Numa óptica experimentalista, tomei a iniciativa de importar sémen de um Hanoveriano e cruzei-o com algumas das minhas éguas lusitanas.
Os critérios que nortearam a escolha do Garanhão foram:
· Performance individual;
· Mecânica de andamentos;
· Performance da descendência.
A escolha pendeu para um Garanhão de Celle, o Don Frederico (Donnerhall* Cleopatra – Teste de performance em Adelheidsdorf 141,02 – 2.º de 45 cavalos sujeitos a teste – Dressage 151,67 1.º lugar, obstáculos 113,75 10.º).
Alguns dados acerca do garanhão em questão:
Breeding Value – In the breed value estimation of the National Federation (FN) Don Frederico is classified as an exceptional producer with a score of 174 in the dressage breed value. On the federal level only one stallion surpasses him, Don Schufro, also a son of Donnerhall, with a score of 178. In the breed value estimation of the Hanoverian Association, which is based on mare performance test results and auction selection, Don Frederico was also rated highly with a score of 151. It is interesting to look behind the scenes. In his first crop of three-year olds already 54 descendants – 39 in mare tests and 15 in the auction selection process – were evaluated. This large number of evaluated progeny increases the breed value considerably, which the accuracy rating of 0.89 expresses.
Na descendência – Fiona and Penny Bigwood’s Hanoverian licensed stallion Dramatic won the 6-year old Championship at the 2008 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany. Dramatic is bred by Reinhold Haferland and is by Don Frederico out of state premium mare Weltina (by Weltmeyer x Grenadier).