The Daddies

These are the sires used in breeding our horses:

IDOCUS, crown (Equador x Zonneglans)

Idocus is a 16.3h "Approved" Dutch Warmblood Stallion (NA/WPN and KWPN). He is also approved ISR & Oldenburg� N/A and by the Oldenburg Verband. He is currently showing and winning at International Grand Prix Dressage.

CDI, March 20-23,2003, s'Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands: The KWPN stallion Idocus has won the Grand Prix - World Cup Qualifier with a score of 70.00%.� Idocus also placed 3rd in the Grand Prix Kur to Music - World Cup Qualifier, with a score of 74.16%, behind Bonaparte and Andiamo Tyme, who scored 74.74% and 74.64%, respectively.

2004: Idocus is named to the Dutch Olympic team, bound for Athens. Idocus is ridden by Marlies van Baalen and owned by NA/WPN Board member Christine R. McCarthy.

Idocus is the sire of Rhumba, Tango, and Royal Dancer.

ORAME (Indoctro x G. Ramiro Z)

Sire (Indoctro) and both grandsires jumped internationally. Orame seems to be a real all-round horse and received a very good test report, which says that he is very talented not only as a Dressage horse but also as a show jumper and that he jumps with scope, good technique, a lot of power and is very careful. Orame is the first stallion who became Champion in the Stallion Selection and in the Stallion Test. Orame came to North America in 2006 after being purchased in part by a syndicate for Chris Kappler, who is now competing him. VDL retains breeding rights.

Oram is the sire of Rhumba's 2002 filly, Versailles.

OLYMPIC FERRO, preferent ( Ulft x Farn)

At the national stallion inspection Ferro was the prompt favorite of the public for at his performance test in 1990, he more than lived up to the great expectations generated by his lineage. With a series of brillant marks, three 9's and five 8.5's, he was Champion of his year. And at 4 years old, he became Reserve Champion of his first National Stallion Jumping competition. As a 5 year old he was third and as a 6 year old he placed first in the stallion competitions. In 1996 he started international competition with Coby Van Baalen at Prix St George. He started five times and placed first 3 out of the 5 times. At Grand Prix level, with rider Coby van Baalen, Ferro placed second right after Anky van Grunsven with Bonfire during the world cup dressage final in Den Bosch in 2000 and won the team silver with the Dutch team at the World Championships 1998, European Championships 1999, and the Olympics in 2000.

February 18, 2005: Ferro - the black pearl of the KWPN and owned by Jan Lamers and Adriaan van der Goor passed away.

At his recent glorious performance at the KWPN stallion keuring in Den Bosch, everyone was pleased to see the condition and the fresh performance of the 18-year old keur stallion Ferro.

But after an unexpected colic the keur stallion died last night. Stallion owner Jan van Maanen did his last round yesterday evening at 10 PM. Ferro was showing signs of colic. Van Maanen led Ferro to the walking mill to keep the stallion moving and immediately called the vet Jan Nas. He arrived quickly and after an injection Ferro was moved to the horse clinic in Kesteren. This morning at 2 AM the stomach burst and he died immediately.

Ferro leaves some influential approved sons for breeding, including Kennedy, Metall, Negro, Osmium, Rousseau and Rhodium. Ferro daughters frequently placed very high at the national mare keuring.

Ferro spent the last few years in good health with the Gebroeders van Maanen, who are also very affected by this loss.

Ferro is the sire of Ulysses, Zenda, and Bosanova NSN, out of our keur preferent mare, Never Say Never. Did I mention that both Ulysses and Bosanova NSN were #1 in North America at their respective keurings? Now THAT'S a nick!

METALL (Olympic Ferro pref x G. Ramiro Z pref)

Metall, a young son of Olympic Ferro, had the highest marks for the "M" year. He is an extremely well-shaped stallion with a marvelous, long neck, a beautiful head and very balanced movements. His character is of the highest order. His offspring inherit his stunning conformation, and a high degree of quality and refinement. They are built very uphill and have beautiful heads. Their movements show great finesse with much power in the hind legs, lots of elevation in the front legs and they have very supple backs. Metall was champion of the 2001 indoor Brabant stallion show with offspring examination. Metall participated in several stallion competitions in 2001, and was first at Groesbeek and Weert, second at Hengelo and reserve champion at the finals at Den Bosch.� Metall had the highest index of all stallions in Holland for 2002.

