At the recent Stallion Licensing and Auction in Schleswig-Holstein two sons of the Thoroughbred stallion, Oglio xx, were approved and promptly sold to Switzerland. The obvious question in my own mind was "who the heck is Oglio and how important is he to the breeding of sport horses?" The answer to that basic question has some interesting facts which I'll share with our readers.
Oglio represents the *Nasrullah line through a son named Nasram--a moderate stakes winner and sire of a mere 5 stakes winners from 107 foals. Not an obvious choice, should one be asked to quickly name a *Nasrullah son, Nasram nonetheless sired the stallion Naskra, who produced the Champion Sprinter, Star de Naskra in North America, as well as Water Bank, the sire of the one and only TB foal (now a gelding!) ever produced by Olympic Gold Medalist, Touch of Class (Touch of Class also has a filly by the Selle Francais stallion, Perrel). Water Bank is also the sire of the deceased stallion, Fable Canyon, who belonged to our own board member, Maggie Sjoberg.
In Germany, Nasram was a little more successful. There he produced Athenagoras, the sire of Oglio. A multiple stakes winner, Athenagoras was named Horse of the Year in Germany--during a career which earned him almost $2 million (dollars, not DM)--and he ranks among the leading sires of race horses in that country. His offspring include the German Champion Indica, and two-time German Champion Schwarz-Grun.
As is frequently the case with leading sires, Athenagoras is no less influential on the sport horse side. In addition to Oglio, he is represented in the Holsteiner studbook by Niclas xx, whose dam, Nathia, is a daughter of Athenagoras. Nathia also produced the Celle-licensed stallion, Natiello xx, who finished 2nd in the German Derby. The Hanoverians also feel Athenagoras' influence through his son Waldstar xx, and through the ex-Celle State stallion, Tannenhain (now in Canada).
The Trakehner stallion, Finley M, is also out of an Athenagoras daughter, Fora xx, who is regarded as one of the best Thoroughbred mares in the Trakehner breed, scoring a 10.0 for elasticity of paces and length of stride. After a successful career as a racehorse, Fora was runner up at the mare performance test in Hanover in 1987. Finley M was the Champion Stallion of the Trakehner approvals in 1992 and received a special award for best true-to-type stallion. Following the approvals he was sold at auction for DM 310,000--the second highest price ever in the 30 years of Trakehner stallion sales.
The Athenagoras son, Narew xx, is licensed by the Oldenburg, Trakehner, Hanoverian, Hessen and Mecklenburg studbooks. After a successful racing career, Narew became one of the few Thoroughbred stallions to complete the stallion performance test, earning 125 points in Performance Class I in Medingen, with a perfect 10 for his canter. Narew xx has sired three approved sons, including Nagano (two-time German Showjumping Championship finalist and sales topper of the PSI auction in 1996 at DM 1 million), and the Oldenburg licensed stallion, Nurejew.
Athenagoras' dam, Avenida, is a daughter of Neckar, who is probably best known as the sire of Vollkorn xx (who produced the important sport horse sire, Volturno) and Waidmannsdank (dam sire of Goldstern, Akzent I and Akzent II), but he is also the dam sire of Angelo xx (Angelo sired Olympic Gold Medalist, Ahlerich, and is dam sire of the modern dressage wonder sire, Rubinstein), and Federgeist xx (sire of Robert Dover's Olympic partner, Federleicht), and the Oldenburg & Westphalian licensed, Lenz xx. Neckar's sire, Ticino xx, also sired Waldenser xx (sire of Wahnfried) and Nizam xx (sire of Sherry, eventing Team Gold Medalist in Seoul, and dam sire of the Dutch jumping sire, Jasper, who produced Peter Leone's Olympic show jumping partner Crown Royal Legato).
Oglio himself is inbred to the legendary sire *Nasrullah through Nasram and the Hyperion son, Hornbeam xx (who was out of a *Nasrullah daughter named Thicket. Hornbeam sired Ecuador xx. A well known German sire of dressage horses, Ecuador is the dam sire of the Dressage World Cup Qualifier winner, DaVinci.
In addition, Oglio is inbred to Nebelwerfer (and subsequently to Nebelwerfer's sire and dam, Magnat and Newa), who sired Nebelhorn and Kaiseradler xx (sire of Windwurf xx, one of the great racehorses of the 1970s who sired Noble Roi xx, a stallion who boasts one of the highest FN breeding values for warmbloods). Nebelwerfer's sire, Magnat was the dam sire of Sinus xx, who sired many dressage and three-day horses, including Sioux, who was two-time European Eventing Champion in 1973.
Oglio himself was unraced, but he is the half-brother to stakes-placed Ordensstern, as well as the steeplechase horses, Olsen and Outfit (who, oddly enough, was bred in Ireland). Interestingly enough, his dam, Orellana, is by the Tom Fool son, Tompion. Tom Fool figures prominently in the pedigree of sport horses on both sides of the Atlantic, (including the pedigrees of three-day horses, Worth the Trust and Best Seller, and the hunter, Monday Morning). Tompion himself is probably most famous as the sire of one of America's leading sources of hunter breeding winners, Sir Thomson. Sir Thomson is undoubtedly one of the most prominent sires of conformation and International Hunter Futurity horses in North America, and is represented by both his direct offspring and his producing daughters. In 1997, Sir Thomson was ranked third by the International Hunter Futurity with offspring Futurity earnings of $95,355.50, just behind Castle Magic and Abdullah.
Oglio's second dam, *Ordensweine, was second highweighted filly on the German Free Handicap at 2. (Free Handicaps are imaginary races where the handicapper assigns weights as though all the members of a specific crop were going to the post together, consequently, the highest "weighted" horse is considered the best of that group.) *Ordensweine produced some useful stakes horses, including the steeplechase stakes winner, Oriani, who was himself 2nd Highweight colt at 2.
*Ordensweine was a daughter of Champion 3-Year-Old filly, Ordinate, and a half-sister to another Champion 3-Year-Old filly, *Ordenstreue, winner of the German Oaks, and 2nd in the German St. Leger. Another half-sister, Ordinanz, was 2nd Highweight at two and produced Ordinale (Champion 2-Year-Old filly, who was the dam of Horse of the Year, Orofino, and Champion Older Horse, Ordos) and the stakes-winning steeplechase horse, Olearius.
In summary, the female family of Oglio is both prolific and impressively talented. Coupled with the widely influential sire line of Athenagoras (through both his sons and daughters) this female family may have produced a truly interesting individual in Oglio.