Quidam de Revel for Foundation Friday

Foundation Sire: Quidam de Revel
1982 – 2014
169 cm
Breeder: Le Prince Amaury De Broglie

Enjoy one of Warmblood Stallions of North America’s more popular Foundation Friday posts!  Every other Friday we will be featuring a foundation sire – one who has been influential in the development of warmblood breeds. We pull from the incredible archive of The Horse Magazine, published by Chris Hector of Australia. Thank you, Chris, for permission to draw on your expertise!

In 2004, Quidam de Revel topped the World Breeding Championships Jumping Stallion ratings for the second year running, establishing himself as the pre-eminent – and most expensive – living sire of jumping horses. With ten (!) of his progeny jumping in Jerez 2002, he was the stallion with the most number of progeny at the WEG.

A decade later, Quidam was still a force at the London Olympic Games but more through his sons. Quidam was himself a jumping star, a member of the French Olympic Team, and fourth individually at the Barcelona Olympic Games with Hervé Godignon. A year later the patriotic French breeders were shocked when Danish businessman Flemming Velin purchased the stallion and he moved to stand in Denmark.

But Mr Velin got more than a breeding stallion, he purchased the ultimate “school-master” for his son, Thomas, taking him on to win such prestigious events as the Grand Prix of Hannover. According to Thomas: “The feeling I got from Quidam has taught me what it should feel like to sit on a really good horse. If you have not had that experience, you simply cannot imagine what it can be like. When in the air, if needed, Quidam could just… like put in another gear, make another effort and jump higher still even after taking off from the ground.”

Quidam de Revel unites two of the most important lines of the Selle Français horse – the lines of Jalisco and Uriel. The Nankin son Uriel was one of the most successful French stallions, producing more than 100 international showjumpers, which gave him a jumping index of 121, the highest recorded in France at the time. 

In the survey of the world’s top 75 jumping sires that appears in the French publication Monneron 2007-2008, Quidam de Revel was Number 1 with 48 CSI winners and he was also represented by two sons. Nabab de Reve (out of an Artichaut mare) is 18th with 14 CSI winners, while Guidam (out of a Vénutard mare) ranks 19th with 12 winners, including Authentic, second best performer in the world in 2006 and winner of the Grand Prix of Aachen in 2007.

As a sign of the times, Quidam de Revel is listed in the 2015 Hanoverian Stallion Yearbook, where he is recorded as having 402 competitors with winnings of €1,898,770 with 138 competing at S level. He has 27 horses with over €15,000 in prizemoney. 
As of this writing (2014), Quidam had an FN jumping breeding value of 139. His dressage ranking was 85. On the Hanoverian mare test scores, he had a negative 79 for type, and even a negative 95 for limbs. On the Hanoverian values based on mare tests and auction examinations, he had a 79 for dressage and 143 for jumping.

On the WBFSH stallion rankings for 2014, Quidam de Revel was in 10th with by far his most successful representative, Verdi. On the WBFSH rankings for 2016, Quidam had just slipped out of the top ten, to 11th, with his best representative, Sterrehof’s Calimero (Libero).

At the European Championships in 2013, he was represented by Verdi, who finished in 21st on the individual standings. Verdi was also a member of the Dutch Gold Medal winning team at the WEG in Caen, and the highest-ranked Dutch horse at the London Games.

In the magazine le Selle Français (no 16 – 1st Trimestre 2013), Bernard le Courtois looked at the top 15 stallions of the 2012 season and Quidam was top of the list, with 8 winners in the season – equal with Kannan. However, he ranked 7th on the list of stallions ranked by the number of winners to number of progeny – with 8 out of 425 foals born between 1999 – 2003, a ratio of 1.88%.

To read the entire article, with pedigree, details of Quidam de Revel’s sons and daughters, on the Horse Magazine website, click here.

There are several stallion descendants of Quidam de Revel in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com:

Chin Quidam VDL

Approved son of Chin Chin

Don Quichot

World Class GP dressage stallion with World Class jumper lines!

Quidam Blue

International Grand Prix Jumper, Approved Hanoverian Stallion

HH Dark de la Hart

SBS Approved stallion

HH Rebozo

Olympic Rebozo

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