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Reference Sires

absatz

Absatz 1960 16.1 hh Chestnut Hanoverian Stallion 

The foundation sire Absatz produced numerous stallions that are prominent in the production of International and Grand Prix show jumpers and can be found in the pedigrees of many top jumpers. Absatz was the sire of stallions such as Arsenik, Akzent I and II, Admiral I and II, Aktuell and Aderla. All told Absatz sired 40 Approved sons, 605 competition horses and 142 Verden auction horses.

argentan

Argentan 1967 16 hh Bay Hanoverian Stallion

 The Hanoverian stallion Argentan, son of the foundation sire Absatz, is found in the pedigree of many top level International show jumpers, particularly through his son Argentinus.

calypsoII Calypso II  1974 16.3 1/2 hh Brown Holsteiner stallion

Calypso II a stallion known for siring international performance horses with great jumping ability and great ridability. Calypso II has been one of the most important sires in both Holstein and Hanoverian where he has bred international competitors, and influential breeding stallions. It was Calypso II who introduced the Cor de la Bryre blood to Hanover, ushering a new era of Hanoverian jumping breeding one of the most significant sires in Germany. Calypso II's dam, Tabelle produced SIX approved stallions, starting with one by Congress, then when bred to Cor de la Bryre, the five Calypso brothers all of whom were useful horses and valuable sires. Tabelle is a full sister to Samei, who was the dam of the great Granat, a world champion dressage horse with Christine Stckelberger.

capone I  Capone I 1996 16.1hh black bay Holsteiner stallion
 Capone’s pedigree represents the pinnacle of jumping bloodlines in the Holsteiner breed, which is itself the preeminent breed globally in the production of International-level showjumpers. Capone 1 was approved for breeding in Germany. He is by the international superstar jumper sire Contender.
Not only himself a successful competition horse and also impeccably-bred Holsteiner stallion, Capone I impresses many with his good nature and  charming ways. Equally at home on a trail ride with friends as he is in the victory gallop at Spruce, Capone I breaks many North American misconceptions about stallions. With his breeding duties neatly interwoven into his training and competition schedule, Capone demonstrates the sound mind and gentle soul that is prized by so many who breed horses to be champions and willing companions.
 So far,  Capone foals have had a strong “stamp” from their handsome father. Compact, athletic, elegant, and well-balanced, his foals also stand out strongly with their super temperaments through friendly minds, generous hearts, and a kind eye that is immediately recognized as “a Capone” the world around.
Capone has an outstanding competition record that spans many Grand Prix wins and International ring appearances from Florida, California, Langley B.C., and Spruce Meadows respectively. 2011 season saw Kyle King ride Capone to the CN Performance victory at Spruce Meadows against a field of the worlds best. Another impressive achievement for Capone’s career. Capone was also awarded the prestigious “Elite Stallion” award by the BWP in 2012.
cheops Cheops Z  1996 17.2hh Zengersheide stallion

Cheops Z is a big, impressive stallion with excellent conformation and elastic movement who achieved scores of 9 for both temperament and chute jumping in his 30-day test. Cheops Z's dam, Local Starlet, is from the renowned Holsteiner Stamm 730B line, which includes Caletto I - III, Carpaccio, Le Grand I - III, and Telstar. Local Starlet is by Locato, sire of the successful Grand Prix horses Eurocommerce Monaco and Lupo Orion. Cheops Z's sire, Crack, is out of the famous mare Biserta, Holsteiner Stamm 776. Biserta is also the dam of approved stallions Calvados I-III and Corde, The Holsteiner dam line 776 also produced the famous stallions Ramiro, Acorado I-II, Caracas, Lord Incipit, Lordanos, and Highvalley. Crack's sire, Corrado I, has won numerous Grand Prix, Nations Cup and World Cup competitions, including Aachen and Frankfurt, and was German Champion Showhumper in 1994. 

