Darco Son (Geronimo)Breed: KWPN
Breed Approval:RPSI, GOV (OL), SBS
Date of Birth: 2011
Stud Fee: $800
Booking Fee: $200
An exciting new son of Darco has arrived in the United States! Darco Son (aka Geronimo)
Darco Son received his license upon successful completion of the stallion testing in Redefin in October 2014. He received on trot a score of 8, and 9 on both walk and canter. He arrived in the United States in early 2016 and completed his first season of breeding with a phenomenal conception rate of 100%. He received his first breeding permit in the United States with the RPSI and has now achieved breeding status with the GOV and the SBS. As an individual, his demeanor is stellar and tractable. His jumping ability is what you’d expect from this exciting pedigree: scope, purvey, power and willingness. His mouth is soft; rideability is superb; the feel over the jumps is thrilling.
For five consecutive years, the great stallion Darco led the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horse ranking as the best jumping horse progenitor. He currently has the most offspring that competed at Grand Prix level. It is a record which no single sire has ever achieved since the ranking was first developed in 1995. Moreover, Darco is one of the few sires of the present ranking who previously appeared in the original rankings from 1995. In other words, Darco has been at the top for more than fifteen years. Reasons enough to assume, at this time, that Darco is the best jumping horse progenitor ever in show jumping. His worldwide fame and international success with Ludo Philippaerts is today mirrored by his two- time Olympic Gold medal winning daughter Sapphire and her rider McLain Ward. His offspring continue to dominate the show jumping scene especially in the U.S. as you see his name in the pedigree of horses competing in virtually every major jumping competition. His offspring have proven to be very rideable by both professional and amateur riders.
Darco Son’s dam, Vontanja, descends from a valuable Dutch breeding line. She, like the international 1.45m showjumper Salas (Clinton), is bred out of the Preferent Elite mare Montanja (Epilot). Montanja is a half-sister of the licensed Grand Prix stallion Londontimes (Goodtimes) who had a lot of succes with both Kevin Olsmeijer and Eric Levallois. Grandam Etanja (Le Mexico) also produced three 1.30m showjumpers and is grandam of the 1.60m showjumper Ultimo (Heartbreaker), who competed at the 2014 World Cup finals with Hamad Ali Mohamed A Al Attiyah. Vontanja’s daughter Contanja M (Quidam de Revel) jumps at 1.30m level.
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Darco Son 2016 5YO YJC Western Regional Championships Round 1
Darco Son 2016 5YO Western Regional Championships Round 2
Darco Son 2016 5YO Western Regional Championships Final
Imported at age 5, Darco Son easily qualified for the YJC finals and attended the YJC’s Western League Championships at Showpark in September 2016. With rider Christian Heineking, he finished 5th overall, with just 4 faults in the entire three-round competition.
Darco is the sire of $1,000,000.00 Grand Prix, and 2 time Olympic gold medal winning mare, Sapphire.
For Five consecutive years, the great stallion Darco led the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horse ranking as the best jumping horse progenitor. He currently has the most offspring that competed at Grand Prix level. It is a record which no single sire has ever achieved since the ranking was first developed in 1995. Moreover, Darco is one of the few sires of the present ranking who previously appeared in the original rankings from 1995. In other words, Darco has been at the top for more than fifteen years. Reasons enough to assume, at this time, that Darco is the best jumping horse progenitor ever in show jumping.
Nowadays, Darco is very popular with the breeders however it wasn’t always that way from the start. In 1984, after his first breeding season, 41 foals were registered with the BWP. A year later, only 19 and one year after that the number fell to 13. Meanwhile, Darco became the champion of the young horses twice, but he still wasnt a favorite of most of the breeders. In 1989, BWP registered 40 of his foals. When the first of Darcos offspring began to do well in the competitions for young horses, and Ludo Philippaerts won 2 heats of the World Cup when Darco was only 9-years old, the tide turned.
After Darco’s sport career ended, he quickly developed a reputation as a supplier of sport horses and gained world wide influence in the breeding of sport horses. At the time of Darcos inspection, a new trend was being started within the BWP. BWP was the first registry to introduce free jumping as a mandatory part of the stallion approval process, a trend that would be copied by all the other major registries. Darco’s performance in this discipline was strong and that made the difference as he was approved based mainly on his performance in the free jumping phase. The contribution of jumping talent to the approval process received more and more weight value. Darco is a fixed entry on the list of stallions with the most offspring in top sport. There are close to 2,500 of his offspring currently registered with the BWP and other studbooks.
