Capitol I

Gray Holstein stallion, born 1975, Line 173
Breeder: Harm Thormählen, Kollmar

With his extraordinary talent for jumping, his enormous ability and courage, Capitol I put wings on an entire armada of offspring. It is thanks to him that the Cottage Son xx line became one of the most influential in Holstein breeding.

In 2000 and 2001, Capitol I led the WBFSH Ranking of the world's best jumper-makers after ranking second in 1999. In the year 2000, he was the sire of three Olympic Game horses: Carthago Z, Campione M and Dobel’s Cento. In Athens/GRE in 2004, there were four: VDL Cardento, Casita, Dobel’s Cento and Verelst Goliath. Through his sons Cassini I/Bo Kristoffersen/DEN and Franke Sloothaak, Carthago Z/Jos Lansink/BEL, C-Indoctro/ Ulrich Kirchhoff, Carolus I/Stefan Lauber/SUI and Hans-Peter Konle , Dobel’s Cento/Otto Becker, VDL Cardento/Peter Eriksson/SWE, Calato/Herbert Blöcker and Jennifer Foghd Pedersen/DEN, his influence is still unbroken, even though he died in 1999.

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By 2010 his progeny in Germany alone such as Gitania/Marcus Ehning, Verelst Goliath/Marc van Dijck/NED and Alison Firestone/USA, Casino/Michael Abo/DEN, Casita/Kamal Bahamdan/, Cathlee/Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Nick Skelton/GBR, and the Derby winner Capriol/Holger Wulschner earned over six million Euros on various show jumping courses.

Capitol I also stands out when it comes to his daughters. Bred to Cor de la Bryère, his daughter Soleil produced Corrado I. You also find Capitol I on the dam's side in the pedigrees of Acobat I, II and III, Coriall Z, Lovari, Lasino, Limoncello, Landstreicher and Stakkatol.

2008 unveiling of Capitol I-Bronce

When he was licensed in 1977, Capitol I was not able to show his merits because free jumping was not a part of the licensing for young stallions in those days. But at the Holstein stallion presentation in Elmshorn, this gray stallion just flew over the jumps and breeders hastily scrambled to sign up for his services at the breeding station in Langenhagen. His first offspring showed impressive jumping ability but some of them were a bit too large and heavy and so the euphoria ebbed for awhile until the moment when Corso took the international show jumping scene by storm under Willi Melliger/SUI and the demand for Capitol surged, especially in Switzerland. When Carthago, Cassini I, Cento and C-Indoctro entered the breeding scene and later the sport stage in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990 respectively, there was a strong run on Capitol I who was meanwhile stationed in Wellinghusen near Dithmarschen.

Just how popular he was can also be expressed in figures: Cardinale cost the handsome sum of 200,000 D-Mark at the 1991 Holstein Auction and in 1994 a Capitol I daughter named Cecilia was knocked down only after the price reached 250,000 D-Mark.

Capitol's pedigree combines the two of the lines, 104 A and 173, maintained at Hof Thormählen in a most fruitful manner. He was born on May 2, 1975 at Hof Thormählen and was purchased by the Holstein Verband as a foal. His presentations in free jumping were the highlight and conclusion of the annual Verband stallion show in winter. Regardless of how cold it was, nothing could keep breeders from coming to see his willingness and ability.

On May 15, 2008, a life-sized bronze statue of Capitol I, created by the Koberg artist, Heike Landherr, was unveiled at Hof Thormählen in a celebration with over 250 famous guests.