Two-time Olympic champion Big Star now available through EuroHorse
Big Star (Quick Star x Nimmerdor) appeals to everyone's imagination. He retired from the sport in 2016. And Nick Skelton also hung up his boots with him. It was a farewell in beauty, as Olympic champion. Big Star and Nick Skelton won individual gold in Rio de Janeiro. Four years earlier they won team gold at the London Olympics. Nick Skelton describes his two-time Olympic champion as the best horse he has ever ridden. And Skelton has ridden a lot of horses and won a lot. “He really is a Big Star,” smiles Skelton: “In addition to his extraordinary physical quality, Big Star also has an exceptional mentality. There are horses that succumb to pressure, he performed better under pressure. If you have to choose the ideal competition horse, it’s Big Star.
Big Star was born 20 years ago by Cees Klaver, also the breeder of Taloubet Z. At the Olympic Games in London (2012), he was the youngest horse at the age of 9. And yet he won team gold. In the individual final, he finished in fifth place.. And that for a nine-year-old!
SIRE: Quick Star, in 2003 nr.3 at the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses (WBFSH). He won de Grand Prix of Maastricht and of München with Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum. Quick Star’ father is Galoubet A, de leading stallion in the French Studbook who won 19 Grand Prix during his career. Galoubet is also the father of Baloubet du Rouet. Quick Star’s dam is Stella, she has Anglo-Arab blood. She performed at international level with Nelson Pessoa.
DAM: Jolanda was successfull at ZZ-level. Jolanda’s sire is Nimmerdor who has produced more than 50 approved stallions competing at the highest level, such as the preferent stallion Ahorn and one of the greatest jumping sire Heartbreaker.