I have heard great things about Danzig, but have only an n of 1 I had a grandson (Pleasant Colony for the other grandfather) who was incredibly difficult. Beautiful, but really didn't want to be trained in any direction, not pleasant to be around. Not sure I can blame any 1 ancestor though.
This is my absolute favorite line. I own 3 grandsons, highly recommended to a friend she buy a grand daughter, trying to get a trainer friend to find someone for my current guys half brother and have known others over the years. My experience is that they have in common great brains, an amazing jump and are ammy friendly. All of mine and the ones I have known have been easy and trainable, none spooky. Variety of movers from acceptable to excellent
I think I read somewhere that they are extremely popular in Australia? We've had a bunch of grandbabies over the years that have gone on to do well over fences. (By Polish Numbers, Brahms, Polish Miner, Corridor Key, Deerhound etc.) The Polish Numbers babies tend to be really pretty but a little tempermental.
My mare has Danzig on her dam's side. He's a few generations back so I don't know how much impact he has on my mare. She's not the easiest to ride on the flat. She can be pretty anxious/tense, has a busy mind, and jigs quite a bit. She could be a decent mover if she were a little less tense. When we competed our dressage score was usually pretty high (aka bad). I bought her when she was 9 and I know her two previous owners. As far as I can tell, she's always been tense on the flat. With that said, she is extremely safe on XC. Very brave and game and will basically jump anything I point her at no matter how badly I mess up. I bought her because I wanted to get into eventing and one of her previous owners competed her through Training. I competed her at BN and N, and have schooled T and P questions. And she's beautiful to look at and nice to be around (IMO).
Danzig is the grandsire of one of my geldings (sire was Danzig Connection)
No idea if he is representative of the line but, he is naturally super athletic, is well put together, has a wants to please personality (with a random stubborn streak that shows up somewhat arbitrarily on rare occasions ) and had a killer, out-of nowhere spook in him that thankfully did not show up very often. He has also been unsound from DJD since the age of 6.
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)
I've only been really working with her for about a month now following her letdown from the track. She's a lovely mover, quite a worrier and more than a little nutty, but in a fairly honest sort of way. She's stoic and brave and willing.
We'll see what she's really going to be like this summer, but she's been fun to work with so far (and also a learning experience!!)
I will admit that this line is known for being more difficult, but they are also extremely talented IMO... My horse is not difficult in the sense she doesn't want to work, she loooves work... She is just very bold and WILL NOT BE PUSHED AROUND... Which many people mistake for being difficult. I don't find a horse that refuses to be forced or pushed around a bad thing at all.
She is extremely well built, most people assumer she is a warmblood when they see her. She is very bold on cross-country, you basically just sit and enjoy the ride because her natural ability to see fences is better then most riders!
She was harder to train for dressage, but she is also very good at it and very pretty.
Bottom line... she knows she is a superstar and acts the part LOL
"My ideal horse is the horse that I fall in love with again every morning when I see his face hanging over the stable door, looking for breakfast. " - Jim Wofford
I've worked with 2 of Danzigs own spawn on track. One was one of the meanest, nastiest stallions I've ever met(attacked me from over the stall door and knocked me down, and he kicked my trainer (for no reason) in the shoulder (almost got her head) and broke it. The other was a quiet, sweet mare until they put her on steroids and she became just as nasty as he was (double barreled me in the stomach while walking by and broke my rib). Needless to say he's NOT my favorite sire lol. They were both very, very fast, well built and athletic, but plagued by soundness, mental, and overall health issues their whole careers and never did much because of it.
However I did have a grandson of Danzig, who was by his son Honor Grades, and he was an absolute doll. Friendly attitude, always tried to please, great conformation and really well muscled. He went to a home just one year after retiring off the track where he was ridden by a 6 year old boy and used for therapy riding. I think you should be pretty safe with a grandson or granddaughter ;-)
Haven't competed one, but the grand babies I've worked with at the track were all very sweet, and the spitting images of thier dams. It's been awhile, and my memory is shot, but i don't think any of the 6 ran a lick. Lol
I have a Danzig grandson (sire is Belong To Me). Big warmblood looking and moving type with huge suspension! Very brave and cocky; thinks he is THE KING and we are here as his peons! Very level headed, if he spooks, it is in place. God forbid if he let on that anything shook his KING status! Lol! Bold xc, but sometimes pulls a rail in SJ, partly because we are still developing and partly because he likes HIS idea better, since he is THE KING after all! Lol
My thoughts on Danzig: He is a popular sport horse sire beause 1) He is a son of Northern Dancer and carries some of his genes, and/or 2) look at the mares he was bred to. I bet you find strong sport horse influences through them.
Same with Mr. Prospector. He shows up in a lot of sport horse pedigrees, but his most prolific line comes through Fappiano, whose dam sire is Dr. Fager. I don't think that either of them (Danzig and Mr P) have the size or conformation or way of going to make good sport horse sires.
Here is your guy's sire's pedigree, with a picture of his sire (to DIE for).