Friday, July 17, 2020

Foundation Friday: Furioso xx

Here is the next installment of Warmblood Stallions of North America’s Foundation Friday.  Every other Friday we will be featuring a foundation sire - one who has been influential in the development of warmblood breeds. We pull from the incredible archive of The Horse Magazine, published by Chris Hector of Australia. Thank you, Chris, for permission to draw on your expertise!

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In 1946, a National Stud Commission was formed in France to buy foreign stallions to increase the French gene pool. … They were shown Furioso. Admittedly his career did not greatly impress; he was now seven, and had raced 21 times and only came close to winning three times. Still “his dignity, harmonious length and general conformation were enough to seduce. Mr O’Neill, who had never ridden such a well-balanced horse, forgave him his slightly knock kneed forelegs, his somewhat tight hock and his long-legged conformation. He was purchased for 800 pounds from Mr Blunt.” … Still Furioso was exceedingly well bred. His sire Precipitation had a fine career winning seven races ranging from the 4000 metre Ascot Gold Cup to the King Edward Stakes of 2400 metres. As a stallion he was a success, eleven times amongst the 20 best sires of winners in England, and once in France. He was seven times in the top 20 sires of mares in England. Furioso’s dam, Maureen was by Son in Law, another good racehorse, and a very good sire…. Arriving in France, Furioso stood at Adrien Besnoin’s farm in Urou, near Argentan. … In 1952, his first foals were five years old, and suddenly he was in great demand – from 1954 until his death in 1967, lots were drawn for his services. …. By 1954, Furioso was topping the list of sires of winners in France thanks to jumpers like Virtuoso and Dolly II. … He was a prolific sire of Olympic horses, including the gold medallist at Tokyo, Lutteur B, and Pomone B, who carried d’Oriola to victory at the World Championship in Buenos Airies in 1956, when she was only seven years old. … As a sire of sires, Furioso was perhaps not so successful, [although] certainly his son Mexico, out the exceptional mare Dame de Ranville, was regarded as a gem…. Perhaps Furioso’s crucial influence has been as a mare sire: Ma Pomme, the full sister to Pomone B, produced a string of national and international jumpers, and importantly, when bred to the Ibrahim son, Quastor, the stallion Fair Play III, the sire of Narcos II. Furioso’s daughter, Tanagra (out of Délicieuse by Jus de Pomme) produced an extraordinary number of competitors, stallions and broodmares, the most important of which was Jalisco B. Artichaut, the dam sire of Nabab de Rêve, is out of a Furioso mare, as is Qredo de Paulstra who founded something of a dressage dynasty in Oldenburg through his son, Quattro B, the grand sire of the popular Quarterback. The blood of Furioso has had a new lease of life recently through the success of his great grandson, Kannan, a Dutch import…

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