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The Holsteiner Studbook Tops the Ranking

The Holsteiner studbook established themselves in the top three of the WBFSH studbook rankings in show jumping long ago, and this year the re-claim the leading position

Cristallo and Richard Spooner at the 2011 World Cup finals at Leipzig.
d. 25-10-2012 - 13:08

Already in 2001 the Holsteiner studbook claimed first place in the studbook rankings and had at the time placed in the top of the rankings for a decade. The well-deserved first place on the WBFSH studbook ranking in show jumping gives great pleasure to the Holsteiner breeders, says Dr. Thomas Nissen from the Holsteiner Verband whose breeding policy is based on jumping performance.


– Continuity is the actual goal of the studbook which has been epitome of the leading jumping horse breeding for several decades. The outstanding quality of the young Holsteiner horses becomes clear at the yearly “Bundeschampionat” every year in September, where many young talents prove themselves as prospects for the international sport, says Dr. Thomas Nissen.


The Holsteiner studbook is known for having produced sires which have had an enormous international influence such as Landgraf I, Caletto II, Capitol I, Carthago, Caretino, Contender and Cassini I. The durability of Holsteiner sire lines is clearly illustrated by Cor de la Bryére, his son Caletto II whose son Caretino has sired Casall la Silla – a string of stallions which in each generation represents world class. Caretino stands out as a particularly strong sire. Both his offspring Cristallo and Casall la Silla are among the highest ranked show jumpers in the world, and Casall himself is already one of the great sires in modern Holstein breeding internationally successful offspring.


Dr. Thomas Nissen stresses the fact that Holsteiner studbook not only breeds talented jumpers, but also internationally successful dressage and eventing horses. At the 2012 Olympics in London 15 Holsteiner horses took part; six in show jumping, seven in eventing and two in dressage.


– The two Holsteiners Barny by Barnaul xx and King Artus  by King Milford xx played a very important role in winning the German team gold medal at the Olympics in London, says Dr. Thomas Nissen.