Hanoverian Stallion of the Year 2005
Privately owned stallion
Argentinus is the Hanoverian Stallion of the Year 2005. The Argentan x Duden II-son is a first-class breeding stallion with
an international reputation that is well known around the world. His offspring are not only successful jumpers, but also excellent
dressage horses. On behalf of the deceased breeder, his daughter Jutta Hagner was awarded the Wohlklang-statuette and the
remunerative cheque. Because of his sire Argentan, the Hanoverian Stallion of the Year 1994, and his dam’s
sire Duden II, he carries valuable and successful Hanoverian bloodlines.
He is one of those who is never
overlooked, who is never passed by, who attracts attention … like no other:
This is the Hanoverian stallion who led the FN statistics in his age group for the amount of prize money
earned by his off-spring for an astounding seven years. He is a true genius when it comes to passing on desirable traits.
Only very few stallions have sired high performance horses that reached international level not only in dressage but in jumping
as well. But for Argentinus, this was common place. In 1996, the son of the Celle stallion, Argentan I, became Germany's youngest
millionaire measured by the prize money his off-spring won. Successful in advanced level jumping himself, this imposing sire
has produced 30 approved sons and 48 State Premium mares. Horses such as the Oldenburg, Albano, who won team gold at
the 2001 European Championships in dressage with Heike Kemmer, Isabell Werth's two-time German Champion in dressage, Amaretto,
who unfortunately died too early, or Autogramm, ridden by Thomas Mühlbauer, who participated in 10 Nation Cups - all
of these and many more are examples of the willingness to perform that Argentinus gave to his off-spring. Expressed in numbers:
his children have earned more than three million D-Mark which comes to approximately 1.5 million Euros.
Argentan I &
Argentinus was born
at Jacob Büther's farm in Hollern, Stade county in Lower Saxony, February 15, 1980. His dam, Dorle, was 15 years old
when this bay stallion with the characteristic flowing star and snip was born. "Dorle had a very sweet disposition and
was a loyal mare with a wonderful personality" remembers the breeder's daughter, Jutta Hagner, who describes the State
Premium mare as "a work horse, a bit on the heavy side - the way all Hanoverians were in those days." Mr. Büther
sold the Argentan I son as a weanling to Jan Munderloh in Elsfleth, a very experienced, elderly stallion raiser. Heinrich
Klatte senior discovered him during the pre-selections for the Oldenburg approval. "At that time, Argentinus was already
a very impressive horse. He stood out as soon as he came into view. My husband wanted the stallion right away, before he had
even been selected for the approval", says Gisela Klatte, thinking back. Their son, Heinrich, remembers, "My father
was all excited when he got home. 'I saw a stallion that I just have to have', he said. But easier said than done. Negotiations
went on for two whole days and ended with Klatte also having to buy two very average yearlings as well before they could take
Argentinus home. 65,000 DM crossed the table before the Hanoverian and the two yearlings were loaded onto the trailer.
Argentinus at 4 years old
Large-boned, narrow and elegant but a bit skinny was the way Argentinus looked
at two and a half when he moved to Zuchthof Klatte in Klein Roscharden. His stable - the first one on the left side of the
stallion stables - became his permanent residence. Argentinus has become a member of the family like no other horse. "You
can buy practically anything here", Heinrich Klatte senior once said, "but not my wife, my children, Grannus or
the approval, the two and a half year old Argentinus presented himself so impressively that even
Uwe Heckmann, an approval commissioner, got carried away with praise. However, the Waldlöwe son, Waldstern, became Champion
Stallion and received the Ib Premium. Two years later, based on Argentinus' stallion performance test and the evaluation of
his first crop, he left all of his competitors far behind, ending on first place and thereby receiving the Main Premium. Unfortunately,
his breeder, Jacob Büther, did not live to see Argentinus' glorious day. He died in 1984 at the age of 77, the year Argentinus'
first crop was born.
proved his versatility at the stallion performance test in 1983 in Adelheidsdorf. With a score of 126 points, he finished
third out of a group of 54 stallions. The bay stallion entered his first show as a four year old - a novice level jumping
test. Argentinus and his rider, Andreas Nienaber, sovereignly finished the course, taking first place. In those days, it was
not common at all to enter breeding stallions in shows. A year later, the Hanoverian collected blue ribbons in elementary
level jumping tests. His first entry with Heinrich's brother, Guido Klatte, who owns a worldwide shipping agency for transporting
horses, was also a complete success. In the meanwhile, Argentinus was collecting ribbons in medium level. In 1987, Alexandra
Klatte, who now lives in Australia, sat in Argentinus' saddle and the pair were also successful in fault and style and time
score jumping. Whether with Alexandra, Guido, or later with Henrik, Argentinus proved his potential at shows until he was
11 years old, collecting around 4,000 Euros in prize money.
