Off to California!

This year’s crop of 4-year-olds is off to California to start training for the jumper ring with Michelle Parker and the Cross Creek West team. We snagged our favorite equine photographer (and sister), Patty Hosmer of HoofPrintsPhoto.com, to take a last minute portrait of CCF Coral Sea before he was out of reach. This handsome Holsteiner colt is a dead-ringer for his sire, Clintord I. Hopefully he has the world class scope to match!  He certainly has the pedigree – his dam Nouska is a Grand Prix blue ribbon winner as well. The three youngsters off to California this morning are:

CCF Coral Sea – 2013 gelding by Clintord I ex Nouska (Julio Mariner)

CCF Fantasea – 2013 mare by Clintord I ex Aida Z (Andiamo Z)

Luna – 2013 mare by Southern Pride ex Telstar (Luganda)

2016 Horse Of The Year Awards

Cross Creek West

Cross Creek Farms is excited and incredibly proud to announce a few awards that have been received by our very own CCF-bred young horses!

Competing in the young jumper division in 2016:

CCF Hibiscus Coast (Durango La Silla – CCF Fisher King) finished as USHJA Zone 8 Horse of the Year Champion for the 5-year-old Young Jumper division, as well as placing third in the nation.

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Stablemate CCF Savusavu (Ocean I – Andiamo) took HOTY Reserve Champion under Zone 8.

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CCF Yasur (Ocean I – Andiamo)  completed the year as HOTY Champion for the 6-year-old Young Jumper division under Zone 8.

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And CCF Caramel (Durango La Silla – Charisma 57) placed fourth in HOTY standings for Zone 10 and eighth in the nation for…

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The Clintord Equation

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Breeding and raising show jumpers is an exercise in accumulating horses! Start with a couple of nice mares purchased for grand prix level competition and eventually retired to the farm for a second career as mommies. Import a spectacular young Holsteiner stallion, Clintord I, winner of the Holsteiner Verband 70 day stallion performance test in Germany as a 3-year-old and already a sire in demand in Europe. Start raising babies.

Now it’s four years later and our herd consists of the same two mares, the stallion, two offspring per year from the same two mares for four consecutive years – 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. And both mares are safe in foal for 2017 as well. That means by this time next year we will be housing thirteen equines here in Tucson (not counting the retirees) and the oldest crop will be ready to leave home and start their education in the show-jumping world.

Prior to the ‘Clintord Years’ we had been raising horses for decades, primarily thoroughbred hunters sired by our CCF Fisher King. We switched to warmbloods in 2008, raising our first foal out of the grand prix mare Charisma 57. Those warmblood offspring are already enjoying success in the show ring in the young jumper divisions, starting with 7-year-old CCF Caramel (Durango La Silla – Charisma 57/Contango), 6-year-old CCF Yasur (Ocean I – Aida Z/Andiamo), and the two 5-year-olds CCF Hibiscus Coast (Durango La Silla – CCF Luminous/CCF Fisher King) and CCF Savusavu (Ocean I – Nouska/Julio Mariner) – all four of these youngsters highly ranked in Zone and HOTY ratings and winners of top placings in the Young Jumper Championships over the past few years.

And now that the Clintords are coming of age, we are really, really, REALLY looking forward to the coming years.

Here’s a slideshow – enjoy!  Or click on the photo below to access:

Team Pride - HITS Desert Circuit, Thermal, California 2014

 

The Danish Connection

We received some good news from overseas in October as results came in from DSA, the National Championships for the Danish Sporthorse Breed Society. A Clintord son named Carrera Love laid down a prize winning round in the five-year-old National Championship finals and earned praise from the judges.

Lene Ibsen, Carrera Love’s breeder and owner, writes “He is a wonderful horse with a magnificent temper. He loves jumping and always acts very cool, no matter what surroundings we put him in. I would like very much to use Clintord in my breeding again.”

Beautiful Celebrity T, Clintord’s only daughter in Denmark, continued her winning ways by scoring 8.5 (out of 10) for technique and scope, and 810 points in her riding test, earning RDH certification and admittance into the main studbook. She already has accolades from prior years, winning the championship in jumping for 3-year-old mares at the Danish licensing trials in 2013. Annette commented about her young mare ‘She is lovely, and something special from the day she was born. As a breeder, you just know, when they have the X-factor.’

Congratulations to Lene and Annette. Keep sending us the news as these young horses advance in their careers.

