Top Broodmare: Fresh Direct Corlato
|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.