Alexandra Klatte - Argentinus
His willingness to perform
- that is probably the most significant trait of this impressive sire. There really are stallions that radiate their exceptional
potential, and without a doubt, Argentinus is one of these. With a proudly curved crest, Argentinus prances on the hand of
his long time groom and insemination technician, Werner Venekamp, on his way to the breeding station. Majestic whinnying,
excited tail swishing, veins that stand out plastically under his skin. "A stallion of excellent character" says
Venekamp proudly. It's very rare that Argentinus brings pearls of sweat on Venekamp's forehead - usually only when Argentinus
knows he has an audience. "A trot is no longer possible then - it's cantering on the spot, prancing, piaffing, whinnying,
snorting - you know, the way we are all used to seeing Argentinus when he is presented at the Oldenburg approval, especially
when he's marching in the Old Stallion Parade. Then he acts like a three year old who hasn't been outside for a year, forgets
himself completely and does as he pleases." But at home, whether he's being groomed or ridden, and even when he's breeding,
he's like a lamb. "Argentinus is always very gentle at home", says Venekamp. But he does have a quirk that he will
probably always have: just as if he had a thermometer to read, Argentinus takes his blanket off - by himself, of course- as
soon as the temperature reaches 15°C (60°F). It's amazing: "In the morning, the blanket lies in the corner, not
torn or damaged, just neatly left there. We've never been able to catch him when he does this, and he does it so carefully
and neatly, at first we thought someone had forgotten to put his blanket on", grins Ingrid Menne, Heinrich Klatte's life
Argentinus - Hengsparade
Character and charisma - Argentinus has more than
his share of both. "He jumped out of his paddock into the neighbor's pasture once and the gate to the pasture was open.
He just stayed put and started to graze. Any other stallion would have taken advantage of his freedom, but not Argentinus",
remembers junior boss, Heinrich Klatte. In spite of his gentleness, there is one thing he absolutely insists on: being the
number one in Klatte's manège. When visitors arrive at the farm and the door to the stallion stable is opened, if steps
go past his stable without opening his door or, God forbid, they continue to another stable instead, his majesty is insulted
and sulks with his head down in a far corner - his backside facing the door. If that isn't the airs of a star!
Argentinus has classic Hanoverian performance lines pulsing through his veins.
Longevity must have also been put into his cradle: the sire, Argentan I, who was a sire in the State of Lower Saxony's State
Stud Celle at the traditional Bargstedt Station all of his life, died at the age of 29. Argentinus' dam's sire, Duden II,
even lived to celebrate his 30th birthday.
Argentan I sired 18 approved stallions aside from his most famous son, Argentinus,
and a total of 119 State Premium mares. Known as a classic "mare-maker", he also produced a number of really great
sport horses such as Aramis, who won a World Cup in jumping with the American rider, Mario Deslauries. Argentan I, who also
has a gray, approved full-brother, Argentan II - a private stallion in Bavaria - passed on these double talents in the best
way. Argentinus also carries the genes of the legendary Absatz, a "type-making" sire who passed on a predominate
trait that remained predominate throughout generations - the unmistakable "face" of his sire, the Trakehner, Abglanz.
Argentan I managed a masterpiece: for three years in a row, his daughters won at the DLG shows. Two of these, Aragonia and
Arabella became German Champion Mare in 1979 and 1983 respectively.
Dynamic movements and impulsion were passed down to Argentinus' dam's sire, Duden II, from his sire,
the great Duellant. And a dash of Thoroughbred from the steel-hard Der Löwe rounds off his pedigree. In other words:
the very best of Hanoverian performance lines of that day are consolidated in Argentinus.
If it says Argentinus on it, it is Argentinus - you don't find too many stallions
whose off-spring can be identified at a glance without looking at their papers.
His first crop produced the approved stallion, Azarro, who
was an active sire in Australia from 1987 to 1992 at Heinrich Klatte's brother's - Ulrich Klatte's - stud farm. This chestnut
stallion was successful in the dressage ring up to Prix St. George and left a number of successful off-spring in Australia
before he returned to Germany. Back in Germany, Holger Wulschner, a show jumping rider from Mecklenburg, purchased Azarro
for his new breeding station. "A stallion with unlimited possibilities, enormous talent and very careful", is the
way Wulschner describes the stallion who became successful under a jumping saddle. In 1995 the two of them took eighth place
at the German Championships, won many advanced level jumping tests, even placed up front in puissance and in 1996 also placed
at the biggest show in the world, the CHIO in Aachen.
