THE legendary stallion, Ramiro B continues to make a huge impact on the equestrian world despite passing away at the end of last year.
And to celebrate his supremacy in the world of Sport Horse Breeding this year’s Equitop Bolesworth Young Horse Championship is holding an Elite Ramiro B Auction on the Wednesday evening (14th August 2019).
The auction will focus on outstanding youngstock sired by Ramiro B and includes foals, yearlings, two-year-olds and three-year-olds.
Born in Belgium and produced in Ireland, Ramiro B is a top event and show jumping sire who has always been in high demand.
But why is he so special?
The start of the stallion’s life began through small-time Belgian breeder Ludo Janssens in 1994. Ludo then sold him at an auction at three-years-old to Maurice Cousins at Barnadown Stud in the winter of 1997/98.
This is where he was first produced as a young horse and established him as one to remember.
One of Ramiro’s first notable successes was when he claimed the prestigious Dundrum, four-year-old championships at Kerrygold Horse Show in 1998. Maurice continued producing him, collecting triumphs at the Irish Indoor Spring Championships as a four-year-old, the Royal Dublin Horse Show four-year-old showjumping final and the Cavan five-year-old showjumping class in 1999.
The talented stallion was consistently successful as a young horse and went from success to success which is a feature he passes onto his offspring. His potential was recognised early, knowing he had a big future ahead of him he was brought on quietly and nurtured with a lot of time and care.
Another great achievement and claim to fame in Ramiro B’s career was competing internationally with Edward Doyle. The duo recorded a number of Grand Prix wins, including the 2002 North Wexford Grand Prix and bagged many high-profile placings both in Ireland and internationally.
Ramiro B mixed his competing with covering mares, this focused horse never let this phase him and he could easily cover the day before a competition, still being easy to ride the next day.
Ramiro B’s pedigree includes Belgian Warmblood and Holstein stallion and is 40% thoroughbred. Being 40% thoroughbred adds quality movement and jump and without fail passes on his willing and winning mentality, making him a very commercial choice for every level of breeder.
Owner Nina Barbour says one of the many fantastic qualities that Ramiro B has was his temperament and his foals tend to take his nature instead of the dam’s, meaning he can improve on the traits of any mare.
The temperament of a Ramiro B youngster always comes through which is something truly special and sought after, rideability and courage is seen in his youngstock and is appreciated by producers who are looking to breed from a talented mare who would be improved by being less sharp.
Ramiro B not only had competition success under his belt that he passes on to his offspring, he also has the quality of exceptionally good looks and fantastic form.
He was the first horse to be have been made an ambassador with the BWP studbook which is down to his phenomenal breeding record. With more than 100 mares in 2016 he was one of the most popular eventing stallions in the UK.
Ramiro B’s progeny continuously top the sales; in the 2014 Go for Gold sale a three-year-old Ramiro B gelding made €53,500 (£42,000) and in the 2015 Go for Gold sale, the two highest priced three-year-olds were also Ramiro B sons making €42,000 and €36,000. There is no wonder he is in high demand.
His offspring are competing at the highest level. With progeny excelling at CCI3/4* level which include Ballynoe Castle RM (Top 20 in 4 x CCI 4*), Cooley Master Class, Cooley SRS, Cooley Again, Cooley Earl, Noble Bestman and Westwinds Hercules.
Also a prolific sire of international show jumpers, he is the sire of Ramiro Cruise, Heracross and successful Nations Cup horse and approved stallion Samgemjee.
Oliver Townend, the world number one, made history at the Land Rover Kentucky Horse Trials after returning to the 2019 event with the Ramiro B sired, Cooley Master Class to secure the title two years in a row.
Cooley Master Class was sourced by Richard Sheane from Cooley Farm, in Ireland who said:
“In my opinion, Ramiro B is without doubt one of the best sires of event horses that the world will ever see. The results of his progeny, at the very highest level of the sport, prove this time and time again. He consistently stamps his stock with phenomenal movement, jump, temperament and blood. Cooley Farm would not be where it is today without Ramiro B’s help!”