By Adriana van Tilburg
Photography: Janne Bugtrup
The Holsteiner stallion approvals took place under very difficult circumstances this year, with the organizing doing everything possible within the rules dictated by the COVID-19 crisis. It was also the very last year when Dr. Thomas Nissen was representing his role as breeding director. I will personally miss him very much and had the privilege of meeting him for a final interview, which begins on page 26 in this issue.
The Holsteiner Studbook is opening it opening its doors wider to ‘outside’ blood – which means everything that is not Holsteiner bred. Like the Selle Français some years ago, the Holsteiner Verband has been rather closed but is now looking for good lines to refresh their blood.
In Holstein there has been the ‘big four’: Caretino (Caletto II - Isidor x Metellus, Stamm 826, bred by Lothar Völz); Cassini I (Capitol I - Wisma x Caletto II, Stamm 3389, Johann Hermann Claussen); Contender (Calypso II - Gofine x Ramiro, Stamm 2472, Niko Detlef); and Corrado I (Cor de la Bryère - Soleil x Capitol I, Stamm 6879, Eduard Struve).
For a long time outside blood was rather unwelcome, althouth Cor de la Bryère (Rantzau xx - Quenotte x Lurioso, bred by Therese Essayan) was a stallion who started a very important chapter for the Holsteiner Studbook in the 1960s.
A more ‘recent’ stallion who has made an important impact in Holstein is Quidam de Revel (Jalisco B - Dirka x Nankin, bred by Prince Amaury de Broglie). Both Cor de la Bryère and Quidam de Revel influenced the ascendance of a new champion stallion.
Vigado (Vigo d’Arsouilles - Goya x Quo Vados I, Stamm 776, bred by Witt Pferdezucht GbR), Holsteiner champion of the 2020 approvals, is a consolidation of these aforementioned bloodlines... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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