Marcus, the youngest member of the OBF stallion string has one of the most interesting and impressive show jumping pedigree's of all. Within three generations of Marcus you find Indoctro, Clinton and Heartbreaker; in 2015 these incredible stallions were all ranked by the WBFSH to be among the top jumper sires worldwide.
Marcus is a beautiful modern-type stallion who was awarded the excellent score of 80 for overall impression (type) by the Belgian Warmblood Judges in 2016. Of note was his "good conformation and proportional topline, correct legs, good supple walk and good expression". For jumping, he also received a very high score of 84 with the following comments "Good supple balanced canter, Very good attitude and ability, good technique and use of neck and back." Marcus was subsequently approved as a four year old BWP / NAD Stallion. He also started his show jumping career as a four year old, working his way up in the jumper ring where he makes it look like a walk in the park. He is brave, quick and light, and loves to jump cleanly. His riders say Marcus is fun and uncomplicated to ride. He is also kind, safe and sensible to work around.
In 2017 Marcus will have his third crop of foals on the ground. He seems to have a strong propensity to throw size. All foals have bell well put together, simple to handle and have easy going temperaments.
Marcus's sire Indoctro is one of the greatest producers of world class show jumpers. The following offspring competed at the Olympics: Vedor, Casadora, VDL Orestus, Don Porfirio and Nike. At the most recent World Equestrian Games five offspring of Indoctro participated: Vedor, Valentino Velvet, Ulano, Gemini and Imothep. With Darragh Kenny, Imothep finished 12th individually and was impressive with several victories and clear rounds in Nations Cups in 2014. Indoctro has sired a significant number of ‘Ster’, ‘Keur’ and ‘Elite’ mares and has several approved sons. Indoctro is ranked 12th (2015) in the WBFSH Rankings for Show Jumping Sires. Indoctro is the 3rd in the Swedish index with 159. Jumping index Germany: 148. Jumping index Holland: 133.
Marcus's grandsire on the dams side is Clinton who is also ranked as one of the top jumper sires by the WBFSH and USEF. Ridden by Dirk Demeersman, Clinton himself was a phenomenon in the international showjumping ring, while in breeding, he is perhaps of even greater class. The son of the legendary Corrado I competed at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004, won the Grand Prix of Lummen and finished second in both the Grand Prix and the Nations Cup at CHIO Aachen. Clinton’s world-class qualities are a result of his strong pedigree, sired by the Corrado I out of a dam by Masetto, which carries the genes of both Moltke and Cottage Son xx. In breeding, Clinton is unrivaled as the sire of more than 50 licensed stallions, including the KWPN-approved Eldorado van de Zeshoek TN, Zacharov TN and Whitaker. But the most striking is of course the already legendary top sire Cornet Obolensky, who jumped at the highest level with Marco Kutscher and is placed third on the 2015 WBFSH Sire Ranking for Showjumpers.
Marcus's great grandsire on the dams side is the legendary Heartbreaker who was declared ‘Preferent’ in 2009 because of his successful offspring in the international scene. Heartbreaker himself was successful at Grand Prix level with Peter Geerink and is placed number 6 on the 2015 WBFSH-ranking for jumping sires. His influence in worldwide breeding is enormous. In the KWPN-studbook he has already 9 approved sons and 14 approved grandsons. In the international scene many of his offspring are competing at the highest level. One of the best this season was Bertram Allen’s Romanov II, who won four Grand Prix’ (Bordeaux, Dortmund, La Baule and Paris). Also his offspring VDL Groep Zidane, ridden by Leopold van Asten, and the approved stallions Cidane, Toulon, Zambesi and Actionbreaker are doing very well. Heartbreaker is also the grandfather of world champion Earley. His grandchildren Hello Sanctos and Admara are both in the lead in the WBFSH-Rankings 2016. Heartbreaker is now 27-years-old and only available in breeding via the very costly icsi-method.