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!
Corrado combines the blood of the two great Cs – Cor de la Bryère and Capitol, with a healthy dose of Thoroughbred on the dam line through Maestose xx and Frivol xx – and yes, all those familiar names appear on their pedigrees. Frivol has two crosses of Bay Ronald, while Maestose has Pharos on both sides of his pedigree, along with Bayardo, Hurry On and Son-In-Law. Maestose was the sire of the advanced showjumper Maracaido.
From the start, it was apparent that Corrado was something special over a pole, and at his performance test he scored 10s for his free jumping and jumping ability / training. He also scored 8 for rideability. He ended with a jumping score of 137, the highest of his year and finished 3rd overall. Corrado was ridden by the Holsteiner Verband riders Thiess Luther and Bo Kristoffersen on the young horse circuit, and was a finalist as a six-year-old at the Bundeschampionate in 1991.
As a sire, Corrado was an instant success. Perhaps his most spectacular son is the grey stallion Clinton, who was individually 4th at the Olympic Games in Athens, and second behind Shutterfly at Aachen in 2005. Fifteen Corrado sons have been approved for breeding in Holstein and his sons, Corofino I, Coriano, Coronado and Clinton have themselves already produced licensed sons. By the end of 2006, Corrado I recorded with 95 progeny who had jumped at an international level.
However, Franke Sloothaak suggests that Corrado might be better in the second generation: “Even if I feel that first generation Corrados are not the easiest to use, I am convinced that his second-generation products are excellent horses. I think that Corrado is good in a second-generation breeding paper.”
At the time of this article – 2016 – in the WBFSH jumping stallion rankings, Corrado is in 47th place with 24 international competitors. The most successful of these has been Unita ASK (out of a Caretino mare) and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson.
There are several stallion descendants of Corrado I in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com:
Approved Holsteiner Stallion
International jumper and proven sire of performance horses
International 1.60m Competitor AND Producer
Chacco Blue #1 x Diamant de Semilly # 2 WBFSH Sires
Olympic Pedigree – Cornet Obolensky x Baloubet du Rouet