Classic Z's pedigree hails from Germany's top jumping and dressage performance bloodlines.

Sire - "Caretino"
Caretino completed his Stallion Performance Test in 1986, scoring 132.18 placing him 3rd out of 52. He scored 116.96(11) for rideability and 144.91(2) for jumping ability. Caretino was a handsomely made, big framed stallion with good lines and good head. He was a long loose mover combining regularity and balance. Powerful immediate drive from the haunches. Exceptional jumping ability.
Caretino is now one of Germany's top stallions, producing horses that excel in both the dressage and jumper rings. He has more than 100 offspring in sport that are known for their astonishing movement and jumping ability. Caretino has 21 approved sons and 114 daughters, of which 12 are German State Premium.

Above: "Caretino" - sire of Classic Z

In his early competitions he won the 1988 Holstein State Show Jumping Championship that, in turn, qualified him for the Federal German Championships in Mannheim which he won. Shortly afterwards he became a successful international jumper with rider Bo Kristoffersen. Their efforts included 40 placings in national and international competition and, as part of the Danish Nation's Cup team at Gera. By 2001, 12 of Caretino's offspring had competed at the international level including AK Caridor Z (Jos Lansink), Crocodile Dandy (Alison Firestone), Chandra (Sören von Rönne), Toyzrus (Jill Henselwood) and Ballerina 124 (Marcus Merschformann). Most recently, his son Camirez (Marcus Merschformann) won the 2001 Hamburg Derby, one of the most demanding events on the international circuit.
In dressage Caretino has proven himself as well with the approved sons Cheenook, Carpaccio and Cockney who are considered some of the best movers ever to have entered the sport.

Sire's Sire - "Caletto II"
Caletto II was a significant stallion, considered to be the perfect Holsteiner performance type. Harmonious and deep bodied, clean correct legs and feet, good walk and trot with an magnificent canter, Caletto II was a very good jumper and showed extraordinary form over fences.
He later proved this in the show jumping ring with Herbert Bloeker, where the stallion won many tests for riding horses.

Above: "Caletto II"

At a regional show in September 1984, after being proclaimed best in the show, Caletto II was waiting to go into the arena, when he reared up, fell over and regrettably broke his neck at nearly 7 years of age! Just how great a loss the untimely death of Caletto II was , has been shown by the fact that he was ranked 16th in the standings for ten consecutive years, with his two megastar offspring, Operette La Silla and Jewel's Classic Touch contributing the bulk of the points. Calletto II's son Caretino (see above) jumped internationally with Bo Kristoffersen and later with Ludger Beerbaum.
Caletto II was acclaimed Champion of his stallion licensing in 1980 and
became regarded as a very important improvement sire. Most of his offpspring were of his type. He had 13 approved sons and 91 approved daughters.

Sire of Caletto II - "Cor De La Bryere"
The famous "Cor de La Bryere" was a Selle Francais stallion, the 1971 Champion of the Holsteiner 100 Day Performance Test. His incredible bascule and jumping ability is credited with improving the Holsteiner jumping style of today. He also passed on his strong nerves, intelligence and great willingness to perform.

Above: "Cor De La Bryere" features twice in Classic Z's pedigree

Cor de la Bryère is the stallion that revolutionised jumping horse breeding. His is the name astute breeders like to see, especially on the mare line for ‘Corde’ tends to give great form over a jump. His sire – the French Thoroughbred, Rantzau, was bred to be a jumper being a descendant of the enormously influential Bay Ronald. On the bottom side, Cor de la Bryère was royally bred, out of Quenotte B, by Lurioso a son of the most influential Precipitation son, Furioso. In French jumping circles, Furioso had been a sensation, siring the 1964 Olympic gold medallist, Lutteur B and the world showjumping champion of 1968, Pomone B. Lurioso was himself a sire of international showjumpers. Cor de la Bryère almost never made it to the breeding barn. In 1970, the selection committee of the Haras du Pin visited his owner, Xavier Ribard and suggested ‘that is not breeding stock, he’s too much of a sport horse. Better geld him; he’ll make a useful gelding.’ The horse was now on the market – and it just so happened that the Holstein Association was looking for French blood, having seen the success of Furioso II and Futuro in Oldenburg. Oldenburg breeder (and showjumping ace) Alwin Schockemöhle was looking for a stallion star, and leased the Furioso xx son Urioso – however he was prepared to sub-lease the stallion to the Holstein Verband. Hence a Holstein inspection committee travelled to France to evaluate Urioso and in doing so, discovered Cor de la Bryère. Urioso ended up standing two forgettable seasons in Holstein while ‘Corde’ left an indelible mark on the Holstein breed, and jumping the world over. He was not only a sire himself but a sire of sires. The full brothers, Caletto I, II were stars, as were the brother quartet of Calypso I to V. In the jumping arena, his handsome grey son, Corrado has been a star for Franke Sloothaak, while Cordalmé Z with Gilbert Böckmann has also been successful at international level. Both went on to become influential sires.
He sired over 43 Approved sons & 60 State Premium Mares, and had Progeny Winnings to well over: 2,000,000+ DM.

