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Does the apple fall far from the tree? Cardento and some of his offspring...

Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Does the apple fall far from the tree

VDL Cardento and Peter Eriksson. Photo (c) Peter Zachrisson/RGB Pictures.
VDL Cardento and Peter Eriksson. Photo (c) Peter Zachrisson/RGB Pictures.

In this photo series we take a closer look at some of the sport’s well-known stallions, and if their offspring bear any resemblance to the sires. This time around we focus in on VDL Cardento - born in 1992, by Capitol I x Lord. VDL Cardento was very successful as a sport horse, competing internationally under Sweden's Peter Eriksson who won three team silver medals with him - at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, at the 2002 World Championships in Jerez and at the 2001 European Championships in Arnhem. Now, his offspring are some of the most sought-after on the market. 

Pénélope Leprevost and Nice Stephanie. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Nice Stephanie is one of VDL Cardento's most successful offspring, winning countless of big classes under French rider Pénélope Leprevost. The 11-year-old mare is one of many Swedish-bred offspring by Cardento, and was bred by Karin Engström & Stefan Israelsson out of the Ralme Z-mare Ralmea.

Eric Lamaze and Check Picobello Z. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Check Picobello Z is a 9-year-old gelding by Cardento out of Only Picobello Z by Orlando. Check Picobello Z was bred by Picobello Horses, and produced by Lowie Joppen with Picobello Horses as joint owner. Now Check Picobello Z can be seen under Canada's Eric Lamaze, who already has produced some very good results on this talented horse.

Alexander Zetterman and Cafino. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Cafino - here seen with Alexander Zetterman - is another Swedish-bred by Cardento. Cafino had lots of success with Zetterman in the saddle, who won the 2014 CSI5* Longines Grand Prix in Falsterbo on him as well as competing him at the World Championships the same year. Earlier this year the 12-year-old gelding was sold to the US, and now competes at World Cup level with Victoria Colvin. Cafino was bred by Birgitta & Anders Nilsson, and is out of the mare Firona by Roderik 856.

Jose Maria Larocca and GDE Matrix. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Another Swedish-bred Cardento-son is GDE Matrix. The 13-year-old gelding competed at the 2012 Olympic Games with Lisen Bratt-Fredricson in the saddle, and later went on to be sold to Jose Maria Larocca who rode him at the 2014 World Championships. Out of the mare Medusa by Maximus 620, Matrix was bred by Charlotta and Jan Forsman.

Stephanie Holmen and Thriller P. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Thriller P is an 11-year-old Swedish-bred gelding, and he is out of the mare Nelly P by Lucky Light. Thriller P competed up to five star level under Sweden's Lisen Bratt-Fredricson and Stephanie Holmen, and can now be seen under their compatriot Erica Lickhammer.

Danielle Goldstein and Carisma. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Carisma is also a Swedish-bred Cardento-daughter, jumping under Israel's Danielle Goldstein. This year the two competed at the Europeans in Aachen, where they went all the way to the individual final. The 16-year-old mare has had a long and successful career, and has also been seen under Olivier Philippaerts and Emilie Martinsen. With Olivier, she picked up individual gold and team bronze at the 2010 European Championships for Juniors. Carisma is out of a mare by Maraton 600.

Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Like most of the horses in this series, Cyklon 1083 is Swedish bred. The 14-year-old stallion competes under Ireland's Shane Sweetnam, who took over the reins from Niklas Arvidsson. Cyklon has more international wins than you can count on two hands. He is out of the mare Cassandra by Cortus.

Daniel Zetterman and Glory Days. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Glory Days had a wonderful career under Daniel Zetterman and Katie Dinan, before he unfortunately passed away last year. He jumped at five star level with both riders, and was a frequent visitor to the podiums around the world. Glory Days was out of the mare Diamond Glory by Diamond Serpent, and was bred by Royne Zetterman.

Jur Vrieling and Carrera VDL. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Carrera VDL looks set to have a fantastic international career. At 9-years-old, the stallion has already done some very good things jumping at the highest level of the sport and taking four two and three star wins this season under Dutch rider Jur Vrieling. Carrera VDL is Dutch-bred out of the mare Vantiels Esprit by Baloubet du Rouet, and is owned by the VDL Stud.

Malin Baryard-Johnsson and Corporal VDL. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Corporal VDL is German-bred, and belongs to the Westphalian Studbook. The 9-year-old stallion is out of the mare Gudvya by Grosso Z. Like Carrera VDL, he is owned by the VDL Stud. Sweden's Malin Baryard-Johnsson competes him, jumping him up to five star Grand Prix level.

Peder Fredricson and Flip's Little Sparrow. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Flip's Little Sparrow is one of the most interesting offspring by Cardento, especially due to her famous mother lines. The 9-year-old mare is out of Malin Baryard-Johnsson's success horse Butterfly Flip, by Robin Z. Like many others in this series, Flip's Little Sparrow is Swedish bred - and the breeder is Kristina Larsson. Flip's Little Sparrow competes under Peder Fredricson, and already has a good result record with podium finishes at five star level.

Sato Liukkonen and Celestine. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Celestine is also Swedish-bred, and out of the mare Diamonds Joy by King of Diamonds. With Finland's Sato Liukkonen in the saddle, Celestine jumps at five star Grand Prix level and also competed at the 2015 European Championships in Aachen, at the 2014 World Championships in Caen as well as at the 2013 Europeans in Herning.

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