Metall is the sire of Rhumba ster's 2004 filly, Zeta.

ROSARIO (Rubinstein x Castro x Calypso)

This beautiful dark black stallion has a spectacular way of going in all three gaits. His natural elasticity and strong movement from behind is obvious and earned him the status of Pramienhengst at his Oldenburger approval. From his legendary sire, Rubinstein, he inherited his riding qualities of willingness to work and dressage ability.

His dam, Elfenlicht is by the gorgeous Holsteiner stallion Castro. Castro was by Calypso, who became an outstanding sire of competition horses for all disciplines in Holstein. Not only was Castro the winner of the stallion approvals of his year, but also he did an exceptional performance test, finishing 4th overall with almost 130 points and was the best Holstein stallion. He was judged with 9.33 for both his jumping ability and his cross country work.

Rosario is the sire of Never Say Never's 2005 colt, Apollo.

SIR DONNERHALL (Sandro Hit x Donnerhall)

Sir Donnerhall was the crowd's favorite at the Oldenburger Approvals in 2003. He showed optimal movements and was distinguished there with a 1c premium. Following his sire Sandro Hit's footsteps, this stunningly beautiful model youngster is still developing, nevertheless he reveals his top quality at all his appearances. A very good walk, his trot has such a rhythm, it swings through his whole body plus a wonderfully supple and magnificent uphill bouncy canter. Although he is just a few weeks under saddle, he presents himself in natural balance equally well. His sire Sandro Hit, popular producer in the dressage scene, passed on all the charm and quality needed to produce an exceptional stallion. His origins are noteworthy. Together with the coveted bloodline of the Thoroughbred Grundymann xx, the fine Donnerhall mare Contenance II and Sandro Hit have succeeded in breeding a top stallion for the sport and stud.

2005 - At his recent completion of his 70 days stallion performance test, Sir Donnerhall delighted everybody with his grace and athletic ability, not to mention his wonderful and calm temperament. He received 9.5 on trot, 9.8 on canter, 8.3 on walk, 10 on rideability.

With an amazing 163 points in dressage, it was reported as the highest score in the last 100 years! His overall score was a 151. He also proved his athleticism and ability as an all-round sporthouse by coming 4th in the jumping.

Sir Donnerhall has been equally as successful as a sire; his foals were present at all auctions in Germany and were sold for top prices. Three of the ten best colts at the 2006 German Foal Championship were by Sir Donnerhall. In Munster-Handorf, Vechta, Schwaben, Munich-Riem and at the A.O.S. auction, his foals were the most expensive. He passes on his championship quality to his foals. He sired the champion filly and the champion colt at the South German Breeding Association foal championships and the champion filly at the German Foal Championships in Lienen. His second crop of foals completed the licensing tests with excellent results in 2008. The reserve champion in Oldenburg, an outstandingly fluent mover who captivated onlookers and sold at auction for EUR 130,000, was by Sir Donnerhall. The fourth-placed premium stallion was another Sir Donnerhall progeny, as was second reserve champion at the North Rhine-Westphalian licensing in Muenster-Handorf, Son of Cologne.

Sir Donnerhall is the sire of Rhumba ster's 2006 First Premium colt, Bolero NSN.

BALOU DU ROUET (Baloubet du Rouet x Continue x Contender)

Balou du Rouet is the crowd's favourite at all his appearances. His gaits are equipped with maximum elasticity and completing an excellent Stallion Performance Test, he was awarded top marks for jumping, 9.5 and 10.0 by the foreign judges. He promptly won his first jumping competition with ease. His impressive rideability is of great importance for his future development in his sporting and breeding career. Sire Baloubet du Rouet, at the moment one of the most successful jumping stallions on the international stage (three-times World Cup Champion in a row, winner of many Grand Prixs, recent winner of the Top-Ten-Finals in Geneva), has an exceptional pedigree. Grandsire Galoubet is son of the great stallion Alme. On the dam's side, through Rantzau, he is directly related to the founder of the bloodline Cor de la Bryere from Holstein, the likeness can be seen in Balou du Rouet's jumping style and ability. His stunning dam, Georgia is by the increasingly popular Contender son, Continue. He emphasises his dominant quality as a producer in type, elegance and movement with numerous foals, who at various auctions have all been sold for above-average prices.