concorde Concorde 16.3 hh bay KWPN stallion

Concorde ( also known  as Olympic Concorde ) comes from very strong jumping lines on both sides. His sire is the  stallion Voltaire. Voltaire is the number 8 in the World Breeding Rankings for Show jumping Sires  for the period 1992-2001, and also for the season, 2000/2001. Concorde's dam, Flyer, is by the legendary Marco Polo, one of the most influential Dutch stallions in breeding and jumping. Concorde was himself an international jumper with Jos Lansink. They won the Grand Prix of Nordrhein-Westfalen at Aachen and they were Champions of the Netherlands in 1994, 2nd in the Grand Prix of Amsterdam, 2nd at Darmstadt, 2nd at Lanaken, 2nd in Helsinki and 2nd in Gothenburg. He has produced 17 Grand Prix jumpers. Concorde was the youngest stallion ever to be awarded "preferent" due to his exceptional progeny. He already has thirty licensed sons in the European studbooks, and is the only KWPN stallion approved for Holstein.

contender Contender  1984 Holsteiner stallion

Some of Contender’s famous show jumping offspring include Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum’s Checkmate 4, Nick Skelton’s former ride Carlo 273 and Ludger Beerbaum’s top mare Chiara 222. Contender was one of the most influential sons of Calypso II, an advanced showjumper that Michael Rüping rode. Contender was out of the Ramiro daughter, Gofine, who was by the Thoroughbred sire, Ladykiller. Contender was reserve champion at his 1986 licensing and won the 1987 Adelheidsdorf stallion performance test with a jumping index of 146.62. When Contender won his 100 Day Test, these were some of the remarks: “Significant sire with fabulous lines, good expression and great presence. Overall sire of exceptional class. Top conformation. Very well balanced, regular strides … Jumps as his pedigree would dictate with great ability, form and skill. Produce: Really good foals of his type.”

corrado Corrado I  1985 16.3 1/2hh Holsteiner stallion

Show internationally by the great Frankie Sloothaak, Corrado I won the biggest show in the world, Aachen, setting the stage for his superstar jumping career. His wins all over Europe set him apart as the epitome of jumper sires. In 1994 Corrado won the German National Championships. He is the epitome of the proven cross of Cor de la Bryere and Capitol. Cor de la Bryere is respected as one of only a few elite stallions ever to produce such rideable horses for all the Olympic disciplines. Add to this the absolute level-headedness of the Capitol line and it's no wonder Corrado inherited such talent. At his 100 Day Test Corrado received 10's in loose jumping and 8's on rideability and canter and an overall score of 137. He gives his offspring enormous scope and is a producer of international Grand Prix jumpers second to none. To name a few offspring are Classic H, Cher, Corrada, Cosima, Cosmos Star, Caramia, Canyon, Think Twice and Cabrio. He has produced 60 approved stallion sons and 111 approved daughters.

cord Cor de la Bryere  1968 16.2 1/2hh Selle Francais stallion

Cor de la Bryere is one of the most influential sires in modern warmblood breeding. He is known as the "Reserve Stallion of the Century", second only to Landgraf I. Cor de la Bryere was foaled in France, and was by the Thoroughbred Rantzau, a racehorse and a producer of fantastic jumping horses. His dam, Quenotte B, also had a jumping pedigree, as she by Lurioso who was sired by the great Furioso. He was the 1971 Champion of his stallion 100-day test approval. Described by breeders as a 'gift from heaven,' Cor de la Bryere has been especially successful producing jumping horses, as he passes on his incredible bascule, scope, and jumping technique. Corde de la Bryere also passed on his willingness and trainability.

doncarlos
Don Carlos  1962 15.3 hh Black Hanoverian stallion.
 
