Cumano not only won gold at the 2006 World Championship with Jos Lansink. He also claimed the silver medal at the European Championships in Mannheim in 2007. Furthermore, the pair won the Grand Prix of Calgary in 2004, which is endowed with high prize money. In 2007 he was 3rd and in 2008 he came 2nd in the same Grand Prix, that is considered to be the “American” counterpart of the Grand Prix of Aachen! His first Grand Prix victory was in Lummen 2002. Jos and Cumano were placed 2nd in the Worldcup of Mechelen, twice in the Nations Cup of Rotterdam, twice in the Land Rover Masters of Mechelen and in the Grand Prix of Zurich. Ranked 3rd they were in the Grand Prix of Aachen, Rotterdam, Valkenswaard, Mechelen, Cannes, Stuttgart, Falsterbo and in the Nations Cup of Dublin. Lansink and Cumano were on the Belgian team at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 (individual ranking 28). In 2008 the pair ranked 9th at the Olympics in Hong Kong and in 2005 the duo narrowly missed winning a medal at the European Championships in San Patrignano, after coming fourth.
The grey giant Cumano was born 1993 in the Holstein region. Discovered by the Belgian rider Marc van Dijck at the age of 3 years, Cumano moves to Belgium. Marc van Dijck produces and starts competition with Cumano, until 2002. That year, with Marc Van Dijck, Cumano won his first Grand Prix in Lummen.
The stallion already made a good impression in his young years thanks to his harmonious appearance, light-footed canter and incredible jumping ability, which in his case is also paired with a perfect jumping technique. Marc van Dijck: «Cumano has always been an exceptional horse, from the age of three years, then at four years, five years and after. A horse with extraordinary ability, particularly respectful and very smart".
In 2000, Cumano was rented to Haras de Saint-Lô in France. He covered 80 mares there resulting in 59 foals. Nine of them later become finalist in the 5 years at “the great week of Fontainebleau”, the official National Championship for young horses in France. During his stay in France, he was ridden by Julien Épaillard and Florian Angot. They recognized his exceptional strength and quality, but accused him of being difficult.
In 2002, Léon Melchior, owner and president of «Zangersheide», rents Cumano for his rider Jos Lansink. Their plan was to make it to the 2004 Olympics in Athens. After two years Cumano’s Belgian owner Jean Vanderlinden, who refused to sell the top Stallion, gives his confidence to Jos Lansink to ride.
- 2009 3rd Grand Prix Falsterbo
- 2009 9th Grand Prix Rotterdam
- 2008, 2nd Grand Prix Calgary
- 2008, OG Hong Kong: 9th individual
- 2007, EC Mannheim Silver individual, 10th team
- 2007 3rd Grand Prix Cannes
- 2007 3rd Grand Prix Calgary
- 2007 5th Grand Prix Monte Carlo
- 2006 Gold WEG Aachen, 7th team
- 2006 2nd World Cup Mechelen
- 2006 3rd Grand Prix Rotterdam
- 2006 7th GCT Grand Prix Cannes
- 2006 8th GCT Grand Prix Lanaken
- 2005 2nd Nations Cup Rotterdam
- 2005 3rd Grand Prix Aachen
- 2005 3rd Cup of Nations Dublin
- 2005 3rd Grand Prix Valkenswaard
- 2005 EC San Patrignano: 4th individual, 5th team
- 2004 1st Grand Prix Calgary
- 2004 2nd Nations Cup Rotterdam
- 2004 2nd Masters Mechelen
- 2004 3rd Grand Prix Stuttgart
- 2004 4th Preiz von Europa Aachen
- 2004 5th Nations Cup Aachen
- 2004 OG Athene: 6th team, 28th individual
- 2004 6th Audi Equestrian Masters
- 2004 6th Telefonica Grand Prix La Coruña
- 2003 2nd Land Rover Masters Mechelen
- 2003 2nd Grand Prix Zurich
- 2003 4th World Cup Qualifier 's Hertogenbosh
- 2003 5th Grand Prix Spruce Meadows
- 2003 5th Grand Pix Hickstead
- 2003 5th Grand Prix Twente
- 2003 10th Grand Prix Rome
- 2002 1st Grand Prix Lummen
- 2002 2nd Best Stallion Zwolle
- 2003 3rd Grand Prix Mechelen
- 2002 5th Grand Prix Dortmund
- 2001 4th Sires of the World Mechelen
- 2001 7th Grand Prix CSI W Helsinki
Pedigree: founding Sires of Holstein Capitol I, Landgraf I and Cor de La Bryere united :
Cumano, was born in 1993 at Willy Lürhs stud farm in Holstein. Son of the famous Cassini I out of Chanel II by the legend Landgraf I ( X Caletto II). If we take a look at Cumano's pedigree, the inbred on Caletto II attracts our attention immediately. Caletto II is by the Holstein foundation sire Cor de la Bryere, who is today present in 75% of all the pedigree of Holstein horses. Cor de la Bryere was crossed with the famous mare Deka (mother of Sires Caletto I- III, Lysander and Gonzales). Caletto II himself is the father of Olympic Champion Classic Touch, Operete La Silla and the Holstein Sire Caretino. Over the past years Caretino is consistently present in the top of the WBFSH sires ranking. He is also the father of Casall! Cumano's grandmother, Weise Dame by Caletto II X Marlon XX is a 54% OX Staatsprämie mare. She gave birth to three 1m60 horses and one 1m50 horse!
