2003, 16.2-hand Oldenburg Stallion
Approved GOV, AHS, ARS
Breeder: Georg Clausen, Germany
Owned by Hampton Farms, LLC
Orbetello is a 2003, 16.2 stallion bred for performance in international show jumping at the highest level. Orbetello is the embodiment of impeccable character, intelligence and work ethic. During his Oldenburg stallion licensing in Vechta at age two-and-a-half, Orbetello received the honor of 1c Premium. He scored the highest free-jumping score to date and placed third among all stallions. At four years of age, during his 70-Day Stallion Test in Munster-Handorf, Orbetello earned the exceptional overall score of 121.988. His outstanding scores achieved in the 70-Day Test included 106.63 for dressage and 131.72 for jumping. He is approved by GOV, AHS and ARS.
Orbetello’s Pedigree – Anchored in Showjumping
Orbetello’s strong pedigree endowed him with the inherent qualities necessary to perform at the top level of the sport of showjumping. His sire is the BWP Ambassador stallion Orlando. Orlando is known not only in the showjumping arena but for producing excellent jumpers and breed show champions. Also prominent in Orbetello’s sire line is the famous Heartbreaker, a Keur stallion who has produced numerous offspring jumping at the upper levels and several approved sones including the 2006 Belgian Stallion Selection Champion Dulf Van Den Bisschop. He also sired High Level Devil Z, the record-breaking (€145,000) foal at France’s 2021 Fences Elite Foal Auction. Heartbreaker is one of the leading stallions on the Dutch and Belgian jumping indexes. Further tracing the sire line is Darco, who was voted Best Sire in the World four years in a row, and produced over 3,000 foals in his breeding career. Darco’s showjumping career included the Olympic Games, World Equestrian Games and countless World Cups and international events with rider Ludo Philippaerts. Nimmerdor is also on Orbetello’s sire line. He is known as the KWPN Sire of the Century for his showjumping prowess as well as his many offspring who made their marks in both the jumping and dressage arenas.
Orbetello’s damline is no less impressive. He is out of the Holsteiner mare Landkind who descends from Landgraf I by the legendary Ladykiller xx. Ladykiller is known as the most influential Thoroughbred stallion in the history of German sporthorse/showjumping breeding and was the founder of the Holsteiner L-line. He sired 35 licensed sons including the famous Holsteiners Landgraf and Lord. Landgraf I is symbolized as the modern Holsteiner Sport Horse and performance sire. Landkind’s damline traces to Cor de la Bryere the Selle Francais stallion known as the “Reserve Stallion of the Century,” second only to Landgraf I. He was especially influential as a sire with 85 approved sons and 86 SPS mares. His offspring, especially when crossed the Hosteiner, Hanoverian and Oldenburg breeds, are a who’s who of showjumping success.
Orbetello’s Show Career
Orbetello maintained top-level performance since the inception of his showjumping career. During his Oldenburg stallion licensing in Vechta, Germany, he scored the highest free-jumping score to date.
Cynthia Hampton, Hampton Farms, LLC, purchased Orbetello as an 8-year-old from Margie Engle (USA). Orbetello distinguished himself as the WEF circuit Champion in this critical division, winning nearly every qualifier with Engle. Immediately after the circuit, he placed well in his first 1m45 Grand Prix. Orbetello was then shown in amateur jumper classes by Hampton. Realizing his potential, Hampton shifted his training by allowing him to prove himself under three different international riders; Federico Sztyrle who had ridden on the Argentine team, Brianne Goutal who had successfully competed at the Grand Prix level in North America and Europe, and Paul O’Shea (IRL), a noted talent for developing horses. Paul O’Shea is a member of the Irish Team and has competed in Nations Cups, 5* Grand Prix in the US and Europe. Paul was slated for the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo with his mount Manchu Picchu. Orbetello’s superior performances under different riders during his highly successful career speak well of his willing temperament and exemplary rideability.
Orbetello competed with top-level performances in the 1m50 and 1m60 Grand Prix. His career was also guided by noted rider/trainer Napinday’s Federio Sztyrle (CSIO for Argentina, 2004). He finished 3rd in the $10K Hagyard Welcome at the KHJA show in August, 2012.
Orbetello placed 2nd in the very difficult Rood & Riddle Welcome Prix, designed by Steve Stephens, during week one of the 2014 Kentucky Summer Shows. During the 2014 Winter Equestrian Festival, Orbetello finished 2nd & 3rd in 1.40M classes in WEF 12 and 9th in the ESP Spring 3 Nutrena Grand Prix in Wellington.
At Spruce Meadows in 2015, Orbetello placed 3rd in the Husky 1m50 class on May 11th in his new partnership with rider Brianne Goutal. In an exemplary round just .68 seconds off the winning score, the couple set a demonstration of jumping style at its best!
Orbetello, a world-class competitor, is affiliated with the Oldenburg studbook (GOV). Following his retirement, prior to his trip to Bridlewood Farm, he was examined by a veterinarian/showjumping rider who proclaimed him in great condition and sound. At 18 years of age, having successfully competed at the 1.60M level, it is a tribute to his outstanding conformation that he is perfectly sound with no soft tissue or orthopedic issues. Orbetello’s superior performances under different riders during his highly successful career speak well of his willing temperament and exemplary rideability. Orbetello posesses excellent jumping technique and scope, athletic type, and most importantly his uncomplicated temperament. As a sire, he readily passes on these traits to his offspring making him a wise choice as the sire of your future champions!
Fresh cooled or frozen semen is available. The stud fee for fresh cooled semen is $1,800 LFG and a $300 nonrefundable booking fee. Special consideration for discounts will be given to performance mares, Premium mares, as well as multiple and return bookings. NOTE: For frozen semen only, contact SBS (410) 885-3202, www.selectbreeders.com.
CEM (Contagious Equine Metritis): Negative
EVA (Equine Viral Arteritis): Negative
WFFS (Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome): Pending
Orbetello is owned by Hampton Farms, LLC, and stands at Bridlewood Farm, Union, KY, with Barbara Schmidt, DVM. Visit Orbetello’s page on the Hampton Farm, LLC website here. Visit Facebook – Orbetello. To enjoy more exciting videos of Orbetello, many can be found on YouTube.
Orbetello was lightly bred during his long show career. His offspring are already impressing with their trainability, athleticism, and jumping ability.
OBETELLINA CR (Orbetello-Canja/Crassus) 2009, mare. Orbetellina was bred by Orbetello’s breeder Georg Clausen, Germany. She has been shown in the 1m35 jumpers by Selina Köhl and by Fanz-Josef Dahlman, both of Germany.