Son et Lumiere OBF


  • 2018 1.70m Belgian Warmblood
  • Licensed: BWP/NAD, CWHBA
  • EVA: Negative
  • WFFS: Negative

  • Not available for breeding for the remainder of 2022

Son et Lumiere OBF is a beautiful young stallion by Emerald van’t Ruytershof, out of Evita OBF (by Heartbreaker). He has a modern and uphill build and moves with a balanced, ground covering stride. He is remarkably easy to handle both on and off the ground due to his intelligence and easygoing nature; he is simple enough for an amateur rider to handle.

Son et Lumiere OBF was first presented to Belgian Warmblood as a foal in 2018, where he achieved ‘Elite’ status with a score of 85, placing him 4th in North America for colts. He was then presented to Belgian Warmblood for provisional approval in 2021 as a three-year-old stallion, where he achieved a great score of 83 for overall impression and 87 for his loose jumping. Judge Boudewijn Schepers described him as a “complete jumper for the future”.

In 2022, Son et Lumiere OBF went to his first horse shows at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping with Christine Kveder of Kveder Equestrian . He impressed us with his incredible attitude and focus over his first few jumping rounds. He will continue his career with Olympic show jumper Katie Laurie of Whispering Oaks Equestrian . We are looking forward to watching Katie develop him over the next few months.

Son et Lumiere OBF’s first offspring arrived in spring of 2022 – while his foal crop is limited so far, all of his foals have been tall and elegant. We expect that he will also pass on his easy disposition under saddle and scope to his offspring.

The success story of his sire, Emerald and his rider Harrie Smolders, started in 2010, when they became reserve champions at the World Championship for young horses in Zangersheide; Emerald was 6 at the time. This was followed by countless victories at the highest level, with wins in 2013 in the Nations Cup in both Aachen and Gijon, in 2015 they won the Nations Cup in Falsterbo and the World Cup leg in Washington. In the World Cup final in Gothenburg of 2016 they were 2nd, after which they participated in the Olympic Games in Rio and won the Nations Cup in Rotterdam. In 2017 they won in the Chantilly GP, and 2nd place in the Versailles GP. The following year they won in the Bordeaux GP and a 2nd place in the Cannes GP. After his brilliant career, Emerald retired at the beginning of 2019, to fully focus from then on breeding. Due to his impressive qualities as a stallion, and his many successful offspring, Emerald is one of the absolute top favorites among breeders.

Various Emerald offspring are now successfully performing at the highest level. His son, Igor, is certainly one of the most striking talents of the moment. Together with Jos Verlooy he won the Gold medal at the European Championships in Rotterdam with the Belgian team in 2019, as well as individual Bronze. They were 2nd in the Longines World Cup in Toronto and was awarded the “Horse Of The Year” award by Landbouwleven after his phenomenal season. Furthermore we also find Ibbo Van’t Keldertje, Imerald Van’t Voorhof, I’m Special De Muze, Ilias Van’t Vlasmeer, Jeunesse Van’t Paradijs and Kasper Van’t Hellehof and Escape Z in the impressive list of offspring.

His dam, Evita OBF (by Heartbreaker) of Old Bull Farms, has contributed much to the world of show jumping through her offspring over the years. Her first foal, Havana OBF (Escudo I) was the highest scoring mare on the BWP-NA tour in 2010 and went on to compete to 1.35m. Evita is also the dam of Klinton OBF, who was a BWP approved stallion and competed to 1.40m. Evita’s daughter Carmen OBF (Clinton) produced another BWP approved stallion Marcus OBF, who has gone on to compete at FEI 5* shows at the 1.50m level.

Evita’s sire, Heartbreaker, was simply one of the greatest jumping sires, ever. Looking at the first two generations of the top 21 jumpers, Heartbreaker appears four times, Cassini I appears twice, Chin Chin and Numero Uno twice. The other remarkable feature of the stallion’s career is just how long he dominated the sport. Heartbreaker was originally approved by the BWP studbook and in 2007 Heartbreaker was declared a ‘Belgian Ambassador’ and not surprisingly given the success of his offspring.


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