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laroche2head.jpgLaroche VDL
 is a 16.2H black Approved KWPN stallion imported from the famous VDL Stud in Holland (  His sire is the preferent stallion Concorde (Voltaire) and his dam-sire is Nimmerdor -- "Stallion of the Century". 

At his stallion testing at Ermelo, he placed fourth in jumping.  He was the Champion of the National Stallion Jumping at Stallionshow Den Bosch.  Laroche was a successful Grand Prix jumping stallion for many years before being imported to the USA in 2003. Within the past several years, his KWPN Jumping Breeding Index has increased to 149 with 84% Reliability (2013).  In 2006, his index was 142, with an 82% Reliability.  In 2007, his Jumping Breeding Index was an larocheconformation.jpgimpressive 145, with an 83% Reliability.   In 2008, his index climbed again to 153, with an 83% Reliability.  His current breeding index for jumping is 149.  This is based on offspring throughout Europe and is one highest index for a Dutch Warmblood jumper in the world, and it is the highest of any jumper stallion standing in North America.  Laroche  has a gorgeous head and a quiet, calm temperament.  His impressive pedigree can be seen by clicking on his name  Laroche   

larochebro.jpglaroche2head.jpgLaroche stood at Hilltop Farm through 2013.  In 2014, Laroche will offered for breeding by his owner Sharon Anderson at Maple Crest Sport Horses. This  Grand Prix showjumping stallion Laroche was owned by the presitigous VDL Stud early in career, this KWPN approved stallion finished 4th  in the jumping portion of his Stallion Test.  Laroche was described at his testing as an ‘honest stallion with a big, powerful, well-carried canter…  Laroche has more than enough talent for jumping and gives his rider a good feeling.’  Laroche next won the KWPN Stallion Jumping Competition at Den Bosch, Holland.  With Angelique Hoorn, Laroche had a successful international Grand Prix career in Europe before being purchased for Frankie Chesler in Canada.  With a long career throughout Europe and North America, Laroche’s accomplishments follow those of his successful ancestors.

His sire Olympic Concorde competed internationally under Jos Lansink for many years with excellent results.  Concorde was selected as the KWPN HorLarochese of the Year in 2004 and was the youngest stallion to ever be awarded the Preferent title. 

Laroche’s dam is the Keur Preferent Prestatie mare Bernadette, by the legendary Nimmerdor.  Nimmerdor too was an international showjumper of great quality.  He sired 18 approved sons, including Ahorn, Goodtimes, and Heartbreaker.  In 2000 Nimmerdor was elected “the stallion of the 20th century” in the Netherlands.

Of unique interest in Laroche’s pedigree is the Trakehnher stallion Marco Polo whose influence is felt in both his sire and dam.  The jumping ability and good character which he passed was apparent early on.  Polo Boy, Vivaldi, Pybalia, and Marius (sire of Milton) were all international showjumping stars of the early 1980’s that descend from Marco Polo. Laroche's damline extends back to the famed Sina line that has also produced MacKinley, Cavalier, and Modesto.

Laroche is a well-regarded stallion in Europe and has already produced a number of exceptional offspring including six Ster mares, two Keur mares, and one licensed stallion.

His offspring have proven very successful as showjumpers and his European-based offspring have earned him a KWPN jumping index of 149, which ranked him 8th of all KWPN stallions with offspring aged 10 or older. The Swedish mare Pjalgary VDL, Rudi, and VDL Groep Saffier all appear on the 2008 FEI Ranking List for Jumping Horses. 
Sirius (see photo) is another example of a winning Grand Prix showjumper offspring of Laroche. Mr. President and Bugatti are winning in the jumper ring in the US for Laroche. 

The youngest of the North American Laroche offspring are doing exceptionally well at their Keurings. In 2011, Gracerusa CBF was Reserve Champion Jumper-bred weanling and Dartmouth Ster Q was Reserve Champion Jumper-bred gelding for all of North America.

