The international Grand Prix horse and licensed breeding stallion Landioso has passed away at age 31 at his home in New Zealand.
Landioso was a 1987 born Holsteiner by Landgraf out of Up to Date (by Calvados II x Farnese x Fax I). He was bred by Karsten-Peter Ketelsen.
He was first licensed in 1990 with the Baden Wurttemberger breed society and did his 100-day Stallion Performance Test the same year in Marbach, scoring 102.99 points for dressage and 96.99 points for show jumping, totaling in an index of 102.51 which placed him 18th amongst 37 participating stallions.
Landioso stood at stud at Gestut Birkhof in Donzdorf. He was first competed in jumping classes by Thomas Casper and then Heike Rohrmuss took over and presented him in nationa dressage tests up to Grand Prix level.
The stallion sold to Birgitt van der Eijken in The Netherlands before being sold to Jody Hartstone in New Zealand. Hartstone competed Landioso for six years at Grand Prix and won several New Zealand titles. He retired after winning the Hastings CDI and New Zealand Horse of the Year Show at the age of 22.
As a breeding stallion Landioso sired two licensed sons, none of his daughters obtained the state premium title. However, he produced 356 offspring competing in sport in Germany and no less than 11 reached S-level dressage. His most successful offspring in Germany is Lines, who became a highly successful, international four-in-hand carriage horse! Italian Grand Prix rider Eva Rosenthal competed L'Etoile (by Landioso) at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen. As a dam sire Landioso proved his worth with Nadine Capelmann and Morgan Barbançon's Grand Prix mare Girasol (by Gribaldi x Landioso). Hartstone revealed that Landioso was WFFS positive.
He died in the field at the graceful age of 31.
“Landioso was my first Grand Prix horse and taught me many lessons," said Hartstone. "He had a strong character which challenged me many times but made me a much better rider. He had a long and happy retirement living outside in the fields for 9 years. Till his dying day he had hardly a grey hair on his head, was never sick nor lame and never lost the sparkle in his eye nor his proud and somewhat arrogant disposition. We will miss him greatly here on the farm."
Eurodressage Photo Database: Landioso
Birgit van der Eijken and Landioso
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Hartstone, 2006 New Zealand Dressage Champion on her “Professor”
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