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Quick Star is a very popular sire, due to the great performances of his offspring in the show-ring. He is approved in 20 studbooks and is one of the best sire of current showjumping winners. His most renowned offspring include: Big Star, Orient Express, Quick Ardent, Quick Study, Star Power, Niagara d’Elle, Marjolaine d’Elle, Sprehe Stella, Quilot Z, Quick Lauro Z, Quincy Z, Quality Touch Z, Quatrin de la Roque, Ninio de Rox, Notrestar dela Nutria, Popstar Lozonais, Qantar des Etisses (recently acquired by McLain Ward)... At the 2012 London Olympics,
Quick Star was the horse who brought Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum into the Grand Prix league.
In 1992, they finished first in the Grand Prix of Maastricht and second in the Volvo World Cup in Oslo.
In 1993, they won the Grand Prix of Mannheim and were second in Arnhem.
In 1994, they won the Pulsar Crown Grand Prix of Aachen; and were also winner of the GP of München; second in the Volvo World Cup in Helsinki; second in the GP of Neumünster; sixth in the Volvo World Cup in Oslo.
Quick Star total earnings exceeded €500,000.
According to hid last owner, French film distributor Alain Katz: “Quick Star has inherited the best of both his sire and dam lines. From Galoubet, his force, his energy and his courage; from Stella, her elegance, her intelligence and her technique.” His sire, Galoubet A, was an impressive show jumper.
Ridden by the French rider Gilles-Bertran de Ballanda, he won 19 International Grand Prix's and was on the French Gold Medal winning team at the 1982 Show Jumping World Championships in Dublin, Ireland.
His dam, Stella, by Anglo-Arab stallion Nithard, started her jumping career with Philippe Jouy before Nelson Pessoa took over the ride. She won 32 Grand Prix. She was sold to John Lennon in California at the end of her sport career. She was sent to Jaliso and produced Olisco (World Cup finalist with Michael Matz).
She subsequently produced Phalor and Belgian Stallion Megag. She was then bred to Galoubet and produced Quick Star.
(Galoubet A x Nithard)
Selle Francais - 1982 - Dark Bay – 15.3h – ISO 181
ICSI straw: $495
Despite his small size, Quick Star exhibits a classic type. He suits well mare with enough frame that are lacking blood and strength. Hence, his good results with Dutch, Belgian and German mares.
Quick Star produces mostly bay colored horses with spirit but easy character. He does not mark his offspring with a specific conformation type; however most of them share the following traits: they are quick, talented, with short backs and powerful hind quarters.
Quick Star was one of the most influential sires, with two sons in the final individual top ten: Nick Skelton’s Big Star (out of a Nimmerdor / Ramiro mare) who lead the British team to gold, and Ian Millar’s Star Power (out of a Calvados / Le Mexico mare).
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