Beckham is a sensible young gelding belonging to one of my teenage students. He exhibits both a willing temperament and exceptional ability.
His sire is our Barricello. Ruben has shown himself to be beautiful with elegant suspension and a huge elastic jump, both of with he passes to his foals. His sire, is Balou du Rouet. Balou du Rouet, Oldenburg silver medalist of 2005, is one of the best German horses of his age group. Equipped with maximum elasticity in his gaits, he completed an excellent Stallion Performance Test awarded with the top marks of 9.5 and 10.0 for jumping by the ‘foreign’ judges. He has continued his sporting career in supreme style, winning several classes judged on style and ability up to “M level”. He won the final qualification at the German Young Horse Championships with the top score of 9.2 and in the final was one of the four best approved stallions in Germany. Sire Baloubet du Rouet, currently one of the most successful jumping stallions on the international stage (individual gold medallist at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, three-times World Cup Champion in a row, winner of many Grand Prix’s), has an exceptional pedigree. Grand sire Galoubet is son of the great stallion Almé. On the dam’s side, Balou du Rouet is directly related to the founder of the bloodline “Cor de la Bryere” from Holstein through Rantzau. The similarity can be seen in Balou du Rouet’s jumping style and ability. His stunning dam Georgia is by the increasingly popular Contender son, Continue. Once again, Balou du Rouet emphasises his dominant quality as a producer in type, elegance and movement with numerous foals at many different auctions. This year we look forward to seeing his offspring at their first approvals. His first crop of youngsters confirmed their quality at the approvals; one of his sons out of a Sandro mare was the most expensive premium stallion at the Oldenburg Approvals in Vechta.
Ruben's dam is goes back to Landgraf I. Landgraf I is about as famous a name as you can get in the warmblood breeding world. Landgraf I has been described, along with another of Ladykiller’s stallion sons, Lord, as being “one of the two great jewels in the crown of modern Holstein breeding”. His name appears in the pedigrees of an enormous number of successful modern day showjumpers. Landgraf was amongst the first progeny of his TB sire Ladykiller, and his full brother Landgraf II (competing under the name of Leon III) born the following year, went on to compete at GP level with Manfred Schusselburg. Landgraf was little used in his earlier years, many German breeders at that time remaining suspicious of half-blood stallions. The real breakthrough came when, at the 1975 Equitana in Germany, he demonstrated his phenomenal jumping ability by clearing 6’6” several times during a single day. Landgraf transmitted his excellent temperament as well as his jumping ability to his offspring, and in his book, Dr Dietrich Rossow comments that “almost all the offspring are endowed with their sire’s jumping ability. In the beginning they jump rather awkwardly with less than ideal form which improves with increased maturity.”
Beckhams Dam was a tough little thoroughbred mare that I saved from starvation in the winter of 2004. Although to most she was just a typical Canadian thoroughbred, I saw a feisty, competitive and somehow incredibly kind mare. She survived near starvation to thrive in her last years with us.