Friday, August 14, 2020

Foundation Sire: Le Mexico

 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!

169 cm
Breeder: A. Lefèvre

Furioso II’s full brother Mexico stayed in France but he shaped the emerging Warmblood breed in The Netherlands through his son, Le Mexico. Mexico served in the French National Stud…. Bred by that connoisseur, the late Alfred Lefèvre of Falaise, Le Mexico became the real successor of his male lineage. As a resident of Holland, he produced the approved stallions: Silvano, Ulft, Zelhem, Zonneglans, Astronaut and Expert. But it took time for the French import to establish himself. The Dutch licensing commission was not overly impressed with Le Mexico’s first crop of two year olds… “They will become broodmares with substance and strength, deep chests and curved ribs. Probably they will be important in our breeding, in spite of the fact that they are missing the so-called ‘golden touch’.” … Le Mexico needed some more time before his real heritage came through. By 1996, after his thirteenth season at stud, he was upgraded by the KWPN executive committee as a “keurhengst,” … a rare title. Le Mexico sustained tremendous colic in the early spring of 1987, and died only a few months after his upgrading. … In the 1983 volume of the Dutch Horse Yearbook – the first annual publication of performances of all registered sport horses in the Netherlands – we find a long list of Le Mexico’s youngstock, both in dressage and jumping. While his eldest offspring were only nine years old by then, there were already ten Grade A jumping horses in the yearbook …. In the year of his death, the first edition of the breeding values was printed and Le Mexico ranked with 146 points in the jumping section alongside such famous performance sires as Nimmerdor, Abgar xx, Exkurs xx, Lucky Boy xx, Farn and Notaris. He was a versatile sire too, for in the ranking of dressage sires, he came in 21st place amongst some 200 stallions…

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