Balou du Rouet is the sire of Calypsabloom NSN out of Never Say Never.

SOPRANO (Sandro Hit x Contender )

SOPRANO is a striking, modern type, homozygous black premium Oldenburg stallion with proven world class performance bloodlines inherent in his pedigree. His movement exhibits activity, suspension, and elasticity. SOPRANO is a beautiful type with very correct conformation and excellent feet. SOPRANO completed his 70-Day Test in Neustadt Dosse, Germany finishing 12th out of 46 stallions and was the first stallion by SANDRO HIT to be approved in Denmark.

SOPRANO's pedigree exhibits great depth and versatility. His sire, the legendary 1999 World Young Horse Champion and Bundeschampianate SANDRO HIT, passes on to his progeny the genes of numerous influential sires. SANDRO HIT's sire, SANDRO SONG, a double graded champion in Oldenburg, is by SANDRO, an international show jumper who won the Danish Derby ridden by Franke Sloothaak. WELT AS, in SANDRO HIT's third generation, is famous for siring Anke Van Grunsven's Olympic Dressage Champion Bonfire and many other top horses.

SOPRANO's damsire, the legendary CONTENDER, who won his 100 day test, is one of the most significant sires in Germany. CONTENDER's progeny are characterized by outstanding jumping ability, very good movement, and excellent rideability. SOPRANO's mare line (The Flattopia) produced many international stars such as dressage horse Rubioso ridden by Ellen Bontje; Lord Kem (Champion Stallion in 1989); Continue; Maffay; Calmiro; and Farmer.

Also found on SOPRANO's damside is TIN ROCCO, who won ten conformation tests as a three year old and competed in Grand Prix jumping winning the Preis Von Blankenesse in Hamburg/Klein Flottbek (Derby Show). Of TIN ROCO's approved sons, Traumtnzer won the stallion performance test in the USA and Torero was his best winning dressage horse in 1990. His highly awarded St. Pr. daughter Gutena represented him successfully at the German show in Verden in 1990. His son Tie Break was in the finals of the 1988 German Show Jumping Championships and in 1990, he won a test at the German event horse championships. In the 1990 FN breeding statistics TIN ROCCO leads as the most successful sire of event horses of his age group.

TIN ROCCO's sire, TIN ROD XX, was an English TB of large frame and excellent movement. He produced approved stallions and very valuable mares including the dam of Landlord (Olympic horse 1988) and Lausbub (international show jumper).

Soprano's foals are modern in type inheriting his beauty, elegance, elastic movement, correct conformation, outstanding temperament, athleticism, and dark color. Soprano has been a very consistent producer of top offspring in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and Australia. Soprano (by Sandro Hit) has had three offspring qualify and compete for Denmark at the World Championships for Young Horses. He produced the highest scoring mare at the World Championships in 2010. This year, Soprano has one offspring in Denmark who has made it to the qualifying finals for the 2012 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses. He also has a young offspring who went to the Swedish National Championships. Currently, Soprano has four offspring competing and placing in the upper levels in Europe.

SOPRANO is the sire of Electra NSN out of Rhumba ster.

BANDERAS (Balou du Rouet x Grannus x Beach Boy )

Banderas (OLD)
Balou du Rouet (OLD)
Baloubet du Rouet (SF)
Galoubet A
Mesange du Rouet
Georgia (OLD)
Georgette II
Grannus (HAN)
SPS Odessa
Biene (OLD)
Beach Boy
Aloysia I

BANDERAS (OLD) is the first approved son of the sensational European stallion BALOU DU ROUET, to stand in North America. Banderas is a very typey athletic stallion, with a lovely expression, clearly stamped by in looks by his sire. Banderas has three very good athletic gaits, and shows a huge amount of jumping potential, he jumps in classic form, and show a lot of scope. He also has a very good temperament and good nature.

Sire BALOU DU ROUET is highly sought after as a breeding stallion, he is very known for producing type, elastic movers, and his oldest offspring are showing his prepotency for first class jumping ability.

