Sire: CHECKMATE is a beautiful, 16.3hh stallion with a lovely expression; he is very modern with correct conformation. A good mover, with three good gaits, Checkmate has a superb jump, with excellent technique/form and clearly shows a lot of scope. He also displays a good temperament and is very nice to work with. Checkmate made his hunter debut at Milner Downs in Langley, BC and was Baby Green Champion. He finished his 70-day test at Silver Creek Farm in OK, USA, finishing 3rd in the jumping with a score of 121.18, his dressage score was 106.96 (6th) and he finished 6th overall with a 113.36. Some highlights include: character 9.5, temperament 9.0, willingness to work 9.5, gallop/canter 8.25, walk 8, trot 7.5, free jumping 9, stadium jumping 8.5, cross country jump 8.5, cross country gallop 8.5, and rideability 8. Checkmate`s sire CHECK IN became the 2005 OS Reserve Champion Stallion, finished his 30-day test in Redefin with a final score of 9.08 with emphasis on jumping, was awarded the I-b premium in 2007, won a Bundeschampionat qualifier with a score of 9.2 in 2008 and has meanwhile collected ribbons in the international Youngster Tour.
Dam: BEARSLITTLEWHISPER sold in 2006 at the Keeneland sale for $62,000 and boasts career earnings of $52,000. She is sired by Breeders Cup winner ALPHABET SOUP (earnings $2.9 million). Bearslittlewhisper is as sweet as they come. She has a lovely hunter look and movement with impeccable conformation and temperament. She retired from racing at the age of seven and is now contributing to the hunter/jumper and eventing disciplines as a broodmare. Her first foal by AUTOCRAT is now six and is competing internationally in a professional barn on the eventing circuit. He is placing at the prelim level in his second year in the sport. Bearslittlewhisper passes on her best qualities to her offspring which is not only visible physically, but very evident in their wonderful minds and sweet personalities.
Notes: FIANCHETTO TF (aka Russell) is a stunning gelding with excellent conformation and an exemplary temperament. He shows impressive potential to succeed in any direction. Russell has an amateur-friendly temperament with movement and conformation for the professional, sure to stand out in the ring with his eye-catching, rose grey colouring. Russell has been properly handled since birth. He leads, ties, stands for the farrier, and is up-to-date on deworming and vaccinations, as well as being on a balanced, careful feeding program.