Friday, July 3, 2020

Foundation Friday: Lacapo

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!

Photo: Gerd Küst

168 cm
Breeder: Harm Thormählen

I guess when Harm Thormählen bred Lacapo, he didn’t have the future of Dutch dressage breeding on his mind, but the stallion was to play a key role anyway… Harm Thormählen admits he didn’t have dressage in mind when he planned the mating: “I would not have thought that Lacapo would become important for the Dutch dressage because of Flemmingh, but his mother, Larsa [by Capitano], had really good basic gaits and a lot of elasticity. So the movement was there. With Flemmingh this movement was doubled because his damsire, Carneval (by Cor de la Bryère,) who is bred by my now 91 year old neighbor Michel Magens, had a lot of movement as well and his mother moved also very well.” Lacapo’s sire, Landgraf, produced life 20 advanced level dressage horses in his lifetime but he was much more successful in producing jumpers. … Licensed in Holstein in 1982, Lacapo is warmly praised for his movement in the Stallion Book of the Holsteiner Breed, by Dr Dietrich Rossow: “Medium sized stallion with good expression and beautiful neck carriage. The shoulder could be more sloping. Small dip in the back. Short hip. Adequate bone with faults in the hocks and pasterns behind. Very good mover. Good jumper despite some difficulties with use of the back. Produce: Offspring of medium frame with beautiful faces and lots of appeal. Very good movers.” Lacapo stood at Siethwende in 1983, Sollwittfeld 1984-85, Marne 1986, Bredenbekshorst 1987-1990, Wahlstedt 1991, 1992-1998 Salzwedel, 1999-2007 Kollmar-Langenhals. After 2007 he … still covered some mares [for Harm Thormählen]. Harm says: “Sometimes I let him cover a mare, even in his last year that he was alive he covered a mare. He was a very strong and healthy stallion and reached the exceptional age of 33. He had a very honest and strong character. He was also very friendly; he was a real pleasure to have around.” He produced for Germany 146 broodmares and 9 approved stallions …. In The Netherlands Lacapo was to found a dressage dynasty through his son Flemmingh and his grandson Krack C. …. …

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