Friday, September 7, 2018

Foundation Sire: Casall

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!

167 cm
Breeder: Wilfried Thomann

When Caretino died in 2011, there was already a Caretino son ready to take his place – Casall. Casall appeared in young horse classes with Rolf-Göran Bengstsson in the 2006/2007 seasons, and then in 2008 won his first Grand Prix – at Aarhus two star – and the pair were away on an illustrious career that has seen them win and place at all the world’s premier showjumping competitions.

In 2010 he won the Grand Prix of Rotterdam and Falsterbo. In 2011he was first in the Hamburg and Monte Carlo legs of the Global Champions Tour and the World Cup jumping in Lyon. In 2013, he was 2nd at three big Grand Prix: Lyon, Ommen and Zurich and fourth at the European Championships in Herning.

In 2014, he won the four-star Grand Prix of Basel and Antwerp. In 2015, he placed in a string of five-star Grand Prix – firsts at Rome and London, second at Cannes and Goteborg, and thirds at Doha and Hamburg. In 2016 success continued with wins in three 5-star Grand Prix – Doha, Valkenswaard and Paris.

Casall finished his illustrious career on home – Holstein – soil, winning the five-star Grand Prix of Hamburg and was immediately retired. Even with his jumping career in full swing, Casall was in demand as a breeding stallion. In 2009, his son Catch It became champion stallion of the Holsteiner approval and sold for a record €450000 to Denmark. Casall has produced nine stallion sons in Holstein and had the champion mare at the Elmshorn anniversary show in 2008.

Casall’s breeding values are impressive, with 140 points he heads the Holstein breeding values for 2015/16. On the 2014 WBFSH rankings, Casall was in 14th place, on the 2015 standings he had moved to 9th, and on the 2016 rankings, is in 4th, behind Diamant de Semilly, For Pleasure and Cornet Obolensky! He has points from 52 international competitors – the most from the 2016 No 1 showjumper, Chesall Zimequest.

His offspring are starting to make their mark on the show jumping circuit. Powerplay (out of a Limbus mare) had an extraordinary season in 2013: ridden by Eric Lamaze, he was second in a 1.60 class at Calgary, with Pius Schwizer, he was second in a 1.60 at Paris***** and the pair were in the Swiss Nations Cup team. Then there is CT (Claudio) who has won its first Grand Prix with Hugo Simon at Linz. Ludger Beerbaum has taken over the ride on Casello (Carolus I) from the Swede, Douglas Lindelow who rode the gelding into 8th at the Las Vegas World Cup final of 2015. Ludger and Casello were 2nd in the Stuttgart Grand Prix of 2015, and 10th in a 1.50 class at Bordeaux in February of 2016.

The stallion, Cassallo Z (Carthago) was ninth at the World Cup Qualifier in Zurich in January 2016 with Piergiorgio Bucci.

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

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