Top Broodmare: Fresh Direct Corlato

Many of the world's top breeders are adamant that the mare is more vital to the production of a top-class foal than the sire - and who are we to argue?
As well as her genetic input, every broodmare will imprint characteristics on her foal such as behaviour and temperament and if she has also performed at top level, the chances are that the foal could inherit her agility, scope or movement.
Name:Fresh Direct Corlato
Breeding:by Corlato I out of a Locato mare

Corlato went to Tim Stockdale as a five-year-old and they were among the most consistent combinations in international show jumping over the past years - including making a fairytale comeback from a horsebox crash, then a fall at the water jump in Lisbon that left Tim with broken ribs and "Ruby" with a cracked shoulder. But this tough 17.1hh mare bounced back in typical fashion and made Tim's dream of an Olympic appearance come true in 2008, when she was the highest placed British horse individually. However, a serious tendon injury in 2009 when competing at Spruce Meadows in Canada led to Ruby's retirement to the paddocks.

"What made Ruby special is that she always rose to the occasion. She was incredibly careful and never wanted to touch a fence, but like many mares, she could also be stubborn", said Tim, adding that Ruby often refused to load and on one memorable occasion when she refused to be loaded onto a plane, the travelling crate had to be dismantled and rebuilt around her.

Ruby's bloodlines are full of champions. She is by Corofino I, a stallion who received 10 for jumping at his four-year-old performance test and later jumped internationally with Italian Valerio Sozzi. Her dam carries plenty of Thoroughbred blood, as she is by Locato, a son of the British-bred Ladykiller, who sired countless graded sport horse stallions in Europe.

Originally published on 30th August 2011