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

Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Does the apple fall far from the tree

Kannan with Michel Hecart in the saddle. Photo (c) Dirk Caremans/
Kannan with Michel Hecart in the saddle. Photo (c) Dirk Caremans/

We once again 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 Kannan, who has turned out to be one of the best sires in the world with a huge amount of offspring jumping at the very top of the sport. Kannan was born in 1992, and by Voltaire x Nimmerdor. With Michel Hecart in the saddle, Kannan himself competed internationally. 

Steve Guerdat and Nino des Buissonnets. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Kannan's most well known offspring is probably Nino des Buissonnets. With Steve Guerdat in the saddle, Nino jumped to an individual gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He has also been World Cup Vice Champion twice; in 2012 and 2013 - and in addition he has won World Cups and Grand Prix classes all over the world over the last years. The now 14-year-old gelding is out of the mare Hermine du Prelet, by Narcos II.

Molly Malone V and Bertram Allen. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Molly Malone V is another extremely successful Kannan-offspring. The 11-year-old mare finished in the top ten at the 2014 World Championships and at the 2015 European Championships she was in the top 20. At the 2015 World Cup Final, Molly ended 3rd with her rider Bertram Allen. Molly has won five star Grand Prix classes in Lummen, Dublin and Dinard as well as the World Cup in Verona. This Kannan-daughter is out of a Cavalier-mare.

Quorida de Treho and Romain Duguet. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Quorida de Treho recently won the World Cup in Helsinki, and was third in Lyon following up on a fantastic season where she won the five star Grand Prix in Paris and in St. Gallen. At the European Championships in Aachen this year she jumped a double clear in the final, finishing 11th overall. With Romain Duguet, the 11 year-old-mare also jumped to the team bronze at the championships. Quorida de Treho is French bred, and out of a Tolbiac des Forets-mare.

Diva II and Ben Maher. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Diva II is another Kannan-daughter with a lot of success. This year she jumped at the European Championships in Aachen with Ben Maher, and she won the World Cup in Wellington as well as being on the winning British Nations Cup team in Rotterdam. In 2014, she won the five star Grand Prix in London. Diva II is bred in Great Britain, and is out of the mare Debutante by Berlioz.

Oh d'Eole and Gregory Wathelet. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
The Kannan-daughter Oh d'Eole has been successful with many different riders; McLain Ward, Marc Bettinger, Michel Robert, Kevin Staut and now Gregory Wathelet. The 13-year-old mare has won classes all over the world, and has big wins from Bourg-en-Bresse, Shanghai and Zurich. Oh d'Eole is French bred and out of a Papillon Rouge-mare.

Rosana du Park and Eric Lamaze. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Rosana du Park has had a fantastic season, and has notched up victories in Wellington and Calgary as well as having another seven podium finishes together with Eric Lamaze. The 10-year-old mare is French bred and out of Quinine de Livoye by Ukase.

Zoe II and Lorenzo de Luca. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Zoe II is like Molly Malone V and Diva II bred in Great Britain. She is out of the mare Claydons Fleuri by Goes Without Saying. With Lorenzo de Luca in the saddle, the 11-year-old mare has wins from Magna Racino, Verona, Vilamoura and Rome in addition to being a regular on the podium as 2nd or 3rd.

Padock du Plessis *HN and Timothee Anciaume. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Padock du Plessis *HN competes successfully at international Grand Prix level with Timothee Anciaume. The 12-year-old stallion has big wins from St. Lo, Chantilly, Mons and Lummen over that last few years. Padock du Plessis *HN is out of the Adelfos-mare Katy du Plessis.

Sakann and Luciana Diniz. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Sakann is a 9-year-old French bred Kannan-daughter that jumps internationally with Luciana Diniz. She has jumped up to 1.50-level with Diniz, and this year the two won in Hamburg. Sakann is out of a Nidor Platiere-mare.

Quannan-R and Marc Bettinger. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Quannan-R jumps internationally with Marc Bettinger. The Kannan-son is now 15-years-old, and has been winning a lot with Bettinger during his career. He is out of the mare Nina R by A Lucky One.

Kavalier and Steve Guerdat. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Kavalier is another Kannan-son being competed by Steve Guerdat. The 9-year-old stallion has been introduced to the bigger classes this year, and was 4th in the five star Grand Prix in Los Angeles earlier this autumn. Kavalier is out of an Alligator Fontaine-mare.

Steve Guerdat and Albführen's Paille. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Steve Guerdat also rides the Kannan-daughter Albführen's Paille. The two won the World Cup Final is Las Vegas this year, as well as wining the World Cup leg in Gothenburg. Paille is French bred and out of a Dollar du Murier-mare.

Quister - here with Jane Richard Philips. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Quister - here with Jane Richard Philips - is a Kannan-son that now can be seen under Beezie Madden. His birth name is Quracao de la Roque, and like Paille (and many other Kannan-babies) he comes from the Hecart-family's Haras de la Roque. Quister is out of Naiade Dunoise by Eyken des Fontenis.

Carlito C and Olivier Philippaerts. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
H&M Carlito C is a 13-year-old Kannan-son competing internationally with Olivier Philippaerts. The two have several big wins together; from St. Gallen, Franconville, Aachen, Spruce Meadowns and Washington.

Nicola Philippaerts with H&M Quenzo de la Roque. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
H&M Quenzo de la Roque is competed by Nicola Philippaerts, and is also from Haras de la Roque and the Hecart-family. Quenzo de la Roque, an 11-year-old gelding, has had many good results with Nicola all the way up to five star Grand Prix level. He is out of the mare Quapucine, by Jasmin.

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