16. Dark Grey
The magic’s in the detail.
Dark Grey is a beautiful horse that ticks all the boxes. His impressive competition track record speaks for itself: He has a total of 29 placings in the German Equestrian Federation’s competition register for young horse classes up to 1.30m, including a DKB Bundeschampionat 2019 qualifier win with a score of 9.0, another win in a class for five year olds at the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken and many other wins with scores up to 9.0. 70% of this grey gelding‘s placings are in the top three, and he was placed with clear rounds in all three classes at CSIYH* Valkenswaard, where he made his international debut. Dark Grey reached the DKB Bundeschampionat final with ease after coming second and fourth in the two qualifying classes.
Dark Grey is a five year old gelding without any failings. He has all the ingredients of a competition horse: impressive looks, ridability and scope. He also has a great attitude, he’s honest and he has a distinctive shape over fences. This, plus his quick reactions, and enormous jump make him an exceptionally talented jumper. A big-framed horse, Dark Grey is a supple mover that engages his hocks and jumps with such power from behind that he can jump fences of any height with ease.
Dark Grey’s competition statistics and physical prowess are rounded off by a unique performance horse pedigree. Descended from Diarado x Casall x Acorado I x Fasolt, Dark Grey's sire Diacasall contributes some of the most prestigious Holstein genes in the world. His sire Diarado, the son of team world champion Diamant de Semilly, has offspring competing at international level around the world, winning championships, Nations Cups and Grand Prixs. An incredibly beautiful stallion, Diarado was Holstein licensing champion, HLP champion and record holder, bronze medal winner at the Bundeschampionat (scoring two 9.0s) and international three-star winner. He has followed in the footsteps of his sire Diamant de Semilly – winner of a team gold medal at the 2002 WEG and team silver at the 2003 European Championships, not to mention being one of the world’s best sires according to the WBFSH ranking. Diarado’s dam line includes the top Holstein sires Corrado I, Contender, Lord and Ramiro. Diacasall, Dark Grey's sire, is the first licensed stallion descended from the Holstein 7709 dam line to have such an impressive competition track record and his first crops of foals are now competing successfully in young horse classes. His dam Romira also produced Cornwell, one of Christian Ahlmann’s international horses and a top contender at CHIO Aachen. The dam’s sire is North Rhine Westphalia state stud stallion Großadmiral, whose lineage goes back to the famous Hanoverian G Line founder Goldfisch II. Ramiro’s Son I rounds off Dark Grey’s performance pedigree. Other successful members of Dark Grey’s family provide an indication of this horse’s future: e.g. Don Diarado (Maurice Tebbel), Grannie (Markus Fuchs and Kathi Offel), Daniels Jack S (Michael Jung), Diablo Z (Leon Thijssen), Black Pearl (Pénélope Leprevost), Pikeur Gamble (Klaus Brinkmann), Geroll (Ralf Schneider).
Dark Grey - a near perfect jumping horse with a marvellous future.