Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Offspring of US Thoroughbred Sea Lion Begin to Span the Globe

Sea Lion at the Rolex 4* CCI in 2012

Sea Lion is a 1998 Jockey Club-registered Thoroughbred by Sea Salute out of Ivory Today (Caveat). He is that rare animal: an American Thoroughbred stallion approved and sought-after in Europe. He was approved in 2015 by the American Hanoverian Society and the Hanoverian Verband, and was invited to stand for a year in Germany. The AHS judges believe Sea Lion’s score may be the highest ever awarded to a Thoroughbred. Sea Lion had already received approved status in 2013 from the ISR/Oldenburg, and the American Trakehner Association in 2014 with scores of mainly 8s and 9s.

Sea Lion was also the only stallion in North America to be included in Tom Reed’s short list of thoroughbred stallions that “should be considered for an eventing breeding program.” (Tom Reed of Morningside Stud and the Warmblood Studbook of Ireland, from his article, “A Critical Shortage of Blood,” published in Horse International, 2015 Volume 3, pp 56 – 57.)

The interest in breeding to Sea Lion has come from several countries, and he now has been bred to mares in Germany, Australia, and Canada, as well as the United States. The oldest of his offspring is the 2013 Seacret Agent. We'd like to share his progress as an international sire by sharing reporting on a few of his offspring.

Sea Lion Featured offspring

Seacret Agent, 2013
Seacret Agent is a 2013 Oldenburg gelding bred by Gale McCreary (USA), out of a mare by Selle Français stallion Jamestown. Seacret Agent won Future Event Horse 2 and Future Event Horse 3, and qualified in both classes for Nationals. His owner reports that he is very intelligent, easy to teach, willing and charismatic.

Sea Lion's first foal in Germany was bred by the Niedersächsisches Landgestüt Celle (the German State Stud, Celle), and was born in 2017. Photos will be posted when available.

Sea Wolf, 2017
Sea Wolf is a Hanoverian colt born in 2017, bred by Meredith C Michelfelder (USA). He is out oFuerst Flight R, by Fuerst Gotthard.

Sea Sea Babcock, 2017

Sea Sea Babcock was born in 2017, bred by Dave Coleman (Australia). She is out of a Lord Pezi (Oldenburg) mare, and is a registered Australian Warmblood.

Sunsprite Sargasso Sea, 2015
Sunsprite Sargasso Sea was born in 2015, a Hanoverian colt out of a mare by Olympic Concorde. He was bred by Pamela Duffy of Sunsprite Warmbloods (USA).

For more about Sea Lion, read his Stallion Profile: click here.

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