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)

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!