De Watermolen Stud enjoys worldwide fame. The stud started with the purchase of Voltaire (by Furioso II), who had an unprecedented influence in breeding. Early nineties Jan Greve bought the two year old stallion Guidam (by Quidam de Revel) in France, who also became a superb stallion. The stud was supplemented with thoroughbred stallions like Mytens xx and Julio Mariner xx, the show jumping stallions Creool (by Akteur) and Karandasj (by Fedor), but also with Scandic (by Solos Carex), who won the bronze medal in the Freestyleat the European Championships Dressagein Rotterdam 2011. Most stallions were approved by KWPN in ownership of Jan Greve.
The breeding philosophy at De Watermolen focuses on the breeding of a modern sport horse with intelligence, with Jan Greve’s urge to discover something new each time. “That’s my weakness revealed. I did not and still don’t have the most commercial stallions, but later they proved to be very good and have a clearinfluence in breeding”, says Jan Greve. “So it went with Voltaire, who was not very popular in the beginning. Still, I felt confident. Brothers of his mother performedvery well for example. By the time breeders recognised quality and inheritance strength of a stallion, you are one step further.”
“Four years ago someone told me at the KWPN Stallion Show that Quidam de Revel is very interesting and that illustrates my point. Guidam comes from the first breeding year of Quidam de Revel, who hardly anyone in the world had heard of and I found Quidam de Revel very interesting. Breeders reactions are often slow. But you have to stay one pass ahead and I want to keep doing that, even if it is not commercial. It is easier to use a well-known stallion on a mare of a famous stallion, but that’s no innovation and that is precisely the challenge for me.”
Who studies the pedigrees of the stallions at De Watermolen will notice that many stallions have a lot thorough blood in their blood lines. Jan Greve may even called the biggest Dutch promoter of the thoroughbred, because there is always a thoroughbred stallion at his stud. He even owned Lauries Crusador xx, a very influencial stallion in German breeding.
“A good sport horse always carries thoroughblood in his vains. Without, it doesn’t work! The thoroughbred works best through the mother, just look at Voltaire or our younger stallions like Quidaro and Carambole. They produce very modern foals because they have thoroughbred in their pedigree. The use of a thoroughbred stallion does require a long term vision. There are breeders who want to breed a foal to sell it, but if you want to build a good breeding line.”
Jan Greve, Haaksbergen 2012