By Adriana van Tilburg
Photography: Stefano Grasso/WBFSH Studbooks Jumping Global Champions Trophy
This inaugural event showed huge potential and saw four days of very good sport hosted by the Longines Tops International Arena in Valkenswaard. Breeders, riders, and owners were really impressed and happy with how the horses represented themselves.
In particular, both Eric Levallois and Dirk Demeersman stated that the horses have learned a lot during this event, which saw a total of 169 horse/rider combinations.
Leading the breeding charge
The Belgian-bred stallion Cornet Obolensky/ex Windows van het Costersveld (Clinton - Rabanna van Costersveld x Heartbreaker, breeder: Thierry Degraeve) was represented nine times as a sire, while his son Comme il faut (out of Ratina Z x Ramiro, Stamm 8145, breeder: Ludger Beerbaum Stables GmbH) had eight competing offspring.
The Selle Français stallion Diamant de Semilly (Le Tôt de Semilly - Venise des Cresles x Elf III, breeder: Jules Mesnildrey) appeared no fewer than 11 times in pedigrees as te damsire. As confirmed stalwarts close to Diamant, it should be noted that brothers, Eric and Richard Levallois, both attended with two home-bred horses. Eric had Harry de Beaufour (Cornet Obolensky - Ramona de Beaufour x Diamant de Semilly) and Gjos de Beaufour (Contendro I -Kolchic du Donjon x Diamant de Semilly), while Richard entered approved SF stallions Hot Pleasure Semilly (For Pleasure - Betty Boop Semilly x Diamant de Semilly) and I am Semilly (Casall - Alizee Semilly x Diamant de Semilly).
The well-known French breeder Fabrice Paris was represented by three horses: Ioke des Forêts (GFE Candy de Nantuel - Athena des Forêts x Untouchable M), Heroine des Forêts (GFE Up to You - Cocaine des Forêts x Ready des Forêts*HN), and Honolulu des Forêts (Cicero Z van Paemel - Si Belle des Forêts x Quaprice Bois Margot).
Several mares were also represented by more than one offspring. For example the mare L’Innocence van’t Meulenhof (Diamant de Semilly - Carthina Z x Carthago, breeder: Mariette van Lombergen), who herself competed at 1m55 with Jeroen de Winter, is also now seeing her offspring under saddle, with Ruby-Linn van het Netehof (Casall) and Skelton van het Netehof (For Pleasure). The name Carthina Z will be recognized as being the dam of 1m60 jumping horses Diamanthina van’t Ruytershof, Emerald van’t Ruytershof (both Diamant de Semilly), Ilusionata van’t Meulenhof (Lord Z), and Nixon van’t Meulenhof (Denzel van het Meulenhof).
The mare Diamonds Billy (Diamant de Semilly - Quassia de la Bonette x Heartbreaker, breeder: Koen de Waele) had an international jumping career under the saddle of Dirk Demeersman, and stayed with him into breeding. He competed in Valkenswaard with two seven-year-old stallions out of Diamonds Billy: the Zangersheide-bred Carrasco Z (Cornet Obolensky), as well as the Zangersheide-bred, BWP-approved Cote d’Or Z (Carambole). According to Dirk Demeersman; “This event is really good for the young horses. They grew every day and have learned a lot. It was also very nice that we could compete on grass.”
A less likely 5yo winner
Ridde by Spain’s Fidel Davila Garcia, the CDE-bred gelding Arezzo de Llamosas (Arezzo VDL - Cartalma x Carthago, Stamm 5356, breeder: Yeguada Las Llamosas) was perhaps an unexpected winner of the five-year-old final. His half brother Luchino (Luccianno) jumped at 1m60 under the saddle of Emil Hallundbaek and Sergio Alvarez Moya, while his sire, Arezzo VDL, jumped 1m60 under the saddle of Jessica Kürten.
Runner-up was the Westfalian-bred stallion Unglaublich 3 (United Touch S - Carla x Carrico, breeder: Heinrich Dowe) ridden by Hendrik Dowe. His sire is currently showing his skills at the highest level under the saddle of Richard Vogel, while his dam competed as a six-year-old at the Bundeschampionat under the saddle of Hendrik Dowe. Unglaublich’s third dam, Edeka’s Connycor (Con Capitol), jumped at 1m60 with Stefan Eder... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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