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Rivendell Caravaggia


Pedigree profile of Rivendell Caravaggia (Sold)

D.O.B 17/09/2008  -  Dageraad (Imp KWPN) x Amour de Fleuve xx x Kamakura 

Caravaggia is a chestnut filly by the imported Dutch warmblood stallion dageraad (deceased).
Dageraad was by the stallion Ramiro Z, who in a lifespan of thirty years as a sporthorse and breeding sire earned the titles 'Stallion of the Century' and "King of Sires." His progeny can be described with one word: sublime. One of his daughters, the super-mare Ratina Z, is the dream of the show jumping world, winning double Olympic gold medals (1992 and 1996) at the Barcelona Olympics, and the World Cup of 1993. Ramiro still ranks number 16 on the 2003 World Breeding Federation jumping stallion rankings. He is arguably the most influential jumping stallion ever...
Dageraad’s damsire was the stallion Nimmerdor. This legendary bay stallion was out of the Dutch WB ster mare Ramona, who featured thoroughbred on her sire’s side (Koridon) and Dutch warmblood (grandsire Senator) on the dam’s side. Nimmerdor’s sire was the Holstein stallion Farn, an old-fashioned type, and when he was graded it was hoped he would improve upon the Dutch breed by siring good brood mare daughters. This he clearly did, but only when he was given lighter mares did it became evident that he was also capable of producing excellent show jumpers amongst his offspring. Farn, and therefore Nimmerdor, traced his ancestry to Achil – founder of the Holstein breed.

Nowadays of course, it is indisputable the tremendous influence Farn himself had upon Dutch breeding and several years after his death he was finally declared ‘preferant’ – the highest possible award for stallion recognition. Farn is known for his descendants in International Showjumping such as Odin N., Black and White, Design and Olympus, and has thirteen approved sons – Nimmerdor however remains his most famous son of all.

When Nimmerdor was performance tested, he clearly excelled at jumping and so began his steady progression onto the world of International Showjumping. Ridden by Albert Vroom, he successfully competed in many World Cups and International Competitions, and he was accordingly invited to the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.

Nimmerdor now of course has many offspring, including over 50 Approved sons. Ahorn, Daimler, N-Aldato, DBH Heartbreaker, Zadock, Nandor Fortuna and Coronel are a few of these.

Ahorn was a reputable showjumper and his ability earned him the prefix ‘Olympic’ when he was short-listed for the Barcelona Olympics. He frequently jumped in the Dutch team and was consistently placed in World Cup and Grand Prix Competitions. He was known as a top producer of sporthorses in his own right. N-Aldato’s wins include the Golden Equippe-Medal EK 1991 La Baule under Emile Hendrix and the Nations Tournament in Aachen. Heartbreaker’s record of success includes first at the Stallion Show in Brussels under Grant Wilson (January 1995) and fourth as a seven-year-old at the World Championships Lanaken – the list for the Approved sons of Nimmerdor goes on and is undoubtedly remarkable.

Approved sons aside, Nimmerdor also produced over sixty international showjumpers including well-known names such as VDL Everest, Broere Goldenridge, Agrovorm’s Maywood, San Patrignano Avenir and Canadian Colours.

Undoubtedly, Nimmerdor is one of the best show-jumper sires of the world.

Nimmerdor also produced successful dressage horses including the international Zapata, as well as versatile offspring including Wellington, who competed at Advanced level dressage as well as International Showjumping - a very attractive prospect for breeders aiming for an all round sportshorse.

Competition horses aside, Nimmerdor also sired many exceptional brood-mares and his daughters regularly finish ahead in the conformation category. Zancara (keur pref) was reserve champion for ridden broodmares in the Netherlands and was several times champion of Friesland at the Central KWPN show. His progeny also have excellent breeding results and he has a high degree of heredity reliability at 95%.

Caravaggia is out of the thoroughbred mare Casino Luck, our very own porcelain doll, a classic thoroughbred mare.
Classically beautiful as a true English thoroughbred, consistently producing offspring that are all beautifully conformed and easy to work with. Due to her movement, she has been put mainly to dressage sires, but true to her pedigree, she will now start producing foals more suited to the showjumping arena as well.
Casino’s sire, Amour de Fleuve, is also the sire of the open show-jumper ‘Moon Fever xx’.
Caravaggia was sold in foal to Florimon after having been backed.

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