||1. TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT WHO INDIANO XVIII IS? (BLOODLINE, BREEDER, SHOW RECORD, AGES, SIZE, ETC.)
"*INDIANO XVIII is a stallion, born in 1985 in Spain, bred by Don Joaquin Conesa Conesa of the farm called Nobleza del Guadiana. This horse actually represents the blood of the Romero Benitez line, as both his sire and dam were of that lineage - and through them, he is heavily "Bocado" or "Cartujano" in his ancient and modern origins. He is 16.1 hands tall, with a pearly white coat and thin skin displaying his pure heritage. He was presented as an adult in Spain at six important morphological (conformation) shows and at each of these he won first prize, gold medal, and champion of the breed. On two occasions he was supreme champion of functionality as well.
|2. WHEN DID YOU FIRST SEE INDIANO, AND WHERE WAS HE?
He was purchased by Federico Jimenez Sainz in Mexico in 1993/94, and after a short sojourn in Costa Rica, on his way to Mexico, he arrived at Hacienda Santa Lucia in Tabasco. It was here in April of 1994 that a group of friends, who had heard by the grapevine of his arrival, went to experience this legendary horse for themselves. The beauty of this stallion was well known, but it was at this occasion that his extreme movement was demonstrated and taped - to the awe and astonishment of all present -including his new owner! Vaughan Smith ran with him, and although he was very impressive a in the covered arena, it wasn't until Vaughan took him outside (in 100 degree heat, with 95% humidity) that he really came alive. We were all so excited at what we saw, we ran them both until they almost expired. It was the skill of Vaughan and his connection with this extraordinary horse that so gloriously demonstrated his full potential and nobility that magic day in the lush green jungle forum in Tabasco.
3. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO BRING HIM TO THE US, OVER SOME OTHER STALLION?
*INDIANO was used to cover a large percentage of the mares of Hacienda Santa Lucia (particularly those of "BOCADO" blood) in 1994 and 1995. In 1997, Federico and Antonio Jimenez offered me the opportunity to stand this horse at stud in the United States in their name. I had been pretty obsessed with getting access to the horse, and jumped at the chance. INDIANO arrived in February and he was available to approved Spanish mares and approved Sport Horse mares that year, at a fairly substantial stud fee. He was heavily insured to cover his extremely high initial purchase price, and during this time he bred 28 Spanish mares, as well as 6 important Hanovarian, Selle Francais, Oldenberg and Thoroughbred mares. He was not needed immediately back in Mexico, as Hacienda Santa Lucia had by then purchased another stallion in Spain that they had been trying to acquire for years.
4. WHO ARE THE SYNDICATE MEMBERS, AND HOW WERE THEY PICKED?
Late 1997 or early 1998, there was an almost unbelievable opportunity to purchase this horse. The syndicate that was hastily assembled to achieve this was: Lanys Kaye-Eddie (Managing Partner), Barbara Currie, Barbara Clark/Lynette DesMarais, Gina Rae Hogan, Glen and Sharon Hittner and Vaughan Smith. Subsequently the participation of Lynette DesMarais of White Magik Farm has been purchased by Dave and Jackie Suechting of Camass Andaluz. Recently the Shane of Barbara Cluth has been purchased by John and Ellen Mooney. (2002)
5. WHAT YEAR DID HE COME TO THE US?
As I mentioned he came early in 1997, together with a shipment of Hacienda Santa Lucia young horses for sale. He was shipped through Laredo, Texas through the USDA quarantine facility there, and then came by commercial hauler to California.
6. DID HE EVER SHOW, AND IF SO, HOW WELL DID HE DO?
As I mentioned previously, this horse showed extensively in Spain. He also showed in Mexico, with equal success. His breeding career in 1997 in the US was so full that we only showed him twice, at Best Movement, once in Ventura and once at the California Regional Show in Costa mesa, both of which he won. I did make the mistake of taking him to the Nationals after he had been rather seriously injured by a kick from a mare, and he was pretty unsound however he still was Reserve Champion in the Best Movement Class. We have also shown him in a couple of parades in California. He is very well trained and a joy to ride, either in company, or on the trail. He has participated in the Rose Parade of 2002 and also has had a 'bit' part in an NBC series.
7. EXPLAIN HOW THE SYNDICATE WORKS (i.e. THAT ONLY HIS FOALS ARE AVAILABLE, THAT HE IS NOT STANDING AT STUD TO OPEN MARES)?
