Belgium: Team Bronze Medal
The first Belgium team member was Nevados S. This horse ended up ninth in the individual rankings. Belgium does not have a great publicity or promotion program for its horse breeding, however, it does produce lots and lots of top-of-the-range jumping horses.
The sire of Nevados S is Calvados Z. Calvados Z has competed at 1.60m himself and has sired some five horses which have reached the 1.60m classes. The dam of Nevados S is Nestia S. Nestia S is by Romualdo, who also competed at 1.60m show jumping.
The second Belgium team member was Quel Homme de Hus, who finished 14th in the individual rankings. The sire of Quel Homme de Hus is Quidam de Revel. Quidam de Revel is one of the legendary sires of show jumpers, having sired something like 154 offspring who have competed at 1.60m show jumping. This line will go down as one of the freak sires of all time.
The dam of Quel Homme de Hus is P-Hawaii. P-Hawaii is by the 1.60m competition stallion, Candillo. Candillo is by another 1.60m competition stallion, Cassini 1. So, the mother of Quel Homme de Hus is pure show jumping royalty.
The third Belgium team member was Claire Z. The sire of Claire Z is Clearway. Clearway has sired some 28 competition horses competing at 1.60m show jumping. Capitol 1 is the sire of Clearway and he is the sire of some 55 competition horses competing at 1.60m.
The dam of Claire Z is Colessa Z. Colessa Z is by Coronado, who in turn is by Corrado 1. Corrado 1 has competed at 1.60m and has sired some 81 competition offspring also competing at 1.60m.
SHOWJUMPING GENE POOL
The show jumping horses at the top certainly have a much bigger gene pool than the dressage horses, however, once you go over and over this, there are again, I think, no more than 20 jumping dynasties which account for almost all of the top show jumping competitors at the Games.
To be specific, I think the top performances in show jumping at Tokyo did in the main come from blue-chip dynasties which include Quidam de Revel, Alme, Heartbreaker, Cassini 1, Cornet Obolensky, Corrado 1, For Pleasure, Kannan, Mr Blue, Mylord Carthargo, and Toulon. The standouts at Tokyo with more than one offspring include Chacco Blue, who had five offspring there, including the individual gold medallist Explosion W. Two stallions had three offspring, being Kashmir van Schuttershof, who had two of his offspring in the Swedish gold medal team and Casall ASK. Other outstanding stallions who had two offspring including Catoki, Diarado, Diamant De Semilly, Clearway and Cooper VD Heffinck. Quidam de Revel did only have one direct son at Tokyo, however, he had many sons who had sired competitors and similarly there where a notable few competitors that where out of his daughters or grand-daughters.
Interestingly, I do think there are a number of Australians who are more and more on top of the show jumping genetics, and I think despite our recent Tokyo 2020 show jumping disaster, we are going to see our riders perform better and better. The Australian riders did come sixth in the world in 2018, which gave our team a straight entry into the Olympics. In 2018, we had a group of really well-bred show jumping horses that were not too old and a group of riders in the saddle who really took the world on. I think as we continue to breed, our riders both male and female are going to become more and more competitive. Once upon a time Australians did jump off for individual medals. Bring on Brisbane 2032!