BANDERAS comes from a very strong dam line through dam GRISETTE he combines some of the best bloodlines available. His dam sire is the legendary GRANNUS, one Germany's greatest sires with over five million DM in earnings, he is also the sire a multiple international and Olympic jumpers, including Top Gun La Silla(Jan Tops), Grand Plaisir(Ludger Beerbaum), Grannusch(John Witaker), Burmah Grand Slam (Nick Skelton) and Imperial to name a few. GRANNUS is also the sire of over 60 approved stallions.

Banderas is the sire of Never Say Never 's offspring, Faust NSN, Hera NSN and Jax NSN.

SIR GREGORY (Sir Donnerhall x Don Gregory)

Sir Gregory (OLD)
Sir Donnerhall (OLD)
Sandro Hit (OLD)
Sandro Song (OLD)
Elite Loretta (OLD)
SPS Contenance (OLD)
Donnerhall (OLD)
Contenance II (HOL)
Premiere (OLD)
Don Gregory (HAN)
Donnerhall (OLD)
Granate (HAN)
Pandora (HAN)
Picasso (HAN)
Granate (HAN)

Sir Gregory (OLD) is the brilliant son of champion stallion Sir Donnerhall out of a very strong dam line. Sir Gregory was a crowd favorite at his 2007 stallion licensing in Oldenburg, with his beautiful looks, super type, correct conformation, outstanding movement and very good jump.

As a 3 year old Sir Gregory was the convincing winner of his 30 day test at Neustadt/Dosse, with very high scores in every category, Interior (Temperament,character,conformation) 9.25 Walk 8.50 Trot 9.38 Canter 8.75 Rideabilty 9.38 Jumping Ability 8.00 Which gave him the high overall score of 8.85, highest score in the dressage phase of 9.08, and the very good score of 8.35 in the jumping phase.

Sir Gregory is a very modern type stallion, of striking good-looks, with a beautiful head and neck. He has very correct conformation, his gaits are powerful, with a lot of elasticity, very good use of the hind leg, and he already shows a very good ability to collect. Sir Gregory also has a very good temperament, he is kind, smart and learns quickly, this goes hand and hand with his high rideability.

Sir Gregory has also already had a very high percentage of Premium foals in Oldenburg, and the Gold premium Champion Colt in Zweibrucken this year, who was also the reserve champion foal over all.

Sir Gregory's sire Sir Donnerhall was the 2nd reserve champion at the Oldenburg stallion licensing in 2003, he then went on to win his 70 day test at Adelheidsdorf in 2005 with a dressage index of 163. In 2005 Sir Donnerhall was named the "Hauptprämien" champion in Oldenburg. In 2006 Sir Donnerhall was the reserve champion at the 2006 World Championships for young dressage horse in Verden, and then was the Bundeschampion for 5 year olds dressage horses in Warendorf, Germany. In 2008 Sir Donnerhall had the highest index of dressage stallions with 182 points.

Sir Gregory's dam Premiere is also the dam of several State Premium mares, her sire is the successful Grand Prix dressage stallion Don Gregory. Don Gregory was not only a successful dressage competitor but is also a highly sought after sire, he has sired numerous licensed sons, champion stallions, State Premium, Brilliantring and Champion mares, top auction horses, Bundeschampions and World Champions. In the damline we also find the stallion Picasso who was trained to advanced level dressage, and the top hanoverian stallion Graphit. There are also approved stallions from this dam line including Don Graphit, Playboy, San Gregory, as well as numerous premium mares and successful performance horses.

Sir Gregory is the sire of Rhumba ster's offspring, Gauguin NSN, Hadiya NSN, and Jahina NSN.

TOTILAS (Gribaldi x Glendale)

Totilas (KWPN)
Gribaldi (TRAK)
Kostolany (TRAK)
Enrico Caruso (TRAK)
Kapstadt (TRAK)
Gondolla II, elite (TRAK)
Ibikus (TRAK)
Gloria V (TRAK)
Lominka elite (KWPN)
Glendale (KPWN)
Nimmerdor pref (KWPN)
Silja keur pref (KWPN)
Elza ster pref (KWPN)
Akteur (NWP)
Wominka ster pref prest (KWPN)

Unless you have been living under a rock in the horse world, you have no doubt heard of Totilas. What can I say about this incredible stallion?

