On Saturday evening, August 16th, in Brandon, Manitoba, the dark bay stallion, DA Prodigy, owned by Dr. DeCarol Williamson, Dolorosa Arabians and led by trainer Andy Sellman, was named the 2014 Canadian National Champion Arabian Halter Stallion. Foaled in 2008 at Dolorosa Arabian Farm in Rocky Point, North Carolina, DA Prodigy is the youngest of five full siblings sired by Versace out of the Padrons Psyche daughter DA Love. The most famous to date is the first born, the late, great DA Valentino, undefeated show horse and multi-National Champion.
DA Prodigy hit the show circuit for the first time a few months after his oldest brother passed away in 2011, winning the Region 16 Champion Halter title in July and taking a U.S. National Top Ten award in the Stallion Futurity in October of that year. DA Prodigy’s owner and breeder, Dr. DeCarol Williamson of Dolorosa Arabians, has been breeding and exhibiting Arabian horses since 1978. He was also the breeder of DA Valentino and probably knows as much about the bloodlines, heritage and potential of this spectacular breeding cross as any man on earth.
“This is a wonderful, wonderful horse,” laughs a delighted Dr. Williamson, patting the big bay after DA Prodigy was named National Champion. “He has a few foal crops on the ground and they are all like him, good-minded, athletic, and of great quality. Of all of the siblings from that breeding I believe Prodigy has the best conformation. He’s shorter in the back and the head and higher-necked, than his brothers and sister. When people begin to understand what he is producing, they will be amazed at the consistency and quality. His foals are nominated to all major futurities: the Medallion Stallion, Spotlight Stallion, Scottsdale and Gold Star.”
When DeCarol ran into the show ring to accept the Canadian National Champion Stallion trophy he was wearing a cowboy hat, a fashion statement seemingly in direct contradiction with his years of notoriety as a breeder of fine, southern Arabian English horses. It elicited more than a few comments, especially from long-time breeders and trainers, like Gene LaCroix.
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“I wanted to breed a great Halter horse with wonderful conformation that was supremely athletic, trainable and a saddle horse,” says DeCarol with a ready smile. “The line breeding I have initiated at Dolorosa over the last few years using DA Prodigy, DA Valentino and others is producing horses that can go on after a successful career in the Halter arena to great success as performance and pleasure horses. These bloodlines will probably make Western their forte, so the cowboy hat is my ‘nod’ to these beautiful horses and Dolorosa’s future champions! ”
Dr. Williamson had nothing but praise and compliments for his trainer, Andy Sellman. Sellman had a fabulous 2014 Canadian National Show. In addition to DA Prodigy, he took Halter National Championship honors in the Mare, Two-Year-Old Colt, Futurity Colt and Yearling Filly classes.
“Andy Sellman has had DA Prodigy since last Thanksgiving and has done a marvelous job with him,” says DeCarol. “They have a real bond and the horse seems completely content, so he will stay with Andy for now.”
DA Prodigy will be standing at stud with Andy Sellman in Wisconsin. He is SCID, CA and LFS clear. His service fee is $3500 and is not being discounted.