Origins Of the Breed IV: Eclipse II

Author: Jana Nemeckova, published: 11th January 2017

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When choosing Eclipse II for the fourth part of this series, we kind of skipped over. From Whalebone's sons, Waverley was followed by Camel, and we should probably start with the first successor of Camel, which was Toxophilite. But Orlando's son Eclipse was the second colt, who was exported to the United States and started a sireline no less successful than Bonnie Scotland's. And moreover, the line of Bramble, Ben Brush and Broomstick, who are the descendants of Bonnie Scotland, are so easily mistakable with the line of Black Toney, Blue Larkspur, Broker's Tip and Balladier, who are descendants of Eclipse, that it's not a bad idea to solve this problem right now and once for all.

Bonnie Scotland and Eclipse II were contemporaries, born in 1853 and 1855, respectively, and both sirelines influenced each other. Bonnie Scotland's grandson Ben Brush became the damsire of Black Toney - but long before it, Eclipse's son Alarm became the third sire of Ben Brush himself. A similar situation repeated several times:

Bonnie ScotlandEclipse IIEclipse IIBonnie Scotland
Ben BrushBlack ToneyAlarmBen Brush
BroomstickBuntingWhisk Broom
EquipoiseHimyarAriel
EquestrianDominoSweep
Market Wise Upset
Whisk BroomDouble JayJohn P. Grier
SweepRoyal NoteDisguiseJohn P. Grier
ArielSunrise FlightWhiskaway
Peter PanWildair
Bostonian
Diavolo
Halcyon

However, Eclipse's line lasted much longer. Maybe not in years, but Balladier's sons Double Jay and Spy Song kept the line in the top form for many years when Bonnie Scotland's line was already in agony. For more details, you can check the timelines of the U.S. lines, or solely the timeline of Eclipse II's line. The last major stallions of the Eclipse's line were active until the 1990s.

This is just the brief introduction. Like in case of the previous parts, we weren't able to complete the text part yet, but the scheme was ready for publication.

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