This elegant colt comes by his good looks and stellar conformation honestly. Sired by Viva Voltaire, a Hanoverian stallion standing in Stratford, Ontario, he looks a lot like his handsome sire. Viva Voltaire, showed most Scope over Jumps of all stallions at the 1998 inspection in Verden according to the publication "Der Hannoveraner". At his stallion Performance test (100 day test) - received scores of "9" for his jumping ability, disposition, character, ability to work and willingness to work. He was the 2000 Champion of the Ontario Series for 4 & 5 year old show jumpers (as a 4 year old !) as well as the 2001 Reserve Champion of the Ontario Series for 5 year old show jumpers,and the 2001 Reserve Champion of the National Final at the Royal for 5 year old jumpers. Due to an injury, Viva Voltaire is no longer able to compete, however he is the sire of several Young Horse Champions and numerous exceptional prospects for the dressage, hunter and jumper ring. Viva Voltaire typically produces stunningly beautiful, flashy foals, with excellent gaits, lots of jump and the most wonderful temperament. His offspring to be extremely marketable, especially as dressage and hunter prospects.
On top of Viva Voltaire's excellent resume, he also carries the blood of many exceptional performance horses. Most noticeably, Voltaire and Argentinius. As an 8 year old Voltaire jumped 1.50m courses with a great deal of success. He showed his prowess in international show jumping in 1988 in Calgary, Stockholm, Lanaken, Helsinki, Wiesbaden and Wembley. In 1989 he brought his successful career to an end by winning the Grand Prix of Berlin. Voltaire stands very high on the index for dressage and jumping. Voltaire is the result of crossing two outstanding bloodlines, Furioso II and Gotthard. Furioso II produced 200 state premium mares and at least 68 approved stallions of which several are standing at stud in other continents. One can easily say that Furioso II has influenced the breeding industry world-wide. Voltaire was really the first of the super star performance stallions to go on and prove himself equally as important as a breeding stallion. In the competition arena, he won at the highest level, winning Nations Cup classes at Calgary, Stockholm, sHertogenbosch, Lanaken, Helsinki, Wiesbaden and Wembley. In 1989 he won the Grand Prix of Berlin. And yet he was a horse that no-one wanted! He was a bit small (just 162 cms) and had a problem with one hoof, and he was rejected by the Oldenburg licensing commission. That didn't deter Jan Greve, a Dutch veterinarian with a passion for breeding jumping horses and his partner, Henk Nijhoff. They heard that the young stallion was for sale, liked his technique and took him home to The Netherlands. The KWPN licensing commission was not much more enthusiastic than their Oldenburg counterparts, Voltaire was graded 14th out of the fourteen horses to complete the performance test. He received excellent marks for jumping (and stable manners!) but just made it to stallion status.
Anouther remarkable horse in his pedigree is Argentinius. It has been over a quarter of a century since Argentinus took up residence in Klein Roscharden as a sire. And today, this trademark stallion still bursting with energy. His son, Arko ESI, brought 130,000 Euro, making him the most expensive warmblood foal ever sold at an auction in Germany. A full brother of this price record breaker, Arko III, was the most successful show jumper in the world twice under Nick Skelton. But Argentinus' many other internationally successful off-spring document why he remains such a popular sire: Anka, under Marcus Ehning, won the competition in Spangenberg and took home a ribbon from Geneva the end of this year. Nations Cup winner Asti Spumanti under Thomal Mühlbauer had another great season. As the sire, so the off-spring: honest, willing to perform and born with a genius talent for jumping. The list of Argentinus' achievements during the course of his long career is long – Champion Stallion in Oldenburg, Stallion of the Year in Hanover – but the statistics on his internationally successful off-spring show the true dimensions of his greatness. Special Ed, for example, participated in the World Equestrian Games in Aachen under Jill Henslewood. In spite of their enormous talent for jumping, Argentinus' children are always good movers as well and thanks to their 1a characters, they are the perfect partners for all equestrian sports.
Velocity's Dam is also exceptionally well bred herself. Grafina's sire is Graf Top. Graf top is very successful combination of Hanoverian and Holsteiner performance genes is found in the pedigree of the Celle State stallion Graf Top. His sire, Graf Grannus, and the sire of his dam, Calypso II, are both excellent producers of show jumping horses. With this pedigree and his own excellent jumping abilities the young Graf Top is at the beginning of a sire career that will no doubt increase the prestige of the Grannus line of showjumpers. His states premium dam consolidates his future by virtue of her legendary sire Calypso II and grandsire Gotthard. There are no better bloodlines in showjumping pedigrees. A lot of significance and expression mark this well-framed, correct stallion of good riding horse type. Grafina's beautiful mom, Francesca, is by Foxhunter. The typey and expressive Foxhunter is a high quality son of Watzmann, who is renowned as a producer of excellent jumping horses. He is also clearly stamped by his dam as regards to type and presence. He shows a sound strength of character and good rideability. Foxhunter himself is a very good jumper with an exceptional canter. His offspring are very successful in show jumping competitions.
This high quality young colt is surely a prospect for any ring, and possibly as a stallion himself.