Totilastruly a phenomenon! This captivating black stallion has wowed the world with his dynamic, record-breaking performances. Proclaimed 2009 KWPN Horse of the Year, the FEIs number one dressage performer in 2010, he is still in competition. Totilas began his career in 2005, finishing fourth in the World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in the five-year-old division under Jiska van den Akker. After Edward Gal took up the reins, the gorgeous black son of Gribaldi, out of Lominka elite pref prest, by Glendale, his career really took off. In 2008, Totilas captured many first places, out-performing the worlds elite competitors. In 2009, he swept Zwolle, De Steeg, and Rotterdam. In 2010 he broke multiple dressage records in the FEI World Cup Dressage and the Grand Prix. One of the most astounding records was a score of 92.30% in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the FEI World Cup. With a total of five gold medals it is understandable why Moorlands Totilas is already being considered a legend. In October of 2010, it was announced that sport horse breeder Paul Schockemhle had purchased Totilas for an undisclosed sum. Totilas now resides in Germany.

It has to be said that the genetic foundations of his predecessors are very much what makes Totilas the world's hottest stallion. Totilas was born out of the Elite mare Lominka by the KWPN son of Nimmerdor (Farn x Korridon), Glendale (Nimmerdor x Marco Polo). Lominka is from the renowned Freiminka line, an influential damline which has produced many excellent sport horses. It is perhaps the outstanding combination of this mare line that holds no less than three Prestatie mares, maternal grand dam Elza (Akteur x Pericles xx) herself a successful dressage mare, Wominka and Viola. Totilas' sire, Gribaldi, approved by the KWPN in 1996, very much a sire of sires with over a dozen approved sons, has most definitely added refinement and elegance to the mix. Of his own merit, Gribaldi won the 1995 Top Stallion Trakehner Stallion in Neumunster. He was Champion of the 1996 KWPN stallions in `s-Hertogenbosch, 1997 Winner of the 4 year old stallion competition in 's-Hertogenbosch Pavo Cup, Reserve Champion of the 4 year old dressage horses, and the 1999 Winner preliminary AMEV / Hippo Cup. Gribaldi's sire, Kostolany, is the top Trakehner progenitor who also performed at Grand Prix level. In 1995 Kostolany made history by siring both the Sieger (Champion) stallion and the Sieger mare. Alongside Gribaldi, Kostolany is the sire of many approved stallions including; Bertone, Showmaster, Silvermoon, Tolstoi, Sans Souci and Polansky.

Totilas is the sire of Bosanova NSN elite's offspring, Hosanna NSN, Inaya NSN, and Jovani NSN.

FLORENCIO I (Florestan x Weltmeyer)

In 2009, Florencio's great influence in breeding was recognised by the KWPN by receiving the prestigious title "Keur". Again and again, Florencio's offspring prove themselves; several offspring scores over 70% at Grand Prix level - including the approved stallion Florenciano, ridden by Hubertus Schmidt, nearly 40 sons of Florencio are approved stallions, including the KWPN approved Carmeru, his son, Borencio won the Pavo Cup for young dressage horses twice, and many times his daughters turned out as true stars at KWPN Mare Inspections.

Sire Florestan I is an outstanding dressage ambassador of Westphalia, with many approved sons, like Fidermark, Fleurop, Furst Heinrich, Faveur, Neostan, Flores, Freestyle and Flieder. Grandsire Weltmeyer is one of the most famous sires of Hannoverwith countless approved sons and offspring at the highest level of dressage, while great grandsire Pik Bube is a world-famous sire as well.

These outstanding dressage genes were expressed though Florencio at already a young age: in 2003 Florencio became Reserve Champion of Germany at the prestigious Bundeschampionat, and as a 4-year-old, Florencio became Champion of Wesphalia. Ridden by Hans Peter Minderhoud, Florencio became World Champion for young dressage horses in Verden in both 2004 and 2005. Later on, he dominated the Dutch VHO-Trophy, twice at Prix St. Georges level. He was retired from sport to focus on his busy breeding career after 2009, and later died due to cardiac arrest in his paddock in 2017.

Florencio has sired no less than 44 licensed sons, including Charmeru, Aaron, Fackeltanz, Florenciano, Floriscount, Furst Nymphenburg I and II.

