Friday, April 5, 2019

Foundation Sire: Argentan

Here is the next installment of Warmblood Stallions of North America’s Foundation Friday.  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!

165 cm
Breeder: Jürgen Clasen 

Argentan was one of the most important founding sires of the modern Hanoverian.

Argentan was Reserve Champion of his stallion licensing in 1969, and the following year was 4th out of 15 candidates in the performance test.
In 1994, he was crowned Hanoverian Stallion of the Year as a result of his extraordinary success as a sire. Argentan was the sire of 805 competition horses who won a total of DM 1,648,638. His broodmares, in particular, were highly regarded and included three Champion German Riding Horse mares at the DLG show: Aragonia (1978), Ascona (1980) and Arabella (1984). He was the sire of 119 state premium mares.
However, he was also the sire of some top performers including Mario Deslauriers 1984 World Cup Showjumping winner, Aramis.
He was the sire of 19 stallion sons, including Airport, Al Capone, and - most famed of all - Argentinus.

To read the entire article, with pedigree, details of Argentan's sons and daughters, on the Horse Magazine website, click here.
There are several stallion descendants of Argentan in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on

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