After his career in international jumping, his saddle was again exchanged for a dressage saddle and
he now collects ribbons in dressage with Wulschner's wife, Iris. Definite proof of the double talent passed on by his sire,
Argentinus. Azarro also plays an important role as a sire: his son, Astello, won the 1997 approval in Mecklenburg and a year
later he participated in the Bundeschampionat for riding horses. Several of Azarro's off-spring have already placed in advanced
level, including the mare, Amber, who was sold to Canada after taking place in the Bundeschampionat finals for six year old
jumpers. Azarro's off-spring have earned more than 30,000 Euros so far, a sum Azarro has nearly earned himself.
Argentinus' second crop, which were born in 1985, produced an exceptional horse:
Autogramm, a mare out of a Grannus dam, who advanced to become one of the most successful international jumpers with Thomas
Mühlbauer. With her, this 22 year old young man from Bavaria won the Nation Cups in Prag and Sopot, the 1994 Volvo Cup
finals in Dortmund, and a year later the Grand Prix in San Sebastian. "Autogramm was the horse who brought me to the
top and we've been through good times and bad times. She was very difficult at home - everyone around here called her "the
lunatic" but at shows she behaved herself and fought with everything she had", remembers Mühlbauer. Autogramm
won nearly 300,000 DM during her career. She is still at the Mühlbauer farm where she had a foal by Rasso in 2002.
Just the names of all the
riders who have an Argentinus off-spring under saddle reads like Who is Who of elite German riders: Olympic gold medal winner,
Marcus Ehning, has the Argentinus daughter, Anka, his next best horse after his exceptional jumper, For Pleasure. This chestnut
mare was Vice Champion of six year old mares at the 1997 Bundeschampionat and has qualified for the 2002 World Cup finals
in Leipzig. Ehning describes her as "very well balanced, nice to ride and very able".More recently Anka came second
in the Riders Tour with Marcus Ehning,
The approved stallion Adlantus As FRH (private stallion Hesse); with his rider
Lars Nieberg (Two-time Olympic winner) were part of the German showjumping team at the WEG in 2002 Jerez/ESP, which took fourth
place). Another of the first highly successful sport horses by Argentinus was Aramis, born 1984 and bred by Heinrich Klatte
himself, who won eleven advanced level jumping tests under Hans-Günther Gleis. Gerd Wiltfang's Argentario, born 1987,
has not less than 46 first and other high places on his record.
The world's most successful rider today, Ludger Beerbaum, also has an
Argentinus daughter in his stables named Grace Argentina, who is a winner internationally.
And Elmar Gundel's Furiosa, was well known for her fast rounds, winning many time score jumping tests.
But it hasn't been just the international jumping courses the world over where
Argentinus has proven his consistency. His off-spring stand out in the dressage ring as well. Amaretto, who had a Westphalian
brand and is out of an Ehrenfried dam, was supposed to take the place of Isabell Werth's exceptional horse, Gigolo. Unfortunately,
the brown's career ended abruptly in 1998 when he had to be put down because of colic.
Isabell Werth describes the day of his death as the blackest day in her life. This young lawyer had
collected 34 first places in Grand Prix with Amaretto, who was purchased from the PSI auction in Ankum for about 75,000 Euros.
"A horse with unbelievable elasticity, an excellent piaffe and passage as well as extraordinary movement quality - in
short, an absolutely world class horse" is how Dr. Uwe Schulten-Baumer summarized this Argentinus son. Isabell Werth
has another Argentinus under saddle, the colorful chestnut, Aleppo S, who is now being shown by Ellen Schulten-Baumer. Aleppo
S, who is out of a Figaro dam, was the highest winning former Vechta auction horse in 2001, winning around 21,000 Euros. "My
little airplane" is how Isabell Werth described him once - because of his tremendous movements.
Heike Kemmer can thank her rise to the top of the international ranks,
to the Olympic team and the 2001 European Championship team, to her Oldenburg Argentinus son, Albano. Heike Kemmer won silver
at the 2000 German Championships and team gold at the European Championships as well as bronze at the German Championships
in 2001. "Albano - he's always ready and willing, in a good mood every day and always tries to do his best. His ambition
to be perfect makes him hurried sometimes, but that's his only "problem", if you want to call that a problem",
says Heike Kemmer.
