Major congratulations are in order for Haras de Semilly. Yesterday, Ekano DKS (Kannan-Kumana by Cento) finishing 9th in the French National 3-Year-Old Stallion Championships held in St. Lo, Normandy (out of 85 in the final and around 500 evaluated nationwide). He was approved for breeding by the Selle Français Studbook! We're so happy for Richard and Sophie Levallois, and very impressed by the riding by Alexis Gourdin! Ekano DKS was our first foal produced in France, and was the first foal out of his amazing dam, Kumana DKS. Kumana has since produced Game Boy DKS (a 2015 colt by Diamant de Semilly, purchased by Egbert Schep of The Netherlands), Forget-Me-Not DKS (a 2016 filly by Diamant de Semilly), and Hanley DKS (a 2017 colt and full brother to Ekano DKS). This is the second approved stallion our breeding program has produced, and we couldn't be happier. We look forward to more great things from Ekano DKS, and we know he's in great hands!
Helios Quality DKS (Kannan-Clinton-Heartbreaker) and Kasalla DKS (Cassini-Lansing-Cor de la Bryère) Selected For Elite FENCES Auction!
For the second year in a row, Dejan Krunic Sporthorses is excited to announce that our horses will be appearing in the Elite FENCES auction at the end of August 2017. The premier French auction begins August 29, 2017 with a different auction each night until September 3, 2017.
Last year, Nina Simone DKS (Kannan-Cento-Carreras) sold at this same auction. This year, Dejan Krunic Sporthorses had two foals selected for the auction: Helios Quality DKS (Kannan-Clinton-Heartbreaker) and Kasalla DKS (Cassini-Lansing-Cor de la Bryère). Both foals are spectacular looking.
Kasalla DKS is Casall out of Beauté de la Vie DKS (Cassini-Lansing-Cor de la Bryère) and was the first filly born of the 2017 season. She's looked great from the start. We're particularly interested in the blood and reflexes that Cor de la Bryère should provide her with. Combined with the enormous scope of Casall, as well as his movement and strong backline, it is easy to understand what the FENCES selection committee saw in this filly.
Helios Quality DKS is Kannan out of Bella Vita van de Molendreef (Clinton-Heartbreaker-Beach Boy) and he's going to be tough to part with. (In fact, we're going to have to tie Dejan down to prevent him from going to the auction to buy this stunning colt back from himself!) Helios Quality DKS is the product of out collaboration with Koen Terryn of Quality Stud. When naming a horse after a Greek god, you have to think twice. What if this one is a dud? Of course, with a dam who is full sister to Beezie Madden's Coral Reef Via Volo, named 2011 Horse of the Year in America, it was hard not to have high hopes for him. To boot, his full brother, Nic-Nac Quality, is an approved stallion with Zangersheide. From what we've seen so far, those hopes were not in vain. This is a spectacular looking colt. He's full of power and has excellent conformation and movement. His athleticism is apparent, and he appears to be a very good prospect for future stallion selections.
This has been an exciting summer for us and having two foals selected for the Elite FENCES auction is just one of the reasons!
The first horse produced by Dejan Krunic Sporthorses in France, Ekano DKS (Kannan-Cumano), was presented last week at the Selle Français national stallion selection/qualification in St. Lo by his owners Sophie and Richard Levallois, of Haras de Semilly. His combined score from the three qualification metrics, Modelle (Conformation), Allures (Movement) and Saut en Liberté (Free Jumping), placed him 7th out of 96 presented 3-year-olds. More spectacularly, he received the highest score for Modelle (Conformation) and placed near the top for Allures (Movement) and Saut en Liberté (Free Jumping). We're thrilled to see such a spectacular showing from the first horse produced in France. We're also particularly pleased with his scores, since the experts at Haras de Semilly made the very wise decision not to over-prepare their colts in Free Jumping so as not to wear them out young. We're thrilled to see Ekano DKS being cultivated so carefully by such a fantastic program, and we look forward to his showing in the final stallion selection this fall.
Ekano DKS is Kannan out of Kumana DKS (Cumano-Cento). This year Kumana DKS gave birth to another Kannan, Hanley DKS. That means that her most recent foal is the full brother of Ekano DKS who is well on his way to being an approved stallion! Hanley DKS is currently for sale.
