Our philosophy is to breed the modern sport horse with intelligence. We look for opportunities to innovate and develop pedigrees that – based on thoroughbred lines – produce surprising and interesting results. That makes us unique and distinctive in the wonderful horse world.

Raised at De Watermolen Equine Allround

AUTHENTIC (Guidam x Katell xx), Beezie Madden
FLYINGE ELECTRO(Voltaire x Amor), Peter Eriksson
GUIDAM (Quidam de Revel x Venutard), Eric van der Vleuten
HARLEY (Julio Mariner xx x Gondelier), Bruce Godin
KARANDASJ (Fedor x Irco Polo), Willem Greve
KYRALEEN (Quidam de Revel x Voltaire), Caroline Muller
LUIDAM (Guidam x Akteur), Billy Twomey

SHERLOCK (Creool x G.Ramiro Z), Dominique Hendrickx
SIR GALAHAD (Julio Mariner xx x Farn), Markus Fuchs
SIMON (Luidam x Julio Mariner xx), Michael Whitaker
TJUNGSKE (Carthago x Julio Mariner xx)
THE VICTOR (Lucky Boy xx x Portorico), Schaffenberger VANDAMME (Guidam x Hemmingway), Wojciech Dahlke
WIETVOT/LANSDOWNE (Guidam x Wolfgang), Yann Candele Z
ADOK (Nimmerdor x Marco Polo), Hap Hansen

Grand Prix dressage horses born and raised at
De Watermolen Equine Allround

MARNIX (Hinault x Voltaire), George Williams
NERUDA (Haarlem x Ladalco), Michael Barison
SCANDIC (Solos Carex x Amiral), Patrik Kittel

Philosophy of breeding

Stud station De Watermolen enjoys worldwide fame. Stallion breeding took off with the purchase of Voltaire (by Furioso II), who became an unprecedented influence in breeding. In the early 1990s, Jan Greve bought the two-year-old stallion Guidam (by Quidam de Revel) in France, who also grew into a sublime jumper supplier. The breeding station was supplemented with thoroughbred stallions such as Mytens xx and Julio Mariner xx, the showjumping stallions Creool (by Akteur) and Karandasj (by Fedor), as well as Scandic (by Solos Carex), the winner of the bronze medal in the freestyle at the 2011 European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam. Jan Greve himself got most of the stallions approved by the KWPN.

The breeding philosophy at De Watermolen focuses on breeding a modern sport horse with intelligence, with Jan Greve having the urge to discover something new every time. “That has also proved to be my weakness. I had and still have perhaps not the most commercial stallions, but they later turned out to be very good and leave a clear mark in breeding,” Jan Greve says. “It was the same with Voltaire, who was only unpopular in the beginning. Nevertheless, I had confidence in him. Brothers of his dam, for example, performed very well. By the time breeders discover the qualities and breeding power of a stallion, then you are a whole step further.”

Anyone studying the pedigrees of the studs at De Watermolen will notice that most stallions carry a lot of thoroughbred. Jan Greve may even be called the Netherlands’ biggest promoter of thoroughbreds, as there is always a thoroughbred stallion at his station. He even owned Laurie’s Crusador xx, which has become indispensable in German breeding.

“A good sport horse always carries thoroughbred in its veins. It won’t do without it! The thoroughbred does its job best through the dam, just look at Voltaire or with my younger stallions like Quidaro and Carambole. They make modern foals because they have inherited thoroughbred. Using thoroughbred does require a long-term vision. There are breeders who want to breed a foal only to sell it again, but if you want to build a lineage, it is advisable to use a thoroughbred stallion in due course and continue breeding with the product.”


Jan Greve