Benetton Dream - why?

                                                                     Benetton Dream by Brentano II x Rotspon x Davignon

In summer 2007 Benetton Dream rose like a phoenix being the mostly bespoken stallion at the Verden World Championship of Young Horses:
not having been introduced to the hannoverian licensing the year before he surprised the audience by his incredible dominance in the class of the three year old hannoverian stallions at the championship like no other horse did before – these were licensed stallions! – he simply blew them away.
The nomination to attend at the Warendorf Bundeschampionat in September was selfunderstood, so was the fact that he became Bundeschampion of the three year old stallions. And finally, at yearend, he moved on to Schlieckau to pass his 30-day test which of course he completed as the unreached winner amongst a group of stallions whose quality, according to my understanding, outclassed those who he had beaten in Warendorf before by far .

As it was in Warendorf when I saw Benetton „life“ again after having „experienced“ him in Verden before. And I had no intentions whatsoever up until my friend Heinz all of a sudden shouted out:
"Jeeeh, Sabine, this stallion would be the perfect match to your thouroughbred mare!
Just look at this frame and profile and hindleg – those angles and activity and everything naturally uphill … and all these good old traditional hannoverian bloodlines you like so much!”
Hearing Heinz say that and comprehend “he was right!” was one and the same thing:
purest intuition and I agreed with him about everything he said!

And so it came that yet another breeding idea for one of my mares was provided to me by one of my friends – remarkably even more so since it was about a stallion who I thought I knew well and most certainly had already established my very decided opinion on. Just that it hadn’t “clicked” with any of my mares – up until Heinz came… sometimes you simply don’t see the wood for the trees!

Thus, when my t.b. mare Ionia is being bred to Benetton Dream this year I will be breaking with two of my traditional breeding principles at once:
turning away from proven heritage transferrer („bewährte Vererber“) to choosing a completely unproven young stallion instead and giving up on further t.b. influence („Blutanschluss“) within the stallion, something I consider very important when breeding a t.b. mare
to any given wb stallion as such...
So what is it about Benetton that inspires me so greatly that I willingly give up on two of my sound principles?

Let’s step back to The World Equestrian Games of Young Horses in Verden in August 2007.

I hold the starting list for the 3 year old stallions in my hands and my heart beats faster:
two sons of Brentano II are listed and I am more than happy to see that after all
, the promotion of this grand old stallion in line with the promoted renaissance of the Bolero-blood does seem to yield fruit in Hannover!
So where are they, these two sons of Brentano II?
The first of them is quickly identified, a large chestnut much in the type of his sire, yet lanky and immature.
Very nice riding horse.

For the second it takes more than first sight identification, a huge big eyecatcher with lots and lots of charme – I am amazed:
This is a Brentano son?
A second look at the pedigree and here it goes:
damsire Rotspon is more than obvious in this horse – lot’s of Rotspon daugthers I got to see over the last months and years while trave
lling the northern hannoverian breeding area immediately pop up in my head:
size, frame and substance, but melting charme at the same time and lot’s of it – the gentle giant here in front of me blends in perfectly…!
Rotspon's grandson, he surely is.

His walk is simply sensational, a 12 out of 10, while the canter work is of so much natural uphill and powerfull jump through that the 20 x 60 dressage arena is much too short for him – as such, the rider seems to be hitting the break contin
ousely and if any, this is the only negative issue the two of them provide for if one wanted to critize anything about the entire performance. What an “engine” this horse must be if only ridden on the race track, being able to challenge this giant canter… My imagination is running wild, you can tell.

The trott is made of huge leverage given his size and the fact he knows how to make use of his joints and bones – amazing to see a horse this size and young age move so powerfully and balanced at the same time – swing, push and rhythm seem selfunderstood, everything well closed up and of impressive beat.

I am all excited about him and it becomes quite clear pretty soon:
so is the Verband.
This is the „most wanted“ Champion of the 3-year old stallions and the Hannoverian Verband is willing to set a sign – and right so.
No better way maintaining the traditional old bloodlines and at the same time stay clear of fashionable S or holsteiner C and L - instead, adding „prove“ to „prove“:

Furthermore, within he last couple of years grandsire Rotspon truly established himself as one of the most succesful sport horse sires, just that noone seems to have noticed:
The FN yearbook 2007 states roughly 300 registered sport horses by Rotspon who made up for € 200.000 winning moneys. Rotspon has only been 12 years old in 2007 but has already overcome the two year elder Sandro Hit with respect to progeny winning moneys with these numbers!
... just that noone really seems to have noticed...

Now let’s pedigree speak:
I have already talked in depth about his sire Brentano II here and I am more than happy to see that even the hannoverian verband seems to consider this son of him the potential appropriate succesor of the Brentano II heritage. As there still is no meaningful son of Brentano out there to really make an impact on the breed and carry on the sire's precious heritage in the male line. Benetton Dream has it all to maybe become this long desired son. Time will tell.
So let's move on to Benetton's damsire Rotspon, specially precious in my eyes as a “Mare-maker” (damsire, that is) and bearly beatable as a riding horse maker anyway with respect to ridability and mind, really aiming after his sire, Rubinstein. With Argentan and Pik Bube two grand old performance sires, each of them having had major positive influence specially on the Hanoverian mare base, following in his falling damline.