Don Carlos was one of the most successful sires of Hanoverian jumping horses after WW2. Stationed in Grobenwrden all his life, where he produced 283 principal studbook mares, of whom 43 went on to become States Premium mares, 24 approved stallion sons and 467 competition horses who won close to DM 1,300,000 in prize money. His most famous sons, aside from the Drosselklang brothers, are  the  Celle  stallion,  Don Pedro,  Don  Juan and Dynamo (sires of Genesis and Dollar Girl respectively). 
fabriano

Fabriano 1987 16.1 hh Hanoverian stallion

Fabriano was the winner of his performance test with excellent scores in both dressage and jumping. He possesses rhythmical, flowing movements, which also convinced at the stallion licensing. His technique over the jump is to be much admired and shows ability and aptitude. Knees tucked into his throatlatch and a lovely bascule account for his popularity as a sire of noteworthy hunters. He was also awarded high marks for rideability at test, demonstrating a pleasing and uncomplicated temperament. In addition to the great stallions Ferdinand and Absatz in the third generation, Fabriano also goes back to Augustinus xx and Steppenwolf, known for their ability and willingness to perform. Fabriano has been especially popular with American breeders, for his dual purpose tendencies and his ability to sire hunters. His foals have done consistently well at inspections.

ferdinand Ferdinand 1941 16.1 hh brown Hanoverian stallion

Ferdinand was the first German "millionaire" based on progeny earnings. Ferdinand sired 13 approved sons, 194 competition horses, and 165 Main Studbook mares, even though he was 18 years old before his first offspring, Ferdl made him famous. As a seven year old with just one year of jumping experience, Ferdl went to the 1960 Rome Olympics with Alwin Schockemhle and was a member of the gold medal winning German team. Another Ferdinand son Pomme dApi, earned over DM100,000 and held the European puissance record of 7 foot seven inches. The 15.2 hand Flipper, ridden by Hugo Simon, won 75 Advanced classes, including 12 Grand Prix, for a total of DM290,000. But it wasnt only in jumping that Ferdinand excelled as a sire, his son, Mehmed, won the World Dressage Championship with Reiner Klimke in 1974, and at the 1976 Olympic Games, won individual Bronze in the Gold Medal winning team.

Ferdinand was one of the foundation sires for the F/W line. His offspring were known for their courage, athletic ability and correct conformation. This line is remarkable as the jumping abilities continue through each generation from the Wendekreis son, Wagner to his talented Celle-based grandson, Wanderer, and his son Wanderbusch. Despite being bred from the best jumping blood available, Wendekreiss eldest son, Werther was one of the most sought after dressage sires at Celle before his death. He was famous for producing horses with a wonderful trot, and attitude to dressage. 

In 1990, it was decided to change back to naming offspring from the Ferdinand Line with and "F" instead of a "W" to differentiate between the Ferdinand and Woermann lines. (Having two Family Lines with "W" has created a lot of confusion. Creating even more confusion was that the Ferdinand {Ferrara - Feinschnitt} Line started as "F" and changed to "W" midstream) 

Werner Schockeinoble once said of Ferdinand. "There has been no stallion known in the younger breeding history who passed on to his sons so consistently courage, confidence, and jumping ability"- and this against all other bloodlines. Today the F-line continues to produce horses with superb conformation, quality of gaits and rideability.  

fruhling

Frühling 1960 16.1 hh Westphalen stallion

Frühling was one of the greatest ever stallions of Warendorf. Frühling was out of a Hanoverian mare, Fechta whose grandsire is that grand old foundation sire, Feiner Kerl who is also the sire of Frühscheins dam, Feinau. His pedigree is perhaps most notable for its lack of Thoroughbred blood. In 1962 Frühling was the champion of his stallion licensing. In his  first crop he produced a notable stallion son, Frühlingstraum I, who stood in Warendorf for many years before moving in his final years to Oldenburg. Three years later Minister 4, a full brother to Frühlingstraum I, was born. Gelded he became the German showjumping champion with Norbert Koof. It was the beginning of a winning association for Koof with the Frühling bloodline. In 1982, he won the World Showjumping Championship with Fire 2, a son of Frühlingstraum II who was foaled in 1968. The next famous stallion son was Frühlingsball sired many top performers, including Fibonacci who in 1998 was the champion six year old showjumper of the Bundeschampionate. Licensed sons: Falkner, Fantast, Foxtrott, Frübel, Frühlingsball, Frühlingsduft I & II, Frühlingsrausch, Frühlingssturm, Frühlingstraum I & II, Frühlingstrunk, Frühlingswind, Fünpa, Früstenberg

furioso Furioso  1939 16.1 1/2 hh Thoroughbred stallion.