Another horse ready for the leap to Grand Prix level is the stallion, August
der Starke. He was already a sensation at the age of four: in 1999 at the drop of the hammer, he brought 667,000 DM, or roughly
334,000 Euros, becoming the most expensive horse ever sold at a Verband auction to date. Sissy Max-Theuer from Austria bought
him for her dressage stables in Rohr. With scores higher than 9.0, this Oldenburg out of a Landadel dam, won a series of dressage
horse tests up to medium level.and now under Victoria Max-Theurer/AUT on the way to Grand Prix dressage.
August der Starke
Another significant Argentinus son is the impressive stallion,
A Jungle Prince, who won the 1993 Bundeschampionat for six year old dressage horses with Thomas Schmitz who lives in Rhineland.
Out of a Pik König dam, this chestnut stallion bred mares for four years at the Pape stallion station until he started
winning in advanced level under Susan Draper and is now shown internationally at Grand Prix level by Thomas Schmitz. Avantgarde,
another A Jungle Prince son, was awarded the Ic Premium at the 1998 approval in Oldenburg and now breeds in Sachsen-Anhalt
at the State Stud in Radegast-Prussendorf. Another A Jungle Prince son, Aldebaran, purchased at the 2000 Vechta Spring Auction
by " Isabell Werth's long time trainer, Dr. Uwe Schulten-Baumer, is described as "A wonderful horse with every possibility".
This Oldenburg qualified as a five year old already for the Bundeschampionat and is Ellen Schulten-Baumer's hope for the future.
A Jungle Prince
Argentinus' sons breed in practically all breeding areas. In Rhineland there
is Aquilino, a performance test winner who has won numerous jumping horse tests with the Nation Cup rider, Peter Weinberg.
This Oldenburg out of the elite mare, Journesse, has already sired two approved sons: Aquilino Son and Acido. In Bavaria,
at the State Stud in Schwaiganger, you find Asti Spumante, everyone's darling at the 1997 approval in Oldenburg who at
seven years old was already successful in advanced level jumping.
On the starting block is another chestnut Argentinus
son, Armitage, who was approved in Oldenburg in 2000. As a four year old, this stallion out of a Grannus dam is already winning
novice level jumping horse tests.
But it is not just his sons that make Argentinus so precious.
Having an Argentinus broodmare in their stables has been the source of successful off-spring for many breeders. The
Rubinstein son, Ruiz Soler, has been bred according to this recipe. Born in 1996, this Oldenburg stallion was awarded the
Ic Premium at the 2000 approval, the same year that his black full-brother, Rubinstolz, was approved in Baden-Württemberg.
Another stallion with an Argentinus dam is the Celle State Stud stallion, San Brasil, who had the second highest index for
jumping at the stallion performance test in Adelheidsdorf in 2000.
You would have to look for a very
long time to find a top international show jumping competition in which there are no off-spring by Argentinus. This Grand
Champion has added yet further highlights to his unbelievable number of world class show jumpers: Air Jordan (successful with
Edouard Mathé/FRA in the tournament series Sires of the World), who took second place in the World Cup and Special
Ed won individual gold for Canada under Jil Henselwood in the Pan American Games.
Arko III, a private
stallion in Great Britain was eleventh in the 2004 Olympic showjumping final under Nick Skelton/GBR, and third most successful
showjumper of the season.
Not to be forgotten, Argentinus sired Asti Spumante (state stallion Bavaria; under Thomas Mühlbauer
winner of the 2004 Grand Prix in Munich), Anchorman (highest-priced showjumper in Vechta and successful in Nations Cups),
and St. Ludwigs Aquilino/Eva Senn/SUI, Irish Independent Annabella/Cian O´Connor, as well as Acajou/Toni Hassmann, and
Anastasia III/Bill Twooney/IRE. Other Argentinus progeny in the dressage sport are the European young riders’
champion Achill/Benjamin Werndl, and the three times Paralympics world vice-champion Fabiola/ Hannelore Brenner. Even
after his death, the highly prized Argentinus is as much in demand as ever. His name is synonymous the world over for
jumping quality, rideability as well as a capacity for movement. It's certainly not just a matter of course to be able to
produce show jumpers as well as dressage horses that stand in the stables of medal-winning riders. Not very many stallions
have ever achieved this. But Argentinus was simply one of those sires that are only born once in a lifetime.
is not the end of the list of Argentinus off-spring. Every year a few more outstanding horses are added. Horses that you usually
see right away who their sire is. Argentinus: a stallion following his destiny.