Cumano’s mother Chanel II by Landgraf I - 58% OX - has 2 children that competed at 1m60. Cumano and Nanuk II du Ry (s: Narew XX). Nanuk II du Ry was ranked between place 600 and 1200 on the WBFSH ranking for 4 years in a row! 2 of her grandchildren are also competing on this top level. Her father, the May 1996 deceased Landgraf I, has influenced sport horse breeding worldwide, with about 300 approved stallions, 164 in Germany only ! His descendants won over € 4.407.000 in Germany! And over $ 7 million all over the world! Not only his sons and daughters competed at a high level, he was also a “mare maker”. Many successful show jumpers come out of a Landgraf I mare. So does Cumano! Typical for Landgraf I descendants are the very nice head and neck part and the angulated hind leg. Two years before his death, Landgraf I was honored with a life-size statue in Elmshorn, Germany.
Cumano’s father Cassini I is a good example of the very successful combination Capitol I and Caletto I and II. On horsetelex.nl not less than twelve 1m60 horses by Capitol I and Caletto I or II are registered . Amongst them Cassini I (Franke sloothaak), Cento (Otto Becker) , Goliath (Marc Van Dijck), Carlucci and his full brother Casino by Capitol I and Cumano’s grandmother Weisse Dame, Cantate Touch (out of Olympic Champion Classic Touch) … are all bred by this concept. Also the successful breeding stallion Indoctro (Ulrich Kirchhoff). Cumano’s dam line and Capitol I blood, was already a great match! As such, Cassini I was a great choice to cover Chanel II, Cumano’s mother.
Notable detail is the presence in Cumano’s pedigree of “Century Sire” Ramzes X, by the thoroughbred Rittersporn XX and Jordy by the Shagya Arabian stallion “Shagya X-3”. The Shagya breed is considered by some to be a subspecies of Arabian horse, but due to the presence of a small amount of non-Arabian breeding it is considered an Anglo-Arabian or a partbred Arabian in some places. Today, RAMZES X’s influence in the world of show Jumping is real, but the Thoroughbred X Shagya cross is rarely seen! Probably because the Shagya breed is still in small numbers. It seems that the success of the Holstein “C” line of Capitol I, is to be mainly reduced to the Grey Ramzes X. The successful breeding stallions Cento, Carthago, Cassini I and II, Carolus I and II, Calato, Celano, Campione, Clearway are all very gifted performers and … they are all grey! It would take us too far to describe the story of the very interesting stallion Ramzes here in detail. It is note-worthy that of the 2006 sires of WEG Grand Prix jumpers, RAMZES appears in 48% of the pedigrees, and so he does in Cumano’ s! It seems that “on paper”, the recorded pedigree of Capitol I has been disputed. If the suspicions, which were never substantiated by appropriate genetic tests, are true, then CAPITOL I would be the product of intensive inbreeding and RAMZES X blood would be in his genes three times instead of two times, within 5 generations.
All this, to conclude, that everything was already there at the conception of Cumano .
Last year Capital Don Cumarco and Nicole Horwood were the only combination to jump a clear round over the 18 fenced track, securing them the title of SA Derby Champions 2012.
After 31 horses entered the ring on Sunday four combinations came out with clear rounds and amongst them were Capital Stud's Don Cumarco and Nicole. Despite the jump-off producing a further three clear rounds from three of the riders it was the Capital pair that kept the jumps standing in the fastest time, guaranteeing them their second Derby win in a row.
This victory also awarded Don Cumarco and Nicole the 2013 Triple Crown title, as they have won the Outdoor Grand Prix of South Africa, Adult SA Champs and the 2013 SA Derby.
The South African Derby has been in existence since 1965 and since its establishment the only rider to win three consecutive Derbies is Mickey Lowe riding his horse, Torch Sign. Can Nicole and Capital Don Cumarco achieve this goal? We wait in anticipation for next year's 2014 SA Derby!
