Friday, June 28, 2019

Foundation Sire: Ahorn

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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When the famous Dutch breeder Wiepke van de Lageweg found the Ladykiller mare Hyazinthe, he secured a veritable gold mine. The tall, elegant mare produced no less than three licensed stallion sons: Ahorn, Denver (Belgium) and Farmer (Britain). Two of her other foals became national level showjumpers, while another competed to Z level. Ahorn was himself an international performer, placing at a number of top European shows including Donaueschingen, Den Bosch, Winschoten and The Hague – as well as finishing 8th in the Dutch championship. Ahorn comes from the legendary 242 Holstein line, considered one of the best of that famous group of jumping bloodlines, and through that Ahorn is related to Joost, Alcatraz, Roderik, and Locarno. Ahorn was granted Preferent status in 2001 and is the sire of ten approved stallion sons including AK High Valley Z; High Valley’s full-brother, Noble Boy; Furore; Ohorn and Hattrick. Ahorn had four approved grandsons, including Kelvin (by Flemmingh). International jumpers by Ahorn include Dublin (Astrid Wöss), Feizal (Mario Deslauriers) and Ivor (François Mathy Jr). Ahorn’s daughter Ursula XII (Papageno) carried Scott Brash to 3rd place in the 2014 World Cup final in Lyon, and in 2016 the pair won the Rolex Grand Prix of Calgary. In 2017, Ursula returned to competition, with a Grand Prix win in Doha. On the 2015/16 KWPN breeding values for jumping stallions with a reliability of 90%+, Ahorn is ranked 24th, three places below his illustrious sire, with a value of 134 (90%). He sired 1288 progeny over four years old, with 396 going on to compete – 30.745%. On the 2016/17 KWPN values, Ahorn is 23rd, with a jumping breeding value of 135 (conformation – 105, conformation – 105, free movement – 103, freejumping – 104). He has produced 1288 progeny four years and older, with 397 competitors (30.82%).

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

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