This is a very special mare that I feel honoured to be owned by. 'Indy' is a gorgeous very round and baroque double registered deep red bay mare with incredible movement...she is straight moving yet very animated. Indy is a talker and greets me daily with a neigh as soon as she hears someone from wherever she is in the pasture. She seeks human attention and is very calm and gentle yet she has the spark of a performance horse in her eye. She is one of those horses that emanates presence and all-knowingness.
Indy's dam, Falina CH, was a beautiful black-bay mare by Guarapo (Genil) and out of a Canastero IX (by Poseido V) daughter. Falina's sire, the black PRE stallion, Guarapo, was imported from Mexico to the US as a weanling and has had a successful breeding and show career there. Guarapo's sire, Genil, a pure Cartujano/Bocado stallion bred by Miguel Ángel de Cárdenas in Spain, was a Champion of Champions in Spain and then was exported to Mexico and was a Champion of Champions in Mexico as well. Guarapo's dam, Intrusa II, was a black treasure from the prestigious farm of Maria Fernanda de la Escalera de la Escalera in Spain who are known for their exceptionally performance-bred functional black and bay horses. Escalera horses have existed since the early 1700’s and are known for their power, strength and trainability. These traits have made them especially successful in dressage arenas in Spain and Europe. Escalera horses are modern athletes with the best characteristics of the Spanish horse still evident in their composition.
Catalina's sire, Canastero IX, was bred by Francisco (Paco) Lazo Diaz, and is half brother to the renowned stallion, Cordobes XX....the subject of several photos in Robert Vavra's books. Their sire, Poseido V, was a rare bay pure Bocado bred stallion bred by the Terry Stud and bought by Fernando (Paco) Lazo in Spain as a foundation stallion. Poseido V was the 1989 Reserve Champion of Spain.
Catalina's dam, Espanola de la Parra, was bred by one of the foundation breeders of Andalusians in the US....The Parra's of San Antonio, Texas....as was her sire, Boticario. Boticario was the 1991 IALHA National Champion Halter Stallion, was a multiple time movement champion, was trained to High-School dressage, and was featured in the book by Robert Vavra entitled "Horses of the Sun".
Indy's sire is the magnificent Gavilan IV, a solid red bay 16.2hh imported PRE revised stallion bred by Pedro Maza. Gavilan's lineage is filled with noted breeders like Lovera, Escalera, Terry, Lazo, and Yeguada Militar. Gavilan has been successfully shown in open dressage up to third level by his amateur owners.
Gavilan has three crosses to the famous Maluso from the Military stud. Maluso was born at Yeguada Militar but his sire, Lebrero, was a Muira bred horse (Muira horses are bred to fight bulls. The Muiras breed their horses to resemble the classic Andalusian - powerful, with exceptional bone, yet very elegant). Because of Maluso's excellent conformation, his photo was used as the cover for one of the earlier editions of the Spanish studbook which is truly a tribute from the horsemen of his day.
Gavilan is also an Albero II grandson. Albero II was known for his superior movement and is one of the most influential stallions for functionality today. The Albero II line is considered to be a golden line because of the remarkable number of offspring that excel under saddle and in the dressage ring. He was bred by Francisco Lazo Diaz (Paco Lazo) and then purchased by the Yeguada Militar in Jerez where he stood at stud to the mares of Spain. Besides functionality, the Albero II line produces good bone and great hip angles and length.
Unfortunately, Indy was injured as a yearling which ended any future performance/riding career. She has amazing bloodlines and, along with her incredible conformation, personality and temperament, she has the qualities of an exceptional broodmare and has proven that with her two outstanding black colts, Iluminado (2015 Canadian National Champion Junior Stallion) and Invicto.
Indy was bred by Stephanie Ross and Alan Crouch of Fantasia Espanola in California and purchased by Keilen Ranch in-utero, along with her dam, Falina CH, in February of 2006. This mare blood represents a goldmine in functional Spanish horses and we are very fortunate to be owned by this ‘personality plus’ mare.