We are delighted to announce the official WBFSH Sire Rankings for 2021
Among the dressage stallions, we see the previous leaders, Johnson and his sire Jazz, moving from 1st and 2nd position into 2nd and 3rd, with the great late Sandro Hit moving up from 3rd place and now ranked number 1 in the world. For the eventing stallions, last year’s leader Grafenstolz still ranks highly in 3rd position, with Diarado staying in 2nd place. The top ranking eventing sire 2021 is a long standing favourite in the great Jaguar Mail who moved up from 3rd position in 2020. Among the showjumping sires, the top two places remain unchanged in Diamant de Semilly again taking second place and Chacco-Blue remaining the leading sire. Toulon, who occupied 3rd place last year, is now ranked 6th, with Casall moving up from 5th to 3rd place.
As the official and reliable source of verified rankings based on FEI performance data, the WBFSH Sire Rankings have long been the barometer of the global sport horse breeding industry. The rankings provide an invaluable resource to breeders in identifying breeding trends and sire lines who have proven themselves again and again in breeding the top performers in the sport.
Our celebration of the breeding achievements of the great Oldenburg stallion Sandro Hit is tinged with a little sadness, as at the age of 28, he passed away earlier this year only days after we witnessed outstanding performances by his progeny at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, which saw the entire US Dressage team mounted on horses that were either direct descendants, or grandsons of Sandro Hit. On the gold winning German team, we enjoyed a wonderful performance of Showtime FRH under the saddle of Dorothee Schneider, with Salvino, ridden by Adrienne Lyle, helping to secure silver for the US team.
In this year’s WBFSH Dressage Sire Rankings we encounter his genetics twice more in the top 10 ranked stallions with his son Sir Donnerhall I in 4th and his grandson Spielberg in 8th position. Sandro Hit is by Sandro Song out of a Ramino mare and as bred by Reinhold Harder. He has been in the Top 3 of the rankings since 2016, and this is the first year he is ranked at the top.
Chacco-Blue's impressive and long standing record as a breeding sire reached further heights this year, which saw him the most represented stallion at the Tokyo Olympics with no fewer than 5 offspring. The stand-out progeny was again the great Explosion W, bred by WBFSH Jumping Breeder of the Year 2019, who went on to secure individual Gold with Ben Maher.
Chacco-Blue is a Mecklenburger stallion by Chambertin out of a Contender mare and was bred by Karl-Heinz Köpp. He has held on to world ranking number 1 position for 5 consecutive years now.
The Tokyo Olympics also provided an excellent opportunity for the Selle Français stallion Jaguar Mail progeny to shine. Among them, Vassily de Lassos stood out by securing Australian Team Silver and Individual Bronze for Andrew Hoy, following an excellent performance at Luhmühlen in June, which also saw the combination in 3rd place. Another Jaguar Mail offspring competing at Tokyo was Colorado Blue, representing Ireland under the saddle of Austin O'Connor.
Jaguar Mail has been in the Top 3 of the WBFSH Sire rankings since 2017. He is by Hand in Glove XX out of a Laudanum XX mare and was bred by Bernard Pierre Le Courtois.
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