In this photo series we will take a closer look at some of the sport’s top stallions, and if the offspring bear any resemblance to their sires! Nabab de Reve has sired some of the best horses in the sport, including London and Vigo d’Arsouilles. He is by Quidam de Revel and out of the mare Melodie En Fa by Artichaut. Nabab de Reve competed at the World Equestrian Games with Philippe Le Jeune in 2002 and at the Europeans in Arnhem in 2001, and is owned by Joris de Brabander at Stal de Muze.
Exquis Walnut de Muze is a Nabab de Reve-daughter who has had amount less success under Harrie Smolders. Out of the mare Qerly Chin by Chin Chin, she is bred by Joris Brabander himself – and is herself the mother of 17 foals – 16 of these have been by embryo transfer! Sport wise the fourteen old year mare have numerous wins at five star level. The most famous of all the Nabab de Reve offspring is maybe London, who has had fantastic results under Gerco Schröder. The two won individual and team silver at the Olympic Games in London last year, and were crowned winners of the 5* Grand Prix in Vienna earlier this autumn as well as the Mercedes Benz-Prize in Aachen in July – not to forget the 5* Grand Prix in Doha in March, as well as the 5* Grand Prix in Cannes and Rio in 2012. London is also bred by Joris de Brabander, and is out of the mare Ta Belle van Sombeke by Chin Chin. Casper is a Nabab de Reve-son that competes internationally under Abdel Said. The eleven year old stallion is out of the mare Viona by Codex. For years Nabab’s Son was campaigned successfully under Ireland’s Denis Lynch. The now fifteen year old Nabab de Reve-son jumped at five star Grand Prix level with the Irish rider, with numerous top results. Nabab’s Son is out of the mare Criquett by Kebah. Another famous Nabab de Reve-offspring is Valentina van’t Heike who had a great career under Jos Lansink before she was retired in April this year. Together with Lansink Valentina took home the team bronze medal at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010, won the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi the same year as well as winning the Grand Prix in Paris in 2009 - to mention some of her many top results. Valentina is out of the mare Quanina van’t Heike by Lys de Darmen, and Belgian bred by Karel Boonen. Valentina is the mother of Epleaser van’t Heike, who is campaigned successfully by Lansink’s stable jockey Frank Schuttert. Ibabco is a talented five year old Nabab de Reve-son. He is competed by Belgium’s Wim Smet and did very well at this year’s World Breeding Championships by being clear throughout all the three first rounds. Ibabco is out of the Darco-mare Via Darco. Vigo d’Arsouilles is another medal-winning Nabab de Reve-son, and like his father he is ridden by Philippe Le Jeune. With Le Jeune Vigo d’Arsouilles won the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010 and was on the bronze winning Belgian team. Vigo was bred by Viaene Didier, and born on the 12th of May in 1998. Vigo was later sold to Joris De Brabander who runs Stal de Muze in Belgium, and who still owns the stallion. He is out of the mare Illico d’Arsouille by Fleuri de Manoir. Vigo is now retired from the sport, and enjoys his days at Le Jeune’s yard. An extremely popular sire himself, Vigo has several successful offspring.