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Kostolany Trakehner Stallion of the Year


Kostolany at the age of 23 years (Photo: Beate Langels).
Kostolany at the age of 23 years (Photo: Beate Langels).
The Trakehner major sire Kostolany is the “Stallion of the Year” in 2009. Born at Gestüt Hämelschenburg in Emmerthal in 1984, Kostolany was the Champion of the stallion approvals in Neumünster and has stood at stud for his owners, the Langels familiy, 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/A. van Grunsven and Moorland’s Totilas/E. Gal are among the very top of Dutch dressage horses, and Totilas is the current World Record holder after his stunning victory at the European Championships in Windsor in 2009. E.H. Gribaldi is also sire of the two Trakehner reserve champins E.H. Hofrat and Hoftänzer. Hofrat, also a celebrated stallion in the Hanoverian breed, produced the Verden Champion stallion Hotline, who sold at auction for the record breaking price of 800.000 Euro.
Furthermore, Kostolany sired the premium stallion Tolstoi, an influential sire in Germany and today represented at the Langels Stud by his champion son Freudenfest. Kostolany is also the sire of the FEI dressage stallion Silvermoon, who gave the dressage world the female pendent to Totilas, the grey mare Matinee, who in 2006 ruled at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen. Kostolany’s approved son Showmaster had an international career in dressage, and his son Sans Souci is a known show jumper sire in East Germany. With Elfado and How Ever, two young and exciting Kostolany sons have been added to the line-up in recent years and Elfado already placed 4th at the Bundeschampionat in 2008.
Kostolany is one of the most versatile stallions today, whose offspring just as well succeed in show jumping and eventing. He sired over 150 registered broodmares for the Trakehner breed in Germany and continues to produce outstanding in hand champions, auction highlights and sport horses for all disciplines.