With the death of Corrado I (Cor de la Bryère – Soleil x Capitol I, Stamm 6879, bred by Eduard Struve), a breeding chapter closes for many people. He was one of the first stallions that Nobert Boley, the stallion manager of the Holsteiner Verband, believed in. The faith he had in this stallion was right because, after he jumped as a seven-year-old under the saddle of Bo Kristoffersen, he moved to Franke Sloothaak, with whom he won several Grand Prix classes: Leeuwarden, Kiel and Neumünster. They won World Cup qualifiers (Dortmund and Aarhus), and placed in the Nations' Cup of La Baule and Aachen – second and third, respectively.
According to Sloothaak: “He was a very intelligent horse. In the beginning he wasn’t easy to ride, he wasn’t used to being focused on jumping and had to learn to focus on me and to do his job. When he understood what he had to do he became a fantastic horse. In handling he was always easy and he behaved well with other horses. With Corrado, I achieved success at many outstanding shows, my most memorable victory was in Leeuwarden as my roots are in this area.”
This year will certainly be memorable for the loss of several great stallions.