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Introducing Our 2015 Babies

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CCF Clear Sailing (Clintord I x Julio Mariner)

In 2015 we added two more Clintord babies to the collection we have growing up here on the farm. While their coats were still slick and shiny we had a portrait session with equine photographer Patty Hosmer of HoofPrints Photography. Now fall is coming on and these beautiful youngsters will morph into the fuzzy awkward ugly duckling stage. So I thought I’d share their portraits to remember them by until they turn into swans again.

CCF Circa (Clintord I x Andiamo Z)

Both moms, our Dutch Keur mare Nouska (Julio Mariner x Voltaire) and our Zangersheide mare Aida HZ (Andiamo x Karthago) are confirmed in foal to Clintord for 2016, as are several more outside mares from California to New Jersey. Something else to look forward to come spring!

Clintord’s oldest USA born son Credence, a 3-year-old, is just starting under saddle. He showed impressive form when lunged over a makeshift jump when Michelle and Alex came home for a brief visit and played with the youngsters. It will be so exciting in another year or so when we finally will have some Clintords prepping for the show ring.

Another fun discovery is that Clintord is siring all sorts of colors. Of course there is every shade of brown from seal brown to blood bay mimicking dad’s coloring, but he has also sired greys, a paint, and this year we have a coal black colt and a dark liver chestnut. Most have a generous amount of white for extra chrome. But best of all, they are tall, elegant, athletic and correct.

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Spring Portraits

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CCF Coral Sea

Spring has arrived in Tucson! The trees are leafing out, the wildflowers are blooming, the temperatures are balmy (at least in the daytime), unlike the poor East Coast getting clobbered by record-breaking winter storms.

As a result, our babies are starting to shed out and I thought it might be a good time to share photos of some of our first Clintord offspring growing up here at Cross Creek Farms. The oldest USA bred youngsters are just turning two.

Disclaimer:-)   It is really helpful to have a professional equine photographer, my sister Patty Hosmer of Hoofprints Photography, in the family!

CCF Coral Sea

CCF Coral Sea is just turning two. His dam Nouska is a grand prix winner here in the U.S. with Michelle Parker riding. Nouska is registered Dutch, sired by Julio Mariner (thoroughbred) out of a Voltaire daughter.

 

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CCF Galactica II is a full sister to Coral Sea. She is still fuzzy, so this is a photo taken last fall when she was four months of age. Nouska is in foal again to Clintord for a late April 2015 foal.

 

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Credence is Clintord’s first USA born foal (there are lots in Europe). Co-owned by Michelle Parker and Cameron Stoddard, out of Cameron’s good jumper mare Bonnie, he is growing up here in Tucson. Photo taken last fall at 11 months of age.

 

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Credence

 

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And our youngest, CCF Cloudbreak (Bolt), showing off his elasticity here at two months of age!

 

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CCF Cloudbreak. His dam is Aida Z H, by Andiamo Z out of a Karthago daughter. She, too, is expecting another Clintord baby this coming July.

 

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If you have a paint mare, you could have something like this Clintord son in California!

 

Celebrity T

Celebrity TSometimes I entertain myself by surfing the web looking for the offspring of our Holsteiner stallion Clintord I making their appearances in Europe. Last night I ran across the results of Katrinelund, the Danish Warmblood licensing event just held this month in Denmark. Clintord’s daughter Celebrity T was the champion in jumping performance for 3 year old mares. Congratulations to Celebrity T and her breeder Annette Juhl Taldorf of Stutteri Taldorf in Olgod, Denmark.

Remarks of the judges are included thanks to Brian Bech-Hansen, who made the translation for me, commenting: “Wow did I not realize how difficult it is to translate horse technical language from one language to another 🙂

In Danish:

Efter Clintord I/Linaro/Caletto II/Calypso II, Stamme 3030
Hun er den eneste hoppe i Danmark efter Clintord I
Fløjhoppe med bla. 8,5 for teknik og kapacitet
Hun blev bla. rost for sin type, ædelhedsgrad, og at hun er en udtryksfuld og feminin hoppe, med en særdeles god skulder, overlinie, smidige og gode velafbalanceret og rummelige galop, samt at hun springer med godt overblik og rytme, med en særdeles god og smidig teknik og stor kapacitet

In English

Out of Clintord I/Linaro/Caletto II.Calypso II, Line 3030

She is the only mare in Denmark out of Clintord I

Best mare with 8.5 for technical and capacity.

She was among other things praised for her type, thoroughbred percentage and that she is an eye catcher, a feminine mare with a good shoulder and over line, she is elastic, well balanced and has a large canter and she is jumping with a great overall control, rhythm and with a very good and elastic technique and great capacity.