Kanaan GFE x Silvio I/Elimcal xx
2003 Chestnut Oldenburg Mare
Saskia aka Sassy was born May 19, 2003 in Germany. She was bred by Gestut Lewitz. She is chestnut and stands at 16.2 hands. She is registered German Oldenburg.. She was presented to Westfalen in 2022 and was awarded her Pradikat Sport title.
Saskia competed through 1.30m in Europe before being imported to this side of the pond. She competed in Mexico and Canada under rider Nicolas Pizarro. In 2011, she began competing at 1.50m. In her first competition at 1.50m she placed 2nd out of 44! She continued to show her talent in the jumper ring for several years before being brought into the US to be the ride for Jennifer Gates. Saskia's dam was a successful producer in that 5 of her 6 offspring competed in jumpers. Three of the six jumped at 1.35m and above. We have great hopes that Saskia will follow in these footsteps with her own offspring!
Between Saskia's bloodlines and success in sport we are greatly looking forward to future offspring. Sassy has two foals coming for 2024 - by Taloubet Z and Untouchable.
Kannan, who passed away in 2020, is the only KWPN stallion who has led the WBFSH Show Jumping Sire Ranking. This international Grand Prix stallion made a name for himself in the sport in France and did so worldwide in breeding. Kannan’s first crops directly achieved unprecedented successes in sport, from young horses competitions towards the Olympic Games. His son Nino des Buissonnets, for example, became Olympic champion in 2012 with Steve Guerdat. Other Grand Prix winners by Kannan are Albführen’s Paille (also Guerdat), Quabris de l’Isle (Pedro Venis), Molly Malone (Bertram Allen), Quorida de Treho (Romain Duguet) and Diva II (Ben Maher). Meanwhile, the influence of Kannan is global. In recent years, several direct offspring have been approved by the KWPN, his original studbook. The mighty Kannan has also produced many great broodmares, with the dam of the Grand Prix stallions Bacardi VDL (Janika Sprunger) and Apardi (Daniel Bluman) as a beautiful example. Kannan himself is out of the famous dam line from the Kramer family breeding in the Netherlands. Out of this dam line we also know former KWPN champion Kannan Jr., whose granddam Lady-Meta is the full sister to Kannan.
The Preferent stallion Nimmerdor is the founder from the VDL Stud. After an international career as a jumphorse, Nimmerdor got a big influence on the national and international breeding. He still has a great influence with his 18 KWPN approved sons, as there are Ahorn, Wellington, Goodtimes, Heartbreaker; and his 39 approved KWPN grandsons, as there are Emilion, Farrington, Glennridge, Kalusha, Londontimes, Matterhorn, Ohorn, Pacific, Radisson and Sydney. Across the whole world Nimmerdor has more than 40 approved stallions. Next to it Nimmerdor brought many national and international jumping horses.
Thanks to his performance and the performances of his offspring Nimmerdor became the predicate “Preferent”. As a reward to his enormous work he was honoured “stallion of the century” in the year 2000. In march 1999, Nimmerdor stopped breeding to enjoy his retirement.
Silvio I was known as a versatile producer of show jumping and dressage horses, even though the stallion was more used as a jumper stallion. Silvio I was by Sandro out of Gelbkatze (by Gepard x Ballyboy) and born in 1987. Bred by Paul Schockemöhle, the bay stallion was Oldenburg approved and did his Stallion Performance Test in Adelheidsdorf in 1990. He finished 7th out of a group of 70 (!) stallions with an overall score of 121.50 points. Silvio I stood up for stud in Germany, the U.K. and in 2013 he sold to Haras des Princes, France. Silvio sired the 1995 Oldenburg reserve licensing champion Sir Lui van de Zuuthoeve, who become an internationally competed small tour horse under Tom Franckx. In 2012 the stallion sold as a 12-year old to Denmark. Ingrid Klimke's Robinson's Santa Cruz (by Silvio) finished sixth at the 2001 Bundeschampionate and Finnish Rikka Koljonen competed the Belgian warmblood Valentino van Koekshof (by Silvio x Abiran) at the 2003 World Young Horse Championships in Verden. Silvio I sired 26 licensed offspring and 62 state premium mares.