Darco’s list of achievements as a jumping stallion is testimony to a stellar career. Partnered with Ludo Phillippaerts since the age of 5, highlights of the duo’s successes include 7th place at the Barcelona Olympics, 2nd at Spruce Meadows/Calgary, 6th in the World Equestrian Games at Stockholm, and countless wins and placings in World Cup and international Grand Prixs. As a competitor, Darco displayed a lot of power and stamina and was described by his rider as an extremely honest, intelligent and careful partner with a solid character.
As a sire, Darco reliably passes on these characteristics to his progeny. Ranked No.1 on the World Breeding Federation’s Jumping Sire list in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and again in 2011, many of Darco’s offspring have become household names by virtue of their success in the ring: Parco, Sapphire, King Darco, Otterongo, Fedor, Nonstop, Ublesco, Winningmood, Ogano Sitte etc.
To this day Darco has the most offspring that competed at 1.60m level, a record which no sire has ever achieved since the ranking was first developed in 1995. Moreover, Darco is one of the few sires of the present day ranking, who previously appeared in these original rankings from 1995. In other words, Darco has been at the top for more than 24 years. Additionally he has 4 sons appearing in the top 100 of the World Breeding Federation's Jumping Sire Rankings - Douglas #34, Winningmood #50, Ogano Sitte #54 and Nonstop #87.
Additionally Darco has led the Sire of Dam rankings for years. This year alone as a dam sire, his grand children collected no less than 956'826 euros in prize money!
Reasons enough to assume, at this time, that Darco is the best jumping horse progenitor ever in show jumping.
By virtue of his prepotency as a sire, his impact on the show jumping world will be felt for years to come.
Damsire: CORNET OBOLENSKY
Like Darco, Cornet Obolensky was one of the worlds best competition horses. He had 8 wins and more than 80 placings in international competition, and successfully represented Germany on many teams including the Olympic Games. Today, his children and grand-children fly the Cornet Obolensky flag at the top level all over the globe. In 2012, the BWP awarded him the title "Ambassador", and he is currently ranked #2 on the Horsetelex IPV and Hippomundo rankings, and #4 on the WBFSH ranking.
2nd Damsire: GRANNUS (AKA GRANIT)
Grannus was described as 'a legend in his own lifetime'. The black stallion was not only a winner in Advanced level SJ himself, but is one of the most important and prolific jumping sires of our time. His offspring have earned over 5 million euro in competition and competed in multiple Olympics and World Championships, and he has sired 60 approved sons.
Grannus has been just as exceptional in the dam line, being grand sire to super stars such as For Pleasure, Sandro Boy, Couleur Rubin, Special Ed, The Sixth Sense, Casadora, Padinus and countless others.
Premium ranked Westfalen Mare.
CARAVELLA (2007 by Lancer III)
Breeding mare for the renown Zhashkiv Stud in the Ukraine
SOLO (2010 by Lancer III)
LATINA 262 (2011 by Lancer III)
CAPITOL S (2014 by Captain Fire)
Approved stallion with the LHBA, LWB, & Russ Studbooks
Performance test Champion LWB
2nd Dam: GRANNUSE
FORCETTO (2005 by For Pleasure)
CSI 1.45m SJ
Approved Oldenburg stallion scoring 9.13 for free jumping and 10 for jumping under saddle
POLYGRANNA (1996 by Polydor)
Dam of ALMOXELLA O who is dam of elite competition & breeding stallion CORNET'S PRINZ, and CORNETTA 17 CSI 1.45m SJ
Dam of licensed stallion CORDESSIO
GRALSON (2001 by Gralshueter)
3rd Dam: PREMIERE
State Premium Mare
Other related sport horses from this dam line (58/Hima III-stam):
CANTURADO 2 1.60m
LA SUPRA 1.60m
CARIBIK 7 1.60m
CALIENTE II 1.60m
LUISA D 1.60m
MR INDOLY GREY 1.50m
LITTLE FOOT 41 1.45m