We acquired a new mare from the esteemed Koteusi-stam. Her name is Upereusa (Quick Star-Concorde-Ramiro-Le Mexico) Quick Star really needs no introduction. He has beyond proven himself as a top competitor and producer. What is most impressive however is her direct mareline (not even mentioning the MANY sport horses and super producers from Koteusi). So breathlessly, here is how her pedigree stacks up. Uppy's dam Pereusa (elite, 1.30m) stems back to the phenomenal mare Brigitte (ster, pref, prest, 1.20m). With her previous owner before Piet Keys, she had 2 Burggraaf offspring who jumped 1.35/1.40m, including daughter, Heidi (keur, sport, pref). Brigitte also gave from Concorde the international jumper Re Mexico. Heidi produced Hors la Loi II daughter Zereusa S (elite, sport, 1.40m). Another Brigitte daughter and granddam of our Upereusa is Katinka (keur, pref, prest, 1.20m). Katinka had the Heartbreaker daughter Tereusa (sport, 1.50m). Tereusa's son, Edoctro (v. Indoctro) jumps 1.50m in Italy. But Katinka comes out yet: Zidam de Revel (v. Quidam de Revel) at 1.30m and Pereusa elite (v. Concorde) at 1.30m, Colord HS (v. Lord Z) at 1.35m, Goteus S (v. Ustinov), Umareusa S (v. Quick Star), and Voltaire S (v. Voltaire) who were all selected for the foal auctions of Limburg. There came also Derusa S elite (v. Numero Uno), Gereusa S elite (v. Ustinov), and others. Katinka's other Heartbreaker daughter, Sereuza (sport, elite, 1.40m) is the grandmother of Broken Heart (v. Concorde) and Corleone (v. Vincenzo) who were competitors at 1.40m. The full sister of Brigitte, Ferusa, came Piet Keys end. Ferusa produced the international jumper New Mexico (v. Burggraaf), 1.45m jumper Amareusa S (v. Baloubet du Rouet), 1.35m jumper Pieter (v. Lord Z), and 1.35m jumper Arusa S (v. Berlin). The KWPN inspection topper, Etoulon VDL (v. Toulon-also from the Koteusi-stam), comes from Utareusa (v. Calvados). He scored as a 4 year old with good results in the stallion competition. Etoulon was also bred by Piet Keys. Lastly, Utareusa also brought the 1.35m competitor Atureusa (v. Padinus).
Miss Ele (Obsession van't Ruytershof, Canaletto-Carthago-Renomee, stamm 104b) was confirmed in foal with a 30 day heart beat to I'm Special de Muze (Emerald-Nabab de Reve-Chin Chin). SO super excited about this one, and yes, it will be 100% gray ;).
Another exciting thing happened this past week. Tryon International Equestrian Center hosted its biggest FEI class yet, a CSI4* with $210,000 at stake. The turnout was HUGE and so thrilling to see that many people from the surrounding area coming to watch our sport and enjoying every bit of it! If you didn't get to see it in person, NBC Sports filmed it for televised viewing! Not to mention American Pharoah topped the night off with a Triple Crown win! What an incredible experience, I still have goosebumps thinking about it.
On a side note - Eliza (Elize van de Broekkant, Clinton-Darco-Praefectus xx) underwent colic surgery to correct a large colon torsion with small colon toxicity. I am pleased to say after 1 month exactly today she is looking spectacular all things considering and we are very much hoping for a full recovery in the future. Her colt, Patient Munny (v. Canturo), is growing like a weed and has so much personality and is a little bundle of joy. Such a sweet little guy - and is already showing he is going to jump big jumps one day just like his Olympian parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents did.
PS, we are planning on breeding Uppy to Diamant de Semilly by the end of June/beginning of July with luck. So stay tuned!