Friday, August 28, 2020

Foundation Sire: Landadel

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!

16.3 hh
Breeder: Ilse Hell

Sadly for the Stallion Commissions, no one remembers it when they got it right, but everyone remembers when they get it wrong—and the Holstein Commission got it seriously wrong when they rejected the Landgraf son, Landadel. Thomas Mohr, the director of the Maas J. Hell Stud where the stallion was born, told me the story in an interview in 2007: “Landadel was not accepted for the stallion licensing at Neumünster by the Holsteiner Commission, they said he was too light – a good sport horse not a stallion!” “So then he was leased to Böckmanns, and they bred with him for about ten years before he died, and every year he was in the top three for jumping sires, but he also bred dressage horses. Most of the foals went to S class. …” Despite the Licensing Commission’s assessment, Landadel went on to be champion of his 100-day test at Medingen in 1985. Landadel is one of those rarest of creatures – a stallion who sires top dressage as well as jumping progeny. … Landadel is regarded as one of the most important sons of Landgraf – and carries a double cross of the great Ladykiller, and bears out the theory that Landgraf worked best with mares with a high proportion of Thoroughbred blood. … Landadel’s stallion sons include Le Cou Cou, Landfriese I, Landstern, Landjonker, Landclassic, Landkoenig and Landor S. Landadel is the sire of four Oldenburg Stallion licensing champions: Lord Kemm, Lagoheidor, Landkaiser and Laudatio. …

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