Thursday May 29th 2014
The Floriscount-son Ferguson was KWPN approved last week. With this stallion, new blood enters the Dutch breeding of dressage horses. Although the stallion is only three years old, he can already convince breeders with his exceptional qualities.
We interviewed Suzanne Smeeing of Unlimited Stables from Lunteren. Together with her husband she annually breeds three to four foals. They choose Ferguson for their three-year-old prok mare Galinja (Contango x Vivaldi) uit of the damline of Tuschinski. Suzanne explains her choice for the young stallion: “We went to see all three KWPN viewing rounds. He immediatly drew our attention. The spreading of blood, his good confirmation and his nice character made us choose him.” She continues: “We enjoy using young studs for our breeding. Currently we have an offspring of Forty in our field which we bred last year. This is a product of his first year of covering. It is more exciting than if you would use a stallion that has prooven itself already.
A breeder that totally agrees in this matter is Adri Zekveld of Stoeterij Sollenburg from Almere city. He explains his choice for Ferguson: “I do not like to fall behind. With the blood of Ferguson, I bring something new into my damlines. I know that these bloodlines fit my mares well.” For which mare will he use Ferguson? “We have flushed an embryo from my best mare. Her name is Astrid Sollenburg (007 x Metall). She is currently being ridden by Floor Dröge on Intermediaire I level. Just think: the mare is only eight years old. I really think she could be a future dam of an approved stallion. We have to be pacient if everything works out with the embryo but I have a lot of confidence that is will succeed”, according to Adri.
Of course you will be informed about Ferguson’s offspring in the spring of 2015.