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

Orbetello, Proudly Presented by Bridlewood Farm


Orbetello, Oldenburg Stallion


Orbetello is a 2003, 16.2 stallion bred for performance in international show jumping at the highest level. Orbetello is the embodiment of impeccable character, intelligence and work ethic. During his Oldenburg stallion licensing in Vechta, he scored the highest free-jumping score to date, received the honor of the 1c Premium designation and placed third among all stallions. At 4, during his 70-Day Stallion Test in Munster-Handorf, Orbetello earned the exceptional overall score of 121.988 (106.63 for dressage and 131.72 for jumping). In September 2015, Orbetello was inspected and approved by the Belgian Sport Horse Studbook (SBS) and received 9.5 for jumping, rideability, walk, canter, type and forelegs. At his American Hanoverian Society inspection in August of 2021, he scored 9 for his head, neck and hindleg and 8 for conformation, typiness, frame, walk and canter: outstanding scores.

Orbetello’s sire, the BWP Ambassador Orlando, produces jumpers and breed champions. Heartbreaker, also in his sire line, is a Keur stallion and a leader on the Dutch and Belgian jumping indexes, generating numerous upper-level jumpers (including the 2006 Belgian Stallion Selection Champion Dulf Van Den Bisschop). He also sired High Level Devil Z, the record-breaking (€145,000) foal at France’s 2021 Fences Elite Foal Auction. His sire line includes Darco, voted Best Sire in the World for four consecutive years. Nimmerdor, the KWPN Sire of the Century, is also on Orbetello’s sire line.

On Orbetello’s damline, the Holsteiner mare Landkind descends from Landgraf I by Ladykiller xx, regarded as the most influential Thoroughbred stallion in German sport horse/ jumping history. He sired the famous Holsteiners Landgraf and Lord Landgraf I. Landkind’s damline traces to the Selle Francais Cor de la Bryere, known as the Reserve Stallion of the Century, second only to Landgraf I.

Orbetello proved his willing temperament and rideability excelling with international riders. With Margie Engle (USA), he earned the Winter Equestrian Festival 8-Year-Old Jumper circuit championship, then enjoyed success at 1.50-1.60m with Federico Sztyrle (ARG), Brianne Goutal-Marteau (USA) and Paul O’Shea (IRL).

For more information about Orbetello, please click here.