Delilah is a gorgeous and athletic young mare, whose performance career ended before it even began, due to injury. Although this was a disappointment to her previous owner, we feel very fortunate to add her to our herd. CWHBA has awarded her with PREMIUM mare status.
Delilah is by Zaprila, who is by Chin chin. Chin Chin was an exceptional show-jumping stallion. His willing and forgiving character, combined with an undeniable jumping talent, were huge factors in his international success. These attributes are passed through to his offspring. It is often said that there is something magical about a Chin Chin foal -- they truly stand out in a crowd! Chin Chin and his rider Jaime Azcarraga from Mexico, competed for more than five years at the international level. They achieved amazing success in the show ring, despite the fact that Jaime was himself an amateur rider! In 1988 Chin Chin won FIVE consecutive times in the North American League on the World Cup circuit and competed in Seoul at the Olympic Games where he placed sixth individually. Four years later, he competed at a second Olympic Games in Barcelona! In 1989 and 1990, he was placed in the final of the World Cup in Both Dortmund and Tampa. In 1990, Chin Chin and Jaime Azcarraga competed in the first edition of the World Equestrian Games in Stockholm.
The offspring of Chin Chin really make the dream of their pedigree come true. For example, Ta Belle van Sombeke won the Grand Prix of Saint Tropez and Zuidlaren, Triomph de Muze won the Grand Prix of Lons le Saunier and Tedechine Sept placed several times in Grand Prix with Eddie Macken. Other successful offspring are Querly Chin, Phin Phin, Tolano van't Riethof and Riot Gun van de Padenborre. Three daughters were selected in 2006 for the National Free Jumping Championship -- daughter Welena VDL became National Champion of free jumping, and the reserve champion was also a daughter of Chin Chin. In the National Championship of 3-year old mares the 2nd, 3rd and 7th places were for daughters of Chin Chin. Recently his young sons are receiving recognition by the KWPN and several have been approved for breeding, including Zapatero VDL and Arezzo VDL.
Once again, the blood of Cor de la Bryere and Farnese prove their worth. Although sadly Chin Chin passed away in 2007, his influence on Dutch breeding will continue through his offspring for generations to come.
Delilah's mom is a mare called Quick Mella, who was ridden in the 1.40m jumpers by Eric Lamaze. Quick Mella was THE Quidam de Revel. Quidam De Revel has sired many brilliant performers who have inherited his amazing sporting ability. Even today, he is still one of the best ambassadors of French breeding across the international community with his formidable genetic heritage. He combines two of the most important lines of Selle Francais breeding which have ever existed: Jalisco B (v. Alme) and Nankin.
Before retiring as a broodmare, Quidam De Revel’s dam, Dirka, jumped internationally with Nelson Pessoa. Dirka represents one of the most famous mare families in France. The line has been prolific producers of breeding stock and competition horses, including the remarkable French stallion Uriel. Dirka herself is the mother to nine foals, including two full sisters of Quidam De Revel. Proving his tremendous value in the production of top level jumpers, Quidam De Revel has consistently been at the top of the World Breeding Federation ranking of jumping sires. In 2011, Quidam de Revel was the #6 stallion in the ranking of jumping sires. His son, Nabab de Reve, finished #9. This is the fourth consecutive year that the father-son pair has been among the world’s most elite jumping sires.
As a competitor, Quidam De Revel was a pillar of the French Team. Just 10 years old in 1992, he was a member of several French Nations Cup teams and the French Olympic team in Barcelona winning Team Bronze and 4th place individually. He also won the Grand Prix of Barcelona and the Grand Prix of New York in 1992. In 1993, the stallion was purchased for an undisclosed sum, believed to be a record high at the time. In 1996, under the then inexperienced rider Tomas Velin, Quidam De Revel proved his rideability by placing second in the Grand Prix of Copenhagen and 4th in the Young Riders European Championships. He continued to win at the Grand Prix level until his late teens.
So while no injury is ever a good thing, we are truly fortunate that Delilah has found her way to us! We are very excited to see what a mare with such exceptional blood will produce for us here.