Equitop Farm is proud to introduce their stallion Portland L to Canadian breeders. Portland L, at the size of 16.2hh, is already well known throughout Europe as a successful show jumper as well as a superior sire. He was bred by the legendary Fritz Ligges (Olympic Gold Medallist), who also owned and competed with Ramiro.
Portland L was licensed as a two year
old in Muenster, Germany. As a three year old it was obvious that this stallion would
be destined for the higher levels of show jumping. He received the highest possible
score of 10 two times by his Test Riders in the Jumping Category at the 100-Day Testing.
At the ages of 5 and 6, Portland L won jumping classes of the 1.20m to 1.35m Level,
therefore qualifying for the German Federal Championships. In 2002, as a 7 yr.
old, Portland L gained to his resumé an unbelievable record of
17 wins and placings out of 18 starts at the M and S level (1.30m and 1.45m).
In his first season of competition under the German Champion Marco Kutscher
(Olympic Medallist in Athens 2004) he went on to win several S Class (highest
level) jumping tournaments of National and International niveau.
These extraordinary results came as no surprise, for Portland L is a product of
two sires of the century, Pilot and Ramiro.
sire Pilot is the idol of the Westphalian breeding program, with countless
offspring competing at the highest level of international show jumping.
statue of Pilot was erected at the Westphalian headquarters in
honor of his contribution. To name a few of his famous offspring: the international
jumpers Pirol, Panama, Pialotta
and Ludger Beerbaum's P.S.Priamos, as well as the Olympic Gold Medal winner
Portland L's dam Ranashun is by Ramiro; famous international competitor
himself and also sire of countless Grand Prix jumpers, of which the most
renowned is Beerbaum's
Ratina Z. His legend continues in his numerous successful offspring
and is highly valued by all significant breeding associations around the
The dam Ranashun is a full sister to the licensed stallion Rodney
who competed under Fritz Ligges in the International Circuit, including
the wins of many Grand Prix and
Nation's Cups. Ranashun produced 5 licensed stallions and also Sport horses
that won in S- Level show jumping, as well as in Grand Prix dressage classes.
Portland L's grandmother Usch, again was a successful performance horse in dressage,
eventing and open jumper classes. She produced besides Rodney another Ramiro daughter,
Rauna, also successful in Open Jumper Classes.
Portland L's own first crop of offspring have received a reputation of high
competency in the sport and has also already produced a licensed son. In 2003 his
eldest offspring were champions in young horse jumping classes and as 5 yr. olds have
done the same in 2004, supporting their strong buyer demand. In 2004, Pirol by
Portland L placed 6th in the FEI World Championships for Young Jumping Horses in
Lanaken, Belgium. Pirol was enrolled in the PSI Auction in December 2004 in Ankum,
Germany and sold as a 5 year old, for 155 000 Euro (Approx. $250 000).
Phyline, by Portland L,
winner of the Western Canadian Young
European breeders still have the chance to use Portland L through frozen semen
provided by Gestuet Ligges while North American breeders now have the opportunity
to breed their mares by fresh cooled semen through Equitop Farm.