Furioso II 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!

1965 -1986
16.1 ½ hh
Chestnut
Breeder: Alfons Lefevre Height

Furioso was described as “well balanced but with slightly knock-kneed forelegs and tight hocks.” He was also rich in Thoroughbred jumping blood, being by Precipitation out of a mare by Son-In-Law by Dark Ronald.

The authoritative De L’etalon Sport Français of 1992 remarked: “He had good bone, and walked liked a lord, with a magnificent pace, very energetic and showing a great deal of amplitude, his tail swinging at each step. His trot and gallop were good but not exceptional. Though full of life he was docile and had a good temperament.”

Furioso xx, his sire, was the leading sire of jumping horses in France from 1954-1961. His son, Lutteur B, who went on to win the 1964 Olympic individual gold for showjumping, amazed the German breeders when he appeared at the Hamburg Derby. Maas Hell, in Die Grossen Hengste Holsteins records the reaction: “The Germans were again amazed at how nonchalantly Lutteur B performed on the jumping course, how he played with the distances, and how, with a long neck, he left the course as though nothing had happened.”

Furioso II was approved for the Oldenburg studbook in 1967, and then went on to easily win his 100-day test. Later he was approved for Hanover, Rhineland, Hessen and Westfalia. For many years, Furioso II was ranked in the top three sires of leading money winners in Germany. Furioso II had winners in all disciplines. His showjumping stars included: FBI (with Thomas Frühmann), Heissman (ridden by Eric Van Der Vleuten, then Michael Matz) and For Pleasure.

Furioso II died in 1986 having sired progeny with earnings of nearly DM9,000,000. He sired 54 licensed stallions, including the Oldenburg licensing champions: Furidant (1971), Furore (1978) and Fatianus (1979). Mareile Oellrich-Overesch, in her excellent profile of Florestan in the 2008/9 edition of Selected Sires of Germany, makes the point: “It was a tradition in Oldenburg to prevent a stallion’s offspring from competing with their sire, so they were often sold to other breeding regions. That is why most of Furioso II’s sons were at stud in other regions of Germany or abroad. It also explains why the Furioso II bloodline didn’t originally survive in Oldenburg. Now, however, it has made a comeback with Florestan’s sons Fürst Heinrich and Flavio (Sprehe Stud), Florencio (Ludwig Kathmann Stud), Faustinus (Vorwerk Stud) and Florianus (Grönwohldhof/Pape Stud). His grandsons Farewell I and Fidertanz (Böckmann/Wahler Stud), Farewell III (Klatte Stud) and Fürstentraum (Sprehe Stud) are also stationed in Oldenburg.

As late as 2007, Furioso II continued to shape the sport of showjumping. In the 2007/2008 Monneron ranking of the world’s top 75 stallions, Furioso II’s son Voltaire is ranked 11th in the world with 19 CSI winners, while For Pleasure, despite largely concentrating on a competition rather than a breeding career until recently, ranked 13th with 11 representatives.


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

There are several stallion descendants of Furioso in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com:

Amazing

Exciting Balou du Rouet/Voltaire Hunter Stallion!

First Dance

Classic Florestan I/Donnerhall Bloodlines, Proven Dressage Competitor & Sire.

Florianus II, Crown

Grand Prix Dressage Stallion Siring Winners

Gladiator d’Avalon

Stunning Eventing Stallion in a gold wrapper!

Mannhattan

A dual purpose stallion producing offspring in all disciplines!

On Ira

Newly Imported 1.60m Showjumper by Voltaire

Rubinero

High-quality gaits, a gentleman’s character, and exceptional rideability

Twisther

AES Approved Grand Prix stallion

Vegas

KWPN Crown Erkend, Zangersheide Approved son of Voltaire

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!

1975–1999
169 cm
Grey
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 WarmbloodStallionsNA.com: