Holsteiner stallion Calzada offers the best of European bloodlines in Ireland.
What does this mean?
Calzada offers depth in bloodlines seldom seen in other sires. He is the descendant of the legendary thoroughbred improvement sires Ladykiller xx, Rantzau xx (sire of Cor de la Bryère and great grand sire of Baluobet de Rouet), Cottage Son xx, Sailing Light xx and Anblick xx.
Calzada is the only sire in Ireland by the most successful Nations Cup horse in Germany, Caletto I. Caletto I was twice winner of the Grand Prix of Aachen and numerous other Grand Prix. He was German Team Bronze Medallist in the European Championships in Hickstead . Caletto I was not only a performance horse and a producer of performers but a sire of 21 approved sons. His daughters produced 9 approved sons. He is a star in Holsteiner breeding.
Caletto I’s sire is the world-renowned stallion Cor de la Bryère, a leading sire of performers in all three disciplines. He is considered the father of the modern show jumper, producing fifty approved sons standing worldwide, including Cavalier Royale.
Calzada’s damsire, Lord, is ranked third in the world as a sire of dressage horses and eleventh in the world as a sire of show jumpers in the WBFSH lists. He has produced 78 approved sons. Progeny winnings total over 2.25 million euro.
Do bloodlines count and how much influence do they have on performance?
Consider the show jumping results at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004:
Bloodlines of fifty-five percent of the twenty-nine finalists were influenced by Holsteiner breeding; (impressive for a regional stud book with only about 7200 registered broodmares).
Fifty-two percent of the finalists had Cottage Son xx and Furioso xx in their six generation pedigrees. These two thoroughbreds were close relatives, descending from Son-In-Law xx and Marco xx. The Son-In-Law/Marco pattern appears in seventy-two percent of the finalist pedigrees.
Rantzau xx appears in forty-eight and Ladykiller xx in forty-five percent of the finalist pedigrees. Cor de la Bryère, a more recent progenitor, (by Rantzau xx) is found in thirty-four percent of the finalist’s breeding.
At the 2004 Olympic Games, there was clearly a preeminence of purpose-bred sport horses.
Bloodlines may not guarantee success…but they increase your chances.
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