HENNING PRETORIUS OF CAPITAL STUD INTRODUCES A STRONG DARCO LINE IN TWO RECENTLY IMPORTED BWP STALLIONS.
A line that has been conspicuous by its near absence in South Africa is the now world renowned Belgian stallion Darco. Today Darco is ranked FIRST in the WBFSH Jumping Sires. With Ludo Philippaerts as his rider, Darco finished in seventh place at both the 1990 World Equestrian Games in Stockholm and at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Darco has consistently passed his jumping talents on to his offspring and having more than 40 registered offspring in the Breeding Guide for International showjumping horses, makes Darco one of the most influential showjumping horse producers of his age.
Homerus wowed the crowd at the Presidents Cup in April this year, by his presence, talent and self confidence in the Loose Jumping Competition. He first won his three year old section and then went on to be crowned the Overall South African Loose Jumping Champion 2010.
He is a 7/8 brother to the approved stallion and International showjumper, Non Stop (by Darco). Homerus comes from the very good Holstein dam-line noa line that is currently positioned 4 in the jumping mare World Family Rankings and produced the likes of Cathargo, Canturo, Lord Calando and many more
Hitoshi’s sire, Winningmood (by Darco / Cassini I) was until recently the latest International ride for Ludo Philippaerts, who rode Darco and many of his sons and grand-sons to numerous International victories. Hitoshi, whose date of birth put him into the two year old group at the Presidents Cup Loose Jumping Competition showed his class by winning this age group in style.
Line breeding of the Hanovarian, Lugano I (by Der Löewe xx), is seen in both sides of the pedigree of Hitoshi, firstly as the grand-sire of Darco and secondly as the Grand-sire of Hitoshi’s second dam.