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LEGACY’S BONHEUR

Legacy’s Bonheur is available for coverings. 

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Legacy’s Bonheur is an Advanced Dressage Stallion with a 100% German and Selle Francais (French warmblood) imported pedigree. His Sire Beau Veneur was an international showjumper, a licensed stallion in both France and Germany, and achieved 4th place out of 180 young stallions at his licencing in Fontainebleu before import to South Africa. In addition, he was also one of very few French stallions to be awarded the prestigious “Plus de Dressage” stamp of approval issued to French stallions by a special FEI Commission. This prestigious award was designated to Stallions who the commission felt showed a talent for Dressage, as well as the prepotency to impart this Dressage ability to their progeny. Beau Veneur in turn is by Grand Veneur – a Sire line that has produced multiple international showjumpers and Olympians. This sireline is recognized as a stallion producing line, and testimony to this is proven by Grand Veneur’s sons and grandsons achieving World Sire rankings in their subsequent generations. 20130722_132

Bonheur’s dam is an imported Weltmeyer mare Weissgold. She has produced two licensed stallions (Bonheur and Legacy’s King Arthur’s Gold).Weissgold herself demonstrates the brilliant Weltmeyer movement of her sireline, and transmits this to her progeny. Weissgold’s damline is further coloured by Olympic sport competitors, and in addition shows the incorporation of Selle Francais – in keeping with a German trend to use French blood as a breed lightening influence for Dressage. This is an extremely successful breeding trend at the highest level, as has been confirmed by international success of many horses bred according to this mix. Bonheur’s progeny are (in keeping with his prepotent sireline) characteristically chestnut (liver chestnut with maturation), generous white points (facial and socks – often stockings), and frequently with flaxen mane and tail. Again, in keeping with his Weltmeyer ancestry, his progeny move extremely well and are naturally supple, athletic and have a talent for piaffe and passage. Bonheur is a heavier type of stallion, and has found a good match with lighter, high percentage thoroughbred mares, although his progeny out of heavier mares are equally elastic and athletic – but bigger boned and taller in height.  

Legacy’s Bonheur performing piaffe, passage and passes at Grow Grand Prix clinic with Rien van der Schaft

Legacy’s Bonheur on youtube

Bonheur’s first crop have now been graded M and EM level, and naturally progress rapidly through the grades. His youngsters are easy to start, train and ride, and as a group tend to simply enter the ring and place high or win from their first show. The flexibility of jumping and dressage in his pedigree means that his progeny tend to show an aptitude for both sports, and he has progeny jumping in 1 metre 30 classes, as well as having produced high level winners in the show ring. One daughter won the Champion Youngstock at the Jhb Autumn Cup (German Judge), and another was second in the President’s Cup to an imported Stallion.  

Bonheur Pedigree

 

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