Vision Morinda (renamed Re Vision
Morinda Z) was born in the purple on the 17th of June
2009. She is a daughter of Ringo and Scarlett Fontanel by
Diamant de Sémilly.
Scarlett’s mother, and thus Vision’s grandmother, Fantine du
Defey (Elite CSO) is the grand daughter of the famous INULA, the
Grand Prix mare ridden by Jacques Bonnet, and uterine sister of
that very great champion FLAMBEAU C, and above all of the famous
CAMERA, by Rantzau, who produced amongst others the stallion Muguet
du Manoir. One of the best Selle Francais families. Vision is the
result of an embryo transfer which gave her a twin brother, Vidocq
Morinda (ISO 125 as a five year old and today a stallion, sold to
Belgium), born to another surrogate mother.
She is also the most extraordinary Tobiano mare we have ever
seen. She caused quite a shock when she arrived in the world.
No-one was expecting Vision, who doesn’t have a single drop of
Appaloosa blood in her veins, to have inherited a coat that is so
far from the normal. She is a ‘fleabitten’ Pie, and the most
astonishing aspect is that the fleabites, which are incredibly
numerous, are also present on her blaze and stockings.
One theory, suggested by a breeder, is as follows : “Vision
Morinda comes from Flambeau C’s bloodline. Take a look at his
photos, and you’ll see that he had little chestnut spots on his
blaze and socks. These coat markings seem common in his origins,
because I had a chestnut mare whose papers were ¾ identical to
those of Flambeau, with what I used to call ‘peas’. She had lots of
chestnut spots on her blaze and socks, and also a lot of tiny
‘peas’ of white on her othewise chestnut coat. When I say ‘peas’,
they were well defined circles about the size of real peas (the
vegetable) and not just scattered white hairs. So perhaps this
explains Vision’s coat coloration!”.
This theory is probably the right one. A big thank you for that!
In any case, genetics can have some nice surprises in store for
breeders of coloured horses.
We were prepared for everything, except, perhaps, to see the
arrival of an ‘English Setter’.
In April 2014, “Re Vision Morinda Z” had a well marked male Pie
with lots of bone by the excellent Canturo. We have named him
Cantor Morinda Z. This big colt is full of spirit
and we are hopiing he is going to turn out to be out of the
ordinary. Cantor Morinda Z, has been sold for 65,000 Euros at the
Fences Elite Sales in August 2017. He is off for the USA.
Vision was inseminated in 2014 by Troubadour d'Aurel (Troubadour
By Wisbecq), and a superb filly was born on the 25th of April 2015;
welcome to Triskele Morinda Z, just as sweet natured as her
In 2016 Vision was sent to a young 4 year old stallion whose
papers had seduced us, Cambiaso Massuere. He is none other than a
son of the famous LONDON (ridden by Gerco Schroder
and named Eurocommerce London then Glock’s London). His mother is a
daughter of l'Arc de Triomphe and Estrella Del Dia, who is herself
none other than the mother of NERVOSO. We learnt with great sorrow
of the passing of this beautiful stallion at the end of 2016.
Vision gave us a splendid filly on 2 April, 2017, Houston TX
Morinda, renamed Calgary H Morinda Z, with a
chestnut coat and absolutely exceptional paces: she could be
directed towards Dressage, even though she has evidently been born
for show jumping. Houston/Calgary has a personality of pure gold,
and plenty of energy
Vision is in foal for 2021 to the phenomenon
‘DIARADO’, a son of the founding father
Diamant de Sémilly. Diarado, as many of you will
know, has been called ‘the black diamond of Holstein’ where he
gained spectacular marks when he was approved as a stallion. Their
future foal should be absolutely SUPERB. And it turns out to be a
Pie (Skewbald)...it will be, as far as we know, the only coloured
And you’ll see that as well as Diarado being a son of Diamant,
Vision is herself a grand daughter of Diamant through her mother
Scarlett Fontanel, so the foal will have an inbreeding on the
famous DIAMANT DE SEMILLY.
Her sire, Ringo, has an interesting bloodline
as he is inbred to Samber (the Grand Prix Dressage
horse), the only coloured stallion to have been included in the
KWPN studbook. He is to be found in Ringo’s pedigree, along with
his full sister, Wanda.
But through Samber and Wanda, Ringo is also inbred to
Pericles xx (who you can find three times in his
papers). Pericles is one of the two XX stallions (with Lucky Boy
xx) who were the best KWPN producers. He was named ‘Keur’ in 1976
and ‘Preferent’ in 1977.
PIA, the mother of ULFT (Le
Mexico x Pericles xx) is the ‘must have’ daughter of Pericles. And
ULFT is the father of FERRO, amongst others. OLYMPIC FERRO, the
legendary crack dressage horse (‘Preferent’).
ULFT’s produce is phenomenal, to be found in numerous pedigrees
of top competition horses in both CSO and dressage. He’s present,
for example, in the pedigree of the renowned HICKSTEAD, who was, in
his time, the best horse in the world.
Scarlett Fontanel represents the famous cross
between Diamant de Sémilly and
Laudanum, which produced, amongst others,
Lavillon (who won, amongst other titles, the team
World Championship in 2002).
Prematurely dead, she had three other offspring who turned out
well : the stallion Vidocq Morinda in Belgium, Graf Diamant Z (ISO
140) and Agramant Fontanel.
Her daughters Colomba du Lys as well as Vision Morinda continue
Fantine du Defey , classified “Elite CSO” by
the French Haras Nationaux, is the grand-daughter of the celebrated
Inula, the Grand Prix mare of Jacques Bonnet and uterine sister of
the supreme champion FLAMBEAU C, as are other
international horses (Roi du Manoir, Jupiter AK and the famous
CAMERA, by Rantzau who sired, amongst others, the
stallion Muguet du Manoir).
TESS DU DEFEY, by the founding father
URIEL and INULA had 17 offspring
of which 12 were ranked. Notably Bel Ami du Defey (Almé), an
international winner as a 7 year old, and now a stallion.
Coriolan du Defey (Almé), who held the Fences
sales record. He was the horse of the year in the USA as a five
year old, then was bought by an amator to become a Hunter...
Eponine du Defey (Laudanum), champion of the Aqutaine league and
then a brood mare, and Fantine du Defey (Elite
CSO, ISO 134), two full sisters with excellent production in both
show jumping and eventing. Nans Fontanel (ISO 136)...
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