Champion dressage sire Kostolany dies at 28

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Kostolany at the age of 23.
Kostolany at the age of 23. © Beate Langels/WBFSH

Grandsire of Totilas and 2009 Stallion of the Year Kostolany has died at the age of 28.

The black stallion was euthanised on Monday after suffering from the effects of old age at Gestüt Hämelschenburg in Emmerthal, Germany, his place of birth.

Kostolany was the Champion of the stallion approvals in Neumünster and has stood at stud for his owners, the Langels family, ever since. He is one of the most influential Trakehner stallions of the past years and has had significant impact on other warmblood breeds through various sons.

He sired the Neumünster Champion stallion E.H. Gribaldi, who not only enjoyed an international Grand Prix dressage career with Edward Gal, but is one of the leading dressage sires in the world today. His sons Painted Black and Moorland’s Totilas are among the top of Dutch dressage horses of the late 2000s.

Kostolany. © Gestüt Hämelschenburg
Kostolany. © Gestüt Hämelschenburg

Gribaldi himself died in 2010 of a ruptured aorta at the age of 16.

Kostolany was by Enrico Caruso (Mahagoni x Elchniederung) and out of Kapstadt (Falke x Ibikus).

He was trained up to Grand Prix level but did not compete at high-level events, and was famous for his Phantom of the Opera demonstration with trainer Otto Langels.

In 2009 he was named Stallion of the Year by the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses.

Kostolany also sired the premium stallion Tolstoi, an influential sire in Germany and represented at the Langels Stud by his champion son Freudenfest. Kostolany is also the sire of the FEI dressage stallion Silvermoon, who sired Blue Hors Matiné, who in 2006 ruled at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen.

Kostolany has sired more than 150 registered broodmares for the Trakehner breed in Germany.

Frozen semen is still available.


Kostolany. © Gestüt Hämelschenburg

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