Dark Arts SGF by Diarado out of Carnival (Catoki x Contender), now a 2 year old gelding is a stacked deck of top international jumping talent. At his Hanoverian foal inspection, Dr Christmann was impressed at the four generations of top jumping pedigree on this handsome black colt. Brave, smart, and athletic. He should finish 16.3 -17 hands. Bred for a top notch jumper, handsome enough for an excellent Hunter or Hunter Derby prospect.
Sire Diarado, ravishingly handsome and a genius over the jump. Diarado enchanted the experts at the Holstein stallion approvals. He has since embarked on a dream career: Licensing winner in Holstein 2007, stallion performance test winner in Schlieckau in 2008 and now proven sire. Diarado stands out due to his exemplary lightness of jump, sensational scope, feline agility, and the intelligence demanded for today's technical jumping-courses. He received top scores at his 70-day-test: 10.0 for free-jumping, 9.5 each for scope in canter and rideability, 9.75 for jumping a course as well as 9.3 for jumping ability. He is listed 10th in the WBFSH rankings of jumping sires for 2020. Diarado really deserves his place among the world's best jumper sires, as his offspring dominate more and more show-jumping events. Every year, he presents true to type, big movers and therefore highly sought after foals at numerous auctions.
Dam sire Catoki had an extraordinarily successful career at International 5* Grand Prix level with numerous Grand Prix, World Cup and Nations Cup wins Catoki. As a sire Catoki is highly sought after and was ranked #22 on the WBFSH Jumping Sire Ranking for 2020. His offspring represents him at the highest level of sport worldwide, and are characterized by their stunning presence, beautiful type, balance, elasticity, great mindset, and top performance records.
Carnival is the daughter of one of my favorite mares ever, EM Cela (Contender x São Paulo) from the breeding program of Denise Higgins. Carnival’s Damsire is Contender, who also won his stallion performance test, is widely acknowledged as one of Germany's true elite Supersires. His Grandsire Calypso II and great grandsire Cor de la Bryere need no introduction for their undeniable contribution to generations of elite jumping and dressage horses.