Dam's Sire - "Capitol"
Capitol I is a real rarity in the ranks of Holsteiner stallions - a showjumping sire, whose name begins with ‘C’ who is not related to Cor de la Bryère! Nor for that matter, is he related to that other pillar of Holsteiner breeding, Landgraf.
The yearling Capitol I was bought by the Holsteiner Verband, and he soon established himself as one of the great showjumping sires, represented internationally by jumpers such as Corso (ridden by the Swiss, Willi Meliger), JR Number One (exported to the United States), Caruso Rex, Calle, and most notably of recent times, Cento, a team gold medallist at the Sydney Games, and who missed out of an individual medal by just one rail!

Above: "Capitol", Classic Z's dam-sire

According to Harm Thormälen, whose family bred Capitol: “The Capitol horses have scope – scope and easy to handle. Amateurs can ride the Capitol horses. Sometimes they are not ‘blood’ enough, they need blood. In his last years Capitol was only allowed to breed to mares with Thoroughbred blood. The mare sire had to be Thoroughbred, or otherwise Cor de la Bryère – so Capitol got very good mares. It was top management by the Holsteiner Verband, with very good results in the sport. The children of Capitol have won the most money in the sport of any stallion in the world.”

Third Dam-Sire: "Lord"
The English stallion, Ladykiller was a success right from the start in his second career in Holstein. His first crop produced eight approved sons, including the great Landgraf; his second crop featured the licensing winner, Lord, while his third produced the German Showjumping Derby winner, Boy (ridden by Eddie Macken). Lord’s dam sire, Cottage Son was another of the excellent band of Thoroughbred stallions that played such a key role in producing the modern Holsteiner. Although Lord won the 1969 Holsteiner stallion approval, it was a controversial decision in the light of his conformational defects, and perhaps as a result of this Lord was at first not used greatly as a stallion, although he was one of the early stallions to jump successfully in competition.

Above: "Lord" features in Classic Z's dam line.

His first crop produced the international showjumper, Livius who won the 1980 German Showjumping Derby under Peter Luther, and then team medals at the 1981 European Championships, the World Championships of 1982 and the 1984 Olympic Games. In fact the showjumping family Luther has been instrumental in the success of Lord – Peter Luther’s sons both starred on Lord progeny – Thieß rode the licensed stallion, Lord Incipit with great success, and Haucke Luther was a star in the puissance with Lyra 20. Other successful competitors by Lord include Luguna (K. Huck), Lafeyette (H. Schmidt), Actrice (C. O. Nagel), Lusius (E. Gundel) and Pedro who competed at the World Championships in Dublin with Thomas Frühmann, Loyal 9 (P. Nagel-Tornau) and many more. Successful sire sons include Lantaan in Holstein, and the sadly short-lived, Lord Liberty in Oldenburg. In all, Lord sired more than 60 stallion sons, and his progeny won more than Euro 3,000.000. Dr Dietrich Rossow in his Stallion Book of the Holsteiner Warmblood Breed, was somewhat cautious about Lord: “Lord was himself a successful 3 day horse. He is not a consistent producer. We see tall horses with big heads and also refined, sometimes small mares with beautiful heads. Along with his head, he often passes on his leg faults. All his get are endowed with enormous score over fences. His best offspring are products of crosses with refined mares." Today, Lord is more likely to be found in the dam lines since no stallion line has really emerged to carry on his influence.







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