2003, 16.2-hand Oldenburg Stallion
Approved GOV, AHS, ARS
Awarded Elite Stallion status by BWP
Breeder: Georg Clausen, Germany
Owned by Hampton Farms, LLC
Orbetello is a 2003, 16.2-hand Oldenburg Stallion who has had international success in show jumping. Bred by Georg Clausen in Germany, Orbetello is owned by Hampton Farms LLC and stands here at Bridlewood Farm in Union, Kentucky.
Orbetello is the embodiment of impeccable character, intelligence and work ethic. During his Oldenburg stallion licensing in Vechta, he scored the highest free-jumping score in history, received the honor of the 1c Premium designation and placed third among all stallions. At 4, during his 70-Day Stallion Test in Munster-Handorf, Orbetello earned the exceptional overall score of 121.988 (106.63 for dressage and 131.72 for jumping). In September 2015, Orbetello was inspected and approved by the Belgian Sport Horse Studbook (SBS) and received 9.5 for jumping, rideability, walk, canter, type and forelegs. At his American Hanoverian Society inspection in August of 2021, he scored 9 for his head, neck and hindleg and 8 for conformation, typiness, frame, walk and canter: outstanding scores.
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 show jumping. His sire is the BWP Ambassador stallion Orlando. Orlando is known not only in the show jumping 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 as well as several approved sons including the 2006 Belgian Stallion Selection Champion Dulf Van Den Bisschop. He also sired the record-breaking sale foal at the 2021 Fences Elite Foal Auction in France, High Level Devil Z (€145,000). 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 show jumping 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 show jumping 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 sport horse/show jumping 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 Holsteiner, Hanoverian and Oldenburg breeds, are a who’s who of show jumping success.
Orbetello’s Show Career
Orbetello maintained top-level performances since the inception of his showjumping career. During his GOV Oldenburg stallion licensing in Vechta, Germany, he scored the highest free-jumping score in history, earning 1C Premium designation. Orbetello received exceptional scores for both conformation and performance at all his subsequent licensing approvals (BWP,SbS,AHS, Rhineland).
Orbetello competed in FEI Grand Prix to 1.60m with riders such as Brianne Goutal and Paul O’Shea (Irl). It is a tribute to his outstanding conformation that he is perfectly sound in his retirement. Orbetello’s superior performances under different riders during his highly successful career speak well of his diverse talents. Orbetello has excellent jumping technique and scope, athletic type, and a lovely 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!
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!
In January, 2023, Orbetello was honored with Elite Stallion status by the Belgiam Warmblood registry based on his high performace in show jumping. Pictured below are BWP Vice-Chairman and BWP/NAD Judge, Boudewijn Schepers with Orbetello’s owner Cynthia Hampton during the award presentation.
Photo: Nicole Marin.
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): N/N
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. Enjoy these photos of some of his offspring.
Above: “Fauna” show name Supernova: 2022 Filly by Orbetello out of KWPN mare. Orbetello x CC Aurora (Bustique / Indoctro). Owners: Lauren McDowell MD, and show jumper Maggie Jacobs, Pony Up Sporthorses, LLC, Edenton, NC. Lauren says of her filly: “She is confident, friendly and built like a total athlete. Jumped out of a five and a half foot paddock when she was about five months old.”
Gorgeous black 2022 colt by Orbetello out of a Thoroughbred mare. Pictured at one day of age. (Orbetello x Bobstone xx/Grindstone xx/Unbridled xx) Owner: Megan Moore, 4**** Eventer, Owner: Verona Equestrian, Verona, KY. Megan says of her colt: “I have a 2022 colt by Orbatello. Probably the most intelligent, trainable, human oriented foal I’ve ever had and we’ve had lots. He is brave, easy in every way and a class act. I had the pleasure of meeting Orbatello in person, and not only is he stunningly beautiful, but I was very impressed with the longevity of his career and soundness, as well as his excellent temperament. He even lives in the mare barn with the mares… Really exceptional stallion. And one of the most beautiful faces I’ve ever seen on a horse.” Bobstone has been bred back to Orbetello for a 2024 foal.
Bay filly by Orbatello (Orbatello x Precious Wish xx) Owner: Liz Hanley
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.