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Olympic silver medallist and sire of many grand prix horses

Capitol I Capitano Corporal
Folia Maximus
B-Estelle Lord Ladykiller xx
Restelle Sacramento Song xx

Terms - €2000+VAT for unlimited attempts with frozen semen, for one named mare in one breeding season. If the mare is certified not in foal by the end of September, €1700+VAT will be refunded.



About - Cardento has everything; a top pedigree, the talent to jump at Olympic level, and the ability to pass his talent on to his offspring and an amazing character. Based on the achievements of his offspring, Cardento was awarded ‘Elite’, received the ‘Breeders Trophy’ five times, and was honored four times as ‘Horse of the Year’ in Sweden.

Performance - Cardento has proven himself at the highest level winning a team silver medal at the both the World Equestrian Games in Jerez and the Olympics in Athens. He was on the  Nations Cup-winning teams in Rome, Dramman and Ikast. Individually he won, among others, the Grands Prix of Holte, Helsingborg, Angelholm, Gera, Kungsbacke (2x) and placed 2nd in Aarhus. Cardento placed 6th in the Worldcup Qualifier of Göteborg, placed 4th in the German Classics in Hannover and 6th in the Grand Prix of Stockholm.

Sire Capitol I is a real rarity in the ranks of Holsteiner stallions – a showjumping sire, whose name begins with ‘C’, who is not related to Cor de la Bryère! Nor for that matter, is he related to that other pillar of Holsteiner breeding, Landgraf, which means he adds variety into any breeding programme founded on those lines. Capitol's grand-dam Vase was champion mare of Holstein, while her full-brother, Roman, topped the German showjumping standings for two years running with Hans-Gunter Winkler. Vase’s daughter, Folia, by Maximus (himself an advanced showjumper), foaled five stallions: Latus I and II (both by Landgraf), and then Capitol. Capitol was by Capitano, who is by Corporal out of Retina. Retina won the Hamburg Derby with Fritz Thiedemann in the saddle. Capitol produced more than 50 grand prix horses, and his offspring include Carthago Z, Cassini I, Carolus II, Indoctro, and A-Cover Girl.

Damline - Cardento's dam B-Estelle also produced the licensed 1.60m grand prix jumping stallions Cartello and Conquest, and her daughter by Contender is the dam of the grand prix stallion Quintender. The damline has produced a huge number of grand prix horses, including Lupus, Chico von Kielsluck, SIEC Carsten, Caruso 394, Quirinus, Quidam's Rubin, Tendenz, Show Time, Click And Cash, and the great Colorit. 

Progeny - His breeding successes are world class. H&M Cue Channa and Bardoloni jumped at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and Matrix at the Olympics in London. In 2014. six offspring jumped at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy: Matrix, Celestine, Carisma, Duke of Carnaval, Cafino and Zilverstar VDL.

In 2017, more than 25 of Cardento’s offspring jumped at 1.60m level and there were additional striking results by his younger offspring. Cue Channa and Zacramento won the Silver medal at the European Jumping Championships in Gothenurg with the Swedish team. Carat had 5 international wins, one of these was the GP of Oliva. H&M Flip’s Little Sparrow won the GP Ciekocinko, Carrera won the GP Vestvold, Ares won the GP Valle de Bravo in Mexico and Candlelight K won the GP Lier. Dento won the Young Riders Championship of Lissabon and GDE Matrix won the Junior GP Opglabbeek. Didam 2 won the GP’s of Drachten and Neumünster. Besides these, the following offspring plaved easily in the big rings, too: Ayma de la Demi Lune, Bardesther, Bartender, Beezie, Check Picobello Z, Calingka, Cassius vd Smis, Carippu, Caveman DH Z, Corporal VDL, Cyklon, Dolinn, Dubai, Isabeau de Laubry, Isidor Carcaletto, Jativia, Quarto Mail, Samson II, Traffic Boy, Thriller P, Vatson Sitte, Wieminka B etc.

The Swedish Championships for Young Jumping Horses have been dominated for years by Cardento offspring. Worldwide have been several Champions: Carisma - European Champion of the Juniors, Cisco - Open Scandinavian Championship for 7-year old jumpers, Classic Lady - 7-year old World Champion in Lanaken.

Cardento has several approved sons: VDL Corporal, Carrera VDL, Dakar VDL and Grand Slam VDL, the latter scoring 90 points in the KWPN Stallion Perfomance Test - the highest score ever. Farrel VDL was the topseller of the WEF Sporthorse Auction, bringing $600.000. With Daniel Coyle he became reserve champion of the 7-year olds series in Canada. Fantasy BB brought €380.000 - the top seller at the Jumper Talent Sale and Fame DVL brought €380.000 the top seller of the Dutch Sport Horse Sales 2015


Additional Information

Additional Information

Chilled/Frozen Frozen only
Stud VDL Stud
WFFS status Clear (N/N)
Studbook Holstein
Approved for AES, Hanoverian, Holsteiner, Irish Horse Board (IHB), KWPN, Rheinland, Selle Francais
Year of Birth 1992
Colour Grey
Height 170cm