by Ronda Stavisky • photos by Alicia Klenk Photos
Rising Star Farm was started in Georgetown TX with the purchase of two young stallion prospects from Bannockburn Farm. Cielo B (Simsalabim/Jus de Pomme) was quickly followed by Deja Blue B (Ferro/Branco). The major focus at the time was developing the young stallions in sport so they could earn their breeding licenses with different warmblood registries and to also prove their abilities. Eventually Cielo B went to the 70 day stallion test, where he was the Champion jumper. Valentino Z (Darco/Feo) joined the stallion line up and became our flagship stallion. One of the biggest factors for the success of Rising Star Farm was the partnership with Jennifer Ramsey that began at the end of 2010. Jennifer was a successful show jumper who had represented Canada. She became the primary rider and partner in Rising Star Farm, piloting Cielo B into the upper levels. In 2011, we traveled to Belgium and purchased 3 young stallion prospects that would really put us on the map. Diabolo d’Esquelmes (Chin Chin/Carthago), Cartier R (Cassini I/Acorado) and Jus d’O (Quaprice Bois Margot/Dollar de la Pierre). Each one of these young stallions enjoyed enormous success in both the ring and in breeding.
In 2012, Rising Star Farm moved to GA and was expanded into a full service stallion station and mare and foal center. Over the years, the stallion line up expanded to include Casquino (Cash and Carry/Quinar) a Holsteiner stallion that had International jumping success, Chicardo (Clinton I/Corofino), the 70 day stallion test Reserve Champion, Figaro B (Pavarotti vd Helle/Wellington) a successful hunter, the jumper stallion Velusinus (Fuego du Prelet/Concorde), as well as guest stallions Con Capilot (Con Capitol/Pilot), Coronado WW (Orlando/Kannan), Finnick TGS (Ferro/Oskar II) and Cerulean Nightlife RID (Bridon Belfrey/Rakish Paddy). The mare band also expanded tremendously with a focus on Belgian and Holsteiner bloodlines. We began to not only ship semen, but to also offer on farm breeding and foaling services.
In partnership with Cathy Kubacak, Foremost Show Jumpers was born in 2020. Our primary breeding goals are to make the top jumper bloodlines available to breeders in North America. To this end, we have selected a group of mares that have both performance and production bloodlines that can be traced through their mother line through multiple generations. Our goal is to bring the best show jumping genetics to North America. We were extremely excited to have the opportunity to purchase Helia de Muze. Helia is by Super Trooper de Ness (himself by WEG champion Vigo d’Arsouilles) and out of Cordula de Laubry (For Pleasure/Darco) – the mare crowned the Best Broodmare in the World by Hippomundo for her outstanding production – 14 offspring jumping at 1.40m or better and 2 licensed stallion sons. Our other mares have bloodlines that include Diamant de Semilly, Chacco Blue, Cardento, Quidam de Revel, Bamako de Muze and Nabab de Reve among others. The secondary goal of Foremost Show Jumpers has been the selection of colts with performance bloodlines not readily available in North America. Over the past year, we purchased 7 young stallion prospects and are excited about the future as we develop them for the show ring and breeding. Comme il Hero Z (Comme il Faut/Kassander van’t Roosakker/For Pleasure) and Casanova vd Dassenheide Z (Cornet Obolensky/Diamant de Semilly/Laudanum XX) will be offered for breeding in 2022. They will hopefully get to spend a little time in the ring by the end of the year as well. In 2023, we will offer three new young stallions: Panama Bloom (Balou du Rouet/Animo), El Rey Optimus Z (El Barone III Z/ Vagabond de la Pomme) and LSS Ladies Man (Carthago/Plot Blue). Finally, in 2024 Tum Tum van’t Reevediep Z (Tic Tac du Seigneur/Verdi TN) and Versace v/h Reukenis (Eldorado van de Zeshoek TN/Nabab de Reve) will be developed.
Our goal is to make sure that our clients end up with the foal of their dreams. To achieve this, not only do we strive to provide exceptional stallions, but also help mare owners make the best choices for their mares. It’s important that the stallions have proven themselves in sport as well as having great temperaments, soundness and bloodlines that will benefit breeding overall in North America.