Ferdeaux transmits the exciting legacy of sires Bordeaux (United/Gribaldi) and Ferro. The modern day legend Bordeaux, and foundation sire Ferro, were both grand prix winners and are prodigious sires of grand prix performers.
Ferdeaux’s dam Part Two is a ster preferent prestatie mare by Ferro out of the ster prestatie mare Fabiola by Zonneglans. Part Two is the dam of another KWPN stallion, Number Two (by Just Wimphof). She is a proven producer of FEI dressage horses, with four offspring competing at the Prix St. Georges level or above. Double Trouble 2 (x Jazz) is showing Prix St. Georges and Intermediare on the Small Tour; also at Prix St. Georges are U-2 (x Goodtimes), and Winne-Two (x Goodtimes).
Her dam Fabiola produced the Big Tour competitor Tiptop Mateo (by Metall) and Zxen (by Special D) who competes at the international Prix St. Georges level. Fabiola is out of the ster mare Wenda, a daughter of the Holsteiner Rubinstein by Lorenz.
The fascinating pedigree of Ferdeau’s sire Bordeaux blends together the blood of top dressage horses from all over Europe as follows: United x Gribaldi x Donnerhall x Rousseau (by Westfalen Romadour II) x Angelo xx.
Bordeaux’s sire, United, finished his performance test in Ermelo with the highest results ever recorded at the time: 9.5 for trot, canter and dressage ability. United’s sire Krack C and damsire Partout were both international grand prix horses under Dutch Olympian Anky van Grunsven.
Gribaldi is a Trakehner best known as the sire of the world-record-breaking competitor Totilas, but Gribaldi himself was also a successful International Grand Prix competitor. He is also a mega sire, with than 95 Grand Prix competitors and 50 approved sons including Hofrat, Easy Game, and Totilas. Olympic gold medalist Dalera, a Trakehner mare, is a Gribaldi granddaughter.
The German Oldenburg Donnerhall is another titan in sporthorse breeding. He was acclaimed as one of the top sires of international Grand Prix horses in the world for many years, before being replaced by his equally potent sons, such as De Niro, Desperados and Don Schufro.
Finally Bordeaux traces to the mare Adone, by the thoroughbred Angelo. Adone represents a cherished Westfalen mare line founded by breeder Herbert Debaey. Adone produced 4-time Olympic gold medalist Rembrandt, and was a full sister to 2-time Olympic Ahlerich, and 3-time Olympian Amon. Her full sister Antine is the dam of Olympic stallion Rubinstein, whose blood is routinely sought for exemplary rideability.
Preferent stallion Ferro, damsire of Ferdeaux, needs no introduction to serious breeders. Riders also treasure him for his powerful, active hindleg, and exemplary talent for piaffe. He is a foundation sire for the KWPN, and riders and breeders alike avidly seek his lineage. Carl Hester, Olympic competitor and well-regarded coach, was quoted by Horse Magazine with this advice for aspiring riders, “We know from a lot of the horses we’ve had, that if you can find your Ferro lines, then you are going to get a high level of work ethic, so that’s where you start.”