|Saros xx||Sayonara xx|
|Cieta ster pref|
|Abgar xx keur|
|Pion||Irma La Douce keur pref pres|
At his performance test Houston was noticed straight away for his excellent basic gaits, a feature that lies anchored in his pedigree. Sire Belisar takes the eleventh position in the Dutch dressage index on the basis of progeny not more than 6 yo. He consequently ranks amongst the top dressage progenitors of this age, worthy companion of his reputable colleagues Roemer, Doruto and Aktion.
Houston’s dam Ciola is one exponent of successfully born twins. Just like her sister Cienke, she was built for performance. The dam’s report of Houston describes her as having a well-formed neck, back and strong loins, hard bones and roomy, powerful and supple action. Pion, by the famous Abgar xx out of the ‘ keur pref pres’ Irma la Douce, sired these remarkable twins. Aktion is the most favourite son of Pion in Europe. With his Hungarian rider Gyula Dallos, this top dressage performer scored very well in the heaviest international competitions. In the USA it is the approved Pion son Argus that represents his famous sire at the highest level of the sport, not only in the dressage arena but also in the show jumping ring.
On the basis of his performance test in Ermelo, the jury described him as a friendly stallion with a lot of presence, possessing roomy, rhythmic and harmonious basic gaits. His scores at his performance test in 1992 were: walk 8, trot 8.5, canter 8, rideability 8.5, jumping under saddle 6, free jumping 5, character 8, stable manners 9, trainability 8. He gives the rider a good feeling when sitting on him. He has excellent presence, and jumps with little effort. Houston is ridden by Seth Bosman.
His offspring have beautiful heads, are nice types, and have very good movements in their hind quarters. The UTV Champion 1995 Naomi was by Houston x Ulf and the 1995 Champion colt was Myranta Boy, a colt by Houston x Rossini. The Reserve Champion 1996 was Oudemolen, by Houston x Samber. His offspring have always been well above average in their ability a fact which gave Houston a 158 on the dressage index and among the top group of dressage stallions in Holland from early days. In 2002 he had two sons that were placed for selection at Ermelo eg Sergio (Houston x Zandigo), one of the top lots at the select sales, and Symphonie (Houston x Columbus) champion of the stallion selection in 2002, who has wonderful movement and presence which enthralled the jury and the public alike. Both are very impressive stallions. A foal out of Naomi by Sandro Hit was the Res Champion at the Stallion Selection 2005 and sold for the top price of the KWPN Select Sales for Euro150,000.00.
In performance Houston’s offspring are just starting in Grand Prix. Houston’s dressage index based on his progeny is was 174 points in 2005/06 with an accuracy score of 83%. So far from 166 registered fillies 103 were predikaat, of which 61 were ‘ster’, 29 ‘keur’, and 13 ‘elite’ mares. Without doubt this makes Houston one of the top stallions within Dutch breeding. He is the producer of many successful dressage horses like Mendelsson, Res Champion ZZ Zwaar 2006, Da Silva’s Omar (zware tour), Nicky, British Champion Inter. 11, PC Mex (zware tour Germany), and Mira (Asian Games). His ability to pass on his movement and sporting talent to his offspring has gained him the ‘Keur’ predicate.