The Hanoverian State stud stallion, Aalborg, died before his time at the young age of 14. Aalborg was an impressive stallion with expression and presence. He was a free mover with correct conformation and was always correctly engaged with energetic hindquarter movement. He had good rideablity and character and well above-average jumping talent. He has five licensed sons & 47 stud book mares with 14 State Premium mares (an outstanding 30%). His bloodlines are a combination of the Abglanz line coming through Absatz, and the outstanding versatile D line noted for producing top jumpers and dressage horses.
Aalborg has several internationally accomplished offspring that are competing at high levels in both dressage and jumping. Some of his offspring include:
- Adonis: Previously owned and ridden by Dr. Cesar Parra, now owned by Wood's Lane Farm, LLC. He competed in the USA at FEI level dressage and won many classes at Intermediarre I. He is described by Dr. Parra as "beautiful, astonishing and topnotch”.
- Aventino 16: ridden by Rainhard Nielsen, he competes Internationally at Prix St. Georges, winning in classes with over 29 entries from 4 different countries.
- Atoutprix: Competing successfully Internationally, with his rider Marie-line Wettstein from Sweden, at Intermediarre I Dressage against some of the world’s top horses and riders including More Magic (Coby van Baalen) and Gestion Junior STV (Anky van Grunsven).
All told, Absatz sired 40 Approved sons, including Admiral, Andiamo, Aktuell, Akzent I & II (and his son, Acapulco, Adonis’s grand sire), Argenten I & II and Arsenik. Overall, the line appears to be very versatile in sports ability, including success in hunter competition. Absatz was the champion stallion of the 1962 Verden licensing and a stallion with a very refined head and light, free action. His sire was the famed Abglanz. This father and son line has had an enormous influence in refining the Hanoverian from farm horse to modern sport horse. He gave the modern Hanoverian the characteristic and incomparable "Absatz type". A noble head with an impressive face, ideal neck and saddle position, as well as light-footed paces combined with a good shoulder are the characteristics of his offspring. He was an equally successful sire of show jumpers and dressage horses.
Absatz was Abglanz's most famous son and sired 37 licensed stallions and 17 fully licensed and approved stallions including Admiral, Andiamo, Aktuell, Akzent I & II (and his son, Acapulco, Adonis’s grand sire), Argenten I & II and Arsenik. Overall, the line appears to be very versatile in sports ability, including success in hunter competition.
Akzent I, Adonis’s paternal great great grandsire, was bred by Joachim Kemmer, father of German dressage team rider, Heike, and stood at the family stud, Amselhof, and then on lease at the Celle State stud in Altenbruch before coming to the Oldenburg stallion station of Ludwig Kathman in 1985. Akzent II was prized for carrying on the ‘type’ of the Trakehner Absatz: A noble head and appealing face, ideal neck and saddle position and a good shoulder, combined with a light-footed way of going. His dam was by the Thoroughbred, Waidmannsdank, who was one of the most influential Thoroughbreds of the post-war period in Hannover. He was for many years the leading Thoroughbred sire of licensed stallions and head stud book mares, and second only to Der Löwe as a sire of competition horses. Not surprisingly, Akzent II scored very highly for type and rideability.;
In the Hanoverian Stallion Yearbook of 2002 (the last in which he appears) he is scored 144 for type, putting him into the top ten category based on studbook inspections and 134 for rideability on the basis of the mare performance tests. His dressage score on the mare tests was only 112, still better than his jumping ranking of 101. His FN ranking was 116 for dressage and 100 for jumping. By 2002, he had produced 747 competition horses with winnings of DM1,183,852. His most successful competitor was Karin Schlüter’s Amazonas, the winner of the German Dressage Derby in 1987 with winnings of DM98,623, not far in front of Isabell Werth’s Agnelli FRH, who won the Otto Lorke prize for Grand Prix horses under 10 years in 2000, and who by 2002 had won DM95,185. Akzent II was the sire of eleven licensed sons.
Lugano I, a successful jumper, typifies the contribution to jumping performance of Der Loewe xx in the Hanoverian breed. Lugano I's sire, Der Loewe xx, was one of the most influential thoroughbred stallions standing at the Hanoverian state stud at Celle. He was the leading thoroughbred sire with regard to the number of registered competition horses sired. He was the founder of the much respected "L" line. Lugano I sired Lukant, who is the dam sire of Donnerkeil.
Lugano II is a full brother to the famous Lugano I. He is another important stallion from the Thoroughbred Der Löwe line. He is the grandsire of Lanthan who has been one of the most sought-after stallions of the Hanoverian type for producing a modern type of sport horse for all disciplines.
Don Carlos was one of the most successful sires of Hanoverian jumping horses after World War II.
Stationed in Grobenwörden all his life, he produced 283 principal studbook mares (43 went on to become States Premium mares), 24 approved stallion sons and 467 competition horses who won close to DM1,300,000 in prize money.
His most famous sons, aside from the Drosselklang brothers, are the Celle stallion, Don Pedro, Don Juan and Dynamo (sires of Genesis and Dollar Girl, respectively).