Holsteiner, Holsteiner, Wherefore Art Thou? Genetics at the 2018 LRK3DE

Wendy Webster, of W2 Holsteiners in Penngrove, California, has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Holsteiner breed. She kindly shared her research about bloodlines of top finishers of the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, many of whom share a common genetic denominator.

Carlevo (Eurocommerce Caresino x Ramatuelle, by Levernois), who finished 20th at Kentucky with Buck Davidson, is a registered Holsteiner. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Investigating the pedigrees of top finishers in the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event yields some surprising results. Fully 65% of the top 22 finishers have Holsteiner genetics.

Starting in reverse order of placings:

22nd: Spring Easy, an Irish Sport Horse boasting the sire of Garrison Royal by Cavalier Royale. Cavalier Royale is a Holsteiner by Cor de la Bryere out of a mare tracing back to the TB Ladykiller, an influential sire in the modernization of the Holsteiner breed.

21st: Cooley Cross Border, another Irish horse descending from Cavalier Royale only this time through his sire Diamond Roller by High Roller by Cavalier Royale. In addition, the dam of CCB brings Holsteiner blood to the pedigree through her sire Silvio II who is by the Holsteiner Sandro. Sandro is actually 3/4 TB as his sire is the jumping progenitor Sacramento Song xx combined with Waldenser xx who was influential in steeplechase breeding.

20th: Carlevo, a registered Holsteiner with the sire of Caresino. Caresino’s pedigree traces on the sire’s side back to Caletto II and his dam’s sire is the half TB Holsteiner Tin Rocco. Tin Rocco was the leading sire of event horses in Germany in the late 1980s. Carlevo’s dam is by the Holsteiner Levernois whose pedigree contains two crosses to Ladykiller xx and one to Cor de la Bryere.

19th: Luckaun Quality, another ISH with close ties to Cavalier Royale. This time he is the sire of LQ’s dam Cowyn Bay.

17th: Qorry Blue D’Argouges, a Selle Francaise horse sired by the Dutch showjumper Mr. Blue. Mr. Blue’s dam traces 50% of her heritage back to Holsteiners through the stallions Joost (Conus) and Wagner.

14th: Wembley, Danish Warmblood by Lester, a son of the Holsteiner Lancer II. Wembley’s dam is by the Holsteiner Cantus by Caletto I.

13th: I’m Sew Ready, Dutch Warmblood by Lupicor who descends from the Holsteiner Lord Calando. In addition the gelding’s dam Jarda descends from the Holsteiner Ramiro.

8th: Cooley On Show, another Irish bred sired by Ricardo Z who descends from the Holsteiner sires Ramiro, Amor and Ganeff.

7th: MHS King Joules, Irish bred with a dam sired by Holsteiner Cavalier Royale.

4th: Z (Albano Z), Zangersheide bred by the Holsteiner Asca Z out of a mare carrying the blood of Landadel (by Landgraf) and Tin Rocco.

3rd: RF Scandalous, Oldenburg registered but sired by the Holsteiner Carry Gold and out of a granddaughter of Holsteiners Landgraf and Contender.

2nd: fischerRocana FST, DSP registered out of a mare sired by Carismo who is by the Holsteiner Calypso II.

1st: Cooley Master Class, an Irish bred with Holsteiner on the top and bottom of his pedigree. His sire Ramiro B (not the same Ramiro as mentioned above) is by the Holsteiner Calvani who descends from Caletto II. The dam of Master Class is a granddaughter of Holsteiner Cavalier Royale.