Figaro, a proven international PERFORMANCE INDIVIDUAL and PERFORMANCE SIRE!
He is a tall and elegant but powerful horse with charisma observed even from a distance. We saw him in Denmark in 2010, and we just knew this was a future stallion to boost our stud to an international level. Although he was not on the market and had one owner throughout his career we kept on dreaming! The stars aligned and it was made possible by the late Ruth Sartor, the owner of Figaro at that stage, a few years later. Figaro is the most perfect stallion with his loud exterior, adorable doll-like face with soft eyes and a very kind nature. Figaro was awarded a lifetime licensing from the KNN (Knabstrupper foreningen af Danmark) during his performance testing in Vilemsborg in 2002. This is a very rigorous test that includes several tests such as conformation evaluation, dressage and jumping tests, endurance ability, willingness to work and temperament.
He obtained the following marks making him one of the highest scoring stallions in that year:
Willingness to work: 10
Figaro was also the highest scoring purebred stallion at the KNN Jubilee Show in 2001, where judges commented that he is “an elegant and particularly important stallion for the Knabstrupper breed”.
Not many of the Knabstruppers we see today have successfully completed their KNN performance testing. Although we only have about 35 stallions in the world with this prestigious award, Figaro af Hallunbaek is the sire of more than 11% of them as given by the 2012 international KNN stallion list. This has not been achieved by any other stallion up to date, making Figaro a top-producer of performance horses. Most of his licensed sons, more than 85%, are true leopards.
Stallions sired by Figaro who achieved this award:
Ejstrups Sirocco KNN 207 with an overall score of 792.86
Sartors Battle of Hastings KNN 197 (749)
Sartors Combat Warrior II KNN 209 (770.36)
Sheik af Hallundbaek KNN 202 (786.67)
Figaro is also a half-sibling to two of the approved lifetime licensed stallions on the 2012 list as given by the official KNN namely:
Alladin af Hallundbaek KNN145
Ravaldi KNN 142
Other notable approved stallions by Figaro include:
Morpheus G, APPROVED stud stallion, standing in the United States; he passed his approval with AWS in 2005 and RPSI in August 2006.
Sartor’s Victory, APPROVED stud stallion, standing at stutteri-ml in Norway.
Lori’s Flash Point af Lyn, APPROVED stud stallion, standing in Australia at Cayuse stud. Flash Point has been proven to uphold the performance name by scoring an overall 8 out of 10 at the German championships as a youngster.
Figaro has been imported at an elderly age and we would like him to enjoy his retirement years in SA and be known as a legend, as he is known by horse enthusiasts all over the world who has met him or owns a sibling, half-sibling or progeny by him. He has been shown briefly at a few of the ‘big” shows in SA during the year of importation where he managed to obtain several top titles in dressage and showing.
We consider Figaro as a VERY valuable asset not only to us, but to SA. We are honoured and blessed to know a horse like this for no one can truly own a majestic animal like Figaro. We do not sell coverings by this stallion since we would want to manage the mares he is bred to. Offspring is available to the selected few, to own one of his offspring is an honour. Each inspection we present offspring by Figaro and all of his offspring has been awarded premium status, proof of a consistent sire.
Rasmus af Hallundbaek, Ramus af Halluandbaek, lifetime approved black leopard Knabstrupper stallion, KNN 119, standing at 163 cm. Rasmus, a remarkable founding Knabstrupper stallion with a performance record and sire of many performance horses. Rasmus af Hallundbaek did not only ace his own performance test but showed great breeding ability as well. He has forward moving, athletic and fluid paces with a broad chest, a well-muscled neck with a natural top line and good bone structure. With his fantastic Knabstrupper temperament he is ridden in both dressage and showjumping. He has been frequently ridden by a 12-year-old rider. He is the sire of many famous sires that include Figaro af Hallundbaek, superoir equine sire with a rideability of 10, the gorgeous Aladdin, Boleo and Ravaldi, the sire of many international competing horses and of Holmgards Bastian, winner of Best Stallion at the UK 2007 KNN Grading, as well as Lucas Nørmark (Now owned by the Lee Pearson Trust) and Amadeus Normark, KNN winner that needs no introduction. Rasmus’s sire, Rasmus of Damgard KNN 67, also a well known founding sire in the Knabstrupper breed that sired Don Ibrahim that sired Xantos. Xantos, a name worth remembering forever, he produced multiple up to date champions including the famous Olympic dressage star Zanko.
Flicka, KNN 1597 black leopard Knabstrupper mare standing at 163 cm. Substantial mare and producer of high quality offspring. Approved and registered with the Knabstrupper foreningen af Danmark. Her lineage goes back to some of the original Knabstruppers that include that of Klaus KNN 47.