Proven hunter stallion with a unique breeding combination of a Cor de la Bryere son out of a Capitol I mare

  An ideal image for the Wikipedia definition of “sporthorse” would be one of Holsteiner stallion Crown Affair. As a horse “bred for traditional Olympic equestrian sporting events of dressage, eventing and show jumping”, the striking bay, 16.3 hand stallion competed successfully in show jumping in Germany before being imported to the United States in 1999. He also excelled in eventing and dressage, previous to entering his eloquent hunter career. The steady stallion was one of the country’s most successful International Hunter Derby competitors, including a top ten finish in the International Hunter Derby Finals in Lexington, Kentucky during his last year in the show ring. In 2014, Crown Affair was accepted into the top studbook of the German Oldenburg Verband (GOV), and in 2015, he was accepted into the RPSI’s registry.

  Crown Affair’s multi-discipline success is unusual, but it doesn’t surprise followers of sporthorse breeding bloodlines and results. Crown Affair’s sire is Cor de la Bryere, one of the world’s top show jumping stallions and Crown Affair is one of the few direct Cor de la Bryere sons that are still alive. Cor de la Bryere was described by breeders as a “gift from heaven” and he has been especially successful in producing jumping horses as he passes on his incredible bascule, scope and jumping technique. In Germany, Cor de la Bryere has produced 57 approved stallions and 188 offspring that have jumped 1.40 or higher. Crown Affair’s athletic abilities, jumping form and correct conformation are mirror images of his sire, as are Crown’s easy going temperament, work ethic and desire to please. The American Holsteiner Horse Association approved stallion gets even more power and scope from his dam, Andante I. Her sire is Capitol, another of the most sought after jumping bloodlines in Europe, where sporthorse breeding is big business. Andante I produced the Prix St. George horse, Chamberlain (by Calypso I). Catalina del Pierre (by Calido I) jumped 1.40m with Gunter Treiber and La Capitol (by Lavall I) jumped the 1.40m with Christoph Gaillinger. Crown Affair’s grandmother Iris S (by Metellus) produced the 1.40m jumping horse Atlas (by Athlet Z) with Ulrich Trettenbacher and the Bayern approved stallion Alasco Bavaria (by Alasca). The Iris S branch also includes the 1.45m horse Sasu 7 (by Calido I) with Evi Bengtsson.

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