Friday, March 13, 2020

Foundation Sire: Carthago

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!


171 cm
Breeder: Erhard Krampitz

Carthago is the son of Capitol I, out of a mare by Calando I, who stood at several breeding stations in Holstein before pursuing a performance career that culminated in a German Championship with Karsten Huck. 

At his performance test, Carthago earned a 9.5 for free jumping and a 10 for jumping talent.

As Carthago Z (he acquired the ‘Z’ being leased to Zangersheide) he finished in 11th place at the Atlanta Games with Jos Lansink and the pair were members of the Dutch team at the Sydney Games. …

In 2001, the stallion returned to his birthplace in Schleswig-Holstein and the Holsteiner Verband.

Carthago is already the sire of numerous approved sons. He was retired on an island in the North Sea, with a couple of mares for company just in case... before his death in 2013.
His progeny includes international showjumpers, …

He is also influential in France …

On the 2013 German FN jumping stallion rankings, Carthago is in 12th place with an index of 158. On the WBFSH jumping stallion rankings for 2013, Carthago is in 22nd place with 34 international competitors, the most successful of which were Old Chap Tame, Cash 63, Coltaire Z and Mylord Carthago.

On the 2014 German FN breeding values, Carthago has a value of 157, which put him into 13th place.

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

There are stallion descendants of Carthago in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on

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