Powerhouse sires remain on top of global breeding rankings for 2018

Chacco Blue with Alois Pollman Schweckhorst in 2010
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Monday 10 December - 17h28 | Ian Clayton

Powerhouse sires remain on top of global breeding rankings for 2018

Still on top. When it comes to sport horse breeding in show jumping, eventing and dressage, the world’s top-ranked sires are largely the same as in 2017. But there has nevertheless been some movement in the standings. 

 - Powerhouse sires remain on top of global breeding rankings for 2018

The recently published Rolex-WBFSH (World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses) rankings are based on the points accumulated by 50 elite stallions’ offspring in FEI (Fédération Équestre Internationale) competitions around the world. 

As the three Olympic equestrian sports feature horses which generally start competing roughly between the ages of 9–14 (with some exceptions, and often a little later in dressage), the rankings reflect the usage of semen around a decade ago. Thus for example, someone looking to breed a promising foal today might consider using the stallion sons of some of these sires, as they will be more available and less expensive than their well-known fathers. 
 
In show jumping, the top two places have remained the same as 2017, with Chacco Blue far in the lead. One factor in that is the performance this year of his offspring like Explosion W (whose dam sire is Baloubet du Rouet), who has had a breakout season with British rider Ben Maher. 

The same thing applies in eventing, with Contendro I and Jaguar Mail maintaining their top spots, albeit with a jump from 11th to 3rd place by Courage II. And in dressage, the top five are almost all the same as last year. One big move in the latter discipline is by San Remo (from 43 to 8). 

2018 rankings (with 2017 comparison)

 

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