The Syndicate was formed so that we could keep this stallion in the US. Because of the extreme number of mares bred in 1997, it was decided that it would not be appropriate for one stallion to represent such a disproportionate percentage of the PRE production in the US each year and for that reason, it was decided that he would only stand to the mares of the owners of the Syndicate. As Managing Partner, I am able to offer 3 outside breedings each year, in order to finance INDIANO's insurance, veterinary and maintenance costs. There have also been a few "live-foal guarantee" breedings done to honor previous contracts.
8. HOW MANY FOALS DOES HE HAVE ON THE GROUND IN THE US AND MEXICO?
The records of the Cria Caballar show as of 1998, 30 offspring inscribed/revised in Spain, 30 offspring in Mexico, l Costa Rica and in the US 11 offspring inscribed. In the US his stallion reports show 1997 through 2000 - 98 purebred mares bred, and 12 non PRE mares bred. (Of course, not every breeding results in live foal production, so it is probable this number is quite a bit less in the US realistically more like 75 purebred foals perhaps.)
9. HAVE HIS FOALS DONE ANYTHING EXCITING?
His oldest foals in the US are coming 5. Two lovely mares were imported from Mexico, with him. OLIVA is almost 6 years old, and is currently under dressage training at Camass Andaluz - she has shown very successfully a number of times. NAVILA (INDIANO XVIII x MENSAJERA II), a 5 year old mare (whose dam is a pure Romero Benitez - and actually a half sister of my REGALADO II) who was owned by Lee Lochhead, and was shown in Ventura and Costa Mesa, was (happily!) purchased by Gremlan Farms. Barbara Clark showed her wonderful 4 year old colts from INDIANO both at the Celebration in Las Vegas, and also at the National Show of IALHA in Fort worth this year. Barbara Currie's AMERICA, (INDIANO XVIII x MALVINA IV) showed at the Celebration in Las Vegas, as well as INCOGNITO of the Colemans. Others have also been shown at other venues, but I have not actually kept track of them, as they are all owned by other individuals. America and Niza have been exported to Mexico.
10. WHAT TYPE OF FOALS IS HE PRODUCING AND WHAT KIND OF PRICES ARE THEY DEMANDING?
Most of the foals of INDIANO are not for sale as they are a precious resource for new breeding programs. A few of the foals produced in the year that he stood at stud for Hacienda Santa Lucia have come onto the market for one reason and another, and have sold for above average prices. None of the mares that are his daughters in Mexico are for sale, and in fact, Federico Jimenez has purchased back into his breeding program a number of mares, both here and in Mexico - he is still trying to do this. Even though INDIANO XVIII is grey, and his immediate pedigree does not show where the color comes from this stallion produces a large percentage of bay offspring, either from bay or grey mares. He has produced atleast 4 blacks also. His extraordinary son PARIS JIM (INDIANO XVIII x ENEIDA) is now breeding at Hacienda Santa Lucia. We have observed that some of his foals are slow to mature - but it is worth the wait!
11. IS IT POSSIBLE TO BUY INTO THE SYNDICATE?
The INDIANO SYNDICATE consists of members who are all in awe of this stallion and have his best interest, present and future, in their hearts. There has been one change of membership - but there is no formal provision for additional members. We are open to special requests for special circumstances. The members are dedicated more to the health, happiness and comfort of this extraordinary horse rather than commercial return. We all have a serious "crush" on him, and all the members compete to have him spend his free time with them!
12. WHAT DO YOU HOPE, LONG-TERM, HIS GENETIC MATERIAL WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE PURE SPANISH ANDALUSIAN FOUND IN THE UNITED STATES?
At Nobleza del Guadiana in Spain, 60% of the this important and sought after mare band are related to INDIANO, through his daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters. In many cases INDIANO was bred to half sisters to cement this line. One of his sons, FARAON XXIX is currently covering mares at Nobleza del Guadiana. This stallion won 1st prize at the World Congress as well as the Gold Medal, Champion of the Breed, and absolute Champion of Functionality. “When INDIANO was originally exported from Spain, there was considerable resistance to his leaving, as it was thought that horses of that quality should stay in Spain. Two important breeders in Spain have indicated that they would happily buy him bar to return to his country of birth if there were an opportunity at any time." His breeder, D. Joaquin Conesa Conesa states that "this horse marked a glorious epoch" in the history of his farm., Those who know this horse all believe that the PRE horse in the US will have been improved in the long term and the short term by the blood of this "Lion of Spain".