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Top Ten Modern Winning Bloodlines

Which genetics are considered to be among the best in the world by today’s competition standards? SHOW JUMPING Four pre-eminent stallions that immediately come to mind are Diamant de Semilly, Cornet Obolensky, Baloubet du Rouet, and Casall. All four stallions had brilliant competition careers themselves, and successfully transitioned into sires of Olympic-level performers. Three of the studbooks they represent were also most represented in the Rio start list: the KWPN (Dutch Warmblood) led the way with 17 entries, followed by BWP (Belgian Warmblood) with 12, and SF (Selle Français) with 10 – a significant illustration that German breeders are now being given a run for their money in the showjumping arena! Baloubet du Rouet (1989, by Galoubet A) comes first in birth order and was the chestnut SF stallion who wowed audiences under the saddle of Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa: two Olympic Games (2000 and 2004, team and individual medals), historic…

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