Adriana van Tilburg
To understand the pedigree of Mozart des Hayettes we have to go back to the year 1967. In that year the mare Bonnie Alice (Raisin xx – Lizey x Midlander xx) was born. This mare, born in Great Britain, was SHBGB registered and jumped at the highest level under the saddle of Lionel Dunning.
Bonnie Alice came through François Mathy Sr. in the hands of Frans van Herten. He remembers her quite wel:
“The very interesting fact for Bonnie Alice was that her dam was very likely to be sired by a Shire stallion. And she jumped 1.60m and so did her daughter. To make a long story short, I came in contact with the Leones through François Mathy Sr. I only chose the best stallions for this line - that is also why I have chosen Nimmerdor for Albonnie. - and bred them, they then went to the USA.”
François Mathy Sr. tells us:
“The story of Bonnie Alice is very special. This mare had so much quality. I think she won 6 or 7 Grand Prix’s in a row. She was a daughter of one of the best racehorses of Queen Elizabeth II. The breeder of Bonnie Alice was working at the Royal Stud of the Queen. Without notifying anybody he used this very good Thoroughbred stallion for the mother of Bonnie Alice. In the end Bonnie Alice became a super mare. Leon Melchior purchased Bonnie Alice, after she finished with showing. He crossed her with Almé. I bought her daughter Albonnie and sold her to the Leone family. They left some young horses and mares at Frans van Herten and there he became the breeder of Calbonny. Later I sold Albonnie to the Haras des Hayettes.”
Haras des Hayettes
This line really has an interesting sport history. It also shows that if the genetic ability is there for sport that you have more chance for producing sporthorses. The Lauwers family explain the history of their success with this damline: “Calbonny was a daughter of the Dutch ‘Leading Sire Nimmerdor, she comes from a maternal family born in Great Britain. Purchased in foal to Concorde in 1989 through our rider at that time, Eric Flameng, who had called on a merchant friend, Pierre Willaumez. The first offspring was named PREMIER DES HAYETTES, the first in a long series of our "DES HAYETTES" breeding. Albonnie Z (1979-2006), daughter of the French ‘Leading Sire’ Almé & Bonnie Alice. With Mark Leone (USA), Albonnie has jumped at the highest level, especially in GP World Cups. Bred by Léon Melchior, she was ranked for 6 years among the 200 best in the world (WBFSH Ranking). In terms of performances, she remains Almé's best daughter by far. We purchased her at the end of her career. Bonnie Alice, Mozart’s 3rd dam, is the result of a cross between 2 thoroughbreds (Raisin x Midlander) on an indigenous mare, that's a short damline but rich in quality with about 20 victories 1.40m / 1.60m. She shined under the saddle of Lionel Dunning (GB). Also important to note, Bonnie Alice and Albonnie have jumped at World Cups and Nations Cups.”
International jumping offspring out of Calbonny:
Albonnie is the dam of Milady des Hayettes (Le Tot de Semilly) who jumped 1.50m.
The Haras des Hayettes still has the mares Quidame, Norma, Hayette, Eugénie, Nagini ainsi and Kronos. This damline is now also at the Elevage de Riverland. The mare Bonnie des Hayettes (Nabab de Rêve x Calbonny) is in their breeding program. She already produced nine offspring. Also Tequila des Hayettes is in their breeding program, she traces back to Albonnie in direct line, and has produced also 9 offspring. Also other breeders have understood the quality of this line and are making sure it will go on!