Argento is by Arko III out of the Gasper-mare Flora May.
His father Arko III had huge success with Nick Skelton in the saddle, and Argento was one of his first offspring.
John got Argento when he was four years old, and the Whitakers broke him in themselves.
John’s daughter Louise rode him for two years, and John took over the reins when was seven.
John has described Argento as super careful, but also brave and honest.
“We didn’t push him too much to win as a young horse. Because he was always so careful, I tried to give him nice experiences. Until today I focus on keeping him happy and confident, because he’s so careful,” John has said in an interview with the AES.
“Argento always tries his best, he’s really competitive – and I know if I get to the jump-off I have a good chance!” John has said of the stallion.
Last year two of Argento’s sons proved themselves. Arwento was fully licensed with Breeders elite studbook, and Areba was fully graded and licensed with the AES.
Argento has countless Grand Prix wins, from Hong Kong, Hagen, Treffen, München, Amsterdam, Geesteren, Odense, Liege – and has also won several other classes together with Whitaker.