Caletto I for Foundation Friday

Enjoy one of Warmblood Stallions of North America’s more popular Foundation Friday posts!  Every other Friday we will be featuring a foundation sire – one who has been influential in the development of warmblood breeds. We pull from the incredible archive of The Horse Magazine, published by Chris Hector of Australia. Thank you, Chris, for permission to draw on your expertise!

175 cm Bay
Breeder: Klaus Martin Both, Herzhorn

Caletto was a “tall, important sire with the smooth topline of a modern riding horse. Good face, rather heavy neck and a thick throat latch. Prominent withers, rather flat through the loin, sharply dropped croup in which the muscle doesn’t carry down well. Strong bone with mild crookedness in front and faults behind, somewhat base narrow. Good trot, absolutely marvelous canter. Extraordinary jumping ability with fantastic form over fences.”

As is so often the case, Caletto is the product of one of those mares that “make” a breeder: Deka. Amazingly all Deka’s foals have competed at the highest level. All but one of her sons went on to become licensed stallions, and her daughter Nathalie is the dam of a KWPN approved stallion, Telstar by Nimmerdor. In 1973, Deka was bred for the first time to Cor de la Bryère, producing Cordeka who with Herbert Blöcker competed successfully in showjumping and eventing competitions. Bred to Cor de la Bryère the following year, Deka produced the first of the three stallion full-brothers, Caletto I, II and III. 

Overall 758 of Caletto I’s progeny went on to compete… Caletto I appears in 65th place on the 2006 Monneron rankings, but he is represented in the top 75 by his son Cantus in 30th.

To read the full article as it was published on The Horse Magazine website – along with full pedigree of Caletto I, click here. The publisher and creator of this incredible resource, Christopher Hector, is the author of The Making of the Warmblood Horse.

Stallion Descendants in North America

Looking for the exciting bloodlines of Caletto I? There are several stallion descendants of his in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on

GK Calucci
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