By Charlene Strickland
At the 2006 World Equestrian Games, a crowd of 7000 watched a 4-hour parade of German stallions (Hengst in German) of renowned bloodlines. The stallions represented dynasties, each founded by a leading sire of the 19th or 20th century and proven over the generations.
For each sire line, private owners and state studs presented an older sire and one or two younger horses of that line. Some of the German breeding societies brought their superstars, who awed spectators with their presence. The German national federation, the FN, sponsored the show on the WEG's “rest day” (no competitions).
The stallions were from both jumping and dressage lines. Take our tour to view the highlights of the parade, and to admire these outstanding sport horse sires. For each sire line, we include background on the founding sire, including the years he stood at stud. Names of contemporary stallions include sire and damsire, year foaled, and breeding area in Germany.
Sire Line Adeptus. Of the “old” A-line of Hannover, Adeptus xx (1884-1904) added blood to maintain courage and action. He influenced the breed through his descendant Agram (1942-1962).
Another branch has bred on through Eindruck II (1955-1972). ("E" names were added to the A-line in the 1950s). His son Einblick (1973- ), more refined that his old-type sire, sired good performance horses.
Eisenherz I (1972-1990) had a great influence on the A-line, producing many sons and daughters. His son Eiger I (damsire Abermals; 1975 Hann. ) is known as a consistent producer. Ehrentanz I (Ehrentusch-Frühlingsrausch; 1990 Westf.) represented the Adeptus line.
Sire Line Senator. Senator (1954-1973) was the son of a Trakehner, Semper Idem. Senator's son Sender and Sender's son Servus established the line. The winner of the Freestyle at WEG, Keltec Salinero, is from the Senator line. His sire, Salieri (Salvano-Servus; 1989 Hann.) showed in hand. With him was the jumper Stolzenberg sired by Stakkato (Spartan-Pygmalion; 1999 Hann.), also of the Senator line.
Sire Line Flaneur. From East Prussian breeding comes Flaneur, foaled in 1965 and one of the dominant Trakehner sires. He was sired by Maharadscha, with his dam Flocke IV. Hohenstein (Caprimond-Matador; 1991 Trak.) is one of the top sires for several breeding areas. One of his champion stallion sons is His Highness. Hohenstein and his sire Caprimond (Caron-Mackensen; 1985 Trak.) performed a pas de deux.
Sire Line Sacramento Song. This Irish Thoroughbred, foaled in 1967, was an improvement sire brought into Hannoverian and Oldenburg breeding areas. His son Sandro was a champion jumper and the grandsire of Sandro Hit, one of the most popular current sires of dressage horses.
The older stallion presented was Sergeant Pepper (Silvio-Ramino; 1994 Old.). Two younger stallions included Samba Hit I (1998 Brandenb.) and Sunny Boy (1997 Old.).
Sire Line Pilatus. Thoroughbreds have contributed to the Westfalen's success. Pluchino xx sired Perseus, whose son Pilatus was out of a Duellant mare. Pilatus (1968-1985) had three prominent sons: Pilot, Polydor, and Roemer (Dutch). Pilot, out of a Graphit mare, has been one of Germany's top jumper sires. Polydor sired breeding stock and performance horses, and Roemer was in the U.S. The older stallion presented was the jumper, Potsdam (Polydor-Goldstern; 1989 Rheinl.), shown in hand. Peking (Polytraum-Paradox I; 2001 Westf.) was the younger stallion.
Sire Line Absatz. A Trakehner in the Hannoverian breeding area, Absatz (1964-1982) was very influential, and stamped his progeny with a unique look. The new line, started with Abglanz, a Trakehner brought to Hannover from East Prussia after World War II (1946-1964). Absatz founded the “new” A-line. His sons include Argentan, Akzent I, and Akzent II. Aktuell and Armin are two sires of the Abglanz line. In the parade he was represented by Abanos (Alabaster-Futuro; 1996 Old.) and his son, Amaro Abano (2001 Bay.).
Sire Line Furioso II. Furioso II was sired by the English Thoroughbred, Furioso xx, imported to France (1946-1967). Furioso was of the Matchem branch of Thoroughbreds, the same branch as Man o’War and tracing back to the Godolphin Arabian. Furioso II’s dam was a Selle Francais (at that time, known as Anglo-Norman) mare, Dame de Ranville. She traced back to Orange Peel xx, considered the founding Thoroughbred sire of the Anglo-Norman crossbreds.
Furioso II was imported to Oldenburg (1967-1986). As the first Anglo-Norman to influence German breeding, two of his outstanding jumpers are For Pleasure and Heisman. He also sired Voltaire out of a daughter of the jumping sire, Gotthard.
Fleurop (Florestan I-Weltruf; 1990 West.) along with Feinsinn (Fidermark-Bolero; 1996 Westf.) and Forsyth (For Pleasure-Furioso II; 1993 Hann.) represented Furioso II.
