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HORSE MAG Showjumping Stallion Rankings 2019

Every year we publish the HORSEMAG stallion rankings for showjumping in South Africa. These are calculated from the SA Showjumping horse rankings for open horses, which have earned ranking points for the year.

Every year we publish the HORSEMAG stallion rankings for showjumping in South Africa. These are calculated from the SA Showjumping horse rankings for open horses, which have earned ranking points for the year.

Rankings are important, because they give breeders, as well as riders looking to buy young horses, some indication as to whether the horse they buy will be a successful jumper.

A well-bred horse offers no guarantees when it comes to future success, and one must make assessments of individual horses in terms of whether they have the necessary qualities to be able to perform at a high level. The pedigree does give many clues though. Temperament and character are things you cannot see by simply looking at the exterior of a horse. The clues to whether a horse may have the required character lie in the pedigree.

Of course, the rankings prove once again how fragmented breeding is in SA, with a few examples of offspring from a large spread of stallions representing their sires in the open grades. Statistically this leads to a small sample, and so we expect to see large fluctuations from year to year, as a solitary horse that performed exceptionally well in the higher grades comes into form or disappears from the sport.

The rankings place significant emphasis on horses in the 1.50m classes. Last year 13% of open horses gained points at 1.50m level, compared to 11% in 2018. This means that the trip from entering open level to the 1.50m classes is achieved by a round 1 in 9 horses. So, the weighting applied reflects this.

Once again the top sire is Consuelo (Corofino I x Landgraf I), a Holsteiner which stood in Namibia for most of his life. He had huge opportunity for an extended breeding career, and his influence on breeding and the sport in Southern Africa continues. This year however, his lead in the rankings has diminished somewhat. His likely successor as top sire in Namibia was largely believed to be Delacoure, but this stallion cannot find a place in the rankings at all. Instead, Locarno Caprivi (Indoctro x Lord) is the 2nd highest ranked of the stallions standing in Namibia moving up to 13th place. This stallion was bred by Locarno stud via frozen imported semen on an imported mare.

Second on the rankings this year is the 4-time Derby winner Don Cumarco (Cumano x Darco), largely due to the successes of his son Capital Don Costello (Ulior van het Wuitenshof mare). This stallion still competes in the 1.50m classes under Nicole Horwood, but is in the twilightof his sport career.

Shooting up to third place on the rankings is Lissabon (Lordanos x Sion) who has been extensively used by Callaho stud. With no fewer than 20 of his offspring contributing to the rankings, he saw his first 1.50m competitor in South Africa in the form of Callaho Lexington under Jeanne Korber. Callaho Stud’s policy of using high quality, mostly imported mares, has certainly paid off.

4th in the rankings is the imported Bono van de Kiekenhoef (Skippy II x Grannus) who has stood for years at Rivervale Stud in KZN. This stallion has brought tough horses with blood and a top mentality to the SA circuit.

In 5th place is the imported Selle Francais stallion Beau Veneur (Grand Veneur x Nostradamus). This deceased stallion competed at 1.50m level and had a successful breeding career at Franlaren Stud. His success was realised as a a stallion largely due to the trust that Franlaren Stud placed in his offspring, making sure they were able to have long csreers. They are sound horses who are known for their trainability and genuine attitudes to the job at hand.

Up to 6th place in the rankings is Chicoletto Z (Cassini II x Corofino), imported by Capital Stud and the sire of Capital Chilli Pepper. This attractive grey stallion is also still competing.

7th on the rankings is For Joy (For Pleasure x Don Carlos). This stallion was imported to stand at Callaho Stud and proved to be very successful. He still has a significant number of progeny in the sport, and shows the value of importing proven licenced stallions in a breeding programme.

In 8th place is the World Equestrian Games competitor Rendement (Burggraaf x Zeus), who competed under Johan Lotter. He was brought back to South Africa to retire to stud. A stallion with perhaps the most credentials in the sport of any to stand in South Africa, he has surprisingly very few mares and therefore little opportunity to prove himself as a sire. Now owned by Capital Stud, he may just get the mares he needs to really influence the sport.

9th is Carrick. He was originally imported by Alzu stud, before finding a home at Saratoga Stud later on in life, where he spent the remainder of his years. He was bred with extensively there to a widely varied herd of mares, and some have come through to raise him to this level in the rankings. His best son is Saratoga Obi Wan Kenobi (owned by Maxstar Stud) who has several offpring showing huge promise in the lower grades.

Dropping down the grades to 10th place is Optimum van der Wellington (Randel Z x Furioso Z). Long deceased, his huge influence on local showjumping has endured, but is waning as no more progeny come to the fore. His son Alzu Optimus is the only licenced son and is competing successfully under Ronnie Lawrence.