Heartbreaker & Peter Geerink
The Team Nijhof stallion, Heartbreaker son of the illustrious Nimmerdor, passed away this morning at the ripe old age of 32. Labeled “Preferent” by the KWPN studbook in 2009 (the highest distinction) then elected “KWPN Horse of the Year” in 2016, his influence within Dutch breeding quickly spread to the international scene. Father of many international performers, he leaves an indelible mark on the lines of current sport horses.
Unearthed at Piet Koopmans (based in Bozum) by Henk Nijhof when he was only 6 months old, who later jointly owned the stallion with the Bosch brothers.
Heartbreaker was not immediately presented for KWPN approval, ” he was ordinary in gait and was quite short “. Sent to Belgium, he was accepted by the BWP stud-book with a score of 74.02%.
All the same, he sired 63 foals in his first year of breeding. Entrusted to the New Zealander Grant Wilson , he evolved on the young horse circuit to finish 5th in the World Championship at 6 years old, then 4th at 7 years old.
His career was launched under the saddle of Peter Geerink at 8, he won the Nations Cup in Falsterbo (SWE), and reached the podium in Hamburg (GER), Rotterdam (NED), Geesteren (NED), etc. The KWPN studbook then ends up approving him on his performance. The following year, the remarkable striking bay also ranked 4th in London (GBR) and especially in Aix-La-Chapelle (GER), confirming all the ability that was thought of him.
The stallion was approved by several German and French studbooks, the BWP and the KWPN. Heartbreaker left an indelible mark on both sport and breeding.
For several years, Heartbreaker exceeded 40% of performing products within the KWPN studbook, which placed him well at the top of the stallions list.
He leaves a large number of international winners including: Toulon (the protégé of the late Hubert Bourdy, father of many very good winners), Action-Breaker (CSI5 * with Sergio Alvarez Moya / ESP), Orlando (CSI5 *, Darragh Kerins / IRL), Quasimodo van de Molendreef (Jaime Azcaraga / MEX), Vancouver d’Auvray (CSI5 *, 4th individual JEM Lexington with Bernardo Alves / BRA), Hardrock Z (CSI5 *, Emanuele Andrade / VEN ), VDL Groep Zidane(CSI5 *, Leopold van Asten / NED), and closer to us, the former Nations Cup partner of Pénélope Leprévost, Jerusalem artichoke and the excellent Ups’n Downs vanden Bandam (CSI3 *, Clémence Laborde / FRA).
As for stallion sons, Toulon seems to be following in his footsteps. 3rd in the WBFSH World Ranking 2020 of stallions fathers of winners, he has a good progeny including Vancouver de Lanlore (CSI5 *, P. Leprévost), Visconti du Telman (CSI5 *, K. Staut), Delux van T & L (CSI5 *, N. Bruynseels / BEL), PSG Final (CSI5 *, C. O’Connor / IRL), Toulago (CSI5 *, P. Schwizer / SUI), Dieu Merci van T & L (CSI5 *, E. Lamaze), Kiana van het Herdershof (CSI5 *, D. Deusser) or even Tipsy du Terral (CSI5 *, E. Moffit).
Known to transmit his extraordinary jumping ability, Heartbreaker has always been considered a winner in the ring, a quality that he bequeathed to most of his products. From the KWPN breed leader Nimmerdor (Farn, Holst x Koridon, PS), Heartbreaker featured a blood quality dam strain (his grandmother KWPN – and ‘Preferent’ – was 3/4 thoroughbred), crossed with the blood of Selle Français Le Mexico (Mexico, SF x Brule Tout, SF). He crosses particularly well with mares from Lys de Darmen , SF (Et Hop, AA), Darco , Bwp (Lugano van la Roche, Han), and Clinton , Holst (Corrado I, Holst) .
Source: Marcel Bruneau leperon