American Rhineland Studbook Announces New Stallion Approvals

The American Rhineland Studbook (ARS) is delighted to announce that three new stallions have been approved for breeding with the studbook: Contrell; Fairbanks; and Lord Ferragamo. These three stallions offer great depth of pedigree as well as proven ability in performance and the breeding shed, presenting exciting possibilities for Rhineland breeders.

Photo: Mary Buckley

Contrell (Colbert GTI/Pilot/Pilatus) is a 2009 licensed Westphalian bred by Werner Meiners and owned by Lester and Mary Buckley. The handsome grey stallion was imported from Germany, where he successfully completed his 70-day stallion test with exceptional scores in showjumping. Contrell’s strength in showjumping is to be expected, since the stallion’s pedigree combines some of the very best showjumping bloodlines from both the Holsteiner and Westphalian breeding programs. Contrell’s sire, Colbert GTI, a highly regarded showjumper in his own right, was approved for breeding by Westphalia on his success in sport; his pedigree includes stalwarts of Holstein breeding such as Cantus, Capitol, and Cor de la Bryere. Contrell’s dam, Pippistrell, was sired by Pilot, showjumping’s first millionaire sire whose blood is coveted by breeders throughout the world.

Upon his import to the US, Contrell stood in Hawaii, where he had the distinction of siring one of the American Rhineland Studbook’s first registered foals, Constellation, out of the mare Glorious R, owned by Deborah Anderson. Today, Contrell stands on the mainland, at Buckley Ranch and Sport Horses, in Shelbyville, KY; website

Fairbanks (Flemmingh/Inselfuerst/Inschallah AA) is owned by Louise Leatherdale, Leatherdale Farms, and was bred by Alois Schmidt-Geeste of Germany. Crowned Champion of the 2009 Oldenburg Stallion Licensing in Vechta, Germany, Fairbanks

captivated the judges and the audience with his spectacular performance, extravagant gaits, impressive jumping ability and willing temperament. He followed up his stellar licensing performance by completing both his 30-day and 70-day stallion tests successfully. In a highly competitive field, Fairbanks placed third in his 30-day test with an overall score of 8.74 (Rideability, 9.25, Jumping 8.75). At his 70-day test, Fairbanks distinguished himself as the only stallion to score over 100 in both jumping and dressage, demonstrating his versatility and willingness under saddle. The stunning grey stallion has gone on to be successful at the advanced levels.

Fairbanks exceptional pedigree predicted his success. His sire, Flemmingh, is one of the most successful dressage stallions in the Netherlands and has sired international dressage horses such as Krack C and Lingh as well as daughters that have earned top honors at the mare shows. Fairbanks’ dam line has produced multiple licensed stallions, stallion test winners, Bundeschampionate and advanced level competition horses, as well as decorated mares.

In 2011, Fairbanks presented an outstanding first foal crop of large, expressive colts and fillies with beautiful heads and necks and excellent movement. Due to his impressive first foal crop, his exceptional stallion test results and overall development as a breeding stallion, Fairbanks was awarded 1c-Premium status at the Oldenburg licensing. For North American breeders, Fairbanks stands at Bridlewood Farm in Union, KY; website:

Lord Ferragamo (Lord Loxley/Ferragamo/Ansmarsch), a licensed Rheinlander, is owned by Dr. Chris Perry, Saint Louis Equestrian Center, and was bred by Z. G. Pleines. Prior to his importation from Germany, the impressive black stallion was awarded Premium

Photo: Chris Perry

status at his stallion licensing in 2007. He followed up this success with the completion of his 30-day stallion test in 2008 and his 70-day test in 2009.

Lord Ferragamo has the distinction of being the only approved son of the highly regarded Rheinland stallion, Lord Loxley, to stand in North America. Lord Ferragamo’s pedigree melds the best of Hanoverian, Rheinland, Bavarian, Holsteiner, and Westphalian bloodlines and features some of the most coveted and respected sporthorse producers in history, notably Lord Loxley, Lord Sinclair, Weltmeyer, Ferragamo, and Anmarsch.

Lord Ferragamo’s strength of pedigree has translated to success in dressage sport. In 2010, his first year of competition, Lord Ferragamo achieved USDF Horse of the Year national, regional and All-Breed rankings in training and first level, scoring consistently in the high 70s. Currently, the stallion is competing successfully at Intermediate 1.

Lord Ferragamo’s first foal crops have been exciting, showing improvement on a variety of mares. He has shown that he consistently passes on his movement, topline, and temperament to his foals. Lord Ferragamo stands at Saint Louis Equestrian Center in Saint Louis, MO; website:

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