Top performing showjumping stallion and sire Quidam de Revel has died of old age at the age of 32.
He was at one time the most expensive living sire of jumpers, and in 2005 was the first horse to be cloned in the US. He produced more than 180 approved sons.
The 16.3hh Selle Français stallion was by Jalisco B (Elite SF) and out of Dirka (Elite SF).
Quidam de Revel was among the best performers of his generation and in 2004 topped the World Breeding Championships Jumping Stallion ratings for the second year running. Quidam’s pre-eminence as a sire was confirmed at the 2002 WEG in Jerez where he was the sire of more showjumping participants than any other stallion. At the London 2012 Olympics, there were 11 descendants of Quidam competing.
Quidam was bred by Le Prince Amaury De Broglie and sold at the age of 18 months to Mr Barbier, and then to the Mazé family. He was ridden to the age of six by Sophie Mazé, and she then offered the ride to Hervé Godignon.
The combination won the European Championships in La Baule in 1991, and won team bronze for France at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, and placed fourth individually. He was sold a year after Barcelona to Danish breeder Flemming Velin, and then ridden by his daughter, Charlotte, and son, Thomas. With the latter he was fourth at the European Championship for Young Riders and won the Grand Prix of Hanover and the Grand Prix of Helsinki.