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Does the apple fall far from the tree? Darco and some of his offspring...

Tuesday, 09 February 2016
Does the apple fall far from the tree...

Ludo Philippaerts and Darco at CHIO Aachen in 1993. Photo (c) Dirk Caremans.
Ludo Philippaerts and Darco at CHIO Aachen in 1993. Photo (c) Dirk Caremans.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Darco reigned the world of showjumping with Ludo Philippaerts in the saddle. Together they won some of the world's biggest Grand Prix competitions, World Cups and Nations Cups. With Ludo, Darco also jumped at three European Championships (1989, 1991 and 1993), the 1990 World Championships and at the 1992 Olympic Games. Darco was retired from the sport in 1993, and passed away in 2006 - but lives on today as one of the world's dominating sires. 

Winningmood with Luciana Diniz. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
One of Darco's most famous offspring is Winningmood, ridden by Luciana Diniz. Winningmood was bred by Harrie Theeuwes, but was born at Stoeterij Arenberg - hence his original name Winningmood van de Arenberg. Winningmood was later sold to Ludo Philippaerts, who also was the rider of his famous father. In 2009, Winningmood was sold on to Edouard de Rothschild and Luciana Diniz took over the ride on the stallion. With Luciana, Winningmood competed at the 2009 European Championships in Windsor, the 2011 European Championships in Madrid and the 2013 European Championships in Herning. Winningmood has taken numerous wins with Diniz in the saddle and has countless of podium finishes; last year at the age of 16 Winningmood was at his very best taking victories in the LGCT Grand Prix classes in Madrid and Vienna.

HH Copin van de Broy with Quentin Judge. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
HH Copin van de Broy is another very successful Darco-son. He started his international career with Gregory Wathelet in the saddle, who won the 2011 World Cup in Mechelen with the now 14-year-old stallion. Then, Marcus Ehning took over the reins. Ehning and Copin van de Broy had great success together, with Nation Cup victories in Rome and Rotterdam, a Grand Prix win in Nörten-Hardenberg as well as taking the second place in the Grand Prix in Falsterbo, the Grand Prix at Hickstead and the Grand Prix in Paderborn. At the end of 2013, Copin van de Broy was sold to Double H Farm where he continued his top performances under Quentin Judge; the two have international wins from Gijon and Spruce Meadows as well as several top five finishes in World Cups and Grand Prix classes to look back at.

Amaretto D'Arco and Katie Dinan. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Amaretto D'Arco is like Winningmood and Copin van de Broy a stallion, and is out of a dam by Tenor Manciais. The now 16-year-old son of Darco started his career under Shane Sweetnam, who competed him at the 2013 Europeans as well as the 2013 World Cup Finals. Later the same year, Katie Dinan bought the stallion and together they have had some good results all the way up to World Cup level.

Coriana van't Klapscheut and Pilar Cordon. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Coriana van't Klapscheut is a 14-year-old Darco-daughter out of a Heartbreaker-dam, and she has done some great things in the sport. Her career started with Nina Fagerström and Eric Lamaze in the saddle, while Pilar Cordon rode her in between. With Lamaze in the saddle, the chestnut mare took numerous international wins and also ended second in the 2011 Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final in Paris. In 2012, Cordon took over the reins and enjoyed much success with Coriana as well - taking part at the 2013 Europeans.

Codarco and Chloe Reid. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Codarco is a 9-year-old stallion by Darco, out of a Orame-mare. Codarco started his career under Thomas O’Brien, and his family bred and produced Codarco themselves. Codarco won the four year old final at Dublin Horse Show in 2011, the Irish Sport Horse Studbook Showjumping series league as both a 5- and 6-year-old and jumped at the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championship for Young Horses in Lanaken both in 2012 and 2013 before Billy Twomey bought him. Now, he is seen under USA's Chloe Reid who has done some great things on him - the two won the CSI2* Grand Prix in Riesenbeck last year and more recently the pair finished third in the CSI3* Grand Prix during WEF week 3.

Bonanza van Paemel and Catherine Pasmore. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Bonanza van Paemel is another successful Darco-son, that is out of a mare by Sheyenne de Baugy. The now 15-year-old gelding has had a successful career under Catherine Pasmore, who has competed him in Nations Cups, World Cups and Grand Prix competitions with some great top five finishes on the record.

One of the best Darco offspring the sport has seen was Sapphire, and she should need little introduction. Sapphire was McLain Ward's number one horse for years and won team gold at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, team silver at the 2006 World Equestrian Games, took numerous Nations Cup victories and had huge success in some of the world’s biggest Grand Prix classes. Sapphire's was retired in 2012, and sadly passed away in 2014. She was Belgian bred by the Van Bunder-family, and was out of the mare Idjaz C by Hedjaz. 

Erco van't Roosakker and Daniel Deusser. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Erco van't Roosakker is a Belgian bred Darco-son coming from breeder Mark Kluskens out of a Kannan-mare. The now 12-year-old stallion has been competed by Rik Hemeryck, Daniel Deusser and Lorenzo de Luca - and with the latter Erco was on the winning Italian Nations Cup team in Lummen last year.

Geena with Janika Sprunger in the saddle. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Geena is another Darco-offspring bred by Mark Kluskens. The now 10-year-old mare has the same dam as Erco van't Roosakker; Babbe van't Roosakker. With Sprunger in the saddle, Geena has jumped up to 1.55 classes.

DJ vd Kattevennen Z and Olivier Philippaerts. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
DJ vd Kattevennen Z is a 9-year-old Darco-son with a Carthago Z-mother, seen under Olivier Philippaerts. The beautiful grey has been competed up to 1.50 level by the Belgian rider.

Wisconsin and Sergio Alvarez Moya. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Wisconsin is another Darco-son that has had a lot of success in the sport. With Sergio Alvarez Moya in the saddle, the now 17-year-old gelding won classes in Vejer, Comporta, Lummen, Barcelona, Salzburg, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Aachen - to mention some. Later on he was sold to Ukraine's Alexander Onischenko. Wisconsin is out of a Coriolan-mare, and is Belgian bred.

Girlpower and Willem Greve. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Girlpower is a 10-year-old Darco-daughter, with a Chatman-mother. Like Winningmood, she is bred by Harrie Theeuwes. Girlpower has proved herself in the sport under Willem Greve, competing up to 1.50 level.

Quarco de Kerambars and Rik Hemeryck. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Quarco de Kerambars is a now 16-year-old Darco x Skippy II-son that had huge success under Rik Hemeryck. Together the two won the 2011 Hermés Grand Prix in Paris, as well as big classes in Bourg-en-Bresse, Calgary and Brussels. They also competed at the 2012 World Cup Finals.

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