BON BALOU (Balou du Rouet x Argentinus)

Bon Balou Elite (HAN)
Balou du Rouet (OLD)
Baloubet du Rouet (SF)
Galoubet A
Mesange du Rouet
Georgette II
La Belle

2012 70 Day Stallion Test Jumper Champion!! Bon Balou was licensed Hanoverian in Verden in 2008, he is a modern framed horse with outstanding jumping ability combined with excellent, active paces as we well as an excellent temperament. In 2009 Bon Balou won and placed in young horse classes. Also in 2009 Bon Balou successfully competed his 30 day test at Neustadt (Dosse), with very good scores in all categories, his overall score was 8.23, and his jumping index was 8.35. In 2011 Bon Balou was showing in the 5 yr old jumper division in Germany, and has recently shown and placed at M level (1.35 meter).

Bon Balou's sire, Balou du Rouet, first showed his promise on his 30 day test where he gained a score of 9.2 for jumping. In 2005 scored the highest mark of 9.2 at the National Championships, making him one of Germany's top four licensed stallions. He is now competing at 1.50m and is the sire 10 licensed sons to date. Baloubet du Rouet wrote sporting history winning the World Cup finals three times in a row & was the individual Olympic Gold Medalist in 2004 as well as winning team Bronze in Sydney. Bon Balou's damsire is the legendary Argentinus (1980-2007), who was the youngest millionaire among Germany`s top sires and currently third ranked German stallion by the WBFSH. His progeny are successful in both jumping and dressage & incude Arko III, Air Jordan, Amsterdam, Armitage, August der Starke, A Jungle Prince, Albano, Anka & Aleppo. Bon Balou's grand dam, Larika, has also produced a full brother to La Belle, Air Force One (Argentinus), who is jumping 1.40m as a 7 yr old, as well as a licensed Oldenburg. as a licensed Oldenburg stallion Albatros (Acord II).

His grandsire sire, Landadel, (1982-1996), is regarded as the most outstanding son of the legendary Landgraf I and carries a double dose of the great stallion Ladykiller. He is known as an outstanding producer of top performing offspring in dressage and jumping. In the 2001 World Cups, Landadel was unique in producing representatives in both the dressage and jumping finals, with the exquisite Leondardo da Vinci in the dressage (Gonnelien Rothenberger), and in the jumping, Little Gun (Helena Weinberg). He is the sire of over 66 licensed sons including Landor S and among others he is the grandsire of Dressage Grand Prix and performance test winner August der Starke (Argentinus) and Stedinger. Great grand dam Morika produced the licensed brothers Quinnus I & II by Quidams Rubin. Bon Balou's four year old full sister, St Pr A Baquita, was Champion showjumping mare at the 2009 Herwart von der Decken-Schau.

Bon Balou was named the Jumper Champion this past weekend at the 70 day stallion test at Silver Creek Farm in OK. He scored an impressive 125.04 (with a 5% deduction taken off) for 1st place. Bon Balou was also 3rd overall. Bon Balou was 8th in the dressage in a tightly bunched group. We have posted some test highlights In the jumping he put up some amazing scores Jumping Rideablilty "10" (which means both test riders scored him a 10 on rideability and show jumping ability) Free-jumping Test Judges "10" scope "9.5" technique, total "9.75", Cross Country Gallop Test Judges "9.5",Cross Country Jumping "9"," Free Jumping Training judge "10", Training Judge Stadium jumping "9" Training Judge Cross Country Jumping "8.50" Finals Test Judges Trot "8.5" Canter "9", dressage test ridera rideability "8" Training Judge Walk "8" trot "8" Canter "8.50" Cross Country Gallop "9.0" Rideability "8.50" Character "9" Willingness to work "9" Bon Balou showed a very well rounded test putting up big jumping scores as well, as very good gait scores, he also showed very good rideability and a good mind.

Bon Balou is the sire of Never Say Never's expected colt in 2015!

WANROIJ (Symfonie x Jagermeester)

Winner of "Get of Sire" at Dressage at Devon, Wanroij is the sire of Never Say Never (Winnie). Wanroij lines are consistently present in the "Top Ten" horses of the KWPN-NA's keuring tour year after year.

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