his first season of participation in competition, Tornado FCS qualified
for the "Fox -Hunter Regional Final," and placed second in the
Final at Wembley. Because of his exceptional talents, three different
horsemen requested to ride Tornado FCS in 2000. Gary Gillespie won the
honor and was victor at the RHS and
a finalist in June at Hickstead.
Tornado FCS earned the National Championship of seven year olds under Bill Twoney. Michael Whitaker rode this young horse, already crowned
international successes, in competitions such as Calgary and Dublin. The
duo achieved further acclaim when they placed second in World Cup
qualifications at Malines and won the Masters.
Tornado FCS is a son of
Darco, a combination of two excellent Belgian stallions, Lugano and
Codes. Darco has achieved several competitive records in his career, such
as the Champion of Belgium--five year old, was victor of the "Volvo
World Cup" in London in 1988 and at
Hertogenbosch in 1989. He was sixth at the Championship of the World in Stockholm,
1990, seventh at the Barcelona
Olympic Games in 1992 and second in the richest Grand Prix in
world in Calgary. Darco has produced promising stallions
such as Fedor and King Darco, that participated in Atlanta's Olympic Games under the saddle of Ludo
Philipaerts. He has produced many other international champions such as Parco, Otterango
and Non-Stop. His
grandfather, Lugano, has an exceptional record as a sire, and produced
La Ina, who was ridden by Peter Charles and won the
European Championship in 1995.
The dam of Tornado, Biejelza, stems from the fabulous Ramiro, who has produced many
international competitors and top stallions, and has been judged a number
one sire of international championship jumping stallions. One
of Ramiro's best descendants is the exceptional Ratina Z, winner of the
individual and team gold medals at the Olympic Games in Barcelona,
Spain. She was also winner of the
World Cup in 1993, Olympic team gold in 1994 and 1996.