Born 1969, bay, 167 cm - breeder - P S Koopmans, Bozum (NL)
On the list of the top 75 stallions for 2006, based on international
jumping results, compiled by the French journalist, Bernard le Courtois,
Heartbreaker ranks an impressive 11th, equal with the great Voltaire.
Like Voltaire, Heartbreaker is an exciting mix of German and French
jumping lines, with a fair splash of Thoroughbred.
Heartbreaker is by Nimmerdor, out of a mare by the international showjumping stallion, Silvano, who was started in jumping competitions by Bert Romp and Henk Nooren before going on to success in Italy with Giorgi Nutti, placing in a number of World Cup qualifiers. In 1985 they were 2nd in Milan, 5th in Brussels, and 8th in Geneva.
Silvano is by Le Mexico, the Dutch born son of the French stallion, Mexico by the Thoroughbred, Furioso. Despite his jumping success, Silvano was little used by the breeders, but mares by him have produced many competitors and three famous stallions: Democraat, Glennridge and Heartbreaker.
On the dam side, the line goes back to Cleopatra – the foundation for the approved stallions, Gershwin, Ami d’Or, and Jenny Zoer’s international jumper, Wendela (by Purioso).
The pedigree of the Thoroughbred Uppercut features all the usual suspects – Teddy, Hurry On (twice) and Phalaris. In 1992, the Belgian Warmblood stallion selection committee approved Heartbreaker with a score of 74.02%, and in his first season he produced 63 foals.
At the age of six he placed fifth at the World Championships for young jumping horses, ridden by the New Zealander, Grant Wilson. A year later, he came back to finish fourth in the seven year old class. At the age of eight, Heartbreaker commenced his international career in 1.40 classes. In 1968, ridden by the Dutch rider, Peter Geerink, he won the Nations Cup at Falsterbo, and finished third in the Grand Prix of Hamburg, Rotterdam and Geesteren. The following year, they were fourth in the Grand Prix of London and fourth in the Grand Prix at Aachen.
Heartbreaker has been equally successful as a sire. International competitors by him include: Splendid van de Heffinck (James Paterson Robinson), BMC’s Skybreaker (Mikael Forsten), Thorax van ‘t Heikhof (Marc Wirths / Markus Beerbaum), Toulon (Hubert Bourdy), Vancouver d’Auvray (Danielle Toano), Uriana van Klapscheut (Frederica Franceschetto), Voice (Jose Larocca), Calypso VB (Marshal Field), Ups ‘n Downs van den Bandam (Clemence Laborde) Viva (Sergio Alvarez Moya), Radieux (Frederic Vernaet), Riant vd Mosselcentrale (Hank Melse), Unbreaker (Marco Porro), Vienna Rouge (Keean White), Up To Date van het Geelhof (Emile Martinsen), Clever-Boy vd Ruitershoeve (Antonio Portela), Quasimodo van de Molendreef (Jaime Azcaraga), Versace van de Ruitershoeve (Pauline Guignery). Action-Breaker (Sergio Alvarez Moya) and Orlando (Darragh Kerins).
Heartbreaker’s stallion sons feature in a number of studbooks. With the Belgian Warmblood Association we find: Actionbreaker, Boris vh Kluizebos, Del Piero D & B, D’Ukase, Dulf van den Bisschop, Echo van ‘t Spieveld, Quasimodo vd Molendreef, Quickfeuer vd Koekshof, Torino and Vancouver d’Auvry.
Studbook Zangersheide recognizes six sons: Aertbreaker, Bamiro, Orlando, Pino and Untouchable Z. The Belgian Sport Horse Studbook features Doré van ‘t Zorgvliet, Quasimodo vd Molendreef and Toulon.
Heartbreaker leads the KWPN jumping index with a score of 168 and in 2004 was awarded the title, ‘keur’. He was recently appointed an ‘ambassador’ of the Belgian breed.