Balou du Reventon: the magical big earner

More than 250.000 euros! That is the amount that the Irishman Darragh Kenny managed to collect in barely 15 days with his stallion Balou du Reventon. After the magnificent victory in the CSI5* of Knokke Hippique at the end of June, 2 weeks later there was also a win in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Chantilly.

Balou du Reventon was born 13 years ago at the German horse magnate Paul Schockemöhle. He is a son of Cornet Obolensky out of a dam line that has produced several 1.50m and 1.60m horses. Dam Georgia, for example, is also the dam of the stallion Balou du Rouet (Baloubet du Rouet), who has already earned his stripes in both sport and breeding. Furthermore, Chatinue (Chacco Blue), who at the beginning of this month finished 4th in the CSI5* GP of Spruce Meadows in Calgary under the saddle of the Mexican Luis Alejandro Plascencia Onate, is a half-brother of Balou du Reventon as well.

Balou du Reventon’s success story starts at a young age. As a 3-year-old stallion, he becomes reserve champion in the 70-day test for the Oldenburg studbook, including four 10s for free jumping, course jumping, jumping technique and jumping ability. But he is also immediately successful in the competitions under the saddle. In 2011, for example, he won the Bundeschampionat in Germany for 5-year-old jumpers, under the saddle of Patrick Stuhlmeyer. However, a year later he is sold to the Russian rider Liubov Kochetova, who continues to train him to GP level in the United States.

Balou du Reventon will arrive in the stables of Darragh Kenny in the summer of 2017, but not for Darragh himself. It was his Chilean student Jorge Matte Capdevila who was riding Balou du Reventon at that time. “Because the horse was in my stable, I knew him very well. I knew he had all the quality, " Kenny says. "It was my fortune that Balou came for sale in May 2018 and luckily, my sponsor Ann Thompson did not hesitate to buy him!" A week later at their first performance in Lexington, Kentucky the pair immediately won the CSI3* Grand Prix. It was the start of a good story ... And with the European Championships in Rotterdam heading in the near future, the question remains whether we have already seen the highlight of this story?

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