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1978 in Adelheidsdorf
Total Score: 111.00 (6th of 30)
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has become known as a symbol for the modern riding horse and is a classic
example of the refining influence the Thoroughbred has had on the modern
Hanoverian. Although three-quarter Thoroughbred himself, he retained the quality
and movement of his Hanoverian ancestors. His sire, Black Sky xx was known for
producing highly ride able dressage horses. His dam, Baroness was a daughter of
the famous Bleep xx, who was unusually large framed for a Thoroughbred.
Bolero stood at stud for only nine years yet has to his credit 51 approved
stallions, 73 States Premium mares and numerous top dressage horses. He
continues to influence the international dressage rings through his offspring
who include champion dressage horses such as Baryshnikov, Beauvalais, Bini Bo,
Bismark, Boccaccio and Brentano I as well as the champion stallions Brentano II,
2003 Hanoverian Stallion of the Year, and Buenos Aires.
Bolero's line continues to produce performers in upper level dressage with three
horses currently in the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WDFSH) top
25 including the full brother of Brentina, Barclay II and the 4th placing
Olympic champion Beauvalais. Others on the list include Breitling W, Bonaparte
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line consistently produces horses with good shoulders and withers, modern top
lines and elastic action. Although Bolero died early, he ranked third (1990) in
national dressage ranking of his age group.
by Black Sky xx was the founding sire of a new B-Line in the 1990's. He was a
three-quarter Thoroughbred stallion whose breeding career was short lived at his
early death of twelve years of age. He had a profound impact in the Hanoverian
breeding area in the 1980's.
His success as a sire of sires is renowned and his sons have been exported to
numerous countries around the world. His offspring out of Grande, Argus and
Duellant mares in particular were consistently horses with good shoulders and
withers, modern top lines and elastic action. His daughters consistently won at
major shows and were awarded States Premium.
His offspring were known as the "Bolero Boom". From his first group of
five sons to attend the Verden licensing, four were selected and his sons
continued to excel throughout the 1980's. In 1986, the German Riding Horse
National Championship was won by Boruschkin, later sold at the Verden auction
for 110,000 DM. This success continued with further record auction prices. In
1986, the DLG Championship was won by the three-year-old Bolero daughter,
USE THE THOROUGHBRED IN A WARMBLOOD BREED?
"Reasons and Effects of Using Thoroughbreds in a Warmblood Breed to Improve
Dressage and Jumping Mare lines"
Dr. Jochen Wilkens, VhW Manager and Breeding Director - “The American
Hanoverian” Winter 2005/2006.
How can we use Thoroughbreds to improve the warm blood breed? We do this by the
careful selection of Thoroughbred Stallions to be used. The three reasons for
using Thoroughbreds in a warm blood breed to improve dressage and jumping mare
lines are: 1.) the tendency for warm bloods to become coarser and heavier over
the generations, 2.) 80-90 percent of all riders are female, 3.) the need for
charming, mobile and elegant horses which are long legged but not too heavy.
Refinement means improvement of energy, stamina and the ability to perform and
stay sound. The Thoroughbred body leads to the refinement of the body and limbs,
frequently with a good towline, (shoulders, withers, and croup.).
Says Wilkens, “We must select only suitable stallions and we must learn that
breeding means thinking in generations. On the mother’s side we like to see
Thoroughbred blood in the first to third generations.”
Noted Thoroughbred sires important to the Hanoverian development which are found
in the pedigrees of Bridlewood Farm’s horses include: Augustinus xx (Fabuleux),Black
Sky xx (Bordeaux, Donnerkeil, Wolkenglanz), Bleep xx (Bordeaux, Donnerkeil,
Wolkenglanz), Cardinal xx (Guarantor), Ladykiller xx (Liandra), Lauries Crusador
xx (SPS Laureen), Marcio xx (Werther's Brigitta) and Waidmannsdank xx (Werther's
most well-known descendents is Debbie McDonald's 2004 Olympic mount, Brentina.