Laroche offers a kind and respectful character and is an easy stallion to live with on a daily basis.  He has good bone with well-developed feet, a kind eye, and a strong hindquarter with a particularly good canter. Laroche is an excellent choice for breeders looking to improve jumping ability.




Furioso II
Gogo Moeve H


Marco Polo
Klaske B





Marco Polo
Sina B

Career Highlights
2013: KWPN Jumping Breeding Index of 149 with 84% Reliability
2010: KWPN Jumping Breeding Index of 149 - ranked 8th of all KWPN stallions with offspring 10 or older
2007: Open Hunter Champion ~ Ashley Meadows
International Grand Prix Jumper for many years
2002: Winner of the VHO Trophy in Den Bosch
2001: 4th at the CDI Maastrict - Rabobank Prix

Stud Fee: $1,600
 Fresh, Chilled and Frozen Available
(discounts for premium, elite and keur mares)


Laroche at Hilltop Farm from 2010 through 2013

Sire - "Olympic Concorde"
VDL Laroche's sire is "Olympic Concorde".  Concorde was the youngest stallion ever to be awarded the Preferent predicate, due to his endless list of national and international offspring. In 2004, Concorde was elected Horse of the Year in 2004 and is the highest ranked KWPN stallion in the top ten of the WBFSH.  
Concorde is by Voltaire, who was ranked #2 in the World Breeding Rankings for Showjumping Stallions in 1996.  Through the performance of his offspring, Voltaire stands very high in the jumping and dressage breeding indexes.  Concorde's dam Flyer is by legendary stallion Marco Polo (preferent) -- one of the most influencial sires in Dutch jumper breeding. Visit

Laroche's Sire
Concorde (pref) by Voltaire (pref)

Laroche's grand dam
Flyer (prest)

Laroche's Grand Sire
Voltaire (preferent)

Laroche's Dam Sire - Nimmerdor

nimmerdor.jpg Horse: Nimmerdor

Lineage: Farn x Koridon x Senator

The Preferent stallion Nimmerdor is the founder from the VDL Stud. After an international career as a jumphorse, Nimmerdor got a big influence on the national and international breeding.

He still has a great influence with his 18 KWPN approved sons, as there are Ahorn, Wellington, Goodtimes, Heartbreaker; and his 39 approved KWPN grandsons, as there are Emilion, Farrington, Glennridge, Kalusha, Londontimes, Matterhorn, Ohorn, Pacific, Radisson and Sydney. Across the whole world Nimmerdor has more than 40 approved stallions. Next to it Nimmerdor brought many national and international jumping horses.

Thanks to his performance and the performances of his offspring Nimmerdor became the predicate “Preferent”. As a reward to his enormous work he was honoured “stallion of the century” in the year 2000.


 Laroche Offspring Highlights


1 Licensed Stallion

6 Ster Mares

2 Keur Mares

1 Elite Mare

In Europe

Terbertha (Laroche x Jebertha/Casanova)

2000 Dutch Mare; Owner: Victoria Bollen

Show Jumper in Ireland

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Tinka (Laroche x Kim/Edison)

2000 Mare

Keur Sport Mare with KWPN; competed at 1.3m & Z2 Dressage

Tyco-GTyco-G (Laroche x Erica/Zeus)

2000 KWPN Gelding; Owner: Gail Matheson

Competed in the 1.20 Jumpers in England
Competing in Dressage with Amateur Owner
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VDA Groep Saffier (Laroche x Nevada/Herannus)

1999 Gelding; Owner: Humberto Quirante

Grand Prix competitor in Europe
2011 Competing in Grand Prix Jumpers

Rasputin (Laroche x Irlinneke/Cavalier)

1998 Stallion

Licensed A.E.S.

