Hanoverians Win 2006 WBFSH World Breeding Dressage Ranking

Wed, 11/29/2006 - 00:00
WBFSH Breeding News

During the WBFSH General Assembly in Verden, the 2005-2006 WBFSH World Breeding Rankings were announced to the public. The Breeding Rankings show which horses and which breeds were most successful in the three Olympic disciplines.

The rankings are produced by the FEI in cooperation with the WBFSH, based on the competition results from the 1st of October 2005 till the 30th of September 2006.

Chairman Jan Pedersen awarded the prizes to the winning stud books for dressage, jumping and eventing. For the ninth time the overall stud book rankings were won by the Hanoverarian Studbook. With a very convincing first place in dressage, a sixth place in jumping and a second place in eventing, the Hanoverian stud book proved its diversity. For the fourth time, the KWPN received the plaque for the best stud book for show jumping. On the other hand, it was the Irish stud book that produced the best eventers.


For the second consecutive year the Hanovarian bred Salinero was the most winning dressage horse of the season. For his home crowd in Amsterdam he won the FEI World Cup Dressage Final for the third time in row. And to empathize his supremacy he gained two world record this year. During the World Cup Qualifier in ‘s Hertogenbosch, a perfectly balanced Freestyle resulted in a phenomenal score of 87.925%. Outdoor in Rotterdam the combination did it again. They won the Grand Prix with an all time highest score of 81,33%.

Salinero is not a typical Hanovarian dressage offspring. In fact his breeder Horst Bünger from Germany wanted to breed a show jumper out of his mare Luna (by Lungau). It happens that Salinero’s full brother Seven Up is an international show jumper and in the Athens Olympic Games both horses competed. With Isabel Werth’s horses Satchmo 78 (Sao Paulo x Legat) and Warum Nicht FRH (Weltmeyer x Donzel), and Nadine Capelmann’s Elvis (Espri x Garibaldi) the Hanovarian Studbook was unbeatable in the 2006 studbook dressage ranking, ending clearly ahead of the KWPN and the Oldenburger Studbook.


This seasons show jumping rankings were dominated by The Sixth Sense (by Zorro T). By winning three World Cup Qualifiers and the Grand Prix of Dortmund the only 10 year old gelding was in the lead from the very start. Mrs Brigitte Mette from Germany bred The Sixth Sense out of her mare Granada (by Grannus). The Westphalians were very successful in the show jumping arena this season. With also Jessica Kuertens Castle Forbes Libertina (Libero H x Polydor) and Heinrich Engemanns Aboyeur W (Anmarsch x Fiola) in the top ten, they ended second in the studbook ranking, just ahead of the Holsteiner Studbook.

Like last year, the KWPN is the studbook with the most registered international show jumpers in the rankings. Four of them ended in the top ten: The 2006 silver medalist at the WEG Authentic (Guidam x Katell), Portofino (Habsburg x Orthos), Okidoki (Jodokus x Topas) an L.B. No Mercy (Libero H x Dillenburg).


Bettina Hoy and her 15 year old gelding Ringwood Cockatoo were the best eventing combination this season. The most heavily discussed couple since their disqualification at the Olympics in Athens had an outstanding season start. After winning Chatsworth and Schenefeld and a second place at the Luhmuhlen CCI*** they proved to be on the right track for their ultimate goal; the gold medal at the World Equestrian Games on home soil. In Aachen they did win the team gold, but ended sixth in the individual ranking after an disappointing jumping round.

Ringwood Cockatoo is bred in Ireland by Robert and Hilary Greer from Carrickmacross out of their dam Bailey’s Folly. His sire Peacock was an old grey thoroughbred stallion who has just a few registered offspring in Ireland. An other Irish bred horse ended second in the rankings. The number two in Aachen; Ben Along Time, a Cavalier Royale offspring of Clayton Fredericks from Australia.

On behalf of sponsor Merial, WBFSH president Jan Pedersen invited the breeders of the leading horses in the WBFSH/FEI rankings to the CSI in Geneva on Saturday the 9th of December. In Geneva they will be handed the 2006 Duo Breeding Prize.

Photo copyrighted: Astrid Appels / Eurodressage

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