This year at the Neumunster stallion licensing and elite auction, Lothar Völz of Wöhrden has been honoured with a treasured award as he has been named Holsteiner breeder of the year.
Almost 40 years ago Lothar Völz established the stallion station Völz in Wöhrden, then in close cooperation with the Holsteiner Verband, as he got his first studs, Locarno and Mahmud, from Elmshorn. As the station evolved and grew, it stood stallions like Calando I, Caletto I and II, Lord and Masetto, later also Ahorn, Athlet and Cantus. Lothar Völz celebrated some great successes as a breeder, for example in 1985, with two home-bred Caletto II sons stallion graded at Neumuenster: Caretino and Corleone. Caretino was to have a massive influence on the history of the Holsteiner breed and other studbooks with more than 60 sons licensed across Germany, the son with the highest profile certainly being Casall, who used to be among the very best international jumpers in the world with Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and has earned a reputation for his show jumping offspring over the last years. Other influential horses foaled in Wöhrden include the Carthago son Colman, licensed in 1999, and still stood at the station. Colman has numerous highly successful international sport horse offspring, like for example L.B. Convall, winner of the Aachen and Calgary grands prix under the saddle of Philipp Weishaupt, or else Catwalk IV, listed among the best six Holsteiners on the WBFSH ranking.
Rank 20 in WBFSH-ranking
Another Lothar Völz-bred horse is collecting points for the WBFSH ranking: Qarino by Corbano comes from his stud farm concentrating on the mare families 730B and 18A2. Thanks to Qarino, he is currently the highest scoring Holsteiner breeder, ranked 20th in the worldwide overall standing. And enthusiasm for the Holsteiner horse runs deep in the Völz family. His son Sven took over managing the station in 1999 and had his share in Carinjo by Cascavelle being named the 2003 champion stallion. This stallion bred by Klaus-Hermann Holm, Wacken, was not only a stud but also a highly successful international sport horse under the saddle of Thomas Voß. Among other achievements, they finished second in the Aachen grand prix in 2012 and were reserve on the German jumping team for the 2012 London Olympics. In 2013, the Völz stallion station managed by Sven Völz was established in Bienenbüttel. As the Völz family has always been attaching great importance on genetic diversity they have always been looking for interesting outcross options for serving Holsteiner mares. They have succeeded in exemplary fashion with the likes of Zirocco Blue, Brantzau and For Fashion. Today the station stands stallions including Cornet’s Quaprice by Cornet Obolensky or Origi d’O by Diamant de Semilly. In recognition of his services to the Holsteiner horse, Lothar Völz had already received the highest Verband award, the golden pin of honour, in 2012.
Lothar Völz has been honoured with a treasured award as he has been named Holsteiner breeder of the year and received the statue of Landgraf I. (Photo: Janne Bugtrup)