Dejan Krunic Sporthorses is excited to welcome Helios Quality DKS to the family! He was born May 2, 2017 under the care of the amazing professionals at Haras de Semilly. Thank you, Sophie and Richard, especially for providing such wonderful photos of the foal! Helios Quality DKS is Kannan out of Bella Vita van de Molendreef (Clinton - Heartbreaker - Beach Boy). He is the product of our collaboration with Koen Terryn of Quality Stud. This is the second foal by Kannan we have produced this year, and we can't wait to see what this sun god can do! It should be exciting to be able to compare the Kannan-Cumano-Cento born earlier this year to the same dam. Helios Quality DKS's dam is a full sister to Beezie Madden's Coral Reef Via Volo, which was named 2011 Horse of the Year in the United States. Houston Quality DKS' dam also boasts a full brother who is an approved stallion and an international jumper in Germany, Deep Purple van de Molendreef. This mare has already produced three spectacular foals for us, including one, Nic Nac Quality, which is currently owned by the famous Belgian stallion farm Van de Heffinck. She has, so far, produced only colts. They've each been very impressive, and we're thrilled to have another.
Dejan Krunic Sporthorses is excited to welcome Houston Quality DKS to the family! He was born April 10, 2017 under the care of François-Xavier Guyard. Merci François-Xavier! Houston Quality DKS is Diamant de Semilly out of Bella Vita van de Molendreef (Clinton - Heartbreaker - Beach Boy). The foal's sire is the current #1 jumper breeding stallion in the world. However, this foal joins a very impressive family line on both sides, as his dam is a full sister to Beezie Madden's Coral Reef Via Volo, which was named 2011 Horse of the Year in the United States. Houston Quality DKS' dam also boasts a full brother who is an approved stallion and an international jumper in Germany, Deep Purple van de Molendreef. This mare has already produced three spectacular foals for us, including one, Nic Nac Quality, which is currently owned by the famous Belgian stallion farm Van de Heffinck.
We're thrilled to see another exciting colt join this line.
Dejan Krunic Sporthorses is excited to welcome Hanley DKS to the family! He was born April 8, 2017 under the care of the amazing professionals at Haras de Semilly. Thank you so much Sophie and Richard! Hanley DKS is Kannan out of Kumana (Cumano - Cento), which has produced an extremely handsome young colt. We're not surprised by this, because Kumana has produced three outstanding foals for us to date. Her first foal, a colt by Kannan named Ekano DKS, was sold to none other than the world-famous Haras de Semilly. Ekano has started his training this year, and we are hearing that he is a very good jumper and we look forward to watching him in this season's stallion competitions! Kumana's second foal, a filly aptly named Forget-me-not DKS, is by the WBFSH World #1 Stallion Diamant de Semilly. Kumana's third foal, Game Boy DKS, is also by the World #1 Stallion Diamant de Semilly. Game Boy, a gorgeous youngster with a lot of potential, has been sold to the renowned stallion producer Egbert Schep of The Netherlands.
We're thrilled to have Kumana producing another Kannan foal this year and can't wait to see how he develops!
Dejan Krunic Sporthorses is excited to welcome Highlander DKS to the family! He was born April 4, 2017 under the care of the amazing Leslie Carter of Highland Farm in Little Rock, AR. Thank you so much Leslie! Highlander DKS is Baloubet de Rouet out of Top Girl (Diamant de Semilly-Darco-Jalisco B), which should produce a very powerful colt. This foal boasts a lineage that is solidly among the most sought-after pedigrees in showjumping. Top Girl Kervec is from a famous Selle Français breeding family. She has no fewer than five brothers who are approved stallions, with three of them being full brothers. Top Girl's full sister, Queen Girl Kervec, competed in the Nations Cup for France (including at Hickstead) and has produced several top offspring including Patrice Delaveau's up-and-coming Trafalgar Kervec and Vip du Forezan, the 2016 winner among 7-year-olds in the finals at Fontainebleau, France.
