Valegro (pictured above) has a full brother. Lelegro was born at 3.15am on the night of 21 April at breeders Joop and Maartje Hanse’s yard in Burgh Haamstede, The Netherlands.
According to a statement published on the Studbook of the Royal Dutch Sport Horse KWPN Zeeland‘s website, the foal is healthy, big and strong and “very good and sweet.”
Unlike Valegro, who is dark bay, Lelegro is chestnut like his dam, Maifleur (by Gershwin out of Weidyfleur).
Valegro and Lelegro could easily never have been bred. The Hanse family had been breeding the line for many yeats but when Valegro’s dam, Maifleur, was born, they sold their equestrian business and all the foal’s siblings.
According to an interview they gave to KPWN’s Spotlight magazine, they only kept on Weidyfleur because she was a great riding horse and Maifleur because she had beautiful conformation and good movement, and she was a chestnut.
As Maifleur grew older, they thought it would be a good idea to breed a dressage horse out of her — and they were proven right beyond all expectations!
As a sire, the Hanse chose Anne and Gertjan van Olst’s stunning Negro, the offspring of Dutch dressage powerhouse Ferro, and Valegro was born in 2002. The Van Olsts bought Valegro as a newborn, then sold him to Carl Hester when he was three — and the rest is history.
Since then, Maifleur has also had two fillies by Negro — Weidyfleur II and Jalegro Fleur — before Lelegro.
As the first full brother to one of dressage’s most successful horses, Lelegro has already caused a stir and is undoubtedly going to receive a huge amount of interest from across the world.