Painted Black

Black, *2009, 171cm, Trakehner

Herakles is a handsome example of strong Trakehner breeding, exhibiting size, substance, and great beauty — with lovely topline and expressive movement.

Herakles is a most interesting descendent of excellent Trakehner breeding. His direct sire, Gribaldi, still ranks highly in the sire rankings, as he not only was a top competition horse himself, but turned out to be a great progenitor of some high quality siring stallions, including Totilas, Painted Black, Unee BB, Millennium, Zardin Firfod, Hofrat, Easy Game, and Grey Flanell.

Rolex WBFSH Top 10 Dressage Sire Ranking

  1. (2) DE NIRO – 37237
  2. (1) GRIBALDI – 27936
  3. (5) JAZZ – 18639
  4. (7) SANDRO HIT – 12811
  5. (6) MICHELLINO – 11609
  6. (3) FLORESTAN I – 11003
  7. (8) FERRO – 10889
  8. (15) RUBIN-ROYAL – 10192
  9. (18) NEGRO – 9178
  10. (11) DIAMOND HIT – 9081

The brackets indicate the sire’s ranking position in 2014. In 2016, his breeding index has already climbed higher — hitting at a 98% reliability value.

The breeding of Gribaldi is close to my own heart, as his sire, Kostolany, was out of a very good mare, Kapstadt, by my own Trakehner stallion FALKE. I knew Gribaldi from a foal and remembered being sad when he left for Holland from Germany. But his Breeder/Owner Otto Langels knew the young stallion had qualities that needed to be explored. Gribaldi went on to be not only successful in Gran Prix dressage with Edward Gal, but to sire over 2000 registered offspring in his 12 years of breeding and many FEI level successful competitors.

Herakles was the Reserve Champion of Trakehner licensing in 2011, and Premium awarded. With his athletic type and his powerful, elastic movements, he is considered to be an interesting Trakehner ambassador of his well-known father Gribaldi.

Herakles‘ maternal dynasty is establish to be the mainstay of the Danish sport horses breed. So Herakles‘ full sister, Helouis, became Danish Victory Mare of the Year in 2011.

The bloodline goes back to the mother line Herba. His dam’s sire, Michelangelo, is also the father of Michellino — Sire of Laura Tomlinson‘s Olympic horse Mistral Hojiris.

Approved for: Trak., Oldbg., all South German associations.

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