For this Stallion Spotlight, I’ve chosen Franklin. This young stallion caught my eye through his offspring – I saw videos of three full siblings by him from a breeder in my area, and each foal was superb. They each had a variety of strong attributes, but the consistency in quality was undeniable – which led me to my current interest in this young stallion!
Registered name – Franklin
Breed – KWPN
Foal date – 2010
Height – 170cm
Approved for – KWPN, Oldenburger Verband and Danish Warmblood
|AMPERE (AJONG)||ROUSSEAU (RAMBO)||FERRO|
Bloodline Info –
Franklin’s Internationally recognized sire Ampére was champion stallion in Holland in 2008 and later was licensed in the Netherlands, Westphalia, Southern Germany and Holstein. Since 2012 he has provided more than 20 licensed sons. Ampere’s sire, Rousseau, won silver at the world championship for young horses in Verden in 2003 and has been able to present the champion stallion in Holland three times in a row.
The dam’s sire Ferro won the 2000 Olympic team silver. He sired numerous top horses and is currently in twelfth place in the ranking of the world WBFSH best dressage. In the third generation is another performer with Flemmingh.
Being line-bred on two of Holland’s major breeding magnates (Ferro and Flemmingh), Franklin’s pedigree is rich in the Dutch tradition of excellent moving and successful dressage competition horses.
Franklin was bred by Stal Gasaya in Dorst. As a 3 year old he won both the 2013 KWPN licensing and 50 Day 2013 KWPN performance test. In the performance test, he scored a 7 for his walk, 8.5 for his trot, 9.5’s for his canter and self carriage, and 9.0’s for suppleness, rideability and dressage potential.
He then went on to win the 5 yr. old championship at the 2015 KWPN national stallion show. Under Severo Jurado Lopez, he showed an excellent trot with plenty of push, technique, and activity. The jury rewarded him with a 9.5. For the walk, he received an 8 while the canter, rideability and general impression earned him 8.5’s. A total score of 86 points and a final score of 341 points made him the champion.
Collected Comments and Offspring Impressions –
Franklin remains in training at Helgstrand Dressage, and has been offered at stud for two seasons. Franklin foals have made an impression at auction – at the Danish Warmblood Elite show several foals by Franklin made a very positive impression. The champion filly was Francisca Lightfoot sired by Franklin and with Michellino as dam sire; bred by Annette Lyngs and Torben Damsbo – however the quality of the mare should be noted as this was the second time that this Michellino dam had produced the best dressage filly foal, the first time being ten years prior. For the colts, Plushorses Perception by Franklin (damsire Florencio I) from the breeder Laila Holm Gudmund Meyer stood out as well.
Franklin offspring have been fetching top price at Elite Auctions – an extremely well-proportioned filly by Franklin (with the Dutch dam line of Floria Antje) – Lissaus Ginger from the breeder Majbritt Lissau – was sold to Norway at a price of DKK 350,000.
Franklin seems to really stamp his type, and has been producing foals with active hind legs and a strong top line. He has been reliable thus far at producing incredible shoulder freedom, and is recommended for the breeder who is looking for that attribute. He is reported to be a very sensitive, forward-thinking horse with a good character and is noted as being fine to handle in the stable. He is short in the back as is common with the Ampere line, which could result in him being difficult to get over the back while under saddle. He has been seen being warmed up in draw reins which would indicate that this may be the case – however a short back is a strong back.
On the negative side, some of his foals are toed out and rather fine-boned in front as commented by the judge in the Pavo Cup in Ermelo the year of his first foal crop. In addition, he himself has front legs that are not straight, and he paddles in front although that has not been noticed as something he has consistently passed to his offspring. His weakest point is the walk – which is poor due to his sloping and short croup as evidenced by his performance test score of 7.
Semen is reported as great quality, pregnancies on the first cycle with one dose, etc. No issues reported there regardless of source.
An ideal type to try him with would be large framed mare with strong genetics (perhaps a soft type S-line or F-line as foals out of those pairings have been reported as particularly nice) longer in the croup, a bit long in the back, correct front legs with good bone, and with a super walk. A breeder with a mare of this type who is looking to improve upon the mares shoulder freedom and wanting an attractive foal with a natural tendency to push from behind using an active hind leg, acceptable (although possibly sensitive/hot) character, and a good top line should consider him as a very interesting option.