RembrandRembrand (Laroche x Uimosa/Uppercut xx)

1998 Gelding

Competing at 1.35m in Italy

Rilja (Laroche x Ilja/Calvados)

1998 Mare

Ster Sport Mare with KWPN; competed in 1.35m

Romanaleva SAG (Laroche x Lady Leva/Faldo)

1998 Mare

Sport Mare with KWPN; competed at 1.30m & B dressage

Rudi (Laroche x Anda/Toronto)

1998 Dutch Gelding; Owner: H. Willems; Breeder: W. Uenk

2005 Kilkenny International $1,500 Young Jumper 7 & 8 Year Old Power and Speed– 3rd Place
2005 Merrill Lynch Hunter/Jumper Classic $1000 Young Jumper 7 Year Old – 2nd Place
2005 Kentucky Summer Horse Show Open Jumper 1.35m Time First Jump Off – 1st Place
2006 WEF Tournament of Champions $2,500 1.35m Time First Jump Off – 12th Place
2009 -2011 Competing in Grand Prix Jumpers in Europe
2011 Follonica CSI3* Jumpers – 3rd Place

Panache Rose (Laroche x Dia Roses/Zeus)

1997 Dutch Mare;

2000 National Free Jumping Championships in Ermelo – 4th Place
Competed to Z Level Show Jumping

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Pearl Jam (Laroche x Korida/Recruut)

1997 Mare

Keur Mare with KWPN; competed at 1.2m

Pjalgary VDL (Laroche x Halgary/Beaujolais)

1997 Mare; Owner/Breeder; Fredricson and Persson van de Lageweg

Winning at 1.40m in Europe

Possibilithy M (Laroche x Vicky/Maykel)

1997 Dutch Mare; Owner: Annette Wetterstrom; Breeder: M. Meyer

Competing as a jumper in Sweden

In the United States

Galena LJSGalena LJS (Laroche x Saretta/Ferro)

2011 KWPN Filly; Owner/Breeder: Marie Emrey

First Premium Foal with the KWPN
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Gracerusa CBF (Laroche x Orusa H/Indoctro)

2011 KWPN Filly; Owner/Breeder: Susan Taylor

First Premium Foal and Young Jumper Champion of Keuring

Summertime (Laroche x Anda)

2000 Gelding; Breeder: W. Uenk

Consistently earning ribbons as a Large Junior Hunter and Performance Working Hunter on the A Circuit in California
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Shalimar (Laroche x Cindy)

1999 Mare; Breeder: A. Smeenk

Numerous ribbons as a Pre-Green Hunter in Wellington

Sirius (Laroche x Astrid/Tolbert)

1999 Gelding; Owner: Marta Ortega Perez

Grand Prix show jumper
2011 Ranked on WBFSH Ranking list for Jumping
2011 La Coruna CSI4* Grand Prix Winner
2011 Leipzig CSI3* Grand Prix Winner
2012 WEF II $31,000 G&C Farm 1.45 m ~ 10th Place
2012 WEF II $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40 m ~ 7th Place

Sokko (Laroche x Kim)

1999 Gelding; Breeder: J.C. Velthorst

Competitively showing in Adult and A/O Jumpers Levels 1-4
2011 Competing in Amateur Adult Hunters
2011 Ranked 9th by USEF for Adult Hunter 18-35

Bugatti (Laroche x Maaike)

Owner: First Partners Inc.

Top places in Children’s Jumpers in the US

Mr. President (Laroche x Jivette / Boreas)

1997 Gelding; Owner: The Shannon Group; Breeder: R. H. Hassing

2007 – 3rd in the Commonwealth Grand Prix CSI 3* at Kentucky Spring
2007 – 2nd in the $75,000 FEI Nations Cup CSIO 5* at the Wellington Open
2006 – 4th in the $75,000 Nations Cup Int’l at the Wellington Finale
2005 – Winner of the Open Jumper 1.45m at the Kentucky Spring Classic
2005 – Winner of the Grand Prix of Minnesota

Additional Offspring

FarocheFaroche (Laroche x Fuerstin Finesse/Barrabadeen Fortune)

Mare; Owner: Dolly van Zaane

Western Australia Champion Young Dressage Horse in 2003, 2004, & 2005

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Sharon H Anderson
Maple Crest Sport Horses
Myerstown, Pennsylvania
Phone: 610-716-0126(c)