Born in England in 1939, the Thoroughbred colt, Furioso was to become one of the most influential sires in modern performance horse breeding, even though he never won a single race in his 21 starts

gervantus Gervantus II 1987 16.2 hh black Oldenburg stallion.

Gervantus II passed both the German stallion performance test in Medingen and the one in Switzerland in Avenches. Ridden by Urs Fah, he was a member of the Swiss Nation Team. He was a winner of several Niveau S and International, including at the CSI-W in Paris, where he placed three times in three starts; the CSI-A in Zurich, where he also place three times; and in Mannheim, where he place second in the Grand Prix. In preparation to European championship 1999, Gervantus II was forced to retire due to an unfortunate injury.

The Gervantus II 1995 dark bay son, Gamour CH, secured his place at the Beijing Olympics with wins at CCI3*  Baily Bor (Poland) 25-27.04,2008 from a field of 26 competitors, and at Barroca d'Alva (Portugal) 5-9.3.2008 from a field of 48 competitors.

grannus Grannus 1972  16.2 hh black Hanoverian stallion

Seven Olympic horses and more than 60 approved stallions, have made Grannus one of the greatest sires in the world. Grannus himself was a successful show jumper up to advanced level and is the kind of jumper producer you can rely on. Around the globe Grannus' offspring are to be found when it comes to show jumping: Grannusch/J. Whitaker, Imperial/R. Pessoa, previous German 6-year-old-showjumper champion Gaston/ H. Sprunger, Grand Slam/N. Skelton, Golo/G. Wiltfang and F. Sloothaak, Governor/P. le Jeune, Garfield/M.Jensen, Top Gun La Silla/Jan Tops, Grand Plaisir, Remus Equo, Warship, Gracieux and many more.

landadel Landadel 1982 16.3 hh bay Holsteiner stallion

Landadel was one of the most popular and successful stallions of his generation who sadly died at a young age in 1996. Hardly a second sire deserves the label "foundation sire" as much as he does. His uniform transmission of type, nobility, color, movement and predisposition for jumping is second to none. He produced multiple licensing champion stallions, SPS mares, grand prix offspring and his presence is strongly noticed in the recent Federal and European championships. Landadel is fifth in the Hanoverian index with offspring over $30,000 earnings even though he is a Holsteiner and has earned well over $4 million

landkonig Landkönig 1994 16.3 hh bay Hanoverian stallion

Landkönig completed his 100 day test at Adelheidsdorf as a three-year-old and was 7th out of 50 with 118.10 points overall and a 9.5(!) for stadium jumping, 8's for willingness to work, character, temperament and the walk. Overall balanced on his jumping and rideability scores. The Hannoveraner Jahrbuch Hengste 2005 lists Landkönig with a jumping breeding value of 132 putting him ahead of Ritual, Drosselklang, Espri, Escudo II, Grosso Z and many other top German Grand Prix producers! Landkönig was in fact the highest rated jumper listed, standing in the U.S. listed in the 2009 Stallion yearbook with a jumper breedvalue of 135 and 140 for ability, slightly higher than super producer and 2007 stallion of the year Argentinus.

