Darwin - US Dressage
SOBA Leading Sire of FEI Dressage Horses in the United States *
FEI level dressage stallion, Darwin (Roemer-Zonnatettie, by Pion) owned by Legends Farm and ridden by Louise Tomik of Langley, B.C., was named the leading sire of FEI level dressage horses in the US for the 1999 competition year, according to the Sport Horse Owners and Breeders Association's annual Dressage Sires Report.
Darwin's three offspring that compete at FEI levels averaged 65.681 percent. Lynda Alicki-Gilchrist's Impressario, USDF Horse of the Year at Prix St. Georges, as well as Susan Miller's Inkognito (now deceased) who competed at Prix St. Georges, but also finished 5th for USDF at Fourth Level. Julie Taylor's Intendo (born Iwan, PSG and Int. 1) was Darwin's third FEI offspring. Darwin ranked second on the FEI sires list in 1998, just behind another KWPN stallion, Voltaire. At the lower levels Darwin is represented by another USDF Champion, Dominique Culham's Matisse, 1999 USDF Horse of the Year at First Level.
Darwin is a son of Iron Spring Farm's deceased sire, Roemer, one of the most important producers of dressage horses in the US and who is still in 18th place on the list of SOBA Dressage Sires.
RANK SIRE STUDBOOK FEI AVERAGE
1 Darwin KWPN 3 65.681
2 Zuidborn KWPN 3 64.521
3 Taxateur KWPN 6 64.449
4 Bolero HAN 3 64.079
5 Sultan KWPN 4 64.015
6 Domingo HAN 3 63.260
7 Wolfgang KWPN 3 63.259
8 Utrillo SWB 3 62.137
9 World Cup I HAN 3 62.086
10 Pion KWPN 3 61.704
Darwin - Ancestry
Darwin's sire Roemer is the invincible leader of the stallion dressage index, which position he gained through the efforts of amongst others Roemer H, Windsor, Apollo, Amoro, Walerno and Zwingley. Although Roemer is mainly known as an eminent producer of dressage horses, he has contributed to show jumping as well by means of his famous products Winston N, Poli d'Or, Super Mossel Pd, Zeva and Bianca R.
Roemer, who had passed his performance test with a 10 for temperament, was given the predicate 'keur' in 1988 due to his excellent sport and breeding results.
Darwin is out of 'ster' Zonnatettie, a descendent of the illustrious Tetti lineage. Zonnatettie is a daughter of Pion, international show-jumper under Rob Ehrens and sire of six approved sons. Pion is the influential 'keur' Abgar xx (by Abrenant xx), who takes a twenty-eighth place in the stallion jumping index and who sired, amongst others, the great Boomerang ridden by Eddy Macken and the approved stallion Olympic Treffer.
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