Not sure I agree with all the stallions already listed. Several have no offspring at GP yet but are plenty old enough to have them.
I'd put Don Schuffro at the top of the list.
Breitling W is up there too.
You can't forget Jazz, number 1 in the world for several years now.
Come Back II is a relatively young stallion to be in the top 10 dressage sires with the FEI. He is a fabulous stallion who jumps as well as he moves.
I'd also put some of the Trakehner boys in this list. Hohenstein, Silvermoon, Caprimond, Buddenbrock. I think Le Rouge will be a major producer of GP horses in the future too.
I'll just throw in my .02 cents worth -
There are tiers to breeding for dressage now (IMHO). The in hand youngsters seem to have their own list of 'hot' sires. Then there are the sires that produce the FEI Young Horses. Then the stallions that make mid-level stars (3rd-PSG). Then there is a different list for siring PSG on up...
It is very rare to see a horse that shines in sport from the beginning to the top even at a regional level, let alone national or international.
*flame suit zipped up*
With some of the stallions (DeNiro, Don Schufro for example) you get the ability but can fall a bit short on the 'looks' department...and vice versa with other stallions that put on 'the pretty factor' but don't seem to deliver Grand Prix offspring.
So I guess what I'm trying to say is - what are you breeding for? Or who is your target market?
ETA: I would not put Espri in the list of stallions for Dressage. JMHO.
Looky there... Sandro Hit shows up with 4 offspring. What is the dam line on those 4?
For that matter, would it be too hard to get the damline on all of the horses for each sire? ( that could be a new thread)
I'm surpelrised Rhodiamont doesn't show up.
Oops, you are right about Rohdiamant! When I first started counting, I was going to ignore the recently deceased ones since your OP was about the NEW classic sires. I will revise my list to include Weltmeyer, Rohdiamant, etc.
Damsires for the Sandro Hit offspring - Contender, Temple Wind, Donnerhall, Houston.
Where's Hohenstein? I'm surprised he gets so many rave reviews but isn't included. ??? (I have another two weeks to figure out who gets to leave the semen tank which is why I'm interested)
There are only two Hohenstein offspring on the current WBFSH list. I was focusing my search on stallions who were represented by at least 4 offspring.
And we have to take these stats with a grain of salt. For instance, some stallions may have been actively competing and not as available for breeding as others (case in point, Don Schufro, Michellino, Solos Carex, Breitling). Also consider the age of the stallions - the older sires have had many more foal crops than the youngsters. (I think I will go back and revise my list to add the YOB for each stallion.)
Revised list to add the stallion's YOB. Again, these are the stallions with at least four offspring in the top 469 places of the WBFSH rankings for dressage horses. The currently published rankings cover 10/1/2010 through 5/31/2011.
Deceased stallions are in red text.
Jazz (1991) – 19 offspring
Florestan I (1986) – 15 offspring
Michellino (1991) - 12 offspring
Gribaldi (1993) – 10 offspring
Ferro (1987) – 9 offspring
Rohdiamant (1990) - 9 offspring
De Niro (1993) – 7 offspring
Donnerhall (1981) - 7 offspring
Wolkenstein II (1990) - 6 offspring
Flemmingh (1987) – 5 offspring
Rubinstein I (1986) - 5 offspring
Welt Hit II (1992) – 5 offspring
Breitling W (1991) – 4 offspring
Come Back II (1992) – 4 offspring
Don Schufro (1993) – 4 offspring
Fidermark (1992) – 4 offspring
Sandro Hit (1993) – 4 offspring
Youngest stallions on my list are 18 y/o this year. So is it safe to say it takes about that long for a stallion to show up in the top ranks for producing internationally successful offspring?
And I hadn’t realized this before – Gribaldi, De Niro, Don Schufro, and Sandro Hit were all born the same year. What a year that was for colts!
The human factor seems like it could be a factor in some of this.
Is there a way to find which trainer/training barn were responsible for the horse that"makes it?" is there a top trainer/trainers responsible for more than one of the success stories?