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Betty Boop (sold)

“Betty Boop” 25/4/13 Filly foal, Coloured, by Callahos Benicio (Bellisimo M) out of Rodile, by Samber.

Another athletic foal with superb limbs, good bone and joints, and a very pleasing neck and topline. She is showing good use of her limbs and forearm, just like her sire Benicio.

In October 2007 Callaho stud travelled to the Hanoverian Stallion Körung in Germany to source a Bellisimo M colt with which to bolster their dressage breeding program, having been extremely impressed by the sons and track record of this exciting sire. At his 30-day stallion performance test at Zweibrucken (2002), Bellisimo cast a shadow over his peers with a final dressage score of 9.63, the highest ever awarded to a stallion at the time. He then went on to win the 4yr old Bundeschampionate in Warendorf. His first foal crop yielded eleven licensed sons, Reserve and Champion mare at the German nationals.

Benicio, a burnt chestnut with flashy white markings. Although still immature, we were convinced by Benicio’s excellent basic paces and an exemplary, if unfashionable, dam-line. His mother, St.Pr.Valencia, was Reserve Champion Mare in Germany in 2002 and also produced the Champion Foal at the German Championships, Benicio’s full brother. Damsire Velten Third was an International Dressage competitor himself and his sire in turn, Velten Sohn, was the most successful dressage stallion of his day and competed at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

After his approval Benicio was brought to South Africa. Two years later however, convinced by the high quality of his foals and to do justice to his extraordinary potential for advanced level dressage, he returned to Germany to be professionally trained by Anna-Sofie Fiebelkorn and to earn his full breeding license for the Hanoverian Studbook.

The rest is History: this remarkable partnership escalated Benicio out of nowhere to win the 2011 6yr old German Bundeschampionate and the Stallion Performance Test at Schliekau with perfect 10’s for walk, trot and canter. His final score for the dressage section, 9.88, superseded even that of his father and is the highest score ever achieved in the history of the stallion performance test. Coupled to his faultless rideability and character, this incomparable stallion has captivated the European dressage and breeding community.


Samber is the only Dutch stallion of pinto coloring ever to be an approved by KWPN as a breeding stallion and is in the KWPN STUD Book in Holland.

Samber, is out of the also famous black tobiano Preferant Dutch mare Tina D and is known worldwide for his tremendous versatility, athletic scope, and extraordinary disposition.

Although the KWPN is not a `fan` of coloureds, by grading Samber 20 years ago in 1979 it gave this horse credibility and therefore his stock were desirable from the word `go` as his offspring were the first fully registered coloured performance bred horses. Since the approval of Samber, no other coloured stallion has gained entry into the KWPN (many have tried!) and perhaps this will only happen when Samber is deceased. With this knowledge in mind, other coloureds residing in Holland have taken the route of the NRPS, due to its perceived easier criteria for acceptance.

A brown tobiano born 2nd April 1976, measuring 1.68m (16.2 hands) with 22cm bone (83/4"), bred by Mr H Smilda at Roden in Holland.

In 1979 Samber passed his 100 day performance test, with a 10 for character and temperament, he gained an overall 160.2 points and an A Certificate. At this point he was purchased by Mr Vrieling Senior and has remained in the ownership of the Vrieling family for the whole of his life.

Samber proved himself in competition in the early to mid eighties and reached Grand Prix level in dressage and Z level (BSJA Grade A) in showjumping.

Samber`s dam TINA D, the black tobiano preferent mare by Ordonnans, a son of Ornament, is also a legend in her own right. In 1983 at the age of 19 she paraded at the UTV National Mare Show with some of her offspring including Samber. At that time she had brought 16 foals into the world, several of which were tobianos.

Samber`s sire PERICLES was born in 1962, measuring 1.67m (just under 16.2 hands). British bred from the West Grinstead Stud, he stood for one year in 1968 under the H.I.S. scheme, and prior to this ran 14 times, won 2 races and was placed in 3. In 1976 he attained Keur status and in 1977, preferent and died in 1987. He covered over 200 mares a year and during his eighteen years at stud, a total of 2,600 mares.

It is said that Pericles himself competed in Open jumping whilst in the Netherlands, and that his offspring generally did well in sport and breeding. British breeding "die-hards" will console themselves with the thought that the world`s most famous coloured sire is, after all, half British! Samber`s influence as an international performance sire: Not just the stallion descendants of Samber, but also the mares and the geldings are proving themselves in all the Olympic disciplines.

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