It’s In The Blood: 2022 WEG Showjumping

WEG showjumping starts tomorrow! As mentioned yesterday, I made a very extensive, in-depth spreadsheet for BRC (which is available here if you’re interested in the full shebang), but y’all know I love going through the data and pulling out juicy little tidbits. This time is no different. Granted, in the past we’ve only done the eventers, but we figured we’d branch out to the showjumpers this time too, since we’ve had a few requests for it. (I will admit though, we haven’t sold enough of the SJ spreadsheet yet to justify doing the showjumpers again, so… we’ll see how it shakes out. If you know someone who might be interested, please pass it along!) If you’re more interested in the eventers, we’ll be doing a big spreadsheet for them next month when it’s their turn. For now… to the SJ!

🐴 The most-represented direct sire is Chacco Blue, the sire of 6 entries, followed by Toulon with 5 entries, and Nabab de Reve with 3 entries.

🐴 The average blood percentage of all the horses in the field is 42%, with the highest being Django II at 77% and the lowest being Callisto des Bieffes at 18%.

Django II (Lordano x Brilliant Invader xx)

🐴 Django II is also the only entrant from a full Thoroughbred mare. His dam Flower Power xx showjumped to 1.60m herself and has produced three 1.60m horses and a 1.70m horse. Her sire, Brilliant Invader xx, sired six 1.60m showjumpers and three 5* eventers (including Olympic Gold Medalist and double gold WEG Champion Reddy Teddy).

🐴 Several stallions also show up in the damsire position multiple times, with the most appearances belonging to Nabab de Reve as the damsire of 4 entrants, For Pleasure the damsire of 3 entrants, Calvaro Z the damsire of 3 entrants, and Calido the damsire of 3 entrants.

Nabab de Reve

🐴 32% of the entrants in the field have a dam that competed in sport herself. This level of sport ranges from mid-level dressage to 1.60m showjumping.

🐴 Seven different mare families are represented twice among the entrants, including: Hanover Stamms 687 and 2191509; Holsteiner Stamms 1020, 671, and 741; Selle Francais 139; and BWP Merrielijn 2, Fokfamilie 8.

🐴 Five entrants come from a TB mare family and two entrants come from a French AngloArab mare family.

🐴 One horse’s sire competed to Grand Prix level dressage and another’s sire competed to PSG level dressage.

Wieland, sire of Jerico (Poland)

🐴 One entrant competed to 3* level eventing before switching to showjumping, and two entrant’s dams have also produced an offspring competing at 4*L level eventing.

🐴 73% of the entrants have a sire that showjumped to 1.60m level or higher.

🐴 Three breeders produced more than one entrant in the field: Getstut Lewitz/Paul Schockemohle bred 12, Eric Polfliet bred 2, and Witt Pferdezucht bred 2.

Who are y’all rooting for in the showjumping?

4 thoughts on “It’s In The Blood: 2022 WEG Showjumping

  1. Can you explain a bit what you mean when you talk about the “mare family”? (or point me to where I can read about it, happy to learn on my own!)


    1. In warmblood/sporthorse breeding (and TB breeding as well) a lot of emphasis is based on the horse’s mare family, aka the mare line that it comes from. Mares are believed to be much more influential than the stallion when it comes to producing good horses and perpetuating strong genetics. Certain mare families are known for producing certain traits, or for passing on particular talents. They’ve been tracked since the 1800’s, and breeders in particular pay a lot of attention to the mare family – it can tell you a lot, and horses from certain mare families can be more valuable for breeding.


      1. That makes sense and isn’t unique to warmbloods/sporthorses/TBs, I just wasn’t familiar with the term specifically! In Arabians, the Bedouins are known for emphasizing their mare lines and placing a very high value on their mares, basically as far back as there are records of Bedouins breeding Arabians. I don’t know enough about breeding in other breeds to know if they also do it (though from reading Quarter Horse ads, of which there are A LOT in my neck of the woods, they hardly ever mention the mare at all!)


  2. This is really cool information. Of particular interest is the cross-over for high level sport in Dressage and Eventing. It’s interesting to see (not sure why I should be surprised) that the family of a well bred horse can be successful in multiple disciplines. I guess my thinking was that the requirements for the different disciplines (dressage, eventing, showjumping) would require distinct and different physiologies.


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