Baloubet du Rouet

Baloubet du Rouet was a horse ridden by the Brazilian show jumper Rodrigo Pessoa. He has won many international titles.

Baloubet du Rouet (1989-2017)
Baloubet du Rouet and Rodrigo Pessoa
BreedSelle Français; also approved for Holstein, Belgian, Oldenburg, and Hanoverian studbooks
SireGaloubet A
GrandsireAlmé Z
DamMesange du Rouet
Maternal grandsireStarter
Sex16.3 hh Stallion
FoaledMay 8th 1989
DiedAugust 7th 2017
ColourChestnut with a stripe, sock off fore, half-cannon near hind
BreederLouis Fardin (France)
OwnerDiogo Pereira Coutinho
TrainerRodrigo Pessoa
Baloubet du Rouet
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Individual Jumping
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney Team Jumping

Born in 1989, Baloubet du Rouet won many of the greatest international show jumping competitions, including several world cup titles and two Olympic medals with the Brazilian team. In 1999, he won the World Cup Final in Gothenburg for the second time running, a feat that had only been done by 3 horses since the start of the World Cup competitions. At the World Cup Finals in 2000, he won for a record third time. He was quite successful at a young age, when ridden by Nelson Pessoa on the French circuit, including winning the 7 year old stallion test at Fontainebleau. However, the stallion became most competitive when he became the mount of Nelson's son, Rodrigo, as a nine-year-old. 2004 he won the Gold Medal at the Olympic Games in Athens, 2003 and 2005 the Top Ten in Geneva. Baloubet was retired from competition in 2006 and from breeding in 2010, living in Portugal during his later years. He died in August 7th, 2017, and his death was announced a few days later.[1]

Although his reproductive life had started in 1998, it was at age 17 that he came fully available for reproduction.[2] Baloubet was approved by all studbooks of warm-blooded sports horses and sired several nice horses including Gitane du Brumans II, Gatsby Vandrin, Gonzague du Rouet, Gershwin de Reis, Balou Grande Z (winner of the 30-day stallion test in 2002 at Neustadt/Dosse) and Balou du Rouet. He was especially popular in Germany, Belgium, and Holland. In 2010 his son Balturo (Baloubet du Rouet x Canturo) was licensed by the Oldenburg International Studbook.


His sire, Galoubet A, was also an impressive show jumper. Ridden by the French rider Gilles Bertran de Balanda, 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.

Baloubet's dam, Mesange du Rouet, was out of the mare Badine and by the well-known broodmare-sire Starter. She was therefore linebred to the great Thoroughbred Rantzau. She won 8 of 13 competitions at age four, and 5 wins out of 12 at age five, before becoming a broodmare and producing 5 foals. Mesange du Rouet was also the dam of the impressive Unadore de Rouet (sired by J’T’Adore), who attained a jumping index of 171, and went on to compete under Jean-Marc Nicolas and Olivier Guillon.

Pedigree of Baloubet du Rouet
Galoubet A
b. 1972
Almé Z
br. 1966
br. 1952
The Last Orange
br. 1950
Jvins Mars
ch. 1965
b. 1957
Ida de Bourgoin
ch. 1952
Boum II
Chouquette de Bourgoin
Mesange du Rouet
ch. 1978
ch. 1962
ch. 1946
ch. 1954
Jus de Pomme
ch. 1967
Bel Avenir
Perle de Norval
ch. 1959



  1. ^ "Morre Baloubet Du Rouet, cavalo icônico de Rodrigo Pessoa: "Um dos maiores"" (in Portuguese). 18 August 2017. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
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