Lumere is a sporty colt, our first from Delilah. Delilah is a gorgeous and athletic young mare, whose performance career ended before it even began, due to injury. Although this was a disappointment to her previous owner, we feel very fortunate to add her to our herd. CWHBA has awarded her with PREMIUM mare status.
Delilah is by Zaprila, who is by Chin chin. Chin Chin was an exceptional show-jumping stallion. His willing and forgiving character, combined with an undeniable jumping talent, were huge factors in his international success. These attributes are passed through to his offspring. It is often said that there is something magical about a Chin Chin foal -- they truly stand out in a crowd! Chin Chin and his rider Jaime Azcarraga from Mexico, competed for more than five years at the international level. They achieved amazing success in the show ring, despite the fact that Jaime was himself an amateur rider! In 1988 Chin Chin won FIVE consecutive times in the North American League on the World Cup circuit and competed in Seoul at the Olympic Games where he placed sixth individually. Four years later, he competed at a second Olympic Games in Barcelona! In 1989 and 1990, he was placed in the final of the World Cup in Both Dortmund and Tampa. In 1990, Chin Chin and Jaime Azcarraga competed in the first edition of the World Equestrian Games in Stockholm.
The offspring of Chin Chin really make the dream of their pedigree come true. For example, Ta Belle van Sombeke won the Grand Prix of Saint Tropez and Zuidlaren, Triomph de Muze won the Grand Prix of Lons le Saunier and Tedechine Sept placed several times in Grand Prix with Eddie Macken. Other successful offspring are Querly Chin, Phin Phin, Tolano van't Riethof and Riot Gun van de Padenborre. Three daughters were selected in 2006 for the National Free Jumping Championship -- daughter Welena VDL became National Champion of free jumping, and the reserve champion was also a daughter of Chin Chin. In the National Championship of 3-year old mares the 2nd, 3rd and 7th places were for daughters of Chin Chin. Recently his young sons are receiving recognition by the KWPN and several have been approved for breeding, including Zapatero VDL and Arezzo VDL.
Once again, the blood of Cor de la Bryere and Farnese prove their worth. Although sadly Chin Chin passed away in 2007, his influence on Dutch breeding will continue through his offspring for generations to come.
Delilah's mom is a mare called Quick Mella, who was ridden in the 1.40m jumpers by Eric Lamaze. Quick Mella was THE Quidam de Revel. Quidam De Revel has sired many brilliant performers who have inherited his amazing sporting ability. Even today, he is still one of the best ambassadors of French breeding across the international community with his formidable genetic heritage. He combines two of the most important lines of Selle Francais breeding which have ever existed: Jalisco B (v. Alme) and Nankin.
Before retiring as a broodmare, Quidam De Revel’s dam, Dirka, jumped internationally with Nelson Pessoa. Dirka represents one of the most famous mare families in France. The line has been prolific producers of breeding stock and competition horses, including the remarkable French stallion Uriel. Dirka herself is the mother to nine foals, including two full sisters of Quidam De Revel. Proving his tremendous value in the production of top level jumpers, Quidam De Revel has consistently been at the top of the World Breeding Federation ranking of jumping sires. In 2011, Quidam de Revel was the #6 stallion in the ranking of jumping sires. His son, Nabab de Reve, finished #9. This is the fourth consecutive year that the father-son pair has been among the world’s most elite jumping sires.
As a competitor, Quidam De Revel was a pillar of the French Team. Just 10 years old in 1992, he was a member of several French Nations Cup teams and the French Olympic team in Barcelona winning Team Bronze and 4th place individually. He also won the Grand Prix of Barcelona and the Grand Prix of New York in 1992. In 1993, the stallion was purchased for an undisclosed sum, believed to be a record high at the time. In 1996, under the then inexperienced rider Tomas Velin, Quidam De Revel proved his rideability by placing second in the Grand Prix of Copenhagen and 4th in the Young Riders European Championships. He continued to win at the Grand Prix level until his late teens.
So while no injury is ever a good thing, we are truly fortunate that Delilah has found her way to us! We are very excited to see what a mare with such exceptional blood will produce for us here.
Leeto Z is an exceptional young stallion in many ways. Beautiful, correct conformation, powerful and elegant movement, combined with incredible scope make him an all-around exceptional athlete. Although, perhaps his best feature, is his intelligent and engaging personality that not only makes him a brave and willing partner, but also a quick learner and simple straight forward ride. At his Canadian Warmblood Stallion Performance Test, he was the highest scoring stallion for temperament and rideablity. From what we can tell, his foals all seem to have his temperament as well.
Leeto Z’s sire is Lucino, who is by Landlord Z who is by Landgraf I. By the end of the 1980's, Landgraf I was rated best amongst all sires that had stood at stud in West Germany, and his sons can be found in most breeding regions throughout the world. Landgraf I became the most important sire of show jumpers in the twentieth century having sired the most money winning show jumping offspring in the World.
Leeto z’s mom is by Crack I who is by Corrado I. Through his dam's grandsire, Corrado I combines the blood of Cottage Son xx with that of Cor de la Bryere. Furthermore, he was unrelated to Ladykiller xx. All of these factors contributed to Corrado's own success, and his success as a match to the Holsteiner broodmare population. As a six-year-old, Corrado I was a finalist at the 1991 German Federal Championships, and he began his international career the following year under Franke Sloothaak. The qualities that made Corrado I a Nations Cup-caliber jumper - cleverness, quick reflexes, power, and speed - also made him a challenging partner. Sloothaak described the young stallion as distractible with a strong temperament, and quite difficult to ride. The pair competed on the international circuit to the World Cup level. As of 2006, Corrado I has produced 95 offspring for the international level show jumping arena. In 2008, Corrado I was ranked in 19th in the WBFSH list of top sires of FEI jumpers.
Cor de la Bryere is one of the most influential stallions in modern Warmblood breeding and can be seen in more than 70% of modern Holsteiner bloodlines. He was recognized as the "Reserve Stallion of the Century" second only to Landgraf I. "Corde" has produced many top-level competition horses including Contrast, the three-day Eventer, the international show jumpers, VDL Corland and Costa, plus the great 1988 Olympic Dressage Silver Medalist, Corlandus. He also sired Calando I through IV, Caletto I, II, and III, Calypso I through V, and Cordino. His offspring tend to have good free shoulders along with higher knee action making them very suitable for jumping. In 2004, Cor de la Bryère ranked 6th and in 2006 he ranked 15th for the USEF Leading Jumper Sires. Leeto’s dams sire is Ramiro Z. In 1969, Ramiro (G Ramiro Z) was the absolute top stallion of his performance year and was not only successful with breeding, but also in his jumping career under Fritz Ligges. He excelled in his puissance performances (up to 2.20 m) as well as in competition where speed was essential.
Ramiro moved to Studbook Zangersheide in 1979 and went to the Netherlands two years later. On the basis of his breeding efforts that earned him world-wide fame, he was declared Horse of the Year at Jumping Amsterdam in 1992. Ramiro is still at the top of the indexes in both jumping and dressage for many breed organizations today. In 2004, he ranked 8th for the USEF Leading Jumper Sires and 9th for Leading Hunter Sires.
With these world class bloodlines, elegant, modern type, tremendous work ethic and even temperament, Leeto Z is proving to be a sire that passes all of these attributes on to his progeny.