We are thrilled to report that our Thoroughbred stallion, The Twain, has been approved as an Oldenburg sire. We couldn't be happier for this stallion, as he truly deserves the recognition as a valuable sire for the future of our sport and for his ability to improve upon mares to produce a better athlete. His acceptance into this prestigious warmblood registry proves the importance of classic thoroughbred lines, and the need for them in all of the sport disciplines.
His sire, Green Dancer, was a stakes winner in France, winning the French Classic before retiring to stud. He went on to Kentucky for breeding, where he sired many million dollar winners, as well as steeplechase stars. Green Dancer was named the French Leading Sire in 1991.
The Twain brings the blood of NIJINSKY to the front of his papers as his grandsire. During Nijinsky’s brilliant career, he became an English Triple Crown winner, set a European earnings record, was Europe’s Horse of the Year in 1970, and was syndicated for a world-record price. He was historically important for establishing the international reputation of his sire, Northern Dancer. Retired to stud at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky, Nijinsky was the Leading Sire in Great Britain, Ireland and eventually the Leading Broodmare Sire in North America.
Sir Tristram, sire of The Twain’s dam, was the greatest Thoroughbred stud in New Zealand racing history. He was Irish-bred and raced in Ireland, England, France and also in the U.S. in the Kentucky Derby. He was then bought and retired to stud in New Zealand, where he sired over 140 stakes winners and an extraordinary 45 group one winners, including three Melbourne Cup winners. One of the most sought after performance sire lines of modern day breeding, Sir Tristram’s influence has been incredibly widespread, particularly in International Show Jumping and Eventing.
All foals by The Twain out of warmblood mares (of any accepted registry) will be eligible for testing and branding as an Oldenburg, while other breeds will be eligible for ISR.
Below are examples of some of Twain's foals out of warmblood mares born in 2017.