10yo sBs mare HH Azur jumping to World Cup victory with McLain Ward (USA) in Omaha

USA (by Jo de Roo) As always, an analysis of the bloodlines and pedigrees of a World Cup Final is especially interesting as it concludes the long winter series of indoor shows, and marks the start of the outdoor season in Europe – which means Nations’ Cup classes, Global Champions Tour.... No stranger to Finals in the United States, on this occasion, for the first time in WC history, the event was hosted in Omaha, Nebraska. So, who were the most influential sires, the interesting dam performance families, the most represented studbooks....?

Let’s start with the sires of showjumpers. The stallion with the greatest number of descendants in Omaha was Quidam de Revel (Jalisco B - Dirka x Nankin). Partnered with Hervé Godignon, this grandson of Almé claimed fourth place individually and third place with the French team during the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games. From 1993 onwards he was partnered with Danish rider Thomas Velin who wrote the sequel to Quidam’s international success story. Quidam is ranked 11th in the most recent WBFSH ranking for the best suppliers of showjumping horses.

In Omaha we saw three of his descendants performing, namely Qinghai, VDL (out of Mon Cherie x Cordalmé Z), Groep Verdi TN NOP (Clarissa x Landgraf I) and Bagazza M (Ragazza di Olympia x Ramiro Z). Moreover, he was the grandfather and the great grandfather of two participants, respectively, Ensor de Litrange LXII (Nabab de Reve - Whyaway de Litrange XXXIII x Mr. Blue) and Liborius (Quality 9 - La-Montana x Landadel).

Three stallions each had two descendants in the starting line-up:
• Balou du Rouet, sire of Bianca (out of Coco x Car- dento), ridden by Steve Guerdat (SUI), bred by Stall Hickey (SWE); and Babalou 41 (Aetna x Silvio I) ridden by Todd Minikus (USA), bred by Heino Lüschen (GER).

• Colman, sire of Carolina 31 (Ronja XXXII x Ramirado), ridden by Sheikh Ali Al Thani (QAT), bred by Birgit Rohlfs (GER); and Capital Colnardo (Kosma Shiva I x Coronado), ridden by Au- drey Coulter (USA), bred by Heinrich Lau (GER).

• Cornet Obolensky, sire of Clooney 51 (Fraulein Vom Moor x Ferragamo) ridden by Martin Fuchs (SUI), bred by Bernd Richter (GER); and Cornet Kalua (Piroschka x Platin), ridden by Max Kühner (AUT), bred by Dr. Max Kühner Jnr...

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