and a good idea, accessing it via numbers.
the german FN yearbook offers an “extended” function of really valuable information (german breedings only, horse telex does not compatre)
665 succesful sporthorses by pilot, top five: ( intl breedings not included - numbers from horse telex do not compare)
priamos (ludger beerbaum), pialotta (rolf göran bengtsson/edwina tops), poker (otto becker), power light (alois pollmann schweckhorst)
if you research PILOT as a damsire it gives you unlimited hits (stats are limited at 2.000 entries, though, in this case it means:
there are far more than 2.000 registered horses by damsire pilot, but we can’t say, how many exactly.)
however, you can search for pilot damsire minimum 1 euro winning money, meaning:
show all horses who have been succesful in sport, if only they won a single dime…
sucessful pilot damsire horses: 1.759. ( intl breedings not included, numbers of horse telex do not compare)
now list for winning moneys > 1000 euros: 697 horses
(for any horse to win 1.000 euros and more even in basic national horse shows, already means a lot of shows and wins over time -years to run- in lower classes)
these are only the top-ten german horses (and you may know most of them):
plot blue and funky fred (both markus ehning) (plot blue is included since he competed and bred in germany)
cornet’s cristallo (marco kutscher)
giorgio (lars nieberg)
lorenzo (christian ahlmann)
warren NRW (kurt gravemeier/markus merschformann)
grandilot (otto becker)
georgenhofs lausejunge (toni hassmann)
pironella / CDA (stepheX stables)
laceful (toni hassmann)
forest gump NRW (hubertus schmidt/GPdressage)
numbers speaking, his value as a damsire is evenly high (679) compared to his value as direct sire (665).
now think of pialotta, power, poker - ?
they were “efficient” movers. no big canter but quick inbetween fences.
that is what people were looking for, when breeding their mares to him.
keep the pilot “spirit” and fasten up the classic “big holsteiner canter/jump”.
when i was looking for a cornet obolensky son to breed my half tb mare to, the hottest “nick” was CO x pilot.
easy to tell:
breeding goal was to speed up the CO canter/jump in the offspring. most certainly the idea, when breeding mr.blue to ilotte and the result was plot blue…
thus, “extended search” - sire: CO; - damsire: pilot
65 horses, amongst them:
cotopaxi (jan philip weichert)
cornet’s stern (PS Lewitz/clarissa cotta)
capistrano (ldgst warendorf)
Cornet’s Cristallo, Marco Kutscher
Corbinian, Steve Guerdat
Copperphild, Henrik von Eckermann
Cosma Go, Aniek Poels, Ndl.
Camilla, Adrian Schmid, SUI
Caesario (full sibling to Cornet’s Cristallo), Emanuel Gaudiano, Ity.
bear in mind, pilot was active in the 70’s and 80’s, even his daughters have meanwhile died out.
thus, his influence cannot be compared to nowadays popular stallions with frozen being shipped all over the world. when thinking of pilot, the stallion mainly lived from local value and so did most of his daughters/grandchilds.
the kannans and diamants de semillys of the world came 20 years later and most certainly with different numbers and multiple breedings compared to a domestically kept stallion of the 70s/80s.