by Kathy Voyer
A question is always a good place to start. As it so happened, someone on Ridecamp asked a very good question regarding a topic that is near and dear to each of us – just what were 'endurance' bloodlines?
When the question was asked, the 2006 World Equestrian Games were just around the corner. I thought – what better forum in which to prove what 'endurance' bloodlines might be – than to examine the top ten finishers of the top endurance horses in the World.
An examination of the top ten finishers, as found below, is a compilation of information which is contained on a wonderful French website called “Endurance & Pedigrees”. This site is a wealth of information regarding bloodlines, competitions, stallions, photographs and about anything to do with endurance, in France. I found that this website also listed every one of the WEG horses, so the scope seemed fairly broad, to more than just France.
Here is how the top ten Endurance horses, in the World, are bred:
2006 WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES – 160 KM CEI**** World Endurance Championship
1ST – GOLD - HUNGARES (ESP) – 8yo, Purebred Shagya gelding. He was bred by Babolna National Studfarm in Hungary, and imported to Spain specifically to compete in Endurance. His name at Babolna was Siglavy Bagdady VIII-1. His sire is Lm. Siglavy Badgady– 308, and is out of a Farag ox granddaughter. On the bottom of his sires’ side is the “Century Stallion” Gazal VII. His dam is sired by O’Bajan XX (Pamino) and is out of a Mustafa daughter. He shows an established endurance record since 2005. The bottom side of this pedigree shows Shagyas and Purebred Arabians from both Janow Podlaski and Babolna. The top side of him pedigree shows Shagyas predominantly from Babolna, with the Arabians from El Zahraa.
2ND – SILVER - KANGOO D’AURABELLE (FRA) – 8yo, ½ Arab G – Sired by Tauqui el Masan (Hadban Enzahi -son), out of grade mare. Tauqui el Masan competed in endurance from 1991 to 1994. He not only competed well, but went on to sire many successful endurance horses. Kangoo has an established endurance record since 2005. Tauqui el Masan is ranked 59th on the list of sires, and is ranks 7th on the list of French stallions with 20 or more offspring competing in endurance. He sired 40 offspring, out of 27 different mares. They attempted 154 rides with a 54.55% completion rate.
3RD – BRONZE - SANGHO’ LIMOUSIAN (FRA) – 16yo, PB Arab G – Sired by Fakir de Domenjoi (by Fawzan** (by Tuhotmos)), out of Safira (Moulouki** X Gmayra) – Sangho has and established endurance record since 2000. Fakir de Domenjoi is ranked 12th on the list of French stallions siring 5 or more endurance offspring. He has sired 8 offspring, out of 8 different mares, and they have attempted 34 different rides with a completion rate of 61.76%.
4TH – ELVIS HB (ESP) – 8yo, PB Arab G – Sired by Ef Boss (Ponamarev (By Salon) out of Shaklan daughter). Dam is sired by He Ibn Faoniet. He has and established endurance record since 2004. Currently this is the only endurance product of this stallion.
5TH – AKIM DU BOULVE (FRA) – 8yo, PB Arab G – Sired by Said Lotois (by Zulus**) out of Shaker el Masri granddaughter. He has established a successful endurance record since 2005. This horse is ranked 37th on the French stallion endurance sire of 5 or more endurance offspring. Said Lotois sired 16 foals, from 15 different mares, they attempted 76 rides, with a completion rate of 60.53%.
6TH – SULTAO (POR) – 8yo, UNK G.
7TH – KOUROS DES IVIERS** (BEL) – 14yo, PB Arab G – Sired by Pendant (Gondolier** son, out of Bandos daughter), and is out of Bandos g-daughter. Endurance record since 2001. Predominantly Polish pedigree with Aswan on top (gen 4) for some Egyptian influence. He has an established endurance record since 2001.
8TH – HIFRANE DU BARTHAS (FRA) – BEST CONDITION - 11yo, ½ Arab M – Sired by Bosphore** (Djouran X Bossa Nova). She has an established endurance record since 2002. Her sire, Bosphore ranks 12th on the list of French stallions siring more than 20 endurance offspring. He sired 31 offspring out of 28 different mares. They attempted 120 rides, with a 43.33% completion rate. There is some very old desert blood in this horse!
9TH – SHAR RUSHKIN (BRN) – 11yo, bred by Sharon Scott of the Shar Arab Stud in South Africa. He is a pure-bred registered Arabian. He is by the Russian stallion Nepokorny and out of Fanmar Ramba, a mare of mainly crabbet breeding.
10TH – ZIALKA** (SUI) – 14yo, PB Arab M – Sired by Persik** and out of Brazilia. Brazilia is sired by Mashuk (who is sired by Aswan, and is out of a Salon daughter). Brazilia’s dam is Mechta, who is sired by Arax and is out of the Priboj daughter, Metropolia. Persik is one of the top Endurance sires in France and is a grandson of both Korej and Arax. She has an established endurance record since 2002. Persik is ranked 3rd on the list of French stallions siring 20 or more endurance offspring. He sired 91 offspring, out of 55 different mares. They attempted 339 rides with a completion rate of 50.13%.
Updated November 8, 2006 - Source: http://endurance.pedigree.free.fr/