Toulon comes from a proven performance horse family. His dam Nikita produced three other internationally successful performance horses. Toulon’s full brother, the licensed stallion Vancouver D’Auvray competed for Brasil with Bernardo Alves in the 2010 WEG in Kentucky. Rouen (Apache du Forest) stars in international competition with French rider Farbice Dumartin. Another full sister, Quina, was successful in 1.50 classes until she was retired to stud. She produced the licensed Deauville van T&L (by Salvador V). This successful Dutch dam line also produced the highly successful Okidoki (by Jodokus), who was first performed by Albert Zoer and then by José Maria Larocca.
Toulon is by the great sire Heartbreaker, himself proven at competition with Peter Geerink and in 2013, number four on the WBFSH jumping sires standings. The dam’s sire Jokinal de Borvinal is a son of Almé – he was shown by Ludo Philippaerts for two seasons, with wins at Mechelen (twice), Millstreet, Oslo and Bologne. Jokinal is out of a Rigoletto mare – Rigoletto was the most important source of the blood of the Anglo Arab, Ramzes in Holland.
Toulon’s pedigree also has two crosses of the Irish Thoroughbred, Uppercut, who was granted Preferent status by the KWPN. Uppercut was the sire of sixteen approved sons, and the dam sire of eight more – including Aram, the sire of the individual gold medallist at the Sydney Olympic Games, De Sjiem.
Toulon’s international jumping career career with Frenchman Hubert Bourdy included a win in the Global Champions Tour in 2007 in Sao Paulo. In 2008 Italian Jonella Ligresti took over the ride.
Toulon’s progeny has already made a mark. His Oldenburger daughter Toulouse (out of a dam by Ganymed-Capitol-Vollkorn xx) was crowned champion of the six-year-old jumping horses at the 2011 Bundeschampionat in Warendorf. The mare is now successful at international competition with Henrik von Eckerman.
Toulon’s son Toulouse (Padarco-Dimenos-Sandro) was premium stallion at the 2009 Oldenburger Showjumping stallion licensing in Vechta.
Toulago and Pius Schwizer
His most successful son has been Toulago (Carthago) who won the Grand Prix at Zurich***** with Pius Schwizer. Athena was 36th at the World Cup final in Lipica, with America’s Charlie Jayne, while Bijou Oval (Calypso III) was second in the Grand Prix at Vidauban in 2014 with Olivier Perreau, and Bernadien van Westuur was 2nd in a 1.50 at Wellington with Ben Meredith.
Stallion owner Jean-Marc Zimmer describes Toulon as follows: “Toulon passes on his great temperament and positive attitude to jumping. His foals impress through their supple movements and superb canter. Toulon always passes on his bay colour, even with chestnut mares. He is best paired with mares that carry Thoroughbred blood and have a compact frame.”
In her report on the 2016 KWPN stallion licensing in Breeding News (March 2016), Claartje van Andel writes: “The BWP registered stallion Toulon and his son In-Between (out of Zuduela by Berlin) were the most talked about during the recent KWPN show and stallion licensing. Toulon and another son Etoulon (out of Utaruesa by Calvados) had three products selected for the up-coming stallion test while In-Between became the honoured and loudly cheered champion of this licensing show.”