Second damsire is Davignon and via Donnerhall and again Pik Bube the same is valid what has been said before:
stamping stallions of their own, legendary performance blood, not necessarily of the modern or even lighter kind, but outspoken ridability and attitude.
The double up on Pik Bube plus Argentan will certainly provide for well consolidated „maintainance“ and if lucky even double orientation – hopes are high when meeting on mares with jumping genes these might not be deleted entirely… as such, gaites and power of those, find good grounds in the heritage of these two sires. An aspect that made Davignon himself being one of the mostly desired stallions in his youth, his ranking at the front positions of the „Zuchtwertschätzung“ (breeding valuation index) over many years speaks for itself.

Third damsire Weltmeyer provides for the strongest and most dominant trott movement to be found – not only in Hannover. It is probably fair to say that Weltmeyer is the one and only stallion out there having had such an impact on the entire breed and still doing so…. Even today the old myrmidon is being refered to as the utlimate hindleg and impulsion „maker“ and it has become common to see Weltmeyer-daughters being crossed to „fashionable“ hip line stallions in order to pep these up for the better with respect to hindleg quality…
Weltmeyer most certainly is a stallion putting “spirit of time” to a limit as this stallion has proven to be timeless through his qualities, proving
nowadays desireable features like “longlegged” and “modern” useless if the necessary engine is lacking – while the weltmeyer engine as such has always been and will always be desirable and mostly necessary, even if delivered in a somewhat old fashioned style… Just that it took time to be fully recognized and valued by the breeders worldwide - not a coincidence that today (in 2009, that is, as I am writing the english version of this text delayed...) it is all of a sudden Weltmeyer again who recieved the most of all mares at the Ankum stallion station where he has been stationed all his life, along with fellow companions like Brentano II and Londonderry.
Via Weltmeyer and Rotspon Benetton Dream is exposed twice to the influence of precious old
trakehner Absatz blood and I truly hope that the double up on Absatz will be sufficient to provide for necessary “nobless” in the heritage of Benetton Dream. As Benetton’s pedigree is cleary dominated by the “heavy” old blood.

What I really like about Benetton’s pedigree is
the fact that it is more than only a line-up of prominent damsires. Benetton’s damline proves that Benetton himself is not a product of coincidence. Benetton is the first foal out of his dam Rotkäppchen, who has meanwhile born another two foals whose development will be worth watching. Rotkäppchen’s dam Dornrösschen by Davignon was once bred to Don Davidoff and delivered the exceptional dressage horse Daimler, owned by the famous french Xavier Marie. Daimler qualified for the WEG of young horses in 2007.
Dornrösschen’s dam Windrose by Weltmeyer is a highly decorated StatePremiumMare who became european VizeChampionMare at Brussles in 1992. She is also dam of the licensed sire Winterprinz by Warkant who today is a highly succesful breeding stallion in the US where he became "Horse of the Year 2005" and was shown in sports succesfully up to Intermediare. In July 2004 Windrose's 4year old son by De Niro became the most expensive auction horse at the Hannoverian Ridinghorse Auction in Verden.

The further falling damline of Sangrita by Sender, domiciled at Walter Lochte, also delivered licensed stallions and highly succesful sport horses in both disciplines, jumping and dressage. Amongst others there is the Celle State Stud stallion Loch Ness by Lauries Crusador xx x Warkant, Evergreen by Eiger x Wendekreis, also Celle, and Galippo by Grosso x Absatz, the latter being licensed in Westfalia..

That much about pedigree and genetics. Remains the often heard argument Benetton Dream might only be an "endproduct".
Oh well. It's in the nature of things that any given young stallion - the more spectacular he appears, the higher the probability - might remain an endproduct incapable to mulitply himself. I even considered super star stallion Belissimo an endproduct up until recently, given that he lacks to be an outspoken "foalmaker" - the value of his heritage clearly lies in his matured riding horses and I have meanwhile learned this for good. I would also consider the highly bespoken Quaterback simply an endproduct so far up until his get proves to be valuable - as a stallion of such extreme move and gaites can only loose when bred - you can't expect such extremes to be duplicated.
However, in the case of Benetton Dream genetics do suggest that there is more about him: his bloodlines are well consolidated with no outcrosses adding danger of genetic dilution, the convincing row of damisres meeting on a valuable damline in itself should limit the potential risk of him being an endproduct only. 
Breeding my thoroughbred mare Ionia xx to Benetton Dream simply appeals to me specially since she has had two foals by his father Brentano II, so the planned foal will be 3/4 identical to it's half siblings and as such most certainly somewhat compareable - a comparison I can't wait to draw since it will take me further out on my individual learning curve breeding my t.b. mare to wb stallions - a challenge in itself already, since adding tb to wb is an experiment I am well aware of. If it will be a succesful one only time can tell, guarantees are never given, no matter how strongly one obeys certain principles of breeding.
What's driving me here is purest intuition and intuition can not be forced - but if it imposes itself upon you you should go with it open hearted and see what it brings...

one year later:
Ionia has given birth to Bogart*, a colt by Benetton Dream and I can only consider the "experiment" a true success. Bogart has already been sold as a stallion prospect, something I had never expected to happen given half t.b. in the first place bears a lot of risks, half t.b. out of a t.b. dam (rather than empolying a wb proven t.b. sire) does even more so.
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