Don Quichotte Van De Riethoeve
Don Quichotte Van Der Riethoeve’s is a quality stallion whose pedigree contains some of the most established jumping bloodlines available today.
Don Quichotte is an eleven year old BWP stallion imported from Belgium to South Africa in the middle of 2013.
He is a robust and powerful stallion who in looks, is stamped in the mould of the traditional BWP. His major assets are an incredibly active and powerful hock, an elastic stride and a ton of explosive power off the ground. He has a faultless and extravagant technique over a fence with a great deal of sensitivity and awareness for the poles. He is a real work horse who thrives under saddle and those who know him or have worked with him have all commented on his undeniable intelligence.
Don Quichotte’s immediate family on his dam side is incredibly well performed with his two brothers, Tolano Van De Riethoeve (Chin Chin) and Salto Van De Riethoeve (Darco), both having jumped at top level in Europe. Tolano, the eldest son out the dam Knappe Van Heyvelde (Goldspring De Lauzelle) was ridden by Jos Lansink before going to stud and has since sired many top class performers.
Don Quichotte’s sire, Poor Boy, jumped at top level in Europe with rider Beat Mandli. Poor Boy is a full brother to one of the greatest show jumping mares of all time, Sonora La Silla who was ridden by Jan Tops. Poor Boy’s popularity as a sire was on the rise when he very unfortunately disappeared under mysterious circumstances. His sire Polydor, sired many outstanding individuals including Positano who jumped in many top class competitions including the Olympic Games where he was part of the Swiss team who achieved a silver medal, Pamina who was ridden by Otto Becker and who achieved a 5th place individual finish at the World Games in Stockholm, Pretty Woman ridden by Bert Romp and the brilliant Two Steps, who under Michael Whitaker was crowned WBFSH horse of the year in 94 and 95.
Polydor has also proved to be a formidable broodmare sire with the Libero H mare Libertina, ridden by Jessica Kurten being out of a Polydor mare. Polydor is also a sire of sires. His son, Potsdam, continues to serve mares at the State Stud in Warendorf.
Polydor is by Pilatus, who in turn is also the sire of the great Pilot who is the sire of the brilliant mare Pialotta.