About Amaretto D'Arco

2000 Elite Belgian Warmblood stallion
16.2hh Bay

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 solid mind, gentlemanly temperament and willingness 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 have catapulted him among the elite show jumpers in the world.

His sire, the celebrated Darco, needs no introduction. Darco was not only one of the greatest show jumping stallions to compete, but he has also been the World Breeding Federation’s top ranked jump progenitor in the world for the past three years. Amaretto D’Arcos’s dam-sire, the international competitor, Tenor Manciais, fused the three most influential Selle Francais sires lines into a single pedigree: Grand Veneur, Nankin and Ibrahim. Amaretto D’Arco is the ultimate blend of pedigree and performance.

A true reflection of his sire in every respect, there is no question as to why Amaretto D’Arco was hand selected by Spy Coast Farm’s head trainer and rider, Shane Sweetnam, to become the farm’s flagship competitor. In the past 18 months, as his experience has grown and his partnership with his rider has developed, Amaretto D’Arco has risen to meet these expectations. He has competed successfully in Europe and the United States, in Nations Cup and World Cup classes and is slated to be Shane’s mount for the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Following in his sire’s footsteps, Amaretto D’Arco is the logical choice for the serious jumper breeder.

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  • 2nd $100,000 World Cup Qualifier Green Cove Springs, FL
  • 2nd $75,000 FEI Nations Cup CSI****, Wellington
  • 6th Hampton Classic GP & FEI World Cup Qualifier
  • 7th $400,000 FTI GP, Wellington
  • 7th $25,000 Fidelity Investments Classic, Wellington
  • 8th $25,000 Green Cove Springs Welcome CSI
  • 10th Queen Elizabeth Cup, Calgary
  • 10th $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series, Wellington
  • Competed in 6 Nations Cups (team was 2nd in Wellington and 3rd at Hickstead)
  • Placed in La Baule, Rome, St. Gale and Dublin


  • Winner Grand Prix CSI** Vittel, France
  • 2nd Welcome Stake, Holiday and Horses, Wellington
  • 7th $60,000 GP CSI-W World Cup Qualifier


  • Winner CSI* Blaye
  • Winner Six-Bar Competition CSI* Blaye
  • Clear at Queens Cup CSI-W***** Mechelen
  • V.O.R Champion 2007 Senioren
  • 4th Grand Prix CSI** Barbizon
  • 4th 1.40m CSI* Chalais
  • 6th Grand Prix CSI* Antwerpen
  • 7th Grand Prix CSI* Blaye
  • 7th Belgianbreds CSI-W***** Mechelen
  • 8th Hengstenproef CSI*** Caen
  • 11th 1.50m GP CSI* Chalais


BWP W-1974-HGT
2000 darkbrown 1.69m

BWP W-001387 Ambassadeur
1980 darkbrown 1.66m

Hann W-1083-HGT-BWP
1963 chestnut 1.63m

Hann 1954

Hann 1952

BWP W-014829

Holst 1962
BWP 1965
BWP W-160269

SF 85166325G
1985 chestnut

SF 1972
SF 1972
KWPN 1982
SF 1979

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 the recently 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.


Amaretto d’Arco sired two foals in Europe for his former rider before leaving for the US in 2008. His first North American foals will arrive in 2010 from:

  • 2008 Olympian, Rolette (Lester-Voltaire-Amor): Two embryo transplants foals are expected
  • International GP mare, Werly Chin de Muze (Nabab de Reve-Chin Chin-Pachat II): Two embryo transplant foals are expected
  • Junior Jumper & Speed Horse, Sienna (Wolfgang-Goldschmied-Matador): One embryo transplant foal is expected
  • Junior Jumper, Tajmyra Greenfeld (Lancelot-Disconto-Mucho Pride): One embryo transplant foal is expected
  • Junior Jumper, Baby Grande (aka Rebound) (Ranley-Weird Emporer xx-Moontrip xx)
  • Double H Farm’s International GP Mare, Quickstar II Z (Quito de Baussy-Jeny de la Cense-Tanael) Update: Born 5/2010

Breeding Recommendations:

Amaretto D’Arco is most suitable for a blood-type mare that requires bone, substance and additional power and scope. He will be an excellent cross on Thoroughbred mares.

Progeny Details:

Kimmel SCF

(Amaretto D’Arco – Lester – Voltaire, Karin stam)


2009 Queen Elizabeth Cup – Spruce Meadows