Darco passed away in 2006 at the age of 26 but thanks to this stallion, the BWP could advance itself at the international level and win the hearts of many breeders all over the world. In 2007, Darco received an award from the United States Equestrian Federation and at the 2008 stallion inspection, Darco was paid an extra tribute with a parade of six of his approved sons and the pinning of the golden BWP insignia to his breeder by Flemish Minister-President, Kris Peeters.
His worldwide fame and international success with Ludo Philippaerts is today mirrored by his two- time Olympic Gold medal winning daughter Sapphire and her rider McLain Ward. His offspring continue to dominate the show jumping scene especially in the U.S. as you see his name in the pedigree of horses competing in virtually every major jumping competition. His offspring have proven to be very rideable by both professional and amateur riders. The BWP/NAD now has eleven approved stallions with Darco in their pedigree.
Pilot was the youngest showjumper millionaire that has ever existed among Germanyâ€™s stallions. By the end of 1999, Pilot progeny had earned a staggering DM 6,250,000.
Pilotâ€™s breeding influence exceeds Westphalian borders. He is represented in almost all German breeds. In 2005, he was honored with a life-size monument in front of the Westphalian horse center in MÃ¼nster-Handorf.
Pilot has had numerous international Grand Prix winners, in the 1988 Seoul Olympics Pedro with rider Wolfgang Brinkmann was on the gold medal winning German, Pirol / Lesley Mc Naught, P.S. Priamos / Ludger Beerbaum and Dirk Hafemeister, Prinzregent 7 / Norbert Koof and many more.
Pilot continues to have a very strong influence in today sport horse breeding his offspring proven themselves to be amazing jumpers, outstanding dressage horses and talented hunters
|Gogo Moeve by the great Hanoverian stallion, Gotthard. Gogo Moeve was the dam of successful competition horses Fandango R, PS Falkan and Petite Fleur. Her dam sire is the English Thoroughbred, More Magic xx, who was the sire of 1980 Moscow Olympic dressage gold medallist, Mon Cherie. Gotthard was for seven years the leading sire of showjumpers in Germany, and he sired over thirty-four licensed stallions and twenty six States Premium mares. He also sired numerous showjumpers, among them Goldika, Goldfink, Golden Gate, Goya, and Galipolis. Gotthard is also noteable as a damsire, having produced the mother of World Cup Winner The Natural, as well as the mare Gandria, one of the Hanover region’s most decorated broodmares (she is the dam of October Hill’s Amaretto D II)|
Voltaire is by the French stallion Furioso II, one of the first of such stallions to be imported to Germany to provide some much-needed Thoroughbred influence. Standing in the Oldenburg region, he easily won his 100-Day test, and was later approved for breeding in Hannover, Rhineland, Hessen, and Westfalia. Furioso II had winners in all disciplines; some noteable ones are FBI, Heissman (Michael Matz’s Horse of the Year and 4 th at the Barcelona Olympics), and For Pleasure (ridden by Lars Nieberg to Olympic team Gold in Atlanta, and by Marchus Ehnning to team gold in Sydney). In dressage, Furioso II’s son Purioso is the sire of Cocktail (Anky van Grunsven’s Grand Prix mount). Furioso II, who died in 1986, sired a total 81 approved sons, 96 dams of approved sons, and has progeny earnings of DM9,000,000.
Voltaire has sired offspring that have gone on to be successful in both the show jumping and dressage arenas. Voltaire sired such horses as Concorde, Royal Kaliber, Response, Finesse, Play it Again, Altaire, Especiale, Kannan, Lemato, Mezcalero (represented Mexico in the 1998 World Equestrian Games, and jumped in many Nations Cup competitions under rider Frederico Fernandez), Farmer (sire of Olympic reserve Lowina), Ecuador (sire of 2004 Dutch Olympic dressage team member Idocus), Lancelot KWPN (ex Nimmerdor, and sire of Pavorotti, Tristan, Parcival, SF Sadin,and many more international horses), and One More Look (high-scoring foal at the NASFA 2002 Foal Evaluations). Other notable offspring include Foltaire (international dressage horse ridden by Guenter Seidel), Helios, Electro, Danta, and Kahlua. Some of Voltaire’s successful hunter offspring include: Churchill, Popeye K, Blink, High Cotton, King de Coquerie, and Moriah.