Williams River Horses
About the Sire: Brilliant Invader
Thb - AUS
About the Dam: Delamarie Cleopatra
1/2 Thb, 1/2 Warmblood - AUS
Height: 16.2 hh
Breeding: 3/4 Thb, 1/4 Warmblood
Millendon Brilliant Spirit is by Brilliant Invader, one of the world´s greatest eventing stallions. He is also out of an outstanding mare (see below). He has excellent temperament, trainability, bone and confirmation. He is a pleasure to work, handle and be with, and is producing talented and exciting horses which are at the beginning of their journey in eventing, jumping and dressage (see photo gallery).
By 2011 Brilliant Invader had made it into the top 5 Eventing stallions of the world on numerous occasions and has been voted Number 1 twice and is still ranked in the top 50. Brilliant Invader has sired exceptionally talented Eventers. The most famous of his New Zealand offspring was Ready Teddy, individual Gold medal winner at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. He was by the great racehorse and sire, Vain, out of Persian Bronze, an Oaks winning mare by Agricola, who was a half-sister to racing sensation Tobin Bronze. He was also the sire of Andrew Nicholson‘s top three-star horse Mister Maori. The most successful of Brilliant Invader‘s stock in Australia include Street Talk, which went to World Cup show jumping level for Michelle Clark of South Australia. In Victoria, Jane Griffin‘s Koyuna Mousetrap, a successful eventer and show jumper, and Angela Dobbins‘ Mini Prix horse Hush, and Rebecca Allen‘s world cup show jumper, Koyuna Ted are by him. Koyuna Ted was also selected to the 2009 Elite Show Jumping Squad before retiring hurt. Wendy Schaeffer‘s current eventing champions Koyuna Sun Dancer (winner of the **** Adeleyde International Event 2010) , Koyuna Sun Shine and Koyuna Sun Storm are all by Brilliant Invader. Koyuna Sun Dancer and Koyuna Sun Shine have also been selected to the 2011 Elite Eventing Squad. Brilliant Invader‘s potential as a jumping sire shines through his pedigree. Brilliant Invader also sired World Cup show jumpers Pirate, Mitavite Imperial, Gingernut, Scarlett and Dunstan Flower Power, as well as several other quality horses, to rank second on the NZ jumping sires list with just 10 offspring competing. Flower Power is the dam of Dunstan Delphi, sold for mega dollars by Katie McVean to Saudi Interests, recently, after placing sixth in the World Cup final for show jumpers in Germany. Type your paragraph here.
Delamarie Cleopatra was bred by well known eventing identity and Olympic (Eventing) level dressage judge Polly Anne Huntingdon. She was bought as a young horse by Eve Muir and was very successful under saddle in showing and jumping. She also won an Australia wide competition for show jumping technique in which judges travelled around Australia to assess horses. She went on to be a very successful brood mare, siring outstanding horses with great temperament. She was specifically chosen by the Newton-Wordsworth Family to breed to Brilliant Invader because of her excellent breeding, temperament and record under saddle.
Delamarie Cleopatra was sired by Attilla Rex. Attilla Rex was an one of John Fahey’s A Grade showjumpers. Attilla Rex is by King – a black Oldenburger who also sired Abduel an advanced eventer and many other excellent horses for dressage and eventing. King (Oldenburg, Germany, Reg 4420 70 1970, 17hh Black. Dec 1990) passed his 100 day performance test in Germany and was a medium graded dressage horse after a limited Australian competitive career. He consistently sired oustanding competition horses with presence and ability; among them Lost My Sock (advanced dressage), Abduel (advanced eventing) and Siam, talented showjumper.
*Delamarie Cleopatra’s dam was a thoroughbred mare chosen as a broodmare by Polly Anne Huntingdon, who is herself a successful breeder and judge of eventing horses.