Sire: Verdi TN
Verdi is a son of the world famous sires: Quidam de Revel x Landgraf I x Calypso I and Rigoletto. Father Quidam de Revel is a legend on his own. Grandsire Landgraf I is as famous as Quidam and has a long list of international jumpers and approved stallinons. Verdi descends from the famous Holsteiner damline 474-a. This motherline produced the approved stallions Calato, Colombo, Carlino, Loxgraf Go, Montreal, Aldato, Nimrod, Cavalier and Cicero. Verdi has beautiful conformation and has very long lines, as well as very good movement, in walk, trot and canter. Also important is his very nice and easy character. Verdi is a tall stallion with a lot of scope and technique at the jump.
At the performance test at Ermelo in 2005 Verdi was described as a stallion with a lot of scope and potential as a jumper. Verdi represents the Netherlands at the highest levels, with Maikel van der Vleuten. Recent achievements are Team Gold at the European Championships in Aachen, Team Gold at WEG in Caen, and Team Silver and Individual Bronze at the 2012 London Olympics. Verdi was also in the Dutch team at Rio and was still going strong at the age of 16 years.
As a two year old, Verdi was approved by the KWPN, the Performance Test Report in 2005 notes:
“Conformation description - A richly developed, more than sufficient riding type stallion that is somewhat on the forehand. The neck comes from deep in the chest. The topline is strongly muscled. The stance of both the foreleg and the hindleg is correct, The base is sufficiently developed.
Verdi is an honest and dependable stallion. He has more than sufficient willingness to work and he works more than sufficiently. The walk is pure and scopey. The trot has sufficient, to more than, scope with sufficient suppleness. The canter has sufficient, to more than sufficient, scope. Verdi is on the forehand in all three gaits and should bring the hindleg underneath more actively and with more power. Verdi has little talent for dressage and gives his rider a moderate feeling.
Verdi jumps from the ground with much power with a nice high croup. The stallion bascules well. Verdi has good use of the body over the jump. The hindquarter opens well. He seems careful and shows a lot of scope. Verdi has more than sufficient to much talent for jumping and gives his rider a more than sufficient feeling.
Verdi appears to fit mares that lack scope and/or size and substance. Mares do have to have to be built uphill, show blood and be ‘rittig’.”
Which is more or less the advice that Nijhoff stud principal, Jeannette Benedict-Nijhof gives:
“Verdi gets even more popular because he is now starting his seventh year of Grand Prix. He has done Olympics, World Equestrian Games, World Cup finals, and the good thing is that he now has many offspring competing at international level. He makes very nice offspring, he imparts his qualities to his children. They are a little bit late growing like himself, they start to jump exceptionally well at five and six-years-old. In the mare test for three-year-olds, they don’t look so spectacular, but they are really nice when they are older. He goes well with mares that have blood. He looks quite a modern stallion, so you think you can use him on heavy mares, but they get too cold. You need a percentage of blood in the dam line and not too small, and a nice medium size, 165/170 cm, and a bit of blood, not a big bully mare.”
On the 2015/16 KWPN breeding values, Verdi is in 20th place on the ranking for stallions with a reliability of over 90%, with a value of 138 (95%). He has produced 1113 progeny over the age of 4, with 330 registered for competition, that’s 29.649%.
On the 2016/17 KWPN breeding values, Verdi has moved to 11th place on the over 90% rankings, with a value of 141. He scores 109 for conformation, 102 for loose movement and 109 for freejumping. His progeny over 4 now number 1204, with 368 competing – 30.56%.
Verdi TN x ES Heartbreaker x Corlando
2021 - Bay Filly
DAM: PL Queen of Hearts 2021 National 1.10m Champions.
Dam Sire - Euro Sport Heartbreaker
In March 2013, ES Heartbreaker’s 3⁄4 brother Heartbeat (by Heartbreaker from grand dam Elly (Ramiro Z)), was named 2013 Danish Warmblood Stallion of the Year in Herning, Denmark. Heartbeat himself competes at 1.60m level and received the following report at his presentation. “In the Young Horse Championship he scored maximum points as he received eight times 10. Heartbeat made his debut in international jumping in 2008 and has booked numerous placings and victories. He has sired champion and premium stallions as well as highly decorated mares. “
Said Poul Graugaard, chairman of the licensing commission, “He is bred in Holland and came to Denmark as a 3-year-old with an impact few before him has mustered.”
The only blood separating ES Heartbreaker and Heartbeat is that of 1.60m SJ Hamlet, sire of legendary Hickstead!
Sire Heartbreaker’s achievements in both his show jumping career and as a sire are endless. He has topped the Jumping Index for Belgium and Holland for many years, and currently leads with a phenomenal score of 184 points. Heartbreaker has been named ‘Ambassador of the Belgium Warmblood Association’ for having the most offspring in the top 100 of the World Breeding Rankings.
Euro Sport Heartbreaker’s dam Nufrieda competed to 1.40m as a 7 year old before being put in foal. Nufrieda’s talent was no surprise given the success of her family. Her dam Elly is by Sire of the Century Ramiro Z, and carries the highest predicate for mares in the KWPN of Prestatie. Elly is from the same mare as international 1.60m show jumper, B.Jonggor.
Sire: Euro Sport Heartbreaker was purchased as a 3yr old by Euro Sport Horses from Gestüt Rahmannshof in Essen, Germany. He came through the grades with huge success including:
2012/13 NZ Grand Prix Series 3rd place
2013 South Island Grand Prix Champion
2012 NZ National Show Jumping Championships 1.40-50m Championship 3rd place
2011/12 NZ 7yr old Series 6th place
2011 7yr old Horse of the Year 6th place
2011 NZ National 7yr old Championship 2nd place
2010 South Island 6yr old Champion
He was later sold to Australia.
Great Dam Sire Corlando: His pedigree features some of the world's most renowned Holsteiners. These include Cor de la Bryere, Alme Z, Contender, Ladykiller, Ramiro, Marlon, Farnese, and one of the most influential Hanoverian stallions, Gotthard.
These sire lines have been huge influences in dressage and showjumping throughout the world. My Super Nova, by Corlando is winning and placing in his first world cups starts this season, ridden by Rose Alfeld.
Corlando's sire, Contango II, has had a major influence in warmblood breeding in Australia, with progeny being highly sought after internationally.
Contango II's sire, Contango I, won eight out of 10 grand prix dressage starts in the US.
Corlando's dam, Lamona (by Lander), has produced numerous top performers in both disciplines, including the Australian national dressage champion Fleetentanze, and the showjumpers Deutschlander and Landman. Lander competed successfully at grand prix dressage and world cup showjumping.
Da Vinchies Pride, Corlando’s brother, was the winner of a gold medal in the European championships for Young Riders for Team Ireland 2013.
2nd Dam Sire: Lander competed successfully at grand prix dressage and world cup showjumping. Lamonas progeny continue to be versatile and successful across the disciplines.