Sire line Ramzes. The Anglo-Arabian Ramzes was a prominent refinement sire in many breeding areas. Foaled in Poland in 1937, this gray stallion came to Westfalia in 1948. The Ramzes sons Radetzky and Raimond were Ramzes' most famous breeding stallions. Radetzky (1954-1974) produced 20 approved sons, including Remus I and Remus II, and Raimondo.
A grandson of Remus I was Romadour II (1972-1983). This influential contemporary sire was the sire of the dressage star Rembrandt. His son Rosenkavalier sired Rubinstein I, a popular modern sire of dressage horses. Royal Diamond (Rubinstein I—Inschallah AA; 1994 Old.) represented this branch of the Ramzes sire line.
Raimond's (Holst.) most famous son was Ramiro, a champion jumper and prepotent sire. Out of a Cottage Son xx mare, this stallion has sired offspring for the Holsteiner, Westfalen, and Dutch breeds. Rocket Star (Ramiro-Landgraf I; 1988 Holst.) was accompanied by his son Rockwell (damsire Grandus; 1993 Westf.).
Sire Line Goldfisch II. In the Hannoverian G-line, Goldfisch II (1939-1958) was the son of theThoroughbred stallion Goldschaum xx. Grande (1962-1987) by the Goldfisch II son Graf produced jumpers and dressage.
The G-line was represented by Gralshüter (Gralsritter-Akzent II; 1990 Hann.) a grandson of Grande, and the jumper sire, Graf Top (Graf Grannus-Calypso II; 1993 Hann.).
Lauries Crusador xx (1985) has been an influential sire in the Hannoverian breeding area. Bred in England, at the stallion parade he was shown with offspring.
Sire Line Capitol I. Foaled in 1975, Capitol I (Capitano-Maximus) is from the Holsteiner sire line of the English import Cottage Son xx (1959-1964). The Capitol I son Calato (damsire Landgraf I; 1987 Holst.) and the Carthago son Cardino (1993 Holst.) represented this sire line.
Sire Line Detektiv. Devil's Own xx (1894-1906) founded this line through his descendant Detektiv (1926-1943). The sire Duellant is one of the most successful sires of this D-line. A more recent stallion is the famous Donnerhall (Donnerwetter-Markus; 1981 Old.), sire of the Oldenburg Don Schufro (competes for Denmark). At the stallion parade, two Donnerhall sons—Don Gregory and Don Frederico—represented the Detektiv line.
Sire Line Fling. This line originated with the foundation stallion Zernebog (1849-1871). A part-Thoroughbred, he founded the F-line through his son Flick (1865-1887) and great-grandson Fling (1913-1922).
Fling's sons Feiner Kerl and Flavius continued the line through many outstanding performers. Feiner Kerl (1922-1943) sired jumpers, and his great-grandson Ferdinand (1944-1967) became famous as one of the world’s best producers of jumpers.
Flavius (1918-1935), son of Fling, founded another branch of the Hannoverian F-line. From this sire came Woermann (1975-1988) , sire of Wenzel I, Wenzel II, and World Cup I. World Cup I was known for powerful movers and jumpers. He sired the extremely popular Weltmeyer (foaled 1984) out of an Absatz mare. Weltmeyer was shown in hand in the parade, accompanied by his son Worldly (damsire Brentano II; 1997, Hann.).
Sire Line Ladykiller. One of the best Thoroughbreds ever in Germany, Ladykiller xx (1965-1979) has made a major impact on the Holsteiner breed. His offspring excelled as jumpers.
Of 35 sons, two of his most famous jumper sires were Lord, of a Cottage Son dam, and Landgraf I, foaled 1968 out of an Aldato (by Anblick) mar. Landgraf I was considered the most important sire of jumpers in the world. He passed on his athleticism and crossed with many lines.
Lancer II (Landgraf I-Fantus; 1986, Holst.) represented the Ladykiller line. He showed with Lord Loxley (Lord Sinclair I-Weltmeyer; 1999, Rheinl.), winner at the Bundeschampionat as a young dressage horse.
Sire Line Cor de la Bryere. An Anglo-Norman stallion brought from France, Cor de la Bryere (1971-1984, 1986) sired the dressage champion Corlandus out of a Landgraf I mare. His sons included Calypso I, Calypso II, Caletto I, and Caletto II. Calypso I and II sired both jumpers and dressage horses.
Corrado I (1985, Holst.) is a son of Cor de la Bryere, of a Capitol II mare. This gray is known as a sire of jumpers. Canto (Canturo-Limbus; 2002, Holst.) was the young stallion from this sire line.
A highlight of the show's last hour was a quadrille of the NRW (Nord Rheinland Westfalia) Quadrille, with 12 stallions from the Westfalen State Stud in Warendorf. The Hannoverian State Stud in Celle has been performing its quadrille for many years. Comparing the two programs, the Westfalens performed a more inventive routine. Their stallions, including the renowned sire Ehrentanz I, ended with all 12 riders cantering one-handed to the beat of the song, “Set Me Free.”
The stallion parade was a showcase, and a nonstop advertisement for the German breeding societies. However, breeders do have the right to brag about their sires, because German horses won almost all the medals at WEG.