The Adult SA Champs took place at the Cyril Geoghegan Cycle Stadium in Durban from the 7th – 11th August with great arena surfaces, technical tracks and exciting competition being the order of the days. However, it was the main event on the final day that saw the country’s best tackle an extremely challenging track to fight it out for the title of National Champion.
The 1.50m classes were hotly contested, with 40 horses starting in each of the two qualifying classes, and only 25 making the cut to compete on the final day. The pressure was on from the very first qualifier which was quite a large and technical speed class, and Nicole and Don Cumarco scored some good points by having a smooth and steady round. The 1.50m KZN Grand Prix was the second Qualifier and a prestigious class to win, with the course being significantly higher and more challenging and producing much fewer clear rounds. Yet another well executed round from the pair saw them cruise into the jump-off, and a fast clear put them right up in the mix where they finished a well-deserved 3rd to qualify in a good position for the Championship class.
Bernardo Costa Cabral, the course designer from Portugal, really set out to challenge both horse and rider in the final class which was held over two rounds of an identical track which was set at maximum height as well as length. An early clear-round from a previous winner Capital Rafika d’Or and Jodi Pieters set the standard but apart from one other 4-faulter before Nicole, the penalties were racking up as the course proved extremely testing. As their turn came, Nicole accurately and confidently guided Don Cumarco around the track and he jumped with superb scope and care to become the only other clear in the first round. Riding in reverse order of merit saw them being the last combination to tackle the entire course in the second round, with 4 faults being the best score by the time their bell rang, which meant Nicole had to jump a clear for the win or face a jump-off if she had a pole down. As the crowd held its collective breath and the pressure was palpable, Nicole and Don Cumarco remained calm and collected in a round that was arguably even better than the first, clearing the last massive oxer to huge cheers from the spectators, a punch in the air from Nicole and a playful buck from Don Cumarco. Being the only double clear meant that the popular pair were deservedly crowned the 2013 Showjumping Champions of South Africa.
From Day 1 the courses were already testing the horses and riders, and with good prize-money on offer thanks to the generous sponsors, even the Welcome Stakes prompted very fast and competitive jump-offs. To begin their 1.40m campaigns, Capital Comazio and Capital Castigo had quick clears to take 2nd and 3rd place respectively, with Helen Bean and the lovely Capital Conlanc picking up a 3rd place in the hotly contested 1.35m Welcome Stakes.
The speed classes on the second day saw Johan and Capital Comazio narrowly beaten to finish 2nd in the 1.40m A2, with Capital Shiraz ensuring he picked up valuable points in the first Qualifier for SA Champs by taking 2nd place in the 1.50m A2. Not to be outdone, the 1.35m Capital horses had very quick clears in their speed class with Quality Touch coming 2nd and Conlanc 3rd. The 1.30m A2 was won by a horse bred and sold by Capital, Capital Casarey.
On Day 3, the competition classes were once again well represented by Capital with Johan and Quality Touch winning the 1.35m, however it was the 1.40m class that was dominated by our horses. Capital Castigo jumped a very fast and smooth jump-off to take the lead right at the end of the class, ending him in 1st place with Capital Comazio in 3rd and Capital Conlanc 4th. In the 1.50m KZN Grand Prix both Nicole with Don Cumarco and Johan with Look at Me cruised into the jump-off over a challenging track, where Nicole and Don Cumarco finished a well-deserved 3rd and Look at Me 6th.
The highlight of the show was the final class, the SA Championship where 4 horses from Capital Stud qualified; Rafika d’Or, Look at Me D, Don Cumarco and Shiraz. An early clear-round from a previous winner Capital Rafika d’Or and Jodi Pieters set the standard, and Nicole and Don Cumarco jumped a well executed round to become the second clear. After tackling the course a second time, Nicole and Don Cumarco were the only double clear which meant that the popular pair were deservedly crowned the 2013 Showjumping Champions of South Africa, with Jodi and Rafika d’Or finishing in 2nd place.
Over 400 horses took to the arena at the stunning venue from 13 to 17 June, some with the intention of securing points in the second leg of the 2013 FEI World Cup Jumping- Southern Africa League.
From our side, our riders were aiming to join the race toward qualification for the FEI World Cup finals in Europe and to bag the handsome prize purses on offer! Reigning champion, Capital's very own Rafika d'Or, was unfortunately not quite fit enough to return to defend his and Jodi Pieter's title, but the very on-form Nicole Horwood and Capital Don Cumarco were there to add to the fray . Capital Shiraz looked ready to take a step back into the big league and to give those World Cup points a chase too.
The younger Capital horses were also right up there, with the lovely Colnardo, powerful Chicoletto, lightning-fast Look at Me and stunning Conlanc all playing between the higher Open grades, and our fabulous Quality Touch keeping things competitive in the 1.30 classes, while Armani and Capriccio stayed behind to keep things in line back at the farm. The dazzling Castigo took a break from the Nissan Six Bar event, leaving Capital Comazio to tackle those high jumps and win the crowd's hearts as Castigo did so spectacularly at Easter show.
