Samber - the World-wide legend and undisputed King of the Coloureds By Nathalie Kilpatrick, copyright 1999
A brown tobiano born 2nd April 1976, measuring 1.68m (16.2 hands) with 22cm bone (8¾), bred by Mr H Smilda at Roden in Holland.
In 1979 Samber passed his 100 day performance test, with a 10 for character and temperament, he gained an overall 160.2 points and an A Certificate. At this point he was purchased by Mr Vrieling Senior and has remained in the ownership of the Vrieling family for the whole of his life.
He has covered mares since 1979 and numbers have varied between 55 and 180 per season. Unfortunately, his semen is not suitable for chilling or freezing, so only natural service or fresh semen for on-site insemination is available. He is still very popular and only 3 years ago covered a staggering 150 mares. His stud fee, when compared with other coloured stallions in mainland Europe and Great Britain, is still a very reasonable 1,250 guilders (£375.00).
Samber proved himself in competition in the early to mid eighties and reached Grand Prix level in dressage and Z level (BSJA Grade A) in showjumping.
Sambers dam TINA D, the black tobiano preferent mare by Ordonnans, a son of Ornament, is also a legend in her own right. In 1983 at the age of 19 she paraded at the UTV National Mare Show with some of her offspring including Samber. At that time she had brought 16 foals into the world, several of which were tobianos.
Wanda, a full sister to Samber , also bred by the Smilda family, crops up in pedigrees such as Romi Kirchhoff-Röhr (1998 CHAPS Sporthorse & Warmblood judge) Westfalian papered ROSSINI QUEEN (see pedigree). Romi was fifth time lucky in her quest to breed a coloured from Rossini Queen, when earlier this year she finally produced a coloured filly to the Westfalian superstar Florestan.
Cora, also a coloured daughter of Tina but this time by the Trakehner stallion Fresco was in turn covered by Ronco XX and produced Rinaldo, sire of the now US based Rainbow 89 and the grey and white Renaldino 90 . (See photo)
So, although Samber is the best known, loved and admired coloured sire we know, in fact we should remember to applaud Tina as the real star of our generation.
Sambers sire PERICLES was born in 1962, measuring 1.67m (just under 16.2 hands). British bred from the West Grinstead Stud, he stood for one year in 1968 under the H.I.S. scheme, and prior to this ran 14 times, won 2 races and was placed in 3. In 1976 he attained Keur status and in 1977, preferent and died in 1987. He covered over 200 mares a year and during his eighteen years at stud, a total of 2,600 mares.
It is said that Pericles himself competed in Open jumping whilst in the Netherlands, and that his offspring generally did well in sport and breeding. British breeding die-hards will console themselves with the thought that the worlds most famous coloured sire is, after all, half British!
Sambers influence as an international performance sire: Not just the stallion descendants of Samber, but also the mares and the geldings are proving themselves in all the Olympic disciplines. West Star, the international 4 star mount of Nina Melkonian is his best representative to date in so far as eventing is concerned, whilst Art Deco has reached Grand Prix dressage in the USA for Liz Hall and Silverwood Farm. Bim Bam Bino, born 1988, by Branco ox, out of Ange by Samber, represents Greece in international dressage, United Colours 91 by Samber out of a Rigoletto/Ramses mare won just under £1,000 in 97 in showjumping whilst Pintofields Iedante I, a KWPN Keur mare has won over 150 Dressage points in Great Britain. The above is just a few of the better known Sambers and there are many others competing at all levels throughout Europe and the USA.