D Angelo

Everybody loves an underdog story.

So, join us with D Angelo on his way to the 2020 World Championship in Paris. Step by step we will unfold the story of this fine stallion. It is also a story about the owner, Joost of Elizar Arabians, his hopes and aims – for D Angelo but also the show scene.


The Origin

D Angelo Was Bred By Stillwater Arabians, Usa, In 2014. A Look At The Stallion And His Pedigree Reveal The Genetic Power. D Angelo Is A Worthy Successor To His Exceptional Sire, Jj Bellagio; One Of Magnum Psyche’s Most Exotic Sons. The Maternal Side Of D Angelo’s Pedigree Is No Less Interesting. His Dam Ofw Dark Greena Is By Brazilian National Champion Stallion Rsd Dark Victory, Whose Daughters Have Been Known As Amazing Producing Mares. Her Dam Donna Gee Hcf Is A Rare, Top Producing Daughter Of The Celebrated Brazilian National Champion And Influential Sire, Af Don Giovani. Ofw Dark Geena’s Grand-dam, Fauzia Hcf, Is The Daughter Of Another Leading Sire And Brazilian National Champion, Lyphard, By The Great Padron.
for Sure, This Is A Lineage That Has Proven To Produce Consistently Balanced Bodies, Straight Legs, Shapely Necks, Typey Heads, And Fiery Trots.


The Junior Years

Trained And Successfully Shown By David Boggs Of Midwest. At The 2016 United States National Championships, D Angelo Was Adding To His 2015 Top Ten Yearling And 2016 Top Ten Two-year Old Awards By Being Named Top Ten Junior Stallion. A Rising Star That Did Not Go Unnoticed. Al Jood Stud From Qatar Secured This Promising Youngster For Its Breeding Program. As So Often, Things Turn Out Differently Than Expected.


Wait Mode

Shortly After D Angelo Arrived At Al Jood Stud, Near The Town Of Al Khor, Qatar, The Focus Of The Breeding Program Changed To Straight Egyptian Arabians. The Young, Powerful D Angelo Was Not Shown Or Used Much As A Sire; He Remained More Or Less In Wait Mode.
finally, A Decision Was Made By Sending D Angelo To Europe. Next Stop For The Meanwhile Five-years-old Was The Training Centre Of Bernat Tolrá In Spain. Bernat And His Staff Worked With The Bay Stallion And Showed Him Successfully To Galician Unanimous Golden Stallion.


An Offer

While in Spain, D Angelo was attracting interest from other breeders and was breeding some of their finest mares. One example is his daughter, Delfinaa GA, who is out of Belgian National Champion Mare, Claudiaa, bred and owned by Gemini Acres and now with Elizar Arabians. When Joost of Elizar Arabians was at the 2018 World Championship in Paris, Al Jood’s manager Ziggy Wellens contacted him offering D Angelo. As D Angelo was the sire of his lovely Delfinaa GA, Joost was interested. Anyhow, Ziggy and Joost didn’t come to an agreement.


A New Chance

Sometimes life gives us a second chance. Again, Joost travelled to Paris, again Ziggy Wellens came to him offering D Angelo. Ziggy wanted to give the horse a new chance in another stud farm and asked Joost to make an offer. In the end, they came to an agreement and Joost used the opportunity of buying an amazing horse. A new chance for D Angelo and Elizar Arabians. For a small breeder, it was an excellent opportunity to secure the breeding potential for his farm.


Bumby Start

The Circumstances Were Difficult Again. Due To The Pandemic, The D Angelo Was Only Able To Travel To Belgium At The End Of May. He Was Put In Training With Schoukens Training Center. D Angelo Is Blessed With Beauty And The Heart Of A Champion. Of Course, Everybody At Elizar Arabians Had Certain Expectations When The Stallion Made His Debut At The Bruges International Show The First Week Of September. The Idea Was Giving The Handler Glenn Schoukens Some Experience With Him And To See How He Reacts In A Show Arena, But They Ended Last Of His Class.

To be continued