Top Broodmare : Woodlander Dornroeschen

By: Horse Deals

Top Broodmare : Woodlander Dornroeschen
Top Broodmare : Woodlander Dornroeschen

Many of the world’s top breeders are adamant that the mare is more vital to the production of a top-class foal than the sire — and who are we to argue?

As well as her genetic input, every broodmare will imprint characteristics on her foal such as behaviour and temperament and if she has also performed at top level, the chances are that the foal could inherit her agility, scope or movement.

Name: Woodlander Dornroeschen

Born: 2002

Breed: British Hanoverian

Breeding: by Dimaggio out of a Caprimond mare

Lynne and Dave Crowden’s British-bred Hanoverian Woodlander Dornroeschen has already produced what they refer to as a "life-changing" horse in the unbeaten Farouche, but Dornroeschen herself is certainly no back number when it comes to performance.

The nine-year-old daughter of Dimaggio out of a mare from the motherline of the great dressage stallion Florestan was a champion as a three-year-old and has since won at a high level in the dressage arena with Michael Eilberg, including taking the national advanced medium title. She is now flying the flag for Woodlander Stud with great success at international shows.

Dornroeschen had 18 months away from the ring to produce Farouche, but embryo transfer has since enabled her to stay in competition and she now has a foal due by the young stallion For Compliment out of a surrogate mare. For Compliment is a son of Fidermark, so the resulting foal will carry a double dose of valuable Florestan blood.

Dornroeschen’s sire, Dimaggio, is one of the most successful dressage stallions standing in the UK. The Hanoverian is a former world breeding champion and is by another influential dressage sire, Don Primero, out of a World Cup I mare. His offspring in the UK and abroad include many champions and licensed stallions.

Despite her tender years, Dornroeschen will soon be a grandmother, as Farouche herself is also expecting a foal by embryo transfer by the Crowdens’ Weltregent son Woodlander Wavavoom, who finished runner-up to her in the 2010 Badminton young dressage horse final.

This is one British success story that should run and run.