Kafka van de Heffinck
This Belgium bred stallion has an impressive competition record and excellent pedigree, combining the best jumping blood from Holstein and France.
Kafka’s career started with him being named the reserve vice champion at the stallion selection of 2013. He then won stallion competitions as a four-year-old and six-year-old and continued to have numerous successes in young horse classes.
Since breaking into the international competition arena Kafka’s achievements have been no less impressive. As a nine-year-old, already jumping at 1.60m, he finished mostly clear or with just the one time fault, and often in the placings. Recently he won his first Grand Prix at the CSIO5* Athens with Portugal’s Rodrigo Almeida.
In 2019 he was awarded “Elite” status by the BWP studbook.
Kafka’s sire, Calvaro, has sired a huge number of Grand Prix jumpers but was also a phenomenal sport horse with numerous wins and placings both individually and as a team member under the riders Jos Lansink and the Whitaker brothers, John and Michael.
Kafka’s dam, Utopie, jumped at 1.50m level, and also boasts an excellent pedigree. Her sire, Diamant de Semilly, was French Champion and part of the French gold-medal-winning team at the World Equestrian Games. He is also the sire of many top grand prix jumpers.
Kafka’s offspring inherit his easy temperament and carefulness. In general they all have an excellent front. Their canters are light and ground covering. Kafka also adds scope combined with excellent technique.
His oldest offspring are only now turning 6 and thanks to Covid-19 there are hardly any results in 6 y old classes this year.
There were only a few foals bred in his first year but 6 of them have jumped in national and some at international shows with very good results.
Although Kafka is a big horse he is a typical Calvaro, so he prefers a blood-typed mare with long legs. His offspring have enough length through their bodies so he also compliments a shorter type of mare or a mare that is built a bit down hill.