We can't wait to go visit this colt and see him in person. This colt is one of two such breedings we expect this year. This colt was produced thanks to embryo transfer, completed by Weatherford Equine in Weatherford, TX. Thanks to their expert work, we should be expecting a second Baloubet de Rouet foal out of Top Girl in less than one week!
Dejan Krunic Sporthorses is excited to welcome Kasalla DKS to the family! She was born March 2, 2017 under the care of the amazing people at Haras de Semilly. Thank you so much Sophie and Richard! Kasalla DKS is Casall out of Beauté de la Vie (Cassini I-Cor de la Bryère), a breeding that we are incredibly excited to see develop due to the blood and reflex from Cor de la Bryère that we expect to see from this combination. Casall is a living legend whose feats and those of his offspring continue to be admired and discussed. This superstar with huge scope transmits amazing movements, strong backline and outstanding style. Casall produces athletic foals which are well-esteemed on the international market.
More to come as we get to know this special filly, and begin to get a sense of what amazing things she is going to accomplish!
DKS is excited to announce the birth of our second Baloubet de Rouet out of Top Girl this year, Hollywood Girl DKS. This filly was born early in the morning on Friday, April 14, 2017 at Highland Farm in Little Rock, AR. Major thanks to Leslie Carter, who took excellent care of the mare and foal and who woke us up extra early with the good news! Hollywood Girl DKS is Baloubet de Rouet out of Top Girl (Diamant de Semilly-Darco-Jalisco B), which should produce a very powerful colt. This foal boasts a lineage that is solidly among the most sought-after pedigrees in showjumping. Top Girl Kervec is from a famous Selle Français breeding family. She has no fewer than five brothers who are approved stallions, with three of them being full brothers. Top Girl's full sister, Queen Girl Kervec, competed in the Nations Cup for France (including at Hickstead) and has produced several top offspring including Patrice Delaveau's up-and-coming Trafalgar Kervec and Vip du Forezan, the 2016 winner among 7-year-olds in the finals at Fontainebleau, France.
This was the second of two foals of this same pedigree that we expected this year, thanks to the folks at Weatherford Equine. Both were produced using embryo transfer, with the embryos carried by two of our other mares, Lyric and Belle Star DKS.
This is the second time at MET for Lilly Express DKS, who started there in the Autumn, marching around 5-year-old courses with ease and confidence. At the beginning of her 6-year-old season, she completed 1.30m courses, impressing everyone and demonstrating her bravery and willingness to do the job.
Mira DKS began her 5-year-old season, jumping 1.15m courses, and had an impressive five clean rounds out of seven total. Additionally, she placed 3rd and 6th in two of the Grand Prix classes for her division. She maintains her stellar record from her 4-year-old season, when she jumped four out of five courses clean.
These two special horses are headed back to Haras du Ry with Amy and Manu to continue their training. We're so incredibly proud of them, and thrilled with all the work Amy and Manu have done with them. Bravo!
Hacienda Van De Molendreef DKS has been having an exciting year. Only a year ago, she moved from 120/125 to 130, and this spring at the Venice Equestrian Tour, she jumped her first 140! It was an exciting run piloted by the incredibly talented Holly Shepherd of Accolade Farms in Grand Bay, Alabama. Hacienda Van De Molendreef DKS took her job seriously, and won the class! So seriously, in fact, that you can see her getting more and more excited and determined during the course. By the end, she flies over the final jump just to prove that she's got what it takes. The scope on this horse is incredible! Congratulations to both horse and rider on a great run.
Lilly Express DKS and Mira DKS begin their Spring Mediterranean Equestrian Tour in Oliva, Spain with a splash!
Today, our lovely, brave mares Lilly Express DKS (Baloubet du Rouet - Cento) and Mira DKS (Mylord Carthago - Cento) began their 6-year-old and 5-year-old campaigns, respectively, at the sunny Mediterranean Equestrian Tour in Oliva, Spain. Lilly had a nice error-free round over a 1.25 m course thanks to superb riding by Emmanuel Bertho, while Mira also had a clear round under the saddle of the amazing Amy Graham, both of Haras du Ry. Thank you Amy and Manu!
Here are some 2016 pictures of Lilly (bay) and Mira (gray).