Yes, interesting thread.
Doubling up with Alme does produce an athletic, scopey horse but is generally done further back in pedigree - for example 3rd, 4th, 5th etc generation where it works well. We have due for 2015 a foal by Jaguar Mail out of a Quick Star mare with Hanoverian mother line including a cross to the G line. So this is an Alme line breeding as well as a Gotthard line breeding (and Alme-Gotthard also a nick in itself) but reaches back into Jaguar Mail’s pedigree to accomplish this. We are excited to see what will come of this cross. The mare needed TB blood infused as Jaguar Mail is nearly 80% TB. She has already produced a BWP First Premium Jumper Filly by Liocalyon (Liostro-Calypso II-Sacramento Song xx) so at least in this one example, those may be additional bloodlines to look at.
Mezcalero (Voltaire-Ramiro-Marco Polo) is an excellent choice and we have used him on our Galoubet mares. He is a double nick with Alme having both Furioso via Voltaire and Ramiro.
We will use Epsom Gesmoray on our Mezcalero/TB homebred who has already
produced a lovely Flexible filly. So same (Alme-Furioso)nicking in reverse.
Judgement is also an excellent choice with Alme. We used him on our older Galoubet mare who produced a First Premium Jumper KWPN colt who is a gem to handle as a stallion and who is under saddle and shows a lot of promise as a jumper. This is the Nimmerdor-Alme nick. That nick can be tapped into using Kannan or Heartbreaker lineages as well which has already produced many international level jumpers of late…Big Star, Bubalu VDL, etc. With Kannan, it is a double nick of Voltaire and Nimmerdor with Alme but one must be careful to use a small or medium mare with additional TB blood or you may end up with an overly large, common looking horse.
Darco and Galoubet together have given us Cylana as well as others but as discussed, his semen can be challenging unless doing ICSI. Rose Sullivan in Oregon has had great success using ICSI to produce Darco babies.
This year we produced an Indoctro-Riverman-Galoubet-Pass (Buckpasser xx) KWPN filly who went First Premium Jumper Foal. She has an outstanding canter, elasticity, and athleticism so I would definitely recommend Imothep as a choice for Alme lineage both because of the Indoctro that gives that amazing canter, but also because of his additional SF bloodlines that will cross well with Alme.
Hope this provides some perspective on how to effectively use Alme lineage which happens to be my favorite…as if you could not tell!