Landkönig has produced, from his first foal crop, a licensed Hanoverian stallion son and in 2002 broke the record for producing the highest selling jumper ever in the history at the Hanoverian Elite auctions in Germany. Lantinus, a four-year-old gelding sold for Euro 215,000 also setting the record price for the Hanoverian auction year, something never done by a jumper! Lantinus has gone on to compete in the Beijing Olympics, 2010 WEG and was ranked the number one jumper in 2008. He also won the Rolex CHIO Aachen in 2009 and was runner-up at the 2010 Rolex Top Ten World Final beating the mighty Hickstead.

locato Locato 1987 16.2 1/2 hh bay Holsteiner stallion

Locato is by the Holsteiner stallion Lord, out of a Cor de la Bryere daughter. He is sire of the successful Grand Prix horses Eurocommerce Monaco and Lupo Orion

  Luciano 1971 16.2 hh bay Hanoverian stallion

Luciano was known for producing highly talented performance horses in both dressage and Jumping. He had around 10 approved sons and his blood is highly sought after particularly in dam linages. The dam sire Luciano, who distinguished himself as a model athlete of the very first order, was also the full-brother of the dressage derby winner Marshall 55/Karin Rehbein. Apart from a number of approved sons such as Lord Nelson, Lincoln. Lundberg, Lurioso, Ludendorf and Ly sant, Luciano also presented the successful international competition sports horse Lorenzo 40/Paul Schockemohle, who won the English Showjumping Derby in Hickstead. His blood is highly sought after and proven to produce top performance horses and found in many good dressage stallions pedigree, including Depardieu.

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Lugano I 

Lugano I, a successful jumper, typifies the contribution to jumping performance of Der Loewe xx in the Hanoverian breed. Lugano I's sire, Der Loewe xx, was one of the most influential thoroughbred stallions standing at the Hanoverian state stud at Celle. He was the leading thoroughbred sire with regard to the number of registered competition horses sired. He was the founder of the much respected "L" line. L

pilot Pilot 1974 16.2 hh bay Westphalen stallion.
 
Pilot was the youngest showjumper millionaire that has ever existed among Germanys stallions. By the end of 1999, Pilot progeny had earned a staggering DM 6,250,000. Pilots breeding influence exceeds Westphalian borders. He is represented in almost all German breeds. In 2005, he was honored with a life-size monument in front of the Westphalian horse center in Mnster-Handorf.
Pilot has sired numerous international Grand Prix winners, in the 1988 Seoul Olympics  Pedro with rider Wolfgang Brinkmann was on the gold medal winning German, Pirol / Lesley Mc Naught, P.S. Priamos / Ludger Beerbaum and Dirk Hafemeister, Prinzregent 7 / Norbert Koof and many more. 
Pilot continues to have a very strong influence in today sport horse breeding his offspring proven themselves to be amazing jumpers, outstanding dressage horses and talented hunters
portland Portland L 1995 16.2hh bay Westphalen stallion

Portland L is well known throughout Europe as a successful show jumper as well as a superior sire.  He was licensed as a two year old in Muenster, Germany. As a three year old it was obvious that this stallion would be destined for the higher levels of show jumping. He received the highest possible score of 10 - 2x by his Test Riders in the Jumping Category at the 100-Day Testing. At the ages of 5 and 6, Portland L won jumping classes of the 1.20m to 1.35m Level, qualifying for the German Federal Championships. In 2002, as a 7 yr. old, Portland L gained to his resume an unbelievable record of 17 wins and placings out of 18 starts at the M and S level (1.45m and up). 

Portland L's first crop of offspring have received a reputation of high competency in the sport and has also already produced a licensed son. In 2003 his eldest offspring were champions in young horse jumping classes and as 5 year olds have done the same in 2004, supporting their strong buyer demand. In 2004, Pirol by Portland L placed 6th in the FEI World Championships for Young Jumping Horses in Lanaken, Belgium. Pirol was enrolled in the PSI Auction in December 2004 in Ankum, Germany and sold as a 5 year old, for 155 000 Euro (Approx. $250 000).

