In this photo series we take a closer look at some of the sport’s well-known stallions, and if their offspring carry any resemblance to the sires. Heartbreaker's legacy is definitely carried on by his sons and daughters, and many of them are a lot like their dad. The stallion competed at the highest level of the sport with Dutch rider Peter Geerink in the saddle. Heartbreaker was born in 1989, sired by Nimmerdor x Silvano. Heartbreaker is also the father of other influental sires such as Quasimodo van de Molendreef and Toulon. Photo (c) Dirk Caremans/www.hippofoto.be.
Romanov is one of Heartbreaker's most well-known sons in the sport today. The 17-year-old stallion is out of a Fedor-mare, and has had lots of success under Philipp Spivey, Billy Twomey and Bertram Allen. The latter has won some huge Grand Prix classes on him; the CSI5* Longines Global Champions Tour in Paris, the CSIO5* Grand Prix in La Baule, the CSI3* Grand Prix in Dortmund, the CSI5* World Cup in Bordeaux - to mention some.
Leopold van Asten's 11-year-old top horse VDL Groep Zidane is another successful Heartbreaker-son. Zidane is out of a Calando I-mare, and is owned by Stoeterij Duyselshof. With the Dutch rider in the saddle, he has won Grand Prix classes in La Coruna twice and he was also on the winning Dutch Nations Cup team in Falsterbo this year.
Dejavu is an 11-year-old gelding by Heartbreaker x Ramiro. Under Dutch rider Gert-Jan Bruggink, Dejavu had lots of success winning the Nations Cup in Gijon as well as being on the podium in Grand Prix classes in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Maastricht and Hannover. In 2014, Bassem Hassan Mohammed took over the reins and went on to finish 4th in the Grand Prix competitions in Antwerpen and Abu Dhabi.
A famous Heartbreaker-son is Action-Breaker, that has proved to be a very successful sire himself with a huge demand for his offspring. Action-Breaker competed at the top of the sport with Sergio Alvarez Moya in the saddle, before he was retired earlier this year. Action-Breaker is 15-years-old, and out of a Lys de Darmen-mare. The stallion competed in two World Championships during his career, and at one World Cup Final in addition to being campaigned at international Grand Prix level around the world by Moya.
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