Well, in a nutshell, the 5 day spectacle resulted in no less than 3 big wins for Capital Stud including the Nissan 1.50m Riders Grand Prix, the Nissan Six Bar, and for the second consecutive year, the Nissan Winter Classic World Cup Qualifier!
The stud couldn’t have asked for better representation at the Nissan Winter Classic from Johan Kachelhoffer, as almost every line-up in the Open Classes included him and one of his 5 Capital mounts.
From the Six Bar to the World Cup, he was EVERYWHERE!
Day 1 started with the Welcome Stakes for the 1.30m, and what a start it was as Johan and Capital Quality Touch jumped stylishly into second place in a class with no less than 120 competitors, with Capital Comazio picking up a ticket in the top 10 too. Capital Castigo was Johan’s ride in the 1.35m Welcome Stakes, cruising around to slot into second place in quite a competitive jump-off for the first class of the show.
The second day of the Nissan Winter Classic saw the Welcome Stakes for the 1.40m class, and Capital Look at Me began her campaign with a quick and classy win, Johan leading his first lap of honour for the show. Capital Comazio jumped yet another elegant clear to pick up a 7th place in the very fast 1.35m Speed class.
With the ‘warm-up’ classes done, Day 3 was time to step into the higher levels and the Nissan 1.50m Riders Grand Prix proved to be an entertaining class over a very challenging track. Johan rode Capital Shiraz in a flawless first round to make up one of only 8 clears, and Look at Me jumped a smooth round with one unfortunate rail down. Both horses went through to the second round and the speedy mare finished a well-deserved 6th, with Shiraz taking 8th place.
The highlight of the 4th day was the Nissan Six Bar event, where Johan chose to represent Capital stud on Comazio. After a few rounds, the crowd held their collective breath as the pair were the first to canter down the line where the final jump stood at 1.90m, then cheered wildly as they cruised over to share 1st place with Emma Garson (Nabab Forever) and Johan Lotter (Mossandi Richelieu).
Championship day had Capital Stud written all over it with Johan and all 4 of his mounts being in the line-up. Comazio set the pace in the 1.35m Championship jump-off and was pipped at the post to finish in 3rd place. Look at Me had a super quick round in the 1.40s and led for a while until one or two bettered her time, which left Castigo the seemingly impossible task of chasing it down. A spectacular jump-off from Johan and Castigo saw them take the winning sash in the championships, with Look at Me finishing 4th. However, it was to be Capital Shiraz’s day as he and Johan jumped the only double clear in the World Cup Qualifier over an enormous track and under intense pressure for time, to claim the top title at this year’s Nissan Winter Classic and round up an incredible show for Johan and his Capital horses.
Well done Johan, you are a force to be reckoned with!
The partnership between Nicole Horwood and the Capital stallion Don Cumarco has captured the hearts of the riding community, with the petite blonde and the pretty white steed personifying all perceptions of what a girl and her horse should be.
Appearances aside, they have in the last year alone, won the 1.50m Revil Grand Prix in Polokwane which was built by Olympic Course builder Bob Ellis, then proceeded to jump the only clear round, and a flawless one at that, at the prestigious Avis Derby which made everyone step back and take full notice of the pair. The Riders Grand Prix at Burlington was another title to add to their resume at the end of a successful jumping season, and the Nissan SA Outdoor Grand Prix trophy began a new season just as spectacularly, followed by them attaining a second place in the President’s Cup this year. Most recently, it was a superb jump-off that saw Nicole and Don Cumarco taking the win in the 1.50m Nissan Rider’s Grand Prix in Shongweni which was a very exciting class over a challenging track.
His showjumping record is impressive, but it is his performance as a breeding stallion that is becoming increasingly exciting! His pedigree is outstanding, and his sire, Cumano has performed time after time at the very highest level, memorably winning the World Championship in Aachen. As a breeding stallion, Cumano has produced more than a few approved stallions, and top quality sport horses. It is the stallion given the title of ‘BWP Ambassador’ that produced Don Cumarco’s mother, the amazing Darco. He has been the number one stallion in the world and has sired many quality stallions such as Parco, Winningmood, Non-Stop and Kimball, as well as showjumpers competing around the world like King Darco and Sapphire.
More about Capital Don Cumarco as a breeding stallion, and a video of him jumping can be viewed under the ‘Stallions’ link on this website. His progeny are available from the stud, and can be viewed under the ‘For Sale’ link, and the ‘Delighted Owners’ link has more reading information on his offspring you may have seen competing in the ring.