Amaretto D’Arco is, quite simply, bred to excel. The synergy of the very best Belgian and French blood in his pedigree sets him apart in the competition ring and as a breeding stallion. His gentlemanly temperament and willingness in the ring allowed him to successfully debut at the Grand Prix level in Europe at just 7 years of age. And at the age of 9, his raw power, carefulness and natural talent catapulted him among the elite show jumpers in the world.
Sire Darco’s list of achievements as a jumping stallion is testimony to a stellar career. Partnered with Ludo Phillippaerts since the age of 5, highlights of the duo’s success included 7th place at the Barcelona Olympics, 2nd at Spruce Meadows/Calgary, 6th in the World Equestrian Games and Stockholm, and countless wins and placings at World Cup and international Grand Prixs. As a competitor, Darco displayed a lot of power and stamina and was described by his rider as an extremely honest, intelligent and careful partner with a solid character. As a sire, Darco reliably passes on these characteristics to his progeny. Ranked at the top of the World Breeding Federation’s Jumping Sire list in 2007, 2008 and again in 2009, many of Darco’s offspring have become household names by virtue of their success in the ring: Parco, Sapphire, King Darco, Otterongo, Nonstop, Ublesco, Winningmood, etc. In all, Darco has sired more than 3,000 foals. By virtue of his prepotency as a sire, his impact on the show jumping world will be felt for years to come.
Amaretto D’Arco’s dam, Tatouage D’Avontuur, is half-sister to the approved stallions and international show jumpers, Sauveur De La Cour and Whataboy Ter Lindenn. In addition to Amaretto, D’Arco, she has produced his full brother and approved stallion Forever D’Arco. Forever D’Arco was a finalist at the Belgian Championship for 4-Year Olds.
His dam-sire, Tenor Manciais, combines in his pedigree the three best stallion lines of the Selle Francais breed, namely the Grand Veneur line, the Nankin line and the Ibrahim line. Tenor's dam, Golden Comet, is also the dam of the approved stallions Rêve Mançiais, Vicomte Mançiais and the international performer Prince Mançiais.
Tenor Manciais was a finalist in the Belgian Championship for Young Horses at 4, 5 and 6 years old. At the age of 7 he was international successful at Cortina and Deauville, the vice-champion of Belgium in 1993 and then was an international performer with Phillippe Lejeune.