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Corland: What it means to descend from Holsteiner 104A

Corland in the hands of Wout Jan van der Schans – 2001 Cana Cup at Spruce Meadows, Calgary

By Adriana van Tilburg
Photography: Peter Llewellyn

One of Corland’s current showjumping stars is Leone Jei (Baltic VDL - Dara x Corland, bred bu Gijs van Mersbergen), who won the CP International Grand Prix presented by Rolex at the Spruce Meadows Masters in Calgary under the saddle of Martin Fuchs (SUI).

Corland descends from the well-known Holstein lineage 104A, so what is his background? Dam line 104A is a very old Stamm tracing back to 1833, when the mare Ahne 131/Lise was born. But we will skip almost 100 years and start in 1928.
In that year Bianka (Tobias - Sanna x Ortwin, breeder: Hermann Bahlmann) was born and enjoyed instant world fame in 1934 by winning the coveted Aachen Grand Prix as a six-year-old with Axel Holst. She was the only horse to stay clear jumping eight obstacles higher than 1m70! Her full sister Clärchen is the grandmother of Retina (Ramzes A - Dolli x Lopshorn, breeder: Hilda Magens). Between 1958 and 1960, Retina was among the best German showjumpers under the saddle of Fritz Thiedemann. Their highlight was winning the Hamburg Derby in 1959 when Retina was only seven years old, and one year later finishing second in the same class.
Retina was sold outside Germany but returned to Holstein thanks to Dutch jumper Anton Ebben. She was then used as a broodmare by Rheder Thormählen, Harm Thormählen’s father, who used mares with sport careers for breeding back in the 1960s. Retina has been invaluable to Holstein breeding and, at the age of 16, gave the stallion Capitano (Grand Vikar), who would become a hallmark sire, producing Capitol I, bred by Harm Thormählen out of Stamm 173.
After Capitano, Retina had three daughters: Heirika (Marlon xx), Germania 2 (Marlon xx) and Ibylle (Moltke I); the latter being Corland’s third dam. Germania 2’s offspring include several very good jumpers such as Cassini Miraflores (Cassini II) with Venezuelan Luis Fernando Larrazabal, and Cartino 10 (Carrico), at 1m60 with Pénélope Leprevost before being exported to Russia. Germania 2 is also the dam of the stallion Landego (Landgraf I), a major Grand Prix winner and ninth in the 1991 World Cup final in Gothenburg with Germany’s Elmar Gundel. sire of Life is Life, and damsire of outstanding horses such as C-Ingmar (Cassini I) with Germany's Pia-Luise Aufrechte-Bruggink; Casland (Cassini I) with Belgian Dirk Demeersman and Jérôme Guéry; PSG Opus (Contender) with Belgian François Mathy Jr and Austrian Stefan Eder; and especially Lianos (Landlord), who enabled Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa to become world champion in Rome in 1998... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber