Candy (Nabab de Reve - Anna x Etretat) – the highly successful Belgian Warmblood mare ridden by Pieter Devos (BEL), has been retired at the age of 14. Her career will continue as a broodmare, although she already has around a dozen descendants from embryo transfers – the eldest born in 2005. Her daughter, Handy van HD (Tinka’s Boy) was recently sold to Tal Milstein and will be jumping with Ilan Ferder during the 2017 WEF in Wellington, FL. Son, Grand Canyon van HD (Cartani) has been jumping at Grand Prix level with Ireland’s Michael Kearins in the United States. Several other well-known riders also have up-and-coming Candy youngsters in their barns, including Jos Lansink, Philippe Lejeune and Olivier Philippaerts.
Pieter Devos won the 2013 CN International Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows, Calgary, placing second in the Nations’ Cup at the same tournament, third in the Global Champios Tour n Miami, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Amsterdam and Hickstead Grand Prix. Throughout her career Candy has banked over half a million euros in prize money.
Candy descends from the motherline of Big Ben and Dixson, past winners of the coveted Grand Prix at the Spruce Meadows Masters, both under the saddle of Canadian international Ian Millar: Big Ben in 1987 and 1991, Dixson in 2014. ‘Ben’ was also the first horse to win back-to-back World Cup titles in 1988 (Gothenburg) and 1989 (Tampa, FL), and is one of only two horses to be inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. It was this legendary dam line that motivated Joris de Brabander and Danny van Hooydonk to keep Candy for breeding.