Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman awarded in Estoril as Baloubet du Rouet’s most successful prodigy..
The famous stallion, Baloubet du Rouet, was honored at the Longines Global Champions Tour event this past weekend in Estoril, Portugal. At 24 years old, this incredible French-bred stallion and highly respected competitor is clearly very much young at heart. Cantering around the ring during the presentation, Baloubet kicked and behaved as though he were 7 years old again.
Baloubet du Rouet was honored along side his son, Ludger Beerbaum’s Chaman. Standing quietly next to his father and sire, Chaman seemed as mystified by the incredible stallion as the rest of the crowd and spectators in attendance. An award and cheque of €50,000 was awarded to Ludger Beerbaum and his bay stallion Chaman as Baloubet cantered around the ring, his jockey doing her best to keep the spirited stallion focused and content. Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman were awarded with the Baloubet du Rouet award as the stallion’s most successful son and offspring. Chaman stands as Baloubet’s best performing son and descendant.
As the pair attempted to join closer together for a group photos, Baloubet reared up on his back legs, crying out and seeming to challenge his son Chaman. Striking out with impressive vigor, it was as though Baloubet was younger in age then his son, who stood quietly next to his father, eyeing-up the force of nature.
Known for his larger-then-life personality, Nelson and Rodrigo often spoke about Baloubet’s spirited demeanor and aggressive behavior. During his years as one of the top horses in the world, Baloubet displayed not only incredible ability and a tremendous competitive spirit, but a certain flare for excitement and a unique personality.
The history of Baloubet du Rouet; One of the greatest stallions of modern show jumping
At the age of 3 years old, Baloubet was presented to Nicole and Diogo Pereira Coutinho, by his owner, veterinarian Dr. Blanchard. The couple immediately fell in love with the stallion on site, purchasing him from Dr. Blanchard and maintaining his training with Remy Bourdais. The stallion would compete as a young horse in Normandy, France with Haras du Pin and Haras de S. Lo.
In 1994, Brazil’s Nelson Pessoa earned the ride on the talented stallion. With Nelson, Baloubet won the World Championships as a 6 year old as well as the French Championships for the 7 year old division. As a 9 year old, Baloubet earned a finalist position in the 1998 World Equestrian Games with Nelson Pessoa for Brazil.
Following the World Equestrian Games in Rome, Nelson Pessoa passed on the incredible animal to his son, Rodrigo. It was with Rodrigo, where Baloubet shot into the upper echelon of modern show jumping, becoming one of the sport’s all time greats.
Baloubet became the only horse to have won the World Championships three times with the same rider, Rodrigo Pessoa. In 2000, Baloubet and Rodrigo earned Olympic Bronze at the Sydney Olympics and followed four years later with an Individual Gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games held in Athens, Greece.
In total, Baloubet has participated in a total 263 international competitions and won 24% of those competitions through out his career, with an impressive 65 winning titles to his name. Competing through to the age of 17 years old and completed his final competition in 2006.
Baloubet retired with rider Rodrigo Pessoa, owners Nicole and Diogo Pereira Countinho and his long-time veterinarian Dr. Thomaz Montello. Baloubet moved to Portugal in 2010, where he remains at stud at the tender age of 24 years old.
Famous offspring of this amazing stallion include, Chaman (KWPN) ridden by Ludger Beerbaum (GER), VDL Bubalu (KWPN) ridden by Jur Vrieling (NED), South Wind VDL (KWPN) ridden by Tiffany Foster (CAN), West Side (BWP) ridden by Clarrisa Crotta (SUI), AD Babouche (OLD) ridden by Athina Onassis (GRE), Napoly Du Ry (OLD) ridden by Simon Delestre (FRA), AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno (SBS) ridden by Alvaro de Miranda Neto (BRA) and Palloubet d’Halong (SF) ridden by Janika Sprunger (SUI)