Landgraf 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!

Landgraf I
1966 – 1996 
16.3 hh 
Breeder: Graf von Kielmansegg

Landgraf I began his breeding career with little success, but over time became a highly-sought after sire and an excellent example of the modern Holsteiner Sport Horse. His international acclaim and exceptional bloodlines are still known today. There is a bronze statue in his likeness in Elmshorn, outside the century-old Riding and Driving School.

In his early days, Landgraf was not initially widely accepted as a stallion in Germany because sons of Thoroughbreds were still regarded with suspicion. It was after the 1975 Equitana in Germany, where Landgraf easily cleared a 6’6″ several times a day that international riders started to buy his offspring.

“Landgraf dominated the breeding scene in Schleswig-Holstein for over ten years. …”

In all, Landgraf progeny have won over €4.5 million.

To read the entire article, with pedigree, details of Landgraf’s sons and daughters, on the Horse Magazine website, click here.

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

Chin Quidam VDL

Approved son of Chin Chin


KWPN Approved son of Casall

Don Quichot

World Class GP dressage stallion with World Class jumper lines!


Oldenburg Licensing Champion in Germany, Exciting Young Sire awarded 1c Premium

HH Radco

Elite BWP Stallion

La Marque

Wonderful Jumper Stallion

Limoncello II

A regal, peerless performer with world-class style and brilliant offspring

Long Island T



Internationally successful showjumper who passes his jumping talent, easy temperament, and beautiful gaits to his offspring

Quidam Blue

International Grand Prix Jumper, Approved Hanoverian Stallion

Silver Creek’s Validation

Vallado / Lansing / Capitol I

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