Night’s Watch is an exciting new stallion prospect. With his power and presence, he is sure to excel in an discipline, however his pedigree is filled with top level show jumpers! His sire is Kannan. Carrying blood from all the important jumping breeds of Europe. Voltaire, Furioso, Nimmerdor, Gotthard, Farn, Le Mexico, all great progenitors of modern jumper breeding, Kannan is clearly a product of his genes. A tall rangey Stallion, Kannan brings power, movement and scope. He is also noted for his style, balance, temperament and good mouth. He is incredibly fertile.
Kannan is the 2011 WBFSH number 5 jumping stallion!!! And he is the WBFSH number 8 eventing stallion! No other stallion has ever made this achievement. Kannan's competition successes have included winning the Belgian Classic Circuit at the age of 6 in 1998, becoming 7 year old Belgian Champion in 1999. In 2000 he made his International debut by finishing 5th in a Grand Prix. In 2003 Kannan won the Deauville Grand Prix and In 2004 Kannan won at Paris Bercy and Jardy as well as many other competition successes. He was a regular member of the French team which won the Samsung Super League in 2003 & 2004. In 2005 he became French National Champion.
This stallion has talent for days, however he is better known for his jumping style, balance and temperament. Like their father, his offspring exhibit style and balance at the jump, along with a good mouth and character. His most important products are Bridget, who recently won the bronze medal at the 2011 Pan-American Games, the sadly deceased A Pikachu de Muze, who won the six year old World Championships at Lanaken in 2006. The same horse was subsequently sold at the PSI auction for 570,000€. In 2006 he also produced the American 6YO Champion Amis de Kannan.
Other than this, he has 217 products jumping at international level (2* and above). His production is still young, however he is proving very effective in the young horse classes. He has been either 1st or 2nd in the French sires list for four consecutive years. Of the 49 products which have put Kannan as the #5 stallion in the World, the average age is only 9. We are sure to see more success from his offspring in the years to come.
Kannan’s sire Voltaire was an influential sire of show jumpers and dressage horses. Additionally, he competed successfully at the international level in show jumping. Voltaire, a 16 hands (64 inches, 163 cm) high stallion (originally called "Vertuoso"), was by the influential Furioso II, a stallion whose offspring include over 200 state premium mares and at least 70 approved sons, who are stood across the world. Furioso II was full-brother to the French stallion Mexico (sire of Le Mexico, who has produced numerous Grand Prix show jumpers). Furioso II was also the sire of the Olympic gold medal winners Lutteur B and Pomone B.
Voltaire's dam, Gogo Moeve, was also the dam to such horses as Fandango R, PS Falkan and Petite Fleur. She was sired by the great Gotthard, a stallion who has made his mark in the Hanoverian breed. Gotthard is seen in the pedigree of such horses as Goldika, Goya, Queensway, Genius, Grundstein and Grannus. Gogo Moeve's dam-sire was the Thoroughbred stallion More Magic, who also sired the 1980 Moscow Olympics dressage gold medalist, Mon Cherie, ridden by Elisabeth Theurer.Voltaire had a successful career as a Grand Prix show jumper, competing over 1.50 meter courses as an eight-year-old. He was especially successful in 1988, winning Nations Cup classes at Calgary, Stockholm, Lanaken, Helsinki, Wiesbaden and Wembley. In 1989 he ended his competitive career with a win at the Grand Prix of Berlin and a 2nd place in the Grand Prix of Leeuwarden.
Voltaire produced numerous international-caliber horses during his lifetime. From his first crop, he sired the approved stallion Concorde. Concorde went on to compete internationally in show jumping, including the 1994 Dutch Championships, and is now a well-known breeding stallion who has sired Viktor, ridden by McLain Ward, and Conquest, ridden by Todd Minikus and Beezie Madden.
Voltaire had over 30 approved sons in Europe. He is found in the pedigrees of 28 jumpers of the 2000-2001 World Breeding Federation for Sport Horse standings, was ranked 9th in the Federation's top 50 sires for the years 1991-2000, and finished second in 1999 in the list of show jumping sires. Additionally, Voltaire had the most offspring at the 1996 Olympic Games that any other stallion. He is also found in the pedigree of one of the world's greatest dressage horses, Valegro, as his great grandsire.
Voltaire has also been a great sire of show hunters in the United States. He was awarded the title of "Huntersire of the Year" for 2001, 2002, and 2003. In 2003, he not only finished as the USAEq leading hunter sire, with 33 offspring, but also as the USEq leading jumper sire, having 25 offspring who earned a total of $176,189. Notable hunters with include Popeye K, Nobleman, King de Coquerie and Mandkind.
Night Watch’s dam is Gwenhwyvar who is by Cantos. Cantos his sire Contender is a top progenitor and sire of Montender and Checkmate. Then we see Goodtimes who bred many international showjumpers like: Obelix R, Kris, e.g.
Cantos carries 46,5% thoroughbred blood; the stallions Abgar xx, Cottage Son xx, Ladykiller xx, Koridon xx, Millerole xx, Pericles xx, Rantzau xx, Rittersporn xx and Waldenser xx are part of it. Cantos comes from a very good dam line with mother Gabanta and grandmom Abanta who both jumped at the highest international level.
Cantos himself had a successful career. As a young stallion he won the stallion competition 1.20m. and he won the ‘Best Young Stallion’ in Zwolle. At international level Cantos and Julia Kayser were 2nd in the Grand Prix in Zuidbroek and Linz. He won the Derby in Bathmen and was several times high placed; 5th and 6th in De Steeg, 5th and 7th in Leipzig, 7th and 9th in Neustadt-Dosse, e.g.
Cantos passes blood and type on to his foals. They have a great jumping technique and a fantastic character. His breedingresults till so far are promising and Cantos is approved as well KWPN as NRPS ‘Keur’. His oldest offspring are doing well on international level. Watch Me won twice in Valkenswaard and placed 4th in Neeroeteren, Woody placed 2nd in the finals of young jumpers in Zuidlaren and 9th in the 1.45 class Basel, Wacantos placed 3rd in Hagen, 4th and 5th in Hamburg, Waronetta placed 6th and 7th in Bonheiden and 9th in Hulsterlo, Wenda placed 3rd and 4th in Manerbio and 7th in Wieze, Very Nice placed 5th in the finals of the World Championships for 7 year olds, Winston placed 12th in the finals at the World Championships for 6 year olds and 2nd in Roeser, 4th in Valkenswaard and 5th in Bonheiden, Watch Me Society won already 4 international classes for young jumpers: in Zwolle, Hengelo and Neeroeteren. Way of Society placed 3rd and 5th in Hengelo and 7th in Neeroeteren, Society’s Voila placed 3rd in the finals of the WC for 5 year olds e.g. Also Wollie Bollie with A. Zoer is doing very well.
It is plain to see why we have added Night’s Watch to our breeding program. He is an exception young horse, and has a pedigree with tremendously successul horses everywhere you look. We look forward to breeding him to select mares in 2021.