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Florestan I// A Bay Westphalian Stallion.

Florestan I


  • Full Name: Florestan I
  • Breeding Summary: Fidelio / Rheingold / Garamond
  • Sire: Fidelio
  • Dam: St. Pr. Raute
  • Born: 1986
  • Gender: Stallion
  • Breed: Westphalian
  • Colour: Bay
  • Height: 16.3
  • For Sale: NO

Florestan I, who died in 2012, was champion of the 1988 Rhineland approval and won his performance test in Warendorf the following year. Initially Florestan was despatched to Bad Sassendorf, where he covered his mares live, and therefore didn’t produce many foals in his first few seasons. However, in 1996, he was transferred to the Central Insemination Station at Warendorf, from where his influence increased dramatically. Florestan I has sired almost a thousand registered broodmares, 190 of whom have been awarded a States Premium.

He is also the sire of over 80 approved sons, including Fidermark, a four-year-old champion at the Bundeschampionate and a Grand Prix performer, now sadly deceased. The mare, Ferrara won the five-year-old class at the Bundeschampionate and went on to compete at Prix St Georges level with Isabell Werth. At the 2002 Bundeschampionate, Florestan had five representatives including the 4-year-old stallion winner, French Kiss, who went on to win the World Young Dressage Horse championship for 6 year olds in 2004; while another Florestan son, Florencio won the 5-year-old title at the same Championships!

Florencio followed up his victory in the World Young Dressage horse five-year-old championships with a win in the six year old championship the following year. One of Florencio's foals won the 2006 German Foal Championship, and on the basis of his progeny he was given a Main Premium award. Six sons from Florencio's first crop have been licensed, including the premium colt, Fontane.

The 2009 edition of the Hanoverian Stallion Book (the last edition in which he appears) 1039 dressage competitors (92 to S level) and 261 jumpers. Florestan’s FN dressage rating is 147 against a jumping rating of 100.  On the WBFSH dressage stallion rankings for 2011, Florestan is in second place with sixteen representatives, the most successful of whom is Hiscox Artemis.

Florestan’s sire Fidelio was for many years a popular sire in the Rhineland, where he spread the rich genetic heritage of his Selle Français sire, Furioso II. His progeny included 136 registered mares, of whom 26 were awarded a States Premium. He also produced successful performers in both the jumping ring and the dressage arena.

Florestan’s dam, Raute was a successful show mare, and at the age of three was champion mare of her age group. In 1983 she won her class at the German Mare Show in Verden. In 1986 she was crowned Young Broodmare Champion at the National Broodmare Show in Verden, beating representatives from all over Germany. Aside from Florestan, Raute produced three States Premium mares:

  • Wachtel (by Worldchamp)
  • Palucca (Paretti)
  • Wapita (Worldchamp).

The full brother, Florestan II stood at Warendorf but not with his older brother’s degree of success. Raute was by Rheingold, who sired Rheinfee, the First Reserve at the DLG show, and dam of the top stallion, Ehrentusch. Raute’s grandsire is the Trakehner, Garamond, a noted producer of dressage horses.

Florestan has further Trakehner blood through his sire’s dam line, since Rheingold is out of a mare by the Trakehner, Abendregen.
The grand dam is the state premium mare, Gode, a full sister to the Warendorf state stallion, Gardist. Gode competed up to Intermediate level before commencing a breeding career. 

Her daughter, Parodie (by the Trakehner, Pasternak) was again a successful dressage and the dam of a number of successful horses, including the mare Fidelity (by Fidelio) who in turn produced Fair Play, the dam of Waldrose, the dam of the 2002 Champion of the Three Year Old Riding Horses at the Bundeschampionate – Fürst Fabio, who is of course, by Florestan’s son, Fidermark.

This horse is part of our breeding programme bloodline, we DO NOT offer semen.


Florestan I
Furioso II
Furioso XX
Dame de Ranville
St. Pr. Raute
Romadour II
St. Pr. Gode
St. Pr. Glocke

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The influential French sire - Furioso II
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