Year after year breeders in Europe try to find the perfect stud for their mare. Although everyone knows mare power is evident for a successful breeding program, choosing a promising stallion with good looks, bone, movement and pedigree is just as difficult as important.
Even though most breeders decide to breed their mare to an US stud, it is definitely worth to have a look at our newcomers in Europe who will produce their first foal crop in 2017 and 2018.
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Now, let us start with No. 1: My Casual Duds, also known as „Rocky“. This sorrel stallion was born in 2013 and stands a solid 1,68m. Rocky won his first Grand Champion title as a yearling and went on further to stand Grand Champion stallion under two judges and Reserve Champion under one judge as a 3 yr old at the Q16. He also won several Futurity and DQHA Championship titles at regional futurities and the main futurity of the Q14, Q15 and Q16 and is about to finish his Open ROM in Halter. Rocky is sired by the great Watch my Potential who passed on his great bone and body structure. However, Rocky’s dam holds famous bloodlines as well such as Don’t Dress Me and I’m A Big Leaguer. To Eron Dampier from Belgium, breeder and owner of Rocky, “he is very special and we are treating him as such! One of his special qualities is the fact that Rocky can physically do pretty much anything you ask him to do. He was strong from day one and is built to be an athlete.“ You can see Rocky at several shows in Germany this year. As far as riding is concerned, he will be prepared for not only the hunt seat classes but the pleasure as well. Rocky will breed Eron’s own mares and one outside mare this year, so the first foal crop will arrive in 2018. “It was important to me to have foals on the ground for potential mare owners to see before we stand him to the public.” Eron told us about her breeding philosophy.
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Beauty No. 2 is called Iron Will To Win, aka Willy. Willy is a black stallion by Iron Age out of a Hotroddin Invitation mare and was born in 2014. His breeder and owner Conny Hoffmeister from Germany plans to show him in Hunter under Saddle at the DQHA East Futurity and the Q17. Willy’s first foal will arrive this year, namely out of Pleasure Impulses (Hotrodders Jet Set x Impulsions). His show record seems to be pretty promising: East Futurity Champion 2yo Stallions and Reserve Champion Longe Line. To Conny, “Willy is like a lottery win: really good minded paired with the perfect look and correctness.”.
Do not forget No.3: Dark Brown stallion TFR A Wisely Dream, also known as “Bentley“, born in 2013. This one is sired by Investing Wisely (World & Congress Champion) out of Rockin Dreamer by Dynamic Deluxe. In addition to the great success of his family, this young stallion also showed his potential at several shows: DQHA East and North Futurity Champion, 2-time DQHA Reserve High Point horse, multiple Grand and Reserve Champion, Top 10 in DQHA und NSBA Longe Line. “Here you can find the perfect match of outstanding movement, high performance trainability, a loving and honest character, that makes evey ride a ‘dream’ like experience.” owner and breeder The First Ranch (Ria Vikum Weitz and Andrè Weitz) told us about Bentely. “We are very excited about what the future holds for our Champion! When he was little we knew he is supposed to be our new stud because his mind, Body and movement are just amazing!”
Bentley has been started under saddle in 2015/2016 under the guidance of Arne Kühn and will continue to be ridden by Ria Vikum Weitz at home to ensure training and breeding at the same time. You can see Bentley at the European Championship, German Open, DQHA Regional Futurity and Q17 in western pleasure and trail. Furthermore his first foal crop will arrive in 2017 out of great Mares by A Good Machine, Only in the Moonlite, Invitation Only, Dont Dress Me, Kay Cees Checkmate, Good Asset and The Radical Hour, twelve mares in total. His first foal has already arrived in January out of an Undeniably Hint x Zippos Mr Good Bar bred mare.