New to the Hilltop Farm Guest Stallion Program in 2010 is the international showjumper VDL Laroche. Owned by the prestigious VDL Stud early in his career Laroche finished 4th in the jumping portion of his Stallion Test. The training reprot included, \\Laroche has more than enough talent for jumping and gives his rider a good feeling. Laroche next won the KWPN Stallion Jumping Competition at Den Bosch, Holland. With Angelique Hoorn, Laroche had a successful international Grand Prix career in Europe before being purchased for Frankie Chesler in Canada.
Laroche has already proven that his talent and heart transmit to the next generation. Six Ster mares, two Keur mares, and one liscensed stallion arer just the beginning successes of these early foal crops. The Swedish mare Pjalgary VDL, Rudi, and VDL Groep Saffier all appear on the 2008 FEI WBFSH Ranking List for Jumping Horses. Mr. President and Bugatti represent Laroche in the US as winning jumpers on the A Circuit. Even with a limited number of offspring, Laroche has already earned a jumping index of 153, ranking him 11th of all KWPN stallions with offspring aged 10 or older.
The jumping ability evident in Laroch and his offspring is no suprise. His sire Olympic Concorde competed internationally for many years with excellent results. He was selected as the KWPN Horse of the Year in 2004 and was the youngest stallion to ever be awarded the Preferent title.
Grandsire Voltaire was a Dutch Team horse as well, winning Nations Cup classes at Calgary, Stockholm, Lanaken, Helsinki, Wiesbaden, and Wembley. This KWPN Preferent sire has an exceptional production record of both showjumpers and dressage horses and he has been in the top of the KWPN & WBFSH ranking lists. In the US, Voltaire\'s offspring have often won in the hunter ring as well.
Laroche\'s dam is the Keur Preferent Prestatie mare Bernadette, by the legendary Nimmerdor. He too was an international showjumper of great quality. He sired 18 approved sons, including Ahorn, Goodtimes, and Heartbreaker. In 2000 Nimmerdor was elected the stallion of the 20th century in the Netherlands.
Of unique interest in Laroche\'s pedigree is the Trakehner stallion Marco Polo whose influence is felt in both his sire and dam. The jumping ability and good character which he passed to his offspring was apparent early on. Polo Boy, Vivaldi, and Marius (sire of Milton) were all international showjumping stars of the early 1980\'s.
We are excited to share VDL Laroche with our breeders and see his influence as a jumper sire expand even further in the coming years.