Stop the press! This young ANCCE approved PRE stallion is already making a name for himself. If it wasn't enough to be tall, handsome and one of the rarest colors in the world (Double Pearl), Apollo del Solis is also a Halter Champion at Andalusian World Cup Las Vegas, with Best Movement Honors, and in 2021 he was named a Limited Edition Breyer Model! Not often does a young Andalusian stallion manage so many accomplishments at such a tender age. As icing on the cake, this stallion has an exceptional temperament. Sweet and endearing…a pleasure to be around.
Apollo’s movement lends itself towards dressage, but we hope to also compete with him in Working Equitation. We believe he will follow in the footsteps of his legendary Great Grandsire, Bravio XVI, who did it all! Versatility was his middle name.These won’t be easy hooves to follow…but we feel Apollo del Solis is up to the task and off to a great start!! His first foal crop arrived in 2021 and they were incredible! Check out their photo page here. Apollo Foals.
Apollo is guaranteed to throw a pearl gene to all of his offspring. In combination with cream or another pearl gene...the result is nothing short of spectacular! Breeding fees are $2,000 for PRE mares, $1800 for purebred IALHA Andalusian and Lusitano mares not requiring ANCCE breeding certificates and $1200 for outcross mares. Various discount programs are frequently available, so feel free to contact us for current pricing. Frozen and fresh cooled semen available.
"ORO" THE PEARL OF PEACE
2012 Double Pearl PRE Stallion (Frozen Semen)
Sadly, we lost this spectacular stallion in 2020. There is limited frozen semen available in the United States. Pearl of Peace was an approved 2012 PRE Andalusian stallion in training in Spain for upper level dressage competition. This young stallion is NOT of Paco Marti breeding... making him the perfect choice for the many PM cream and pearl horses located in the United States. "Oro" as he was known to his friends, demonstrated the potential for high levels of dressage and had exceptional conformation. This stunning horse of pure spun gold currently stood approx. 16.3h tall. He is great grandsire by the famous Grand Prix Dressage horse, Gaucho III and out of a Lastur daughter, Vega X.
Oro is a double pearl. Which means every offspring will receive a copy of the pearl gene from this sire. Pearl is generally considered to be one of the most rare of color traits. The gene is recessive. It is activated to it's full expression by cream or a double dose of the pearl. A cream/pearl combination results in a horse that appears much like a Perlino or Cremello. A double dose of pearl results in a fantastic metallic hue (ranging from bronze to platinum or brilliant gold), usually accompanied by an extreme shine. This is truly one of the most unique and sought after colors in the Iberian breeds. To combine this rare color with his overall quality and potential for dressage is a rare treasure.
Pictured above with Naomie Harris, Ms. Moneypenny, in the new Bond film. Oro was featured in Town & Country magazine...Oro is quickly becoming a worldwide shining star. Sommer Ranch is also pleased to announce the arrival of the first Pearl of Peace foal in the United States in March of 2018! Followed by another in June of 2020. Both HUGE, beautiful, unusual colored fillies. Navi de la Paz is a double pearl PRE mare on a black base. See bottom of Foundation Mares page for photos. And Mazikeen de la Paz, our latest arrival, is a cream pearl. Sadly these two fillies will belong to a very small group of Pearl of Peace offspring as he passed in the summer of 2020. It is with a very heavy heart we make that announcement.
CARMELO PM II
Reference Stallion Only (sire to our Isabeau del Solis)
16h 2012 Perlino (double cream) PRE Andalusian stallion imported from Spain of Paco Marti bloodlines. Currently residing in Texas. He stood at Sommer Ranch in 2016 and was the sire to five 2017 foals at Sommer Ranch. U.C. Davis color DNA tested as EE AA CrCr gg; including our big, beautiful mare, "Izzie" aka Isabeau del Solis who gave us a big perlino colt in 2021 by Furtivo.
ORIUNDO VG "OREO" (For Reference Only)
This unique PRE stallion is affectionately known to us as "OREO" because of his dark chocolate outside and his hidden 'creamy' center. He was the first Smokey Black PRE stallion imported from Spain into the United States. He is DNA confirmed black, carries cream and can produce Buckskin when crossed with mares carrying the bay or chestnut gene. Oreo is DNA tested by UC Davis as EE-aa-CrN.
This athlete has balanced, straight movement suitable for the dressage ring, but he is also extremely athletic and powerful - perfect for many other disciplines of equine sports. He has lift and reach to compliment his natural extension.
OREO stands 15.3h tall and has a long, luxurious mane and tail. There is plenty of 'flash' to go with his natural talent.
He is no longer available for breedings through Sommer Ranch but he has sired several of our top notch mares including Patina, Ebonista and Adagia.
This handsome Buckskin/Pearl stallion was imported from Spain of Paco Marti bloodlines. He is the sire to the two 2016 colts, Apollo del Solis and Adobo del Solis and in 2018 produced our smokey cream filly, Lunazul (out of Ebonista de Oro) and Nebula, our buckskin (with grey) filly out of Pele de Perla. Standing well over 16h, he has impressive conformation and movement.
TRIBUTE TO OUR PRE STALLION (1987 - 2003)
“Pretty is as pretty does” was more than just a cliche around Sommer Ranch. The magnificent PRE Andalusian stallion, BRAVIO appeared to change like a chameleon, adapting to meet the challenges presented to him....fiery for parades and exhibitions; low key and level headed for trail and western pleasure; yet naturally extended for Dressage while ‘rising’ to the occasion for Saddle Seat and halter competition. Despite all this ability and flashy appearance, he was so kind and docile, newcomers found it hard to believe he was actually a stallion! Bravio’s list of accomplishments appear endless, and far too numerous to list here; but a few of them established his position in the Andalusian history books. He was the first U.S. Andalusian to ever be awarded the prestigious “Best Movement” trophy. And he was also the first Andalusian to ever win a Cross Country Trail Trial competition (against a field of 48 horses of all breeds!)
His national championship titles included hunt seat (amateur & open); Western Pleasure (open); Country Pleasure Saddleseat (Amateur & Open) and Dressage with a score of 71 - his first time out! Concurrent to performing in these various disciplines, Bravio also earned the honor of being high point halter stallion in 1993 (under the training and handling of his amateur owner, Scott Sommer).
Bravio has thrilled audiences at numerous exhibitions and events, including the world famous Rose Parade and the Volvo World Cup competition. He was one of the first U.S. Andalusians to be approved by the Cria Caballar from Spain as a top quality breeding stallion. And he has produced both pure and part bred offspring that are earning amazing titles and accomplishments in their own right.
It was two of these very special Bravio offspring that appeared double dilute and brought light to the existence of some previously unknown ‘mutation’....which later lead genetic researchers to the discovery of the PEARL gene at UC Davis. Color genetics took a major turn, thanks to this once in a lifetime horse.
Bravio did everything we ever asked of him and then some. He was my soulmate and I miss him everyday of my life. The mere mention of his name still brings tears to my eyes...but I rejoice in his sons, daughters and granddaughters.
We Miss you Big Guy!
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