halifax.
A nice list of equnews...
So , Have you changed your mind ?
What are your stallion choices for this year ?
( tekst by Equnews, photos by horsemagzine.it, globalchampionstour.com, superiurequinesires.com, elitestallions.co.uk