Which Stallion Should I Use?

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The deputy breeding director of the Hanoverian VerbandDr Ludwig Christmann takes a look at the stallions on offer, and comes up with the radical suggestion that perhaps we should be looking to certain jumping horses to breed our top dressage performers!

Chris Hector asked the questions.

My first question was whether Weltmeyer was still the number one stallion in the Hanoverian team?

“Weltmeyer is one of those stallions that are born only rarely – Absatz, Bolero, Weltmeyer – they leave their mark on the offspring, they are timeless. It is just not possible to reproduce such a stallion, you can try to breed them, but everything has to click and fit for it to happen. He is the number one stallion.”

Looking at the mares at your big Ratje-Niebuhr show, Weltmeyer is still such an influence on the results…

“The reserve champion of the three year olds was a Weltmeyer, when you looked at the mares under saddle, there was so much Weltmeyer blood, directly as a sire or a grand sire.”

The criticism of Weltmeyer is always that the horses won’t collect, that there are 5000 offspring, where are they in Grand Prix?

“There are Weltmeyer offspring in Grand Prix. Weltmeyer definitely has his place in the breeding of dressage horses because of the active hind end he produces, and the regularity with which he produces that movement. It is also a question of how many Grand Prix riders we have.”

 

Wie Weltmeyer - one Weltmeyer that is starring at Grand Prix

Wie Weltmeyer – one Weltmeyer that is starring at Grand Prix

“I think if Weltmeyer has the right partners, then he produces Grand Prix horses.”
What are the right partners for Weltmeyer?

“For most breeders the first aim is to produce sellable riding horses, not many are looking to produce a Grand Prix dressage horse, they want a talented riding horse with three good gaits and rideability. We find that Weltmeyer works well with mares with Thoroughbred blood, he has always worked well with Bolero, and he also seems to work well with Lauries Crusador. He himself is not a refining stallion and he is not a stallion to put longer legs on the offspring. Sometimes the walk could be better for the Weltmeyer offspring. So I would say long legged mares with a certainproportion of Thoroughbred blood.”
What other stallion is going to play a major role in the next few years?

“Definitely Lauries Crusador xx and his sons. A Thoroughbred stallion like him who in the first generation produces Grand Prix horses, is very rare. Already there is Lesotho with Ellen Schulten-Baumer, and Le Beau in northern Germany with Mr Koch. Falk Rosenbauer has been very successful at Prix St Georges with Little Big Man.”

 

Do you think Dr Bade even dared to hope that a Thoroughbred could produce such horses in the first generation? Or was he hoping that in the second generation his choice would prove itself?

“We don’t expect this of a Thoroughbred stallion. Often it is the second cross, not the first cross, but we are lucky with Lauries Crusador who has produced good stallion sons like Longchamp and Londonderry, and they will play a big role.”

 

Londonderry - set to play a big role

Londonderry – set to play a big role

 

What are the qualities that Lauries Crusador brought to Hanoverian breeding? What is his stamp?

“He improves the frame of the horse. He puts on the long legs that we like, and the big shoulders that we hope from a Thoroughbred. What is also very important is the rideability of his offspring. They are very good in their mind, very co-operative, also good for collection. They have good movement and they are really trainable so the movement gets better under saddle.”

Did he come straight from the racetrack to Celle?

“No, he came to Celle from England via Holland through the Dutch stallion owner, Henk Nijhoff and the legendary Maas Hell.”

Source: The Horse Magazine

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