Godiva Van Essene (Imp BWP)

Pedigree profile of Godiva Van Essene (Imp BWP)

D.O.B 23/06/2006 –  Chacco-Blue (Meckl) x Up Chiqui (BWP) x Goldspring de Lauselle

Godiva is an imported Belgium Warmblood mare, who competed successfully up to 1.30m level before sustaining an injury, which forced her to follow a change in career options and become a broodmare. 

Godiva is by the stallion Chacco Blue, who heads up the WBFSH stallion rankings for showjumpers in 2019.  Chacco-Blue with four progeny was the best represented stallion at the European Championships in 2015. He was also the best represented at the WEG in Tryon, with eight progeny. Rivendell stud now owns two mares by Chacco Blue, Rivendell Blu being the other one.

The bay stallion died in his prime, of Lyme disease in 2012, having won the Grand Prix of Neumünster earlier in the year, ridden by Schockemöhle stable jockey, Andreas Kruezer.For most of his life, from 2007 to 2010, Chacco-Blue was ridden for Paul Schockemöhle by Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst. They were moderately successful on the international scene: the pair were 3rd in the Grand Prix of Falsterbo, 2nd at Hachenburg, first in a 1.60 at Olympia, for total lifetime earnings of €289,517, but it is as a sire that Chacco-Blue has been exceptional.

On Chacco Blue’s damline, the outstanding feature of is the grand dam, a half bred mare, Godahra II, by the Thoroughbred, Godavari (Tudor Minstrel line). In the Eastern part of Germany she was very popular, and was herself successful up to 1.40m. She was small (167 cm) but she had a big heart and she was a fighter, which is also a very strong part in Chacco-Blue’s bloodline. It is said that most offspring of Chacco-Blue, almost 99% have a super technique, a big heart and a good rideability.


Some of his offspring might be a little bit sensitive in the beginning, not really spooky but their senses are 100%, what they hear, what they see, and it takes them a little while to settle. This is not a weakness, this is something that every good young horse has, and this sensitivity makes them brilliant later.

Chacco-Blue is by Chambertin, a Holsteiner, whose dam is Contender, another Holsteiner with numerous offspring in Championships. Chambertin bred foals that were good in type, with good jumping style and very careful.

The worst thing about Chacco-Blue was his early death.

On the 2014 WBFSH jumping stallion rankings, Chacco Blue was in 35th place with 35 of his progeny contributing to his standing. In the 2015 rankings he moved up into 10th, with 70 of his offspring contributing to his ranking.

On the 2015 FN breeding values, Chacco-Blue scores 101 (0.94) for dressage and 155 (0.95) for jumping.

On the 2017 WBFSH standings Chacco-Blue rockets up from 8th the previous year to Number One. He is represented by an astounding 148 competitors.

On the 2018 German FN breeding values, he scored 150 (0.97) as a sire of young horse competitors, and 132 (0.98) as a sire of open competition horses.

On the 2019 FN values he scored 148 as a sire of young jumpers, and 136 for open competition.

His 2018 Hanoverian breeding value was 81 for dressage, 157 for jumping and a negative 87 for type. In the 2019 standings, it was 80 for dressage, 158 for jumping and as we so often see with jumping sires, a negative score for type – 87.

In the 2019 Hanoverian stallion book, he is credited with 1097 competitors with winnings of €4,096,731. He has 40 progeny with earnings of over €15,000, the most successful of which was Chacco’s Son with €290,074.

He is the sire of 12 licensed sons in the Hanoverian book alone and over 30 world wide.

On the hippomundo data based as of November 1, 2018, he has 966 progeny jumping internationally, with 137 competing at 1.55+.

Ben Maher and the nine year old Explosion W  won the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Madrid 2018. The gelding is by Chacco-Blue out of a Baloubet du Rouet mare. Our mare Rivendell Blu is by Chacco Blue out of a mare by Balou du Rouet whose sire is Baloubet du Rouet.

Godiva’s sire is the stallion Up Chiqui, who was highly successful in his own right with his rider Kent Farrington, amassing $308,510 in prize money.