ramiro Ramiro Z.  1965  17.1 Bay Holsteiner Stallion

Ramiro Z has become world famous world wide and is duly called the "Euro-stallion" of his day. Preferent Ramiro decends from the famous male linage combination Raimond - Ramzes x - Rittersporn xx. The anglo arabian Ramzez represents one of the basic blood lines on which Holsteiner breeding has been founded. Ramzes gave a new dimension to sport horse breeding. Ramiro's dam is  Valine, who acquired international fame as a show jumper by the name of Corrale under Lutz Gossing. She is a daughter of the reputable thoroughbred Cottage Son, who became famous through his son Consul. Ramiro's dam is from linage 776 one of the most valueable Holsteiner female blood lines going back to Achill and Edelbert. In 1969 Ramiro was the absolute top stallion of his performance year and was not only used for breeding but was successfully showjumped. He was ridden by Fritz Ligges and excelled in his puissance performances, up to 2.2 meters as well as in competition where speed was essential. Ramiro moved to the Netherlands to Studbook Zangersheide in 1979, and came to the netherlands 2 years later. On the basis of of his breeding efforts that have earned him worldwide fame, he was declared horse of the year in  jumping in Amsterdam in 1992.

schwarzenegger Schwarzenegger  2001 17 hh black/brown Hanoverian stallion

Schwarzenegger is  a dual-purpose bred stallion who was born in Verden, Germany in 1997 from the Windeler breeding program. As a foal, Schwarzenegger was the vice-champion at the Lower Saxon Foal Championships. In his stallion performance test in Redefin, he scored an impressive 125,24 points. This score placed him 3rd overall out of 22 stallions. His integrated breeding value estimation is 122 for Dressage and 114 for jumping.  His temperament and character impressed the judges with a score of 9 and 10 respectively. In his offspring he tends to improve  the canter with a 120 as well as the the jumping manner and scope with a 128. He has brilliant basic gaits and an outstanding rideability. In 2007, he was victorious at various advanced level dressage tests. He has competed successfully at Intermedaire I in Germany.   He has offspring competing in both advanced dressage and advanced jumping classes. His offspring are known for their super basic gaits, fantastic trainability/rideability, and the tendency to show talent for both dressage and jumping. Schwarzenegger is also known to pass on his wonderful mind and kind expression making very rideable offspring.

Schwarzenegger is on the Top list of Jumper producers for the Hanoverian Breed for 2012, 2013, and 2014.  He is also tied for fourth on that list for producing movement.

sion Sion  1984 16.3 hh dark bay Oldenburg stallion

Sion is a highly esteemed and versatile stallion, sire of over 30 state premium mares in Oldenburg, including the winner of the Elite Mare Show 1995. He has 446 competition offspring, with lifetime earnings of 767.339 Euros!

He has sired 12 approved stallions, and successful sport horses including Shine On, Sir Oldenburg, Sir Tender, Sir Primeur, Schwarzenegger. Sion perhaps best known as the sire of international Grand Prix star Sterntaler-Unicef , currently ridden by  Matthias Alexander Rath, and has been named to the German dressage team.

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Wermiszel 1971  Bay Trakehner Stallion

Wermiszel was bred by the Polish State Stud Liski. Like many of the older Polish stallions, he carried a very good dose of main stud Trakehnen bloodlines and was a member of the highly regarded Perfectionist xx - stallion line. The line goes via Perfectionist xx - Jagdheld - Ararad and was one of the very top performance lines of its time. Wermiszel carried line breeding to Perfectionist xx and the very good (and substantial) Parsival, whose most important son in Trakehnen was of course Hirtensang. He was an important sire in the history of Trakehnen's chestnut herd. His daughter Peraea alone put the family on an exposed position through her son Pregel and her grand son Donauwind *E*. To name all family members of this Hirtansang line would need more space (and time)- this is a very mportant line in Trakehner breeding even today! Wermiszel also carried Eiserner Fleiss - the sire of Ernest, who sired the great Ozean, without doubt one of the most overlooked and yet successful jumper producers the Trakehner breed ever had. His grand son, the Hanoverian Grannus, is a multi million Euro jumper sire, and the Ozean - Cesar line produced the international show jumper Suchard and his equally successful son Balisto Z - to this day the only Trakehner stallions ever approved at the Belgium Zangersheide Stud.