Capitol 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!

169 cm
Breeder: Harm Thörmalen

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…

Following the success of his progeny, Capitol moved to 2nd on the WBFSH standings in 1999, and to first place in 2000 and 2001…

According to Harm Thormälen, whose family bred Capitol:

“The Capitol horses have scope – scope and easy to handle. Amateurs can ride the Capitol horses…

We tend to think of Capitols as being big and scopey, slightly old fashioned and perhaps not the horses we need for modern sport but it would seem that they are still represented at the highest levels of the sport…

To read the entire article, with pedigree and more offspring details, on the Horse Magazine website, click here

There are several stallion descendants of Capitol I in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on

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