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Future So Bright: MHS Attraction

Tuesday, 08 May 2018
Future So Bright

Photo (c) Hervé Bonnaud / Sergio Alvarez Moya with MHS Attraction. Photo (c) Hervé Bonnaud /

She’s only eight, but in April this year she already won her first Grand Prix – no wonder Sergio Alvarez Moya has his hopes high for MHS Attraction. “I believe she can go on to jump anything,” the Spanish rider says about the Irish-bred mare by Numero Uno x Diamant de Semilly.

Sergio bought MHS Attraction last year, after his brother spotted her in September at the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken, Belgium with Jenny Rankin in the saddle. “My brother rang me up, and told me he had seen a horse I would like. He asked me to have a look at a few videos, and I immediately knew what he meant. She looked light, quick off the ground, with lots of blood and really in front of you with a natural connection between the leg and the hand,” Sergio tells.

“I went to try her, and after three jumps I knew that she had to do something very wrong for me not to buy her. She had such a good overview, she knew which fence she was going to next – even if there was an option she would find the right jump straight away. I was impressed with how clever and smart she was, and I also liked that she had so much blood but without being crazy in any way. She has something to say for sure, but she does it in a very nice way.”

“These days the scope is not enough anymore, you need really fast horses to be able to win the big Grand Prix classes,” Sergio says. “Attraction is a naturally quick horse, and she enjoys a bit of speed. Her scope is also natural, you don’t have to create anything about her jump which also means that if she for example comes a bit deep into the fences she still lands in a forward rhythm.”

“I did not take her to any shows before January this year, when she came with to Oliva. I just kept it quiet, working her at home. This year, I will take her with to some good shows – I have her planned in for the youngster classes in Hamburg and for the smaller classes in La Baule. I don’t want to ask too much. Now it is all about producing her well and giving her confidence. I believe she will be one of the best horses I had in the near future.”

Not only does MHS Attraction’s own future look bright, she also has four daughters in Ireland that seem to share their mum’s quality – with exceptional breeding on the father side too. An embryo transfer herself, MHS Attraction had three daughters in 2014 and one in 2015 through the same method. With sires like Vigo d’Arsouilles, Kannan, OBOS Quality as well as Cornet Obolensky the four girls all sound like future super stars. GCS Athena – by Vigo d’Arsouilles – has already proved her potential when winning the Horse Sport Ireland Three Year Old Loose Jumping competition last year. “The first embryos done in Ireland in 1992 produced Attraction’s grandmother Naomi Campbell,” explains Tim Brennan, whose late mother Ita Brennan bred Attraction. “These embryo transfers were performed by my uncle John Hughes. Naomi had a daughter by embryo transfer called French Balerina by Diamant De Semilly, and she again had embryos including Attraction. Attraction had four embryos, and these girls are now producing embryo babies themselves!” Brennan tells World of Showjumping.

Sergio Alvarez Moya is pretty pleased with his purchase. “When I sold G&C Arrayan last year, I decided that I was going to go buy one good horse for myself. That was MHS Attraction. I think I was right doing that,” smiles Sergio as he draws his conclusion about this exciting mare.


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