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Does the apple fall far from the tree? Diamant de Semilly and some of his offspring...

Friday, 30 October 2015
Does the apple fall far from the tree

Diamant de Semilly and Eric Levallois at the 2002 World Championships in 2002. Photo (c) Dirk Caremans/www.caremans.be.
Diamant de Semilly and Eric Levallois at the 2002 World Championships in Jerez. Photo (c) Dirk Caremans/www.caremans.be.

Lets return to our popular photo series where we will take a closer look at some of the sport’s top stallions, and if the offspring bear any resemblance to their sires. This time we look closer at Diamant de Semilly, who has sired an amazing amount of top showjumpers around the world – as well as having had huge success in the sport himself under Eric Levallois. Diamant de Semilly was born in 1991, and was by the legendary Le Tot de Semilly x Elf III. Photo by Dirk Caremans/www.caremans.be.

Quickly de Kreisker with Abdelkebir Ouaddar in the saddle. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
One of Diamant de Semilly's most popular offspring is this stallion; Quickly de Kreisker ridden successfully all the way to the 2014 World Championships by Abdelkebir Ouaddar. Quickly is now 11, and is out of the Laudanum-mare Briseis d'Helby - and has proved to be favoured by the breeders himself.

Emerald and Harrie Smolders. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Another stallion by Diamant de Semilly that has succeeded both in the sport and breeding is Emerald. Ridden by Harrie Smolders, he has won Nations Cups, World Cups and Grand Prix classes all over the world - and already has some very nice offspring jumping on the youngster circuit. Emerald is now 11, and out of the mare Carthina Z by Carthago.

Don VHP Z and Harrie Smolders. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Harrie is also the rider on another successful Diamant de Semilly-stallion; Don VHP Z. The 11-year-old liver chestnut was 2nd in the CSI5* Grand Prix in Knokke, 3rd in the CSI5* Grand Prix in Valkenswaard and 2nd in the CSI5* LGCT Grand Prix in Vienna this year alone - to mention some. Don VHP Z is out of the mare Sara van het Parelshof by Voltaire.

Utamaro D'Ecaussines and Joe Clee. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
He's also 11 and he's also a stallion: Utamaro D'Ecaussines has had an incredible two years on the British team - jumping clear after clear in the Nations Cups. Utamaro competed at the World Championships last year, and this year he helped the Brits qualify for the Olympics at the Europeans in Aachen. He was on two winning Nations Cup teams this year, and has numerous top results on Grand Prix level.

Deauville S and Laura Kraut. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Deauville S is only 9-years-old, but has proven himself on Grand Prix level already. This summer he won the CSI4* Grand Prix in St. Moritz, and recently he was 2nd in the World Cup in North Salem with Laura Kraut in the saddle. Deauville S is out of the mare Touch of Class by Lux.

Rock'n Roll Semilly and Marlon Zanotelli. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
This 10-year-old stallion is owned by Richard Levallois, so it's a family affair in this case. Rock'n Roll Semilly was 2nd in this year's CSIO5* Grand Prix in La Baule, and 5th in the CSIO5* Grand Prix at Hickstead. He also jumped at the Pan Am Games this year with Marlon Zanotelli in the saddle.

AD Rackham'Jo and Athina Onassis de Miranda. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
The beautiful 10-year-old Diamant de Semilly-son AD Rackham'Jo jumps at five star Grand Prix level with Athina Onassis de Miranda in the saddle.

Sunshine and Jos Verlooy. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
He was born Goldstern van het Keizershof, now his name is Sunshine. The 9-year-old gelding was previously ridden by Scott Brash, now Jos Verlooy has a hold of the reins - making him the third horse in this series by Diamant de Semilly competing for the EuroHorse-team. Sunshine is out of the mare O'Diamant by Hardi, and recently won the puissance in Washington - another great result on the record.

Heliodor Hybris and Laura Renwick. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
This 8-year-old has impressed everyone this summer. Heliodor Hybris won the CSI3* Grand Prix in Ommen as well as the CSI4* Grand Prix qualifier in Bourg-en-Bresse. Not only that, he was also on the winning British Nations Cup team in Gijon in August - with Laura Renwick in the saddle. Heliodor Hybris is out of the mare Carpe Diem Luka by Cannonball.

Erenice Horta and Edwina Tops-Alexander. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Erenica Horta is a daughter of Diamant de Semilly out of the mare Berenice Of Colors by Parco. The 11-year-old mare competed on Grand Prix level with Edwina Tops-Alexander, before she was sold earlier this year.

Picolo and Darragh Kenny. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Picolo has won a lot of classes for Darragh Kenny; in Calgary, Aachen, Dublin, Bridgehampton, Wellington and Vilamoura. This 12-year-old gelding is by Diamant de Semilly with a Alme-mother. Does not get much better than that.

Diamanthina van't Ruytershof and Constant van Paesschen. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Diamanthina van't Ruytershof is a full sister to Emerald. The 12-year-old mare and Constant van Paesschen have had huge success together, winning countless of classes all the way up to Grand Prix level.

Emilie de Diamant and Jack Towell. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Emilie de Diamant A S was earlier on seen with Jan Vinckier in the saddle, now she competes for the US under Jack Towell. With Vinckier the 11-year-old mare was on the 2014 Belgian winning team in the Nations Cup in Sopot after jumping double clear, and now she jumps World Cups with Towell. Emilie de Diamant A S is out of a Flipper d'Elle-mother.

Elvis Ter Putte and Karline de Brabander. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Elvis Ter Putte is an 11-year-old stallion by Diamant de Semilly, with a Darco-mother. He is competed at Grand Prix level by Karline de Brabander, and also breeds successfully at her father's famous stud Stal de Muze.

Extra van Essene and Marlon Zanotelli. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Extra van Essene is another beautiful son of Diamant, out of the mare Sari van Essene by Gotthardsen. Extra van Essene had a successful career under Marlon Zanotelli before he was sold earlier this year.

Jesus de la Commune and Luca Moneta. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Jesus de la Commune is now 18, but is still going strong with Luca Moneta. He's been a winner through-and-through for the Italian rider, and this year he won classes in San Remo and Vilamoura.

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