With the addition of Chalcedon, VDL Stud managed to add another Grand Prix jumping stallion to the catalogue. This Calido I-son jumps at top level with Jur Vrieling and seems to develope more and more in the years to come. In 2019, Chalcedon successfully jumped his first five-star Grand Prix and also finished several times in the top of the standings of several international classes.
Chalcedon’s sire Calido I is one of the most successful stallions of Holsteiner breeding and carries the valuable genes of the famous Cantus. Calido I produced nearly one hundred 1.60m showjumpers and many approved sons, including Coupe de Coeur (Ludger Beerbaum), Cero I (François Mathy Jr), Caleri II (Zuzana Zelinkova), Crelido (Stein Endresen) and DSP Cashmoaker (Denis Nielsen) . Chalcedon’s grandsir Raphael is a son of the legendary Ramiro and we know him as the father of Tenerife VDL and the top showjumper Radiator ridden by René Tebbel in the '90s and early '00s.
Chalcedon’s dam Raphaela also produced the successful showjumpers Camptra and Ciao Bavaria, who was ridden by Justine Fehn up to 1.45m-level. In addition, Raphaela is the granddam of the 1.60m-showjumper Con Caya, which was first ridden by Philipp and Maximilian Weishaupt at Grand Prix level and is nowadays ridden by the Finnish Noora Forsten.
Ridden by Jur Vrieling, Chalcedon stands out with his enormous power and scope, which he then combines with a good way of jumping. In 2019, Chalcedon finished in second place in the two-star Grand Prix of Valkenswaard and finished on the podium of the 1.50m classes in both Lanaken and Treffen. In addition, Chalcedon successfully made his five-star debut and participated in the Global Champions Tours of New York, Monte Carlo and Stockholm, as well as the Global Champions Tour Play Offs in Prague.
Chalcedon: interesting Grand Prix-showjumper with lots of potential
KM Chalcedon (Calido I x Raphael) and Jur Vrieling became 5th in the 3* Grand Prix of Lier, Belgium. With Dallas VDL (Douglas x Heartbreaker) Jur placed 8th in a 1.40m class.
Partner Suzanne Tepper placed 6th in the 1* Grand Prix with PMF/2Join Hartford (Carrera x Burggraaf).