What are your mare’s strengths and weaknesses? To me, Bon Balou and Banderas are quite different in type; I might use them on different mares. We can offer you a number of stallion suggestions; however, they all differ in type and blood, so it depends on the qualities of your mare as to which one would suit her best.
Another stallion for you to consider is Maggie’s Corlando son, Carry On MF. He is currently at the 70 day test. I only saw him go on the flat yesterday but I have to say, he is stunning. Apparently he was very impressive in the stadium jumping. I can’t wait to see him free jump! Obviously he is unproven and we will wait to see what his final scores are in the testing, but I am certainly keeping an eye on him!
There are also two young newly licensed Hanoverian stallions coming to Canada for next year: one is Coupe de Coeur/Werther/Gardeulan II who will be standing at Equitop Farm in Alberta (who was also just discussed recently on this forum); there is also a Stolzenberg/Graf Grannus/Graphit coming to new owners in Quebec, which should be quite interesting!
I really like Bon Balou as well: long legs, athletic, great mover, very scopey. Jennifer is great.
If you are considering Holsteiners, check out the AHHA stallion roster at:
Dakota VDL or any of the Hyperion Stud stallions might suit your fancy, there are lots of proven and up-and-coming stallions to choose from.
Branscomb Farm stands Chicardo and Contiano B. Chicardo was second at the 2011 70 day test and Contiano BF won the 2010 70 day test. Chicardo also has two sons currently attending this year’s 70 day test (can you tell I have 70 day test on the brain? :lol:). I believe it was last year that Chicardo had the highest rate of premium foals in the AHHA inspection tour.
Cubito at Sequoyah Farms won Holsteiner stallion licensing in Neumunster in 2006. I like his jump, although I haven’t seen any of his foals to be able to comment on what he is producing.
They also stand the Carthago son, Czechmate, and have an interesting new stallion who is Diamant de Semilly x Quidam de Revel.
…and speaking of the 70 day test, the Canadian Hanoverian stallion, Colour Guard, was second at the 2010 test and actually finished slightly ahead of the winner, Contiano BF, in the jumping portion. He is a smaller, more compact type but I have seen him jump and he is a real jumping bean! :)[/QUOTE]
I know the people who bought the Stolzenburg/Graf Grannus and was with them when they bought him, he is truly incredible!! And sweet as can be. They recently were approved to name him Stolzengraf Should be coming over this month