17H, Gray (Burggraaf/Rigoletto/Albatros)
Baron Van Gogh is a 17hh steel gray imported young talented jumper with a strong pedigree from both parents. He is by Europe’s top jumper producer “Burggraaf” (Landgraf x Cor de la Bryere), a Holsteiner who is a Preferent accredited top jumper stallion for the KWPN.
By percentage Burggraaf sired more GP offspring than any other stallion in Europe. Baron Van Gogh’s dam is the double talented Rigoletto (Ramses) prestatie mare “Viola” who showed at the highest national levels in jumping as well as PSG dressage in Holland. 9 out of 11 of Viola’s offspring have shown at international levels, and 2 of them in the Pan Am Games. Baron Van Gogh is her last foal.
Baron Van Gogh finished his 30-Day Performance Test as the youngest stallion with the highest jumping score of all participants. In his 70-Day test he received a high jumping index of 127.46, dressage index of 94.48 and overall index of 108.71. He received some very high individual scores; 9.50 character, 9.5 jumping ability, 9.25 freejumping talent, 9.00 willingness to work, 9.00 ability to work, 9.00 jumping style, 8.50 temperament. For movement; 8.00 cross country canter ability, 7.50 canter, 7.50 walk and 6.50 trot. From the guest riders 9.00 for stadium jumping and 8.50 for rideability. Baron Van Gogh is licensed and approved with the Oldenburg Verband, the ISR/Oldenburg N.A., the Canadian Warmblood registry and the RPSI registry.
Baron van Gogh's offspring show his gorgeous head and strong hind-end, traits he passes on consistently. They are nice to handle, trainable, talented hunters and jumpers, the bloodlines and Baron Van Gogh’s Saint-like character allows him to be handled and ridden by small riders and to be fed and pet on the nose by a toddler daily.
Baron Van Gogh was placing, winning and was even named Division Reserve Champion at his debut during the Arizona HITS show with Brandie Holloway. Brandie could not say enough about how talented, willing and well-behaved he was at the show. Also, Baron Van Gogh has highest licensing score in great company!
Baron VanGogh’s sire Burggraaf jumped at international level under Roelof Bril. In 1991, for example, he jumped a wall of 2.10 meters at Indoor Brabant. In 1993 he was reserve champion in the 1.40 stallion class. The ‘preferent’ Burggraaf is a product of the Holstein success formula Landgraf I x Cor de la Bryère. His sire Landgraf I is one of the most successful show jumping horse progenitors of the twentieth century. On his dam’s side Burggraaf goes back via the legendary sport horse producer Cor de la Bryère to Holstein lineage 7126. From this famous family also come the approved stallions Acord I, Acord II, Acrobat I, Acrobat II, Acrobat III, Arico, Fra Diavolo, Chicago and Freeman. Burggraaf can be counted as one of the most successful show jumper producers in the whole world. Burggraaf can hand down his size and movements as well as his enormous jumping ability. He is represented world-wide by more than thirty approved sons. Burggraaf has delivered a huge amount of ‘ster’ and ‘keur’ mares as well as high-ranking horses at selections. Also the Grand Prix dressage horses Florijn (Dennis Calin) and Lousiville (Leunus van Lieren) are progeny of Burggraaf.