What’s bred in the bone is born in the flesh.
Over a decade ago, when we lived in Maryland, we saw a photo on the cover of the Equiery*… of a Pinto stallion named Alexander, who was sired by a Samber son named Art Deco. We went out to Silverwood Farm to see Art Deco, and over the course of about half a dozen visits, we had the opportunity to observe him and his sons Hall of Fame and State of the Art. We also saw a Rainbow son named Spectrum (who was approved by the OHBS, and stood for a time at Silverwood Farm). This group of stallions and a homozygous pinto named Sempatica are/were collectively advertised as the finest group of Pintos in the world. We saw these stallions in person, on video and for some, we saw them in competition. At the same time we visited Iron Spring Farm, High Point Hanoverians, Someday Soon Farm, Hilltop Farm and many other breeders in the Mid Atlantic region. We attended competitions, Mare Foal Inspections and Stallion Approvals for the American Hanoverian Society, the Oldenburg Horse Breeders Society, Oldenburg Registry North America, and even RPSI.
We noted back then that the pintos we were seeing filled a very nice niche for the amateur market, but in our opinion none could truly compete with the top solid colored Warmbloods in the world, and any suggestion otherwise was simply silly. And, even back then we noted that the market was overrun with inexpensive pintos. We also took note of the politics of several of the German based Warmblood registries that operate in this country (some without paying taxes here) and decided to steer clear of their foolishness and “carnival huckster”/used-car-salesman approach to breeding.
In our opinion there is no question but that no pinto in the world has ever truly been a top FEI competitor, with the exception of Utah Van Erpekom. Other than Utah, no pinto has really competed successfully at the top levels of sport. Our goal is to change this.
We strive to produce an FEI level competitor, i.e. the show jumper who can compete successfully at 1.50m or the Dressage competitor who can produce 80% or better at GP. With that goal in mind, we do not breed Pinto to Pinto, and we try to avoid the Samber line altogether (though in the third or fourth generation it is fine, depending upon the rest of the pedigree). And, out of respect for those who’s goals are markedly different than ours, we try to steer clear of the Hunter market.
We do not have the hubris to claim “the best in the world” but as of this date, our small breeding program has produced pintos that have equaled the best pintos in the world in terms of actual performance. We are the only American Pinto Warmblood breeders to sell two stallions to an EU country. But our goals have yet to be achieved. In the interim, we have produced beautiful horses with excellent minds, rock solid temperaments. As we go forward with each generation, the joy is in the journey…
This is Commander (bred by Logres Farm, owned by Ms Cilla Humphries of Surrey England) jumping 1.55 at Blenheim in 2011. As breeders we are thrilled to have produced such quality from our first foal crop. Commander is by Iron Spring Farm’s stallion Contango out of our foundation mare Fancy Ruler.
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