Photo by Patricia Lasko
Hanoverian Bloodlines Impact Dressage
The Hanoverian stallion Bolero
continues to impact the international dressage scene through his
a classic foundation stallion in the Hanoverian Verband, is one of the
few sires to produce a new foundation stallion, Brentano II, along
with other top stallions, Bismarck and Brentano I. Also, three of Bolero's
descendants medaled at the 2004 Olympics in Athens--Beauvalais ridden
by Spain's Beatriz Ferrer-Salat, Bonaparte ridden by Germany's Heike
Kemmer and Brentina
ridden by American Debbie McDonald.
dramatic influence is made all the more remarkable by the fact that he
died of a heart attack at the age of 12, when German breeders were
just beginning to appreciate the potential he had as a sire. Bolero
passed on his noble attitude and rhythmic gaits, producing
outstanding, elegant dressage horses who have proven particularly
successful when bred to Hanoverian G- and D-line mares.
was by Black Sky, a Thoroughbred who produced very rideable
dressage horses. Bolero's
success contradicted the popular belief of breeders at that
time, which held that breeding a mare by a Thoroughbred with a
Thoroughbred stallion would not produce successful offspring.
But, in fact, Thoroughbred influences contributed to the
breeding of dressage horses from that point onward and proved
to be one of the main factors in producing more elegant,
lighter dressage horses. Bolero's
dam was Baronesse, a Hanoverian mare out of the mare
Atlastaube (by Athos and out of Fliegerheil) who produced the
popular sires Grenadier, Hitchcock and Winner.
most successful son in terms of breeding, was the approved winner in
Verden in 1985 and runner up at the 1986 Hanoverian stallion
performance test. To date, he has produced 16 approved sons and 74
state premium mares, and the World Breeding Federation for Sport (WBFSH)
consistently ranks him in the top 10 dressage sires.
trained to Grand Prix himself, he seems to have passed on this ability
to many of his offspring. He is known for passing on his solid basic
paces, type and excellent conformation. He was represented by 21
riding horses at the Hanoverian Elite Auctions and is a fantastic
value, standing at stud for only €460. Brentano II's dam, Glocke,
also produced Brentano I--a stallion at the State Stud in Celle,
Germany. Brentano II's grand dam, Ferbel, was a half-sister of the
stallions Garibaldi I and Garibaldi II. There is also a very distant
link through Bolero's
dam line to Alferate, the dam line that produced such stallions as
Wolkenstein I, Wolkenstein II, Wolkenstein III and White Star.
II's greatest success is through his daughter Brentina,
ridden by Debbie McDonald, and Brentina's
full brother, Barclay II, ridden by Sven Rothenberger of the
Netherlands. Both of these horses did exceptionally well at the 2004
Olympic Games and continue to be amongst the top dressage horses in
the world. Also competing at international Grand Prix-level is the Bolero
son Beauvalais and Bonaparte, by the Bolero
son Bon Bonaparte.
sire is Bismarck, who is out of a Duellent-bred mare. Bismarck, like
Brentano II, was trained to Grand Prix. He again shows what good
results are produced when B-line Hanoverians stallions are crossed
with D- and G-line Hanoverian mares. The Bismarck son Breitling W is
ranked 24th on the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale) World
Ranking List and in the WBFSH top 10 list of competing stallions. His
dam, Maja, not only produced Breitling W, but also Meggle's Biagiotti
W, another top international dressage horse. Maja's full sister was
also bred to Bismarck and produced the Grand Prix horses Barnsby W and
W's owner, rider and trainer, Wolfram Wittig, remembers Bismarck well.
"Bismarck was such a brilliant character and his good nature is
passed on through Breitling W. I saw how Bismarck passed on these
characteristics to both Breitling W, and another of Bismarck's graded
sons--Burlington W--and, to me, this was proof of success."
number of Breitling W's sons and daughters also compete at the
international level, carrying on the amazing success of this line. For
example, his offspring Balalaika W and Borgward W reached the finals
at the German Bundeschampionate (the German National Young Horse
Championships) and Meggle's Anton, a stunning horse with his father's
easy, rideable attitude, competed at Grand Prix. Breitling W's son
Barilla won his first Intermediaire I in 2004. Others include the
stallions Berkley W, Bigacu W and their younger brother, Brunello W.
Another Breitling W's offspring, the 6-year-old brown mare
Baldesserini W, represented Germany in the 2005 World Young Horse
would seem that since his bloodlines made their initial impact on the
dressage world, Bolero
has been represented by his sons, grandsons and their progeny on an
annual basis. In fact, no less than 20 of the 52 dressage horses that
competed in the 2004 Olympics were Hanoverians, and some of the main
medal contenders were descended from Bolero.
It is an impressive record and one that breeders ignore at their own