Making of the Modern Warmblood - from Gotthard to Gribaldi - Featuring Flemmingh

Flemmingh (Photo: Jacob Melissen)
Flemmingh (Photo: Jacob Melissen)

From the fantastic book "The Making of the Modern Warmblood - From Gotthard to Gribaldi" a 662 page book featuring 144 stallions, major studbooks profiled, and beautiful photos and interviews with key players in the industry. A must have for students of the Warmblood Breed. A limited amount of books are now being offered on shophorsesdaily.com.

Flemmingh - Bay – born 1987 – 171 cm: Breeder – H. C. Albertson. The famed Dutch breeder, Wiepke van der Lageweg found his key foundation stock in neighbouring Germany, particularly in the Holstein area. One of his best buys was the bay colt, Flemmingh, although I am sure that Wiepke, who is a jumping man at heart, had no idea he was buying a stallion who would found a dressage line! Flemmingh has all the great Holstein jumping names on his pedigree. His dam line combines the blood of the French import Cor de la Bryère with the Holstein stalwart, Farnese, with a double dose of Thoroughbred on his grand-dam’s line.

Competing for Holland, Lingh and Edward Gal
Competing for Holland, Lingh and Edward Gal

Flemmingh placed third in his performance test in 1990, scoring three 9s, including a 9 for jumping. In the 1992/3 edition of Jacob Melissen’s The Leading Sires of The Netherlands, Flemmingh is described as having ‘fine movements, an active, roomy walk, a rich trot and a good canter. He is a careful jumper with a lot of talent. He showed to be a willing worker and never seems to tire. In the jury report, Flemmingh was described as having sufficient talent in dressage and a lot of promise as a jumper. His first offspring are distinguished by their size and splendid movements.’ But even so, the promotional photo, shows Flemmingh over a jump. Fourteen years later in Jacob’s latest directory, the jump shot has gone and the emphasis is on Flemmingh the dressage sire, and with good reason: two of his stallion sons, Krack C and Lingh have competed in the Dutch dressage team. In Holland there are dozens of his offspring competing at a national level, and Flemmingh has been an internationally successful sire of young horse competitors – Wladimir was the champion of the Swedish 3 year old dressage horses, while Up To Date was the champion of the 5 year olds in the USA. Flemmingh was ranked 18th on the WBFSH dressage sires standings for 2007.

Top price at Vechta – the grey colt by Flemmingh (Photo – Eurodressage)
Top price at Vechta – the grey colt by Flemmingh (Photo – Eurodressage)

The ultimate compliment was paid to Flemmingh in November 2009, when one of his sons was not only crowned Champion of the Oldenburg Licensing in Vechta, but he was also acquired for the top price of euro 250,000 by Doug Leatherdale, the President of the American Hanoverian Association to stand at Jens Meyer’s stud in the heart of the Hanoverian breeding district, at Dorum. The grey stallion is out of a mare of quintessential Oldenburg breeding. His dam sire, Insulfürst is by the Anglo Arab, Inschallah, out of a mare by Futuro, a Selle Français son of Furioso, imported to Oldenburg. Further on the mare line we find the Hanoverian, Argentinus, who spent his life at the well-known Klatte Stud in Oldenburg.

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