We are very excited to add this mare to our herd. Rocky is a big moving, uphill mare with the pedigree to produce high level jumpers.
Her Sire, Le Sauvauge is owned by okanogan show jumpers in Lumby BC. He has produced dozens of successful jumpers in his long career. His sire id the famous Le Grand III.
Le Grand III is by the holsteiner stallion Lord. An elegant stud stallion demonstrating the features of the international Thoroughbred horse. Great charisma and good lines, expressive eye, long, classic riding horse neck. Very good conformation of shoulder, withers and croup. Excellent action of hind legs. Extraordinary jumping ability. Outstanding own performance. Top-class eventing horse of international character. Although Lord won the 1969 Holsteiner stallion approval, it was a controversial decision in the light of his less than perfect legs and perhaps as a result of this, Lord was at first not used greatly as a stallion, although he was one of the early stallions to jump successfully in competition, winning international eventing contests up to advanced level with Herbert Blöcker.
The dam line on this mare is also exceptional. Rocky's dam is by THE Capitol I! Capitol I is one of the most important stallions in the history of the Holsteiner Verband, his legacy being an outstanding number of descendants performing on the international stage. He is also a real rarity in the ranks of Holsteiner stallions - a showjumping sire, whose name begins with ‘C’ who is not related to Cor de la Bryère! Nor, for that matter, is he related to that other pillar of Holsteiner breeding, Landgraf. Capitol's sire is Capitano, whose dam Retina had won the Hamburg Derby at the age of seven in 1959, with Fritz Thiedemann in the saddle.
The yearling Capitol I was bought by the Holsteiner Verband, and he was licensed in 1977 in Neumunster. He began his breeding career in Ostholstein, and in 1978 gained a score of 82.56 in his stallion performance test in Medingen. Apparently, the Verband had to develop a number of protocols and strict conditions for which mares should be put to Capitol I, as it was discovered that when bred to a more traditional-type mare the resulting offspring tended to be too heavy, and rather cumbersome and lazy. This policy was not necessarily popular with all mare owners, but ultimately was more than vindicated by the quality of the subsequent offspring!
Most (but not all -Indoctro, for instance, is an exception) Capitol I offspring are grey, and on the tall side, many making over 17hh. The line is legendary for its sensible and calm temperament, work ethic and scope over a jump. Capitol I was also in demand as the only stallion maintaining the bloodline of the TB Cottage Son in the male line; subsequently his numerous sons have ensured that the continuation of the bloodline is no longer threatened.
He soon established himself as one of the greatest of modern showjumping sires, producing 40 approved stallion sons, including Carthago, Capriol, Carolus II, Cassini I, Calato, Clinton, Clearway ….. and he has also proved himself to be a great damsire, with his daughters Rixa, Soleil and Maria producing Calvaro, Corrado I and II and Corial respectively. He has been represented internationally by jumpers such as Corso (ridden by the Swiss, Willi Meliger), Campesino (exported to the United States), Capitalist, Caruso Rex, Calle, Canadian River, making his mark in Belgium, and in the Netherlands, Indoctro. In the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, he was represented by three offspring – Carthago, Cento and Campari M. The 2004 Athens Games saw thirteen of his progeny competing under different flags. In Germany, his registered offspring have won about 5.3 million euros between them.
In May 2008, in recognition of the extraordinary contribution of Capitol I to sport horse breeding, the President of the German Federation, Breido Graf zu Rantzau, took part in a formal ceremony unveiling a statue of the great stallion at the place of his birth - the studfarm of Harm and Inela Thormälen.
With all of these legends in her pedigree, we look forward to seeing what she will produce for us.