Dutch father and son to wow the crowds

  • Elite KWPN dressage sire Ferro and his licensed son Lorenzo CH, who is owned and ridden by British grand prix rider Wayne Channon (pictured), will be coming together to perform a unique pas de deux at the 2005 KWPN stallion licensing later this week.

    The Ferro demonstration at the stallion licensing in ‘s Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, promises to be very special, reports the specialist dressage site, eurodressage.com. Four Ferro mares will take centre stage under saddle, before the two stallions are ridden in a pas de deux to music from The Godfather.

    Ferro, now aged 18, is one of only a handful of horses who have scored more than 80% at international level, while his 12-year old son Lorenzo CH (Ferro x Wolfgang) is one of his best performing progeny currently competing.

    Channon, a reserve rider for the British Athens Olympic squad, lives in Belgium and is a great fan of the Ferro bloodline, believing his progeny inherit their sire’s considerable natural talent.

    “The pair [Ferro and Lorenzo CH] are so striking and similar in the way they look,” Channon tells eurodressage.com. “Both have a very strong piaffe-passage and great pirouettes. Ferro tends to produce the conformation for a grand prix horse. A good piaffe-passage is inherited, but you get it out through training.”

    “For me it’s a great compliment to ride a pas de deux with Ferro and it will be fun to do it.”

    The British rider also has several youngsters from this line at his stable in Belgium, including a three-year-old Ferro x Don Primero, a yearling Ferro x Sultan and yearling Rousseau x Whinny Jackson.

    Channon and Lorenzo CH have competed at four World Cup Qualifiers this season, and are looking forward to the outdoor season, with plans to compete in Saumur, Wiesbaden, Barzago and Lipica, to qualify for the European Championships in Moscow.

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