Friday, April 19, 2019

Foundation Sire: Negro

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!

170 cm
Breeder: Wouter Borgers 

Negro has a 2014 KWPN breeding value of 155 with a reliability of 93%, which put him into fourth place on the standings of dressage stallions with a reliability of over 90%. He is recorded as having sired 1066 progeny over the age of four, with 283 (26.54%) registered as competitors.

Negro is one of the most interesting sons from Ferro. Negro was the winner of both the KWPN Young Stallion competitions – in 2000 (for five-year-olds) and 2001 (for six-year-olds). The qualifying competitions take place at several places in the Netherlands: Zuidbroek, Roosendaal and Deurne, with the final at the KWPN stallion approvals in S’ Hertogenbosch.
He won the title Young Star Stallion at Zwolle in 2001. During the 2001 Young Dressage Horse World Championships in Verden, Negro was the best 6-year-old KWPN entry, placing 4th with his rider Anne van Olst (score 8.5). Negro has successfully competed in the small tour. Of his four starts, he won three times. His first start in the Big Tour, in an Intermediaire I class, he won convincingly with the score of 72.50%. And his rider Anne van Olst was dreaming of the Olympic Games in Athens. In the summer of 2003, a seemingly harmless foot infection made an abrupt ending to his sport career. The Olympic dream was shattered. His career as a sport horse was over but luckily his career as a breeding stallion could be continued. The KWPN awarded Negro Preferent status in early 2012 due to his exceptional offspring.
Owner Gert Jan van Olst says that Negro crosses best with all kind of mares for sport: “He does not need a certain type or bloodline for sporthorses, he fits for every mare. He needs a long-lined mare with a bit blood if you want the total package; a good sport horse and a good broodmare.”
“I think the qualities he gives to his progeny are very good movement, he gives power in the hindquarters. The toplines of his offspring are very correct, this makes it easier to have a good trot and canter. His offspring are having a perfect work ethic, they always want to work and are pleasant to handle.”
On the 2015/16 KWPN breeding rankings, Negro is in 6th place on the list of stallions with a reliability of over 90 with a value of 154 (94%) – up from 147 three years ago. He has sired 1198 horses over the age of four with 328 entering competition for a ratio of 27.378%.

To read the entire article, with pedigree, details of Negro's sons and daughters, on the Horse Magazine website, click here.
There are several stallion descendants of Negro in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on

Negro himself is available to North American breeders. Click for more information.

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