BWP Names Five Top Stallions As Newest Ambassadors

Nick Skelton & Big Star. Ph. ©Jon Stroud

Every year during the second phase of the BWP stallion selection, a moment is taken to honor the latest candidates who have qualified to receive the honorable label.

About 40 horses, including Darco, Heartbreaker, and Clinton, have previously received the highest distinction for a stallion in the BWP Studbook, and a set of familiar faces have met the requirements needed to achieve the same.

Halifax van het Kluizebos, Eldorado van het Vijverhof, Dulf van den Bisschop, Cabrio van de Heffinck, and Big Star have all been named as candidates eligible to receive the elite ambassador distinction. To qualify, the horses needed to reach the top 10 in the WBFSH list, be a finalist at the Olympic or World Equestrian Games, or, rank within the top 100 in the WBFSH list of breeding stallions with a minimum five offspring.

Halifax van het Kluizebos

Italy’s Lorenzo De Luca and Halifax van het Kluizebos. ph: Tori Repole for NF. 

The ten-year-old BWP stallion Halifax van het Kluizebos (Heartbreaker x Fétiche du Pas) was bred by Stefaan Delabie of Belgium, and is currently owned by Stephex Stables. Under the saddle of Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca, Halifax notably won multiple CSI5* grands prix, and was named the No. 1 show jumper in the world on the WBFSH rankings.

Eldorado van het Vijverhof

Gregory Wathelet & Eldorado van het Vijverhof at the 2017 LGCT of Miami Beach. ph: Tori Repole for NF.

The 13-year-old BWP stallion Eldorado van het Vijverhof (Thunder Van De Zuuthoeve x Omar) was bred by Jozef Houtmeyers and is currently owned by Daniel Demartin. He competed at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normany under Columbia’s Dayro Arroyave, before moving to the stables of Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet in 2014. Under Wathelet, Eldorado finished 1st in the €350,000 Longines CSI5* Grand Prix of Paris in 2016.

H&M Cabrio van de Heffinck 

The 15-year-old Holsteiner stallion H&M Cabrio Van de Heffinck (Cassini I x Calato) was bred by Ingrid Ashbar-Siemsen. He’s been partnered on the rated circuit with Belgium’s Oliver Philippaerts for the entirety of his FEI career. The two competed at the 2011 Continental Regional Games, where they helped secure a team 1st place finish, and the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. They most notably won the $1 Million CN International Grand Prix of Spruce Meadows in 2012.

Big Star

ph: Callum Toy for Noelle Floyd Magazine.

The now retired 14-year-old KWPN stallion Big Star (Quick Star x Nimmerdor) was bred by Cees Klaver. Under Great Britain’s Nick Skelton, Big Star won individual and team gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games, as well as an individual gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. His stud holder is Spy Coast Farm, Stallion AI Services. Other major accomplishments include victories in the €1,000,000 Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen and Grand Prix of Rome.

Dulf van den Bisschop : Heartbreaker x Achill-Libero H; breeder Tom De Craene; stud holder : Maura Thatcher Pony Lane Farm.

The 14-year-old BWP stallion Dulf van den Bisschop (Heartbreaker x Libero H) was bred by Tom De Craene. He earned his BWP ambassador status by producing offspring that are in the top 100 rankings.

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