“Chiqui” captured spectators’ hearts with his all-out, gutsy enthusiasm, and his sheer foot-speed, which made him hard to beat in a jump-off. “I describe his style as catty,” Farrington said. “He’s not a big powerhouse jumper; he’s like a little cat. He just runs up and hops over. It feels weightless. If you look at him, you can tell he’s a fast horse. He’s built like a cheetah; he’s small and wiry and he’s really aggressive.”

Chiqui didn’t fit the stereotype of an international-class jumper. “His style is so interesting. We call him ‘Rocky The Flying Squirrel,’” said Alex Warriner, Farrington’s barn manager. “A lot of people said that he looked like a nice 1.50-meter horse, but he’s proved he’s so much more.”

Chiqui proved that he was game for the challenge, jumping and winning in World Cup-qualifying classes against the best of the best. “He was always a winner, from day No. 1. It was just a question of what level he’d be able to do,” Farrington said. “As he’s matured and developed, he’s started to understand the game a little bit, and he’s gotten more comfortable with me and learned to do the job. He always had a lot of quality and was fast, careful and brave, and it got easier to bring out all those qualities he had all along.”

Having passed away in early 2014, Quidam de Revel will be remembered not only as a world class Nations Cup and Olympic jumper, but as a prolific elite sire as well.

Under Herve Godignon, Quidam de Revel won the 1990 Nations Cup in New York as well as the Grand Prixs in New York and Dortmund. The eight year old stallion won over one million Francs that year. In 1991, Quidam and Herve not only were team fourth and individually sixth at the European Championships in La Baule, they also won the Nations Cup in Hickstead, were second in Rotterdam, seventh in Calgary, and were fifth in the World Cup finals in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Representing France, Herve and Quidam de Revel helped secure the team bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and were fourth individually. That same year, they won the Nation Cups of Rome and Dinard as well as the Grand Prix of Rome.

In 1993, Quidam was sold to the Velin family of Denmark. Under Charlotte Velin, he won the Scandanavian Young Riders championships, and after her brother Thomas took over the reins, Quidam was 4th in the 1993 Grand Prix of Oslo, seventh in the Millstreet World Cup qualification, and 3rd in the stallion class in Mechelen as well as the Danish derby.

In 1995, Quidam and Thomas went on to 3rd in the Grand Prix of Neumuenster and placed in the Volvo World Cup, the Masters in Zurich, the Munich Grand Prix, the Swedish derby in Falsterbo, as well as the CSI-As in Spangenberg and Valkenswaard.

After more placings at Grand Prix, Thomas and Quidam were fourth at the 1996 Young Rider European championships, and in 1997, they went on to win the Grand Prix of Hanover and were fifth in the Helskinki World Cup qualification. They also placed in the World Cup qualification in Paris and the Volvo World Cup finals in Gothenburg.

In 2001, Quidam de Revel was retired from his illustrious competitive career at the amazing age of 19 and was able to focus on being a legendary sire.

Quidam de Revel’s ability to produce top class talent was noticed as soon as his foals started hitting the ground in 1988. He has produced more than 30 approved sons in Germany, and in 2012, eleven of his offspring competed at the London Olympic Games. The success of his offspring has kept Quidam at the top of the WBFSH jumper sire rankings for years. In 2014 he was ranked 10th.

His best known offspring are Dollar de la Pierre (aka Tlaloc la Silla, 2000 Olympic finals, 2002 WEG team gold medalist under Reynald Angot), Nabab de Reve (2002 WEG team bronze under Philippe Le Jeune, approved sire with internationally successful offspring), Giudam (aka Adagio IV, approved KWPN sire with internationally successful offspring), Kador du Valn, Le Prestige St. Lois de Hus, Queen Liesa, Quite Capitol, Bianca D’Amaury (Rodrigo Pessoa), Quel Homme (2005 German national champion under Rene Tebbel), Circa Z, Coco Chancel and Etoupe.

Quidam de Revel stems from the outstandingly successful Alme-Jalisco B line. Jalisco B represented Portugal at the 1998 Seoul Olympic Games before retiring to stud and producing horses such as Quito de Baussy (World and European champion in 1990 and 1991 under Eric Navet) and Dollar du Murier (2002 WEG team gold and individual silver).

Quidam de Revel’s dam, Dirka was also an international winner under Nelson Pessoa and was a ¾ sister to the French stallion Uriel.

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