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Currently ranked on both the eventing AND show-jumping Sires of the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses - unique to find such a stallion "in the flesh" in Ireland!



Breed: Holstein

Born: 2002

Colour: Seal Brown

Height: 168.5cms

Bone: 22.0cms

40% Thoroughbred

DNA TESTED EE+ = Will not produce chestnut offspring.

Registered with Horse Sport Ireland

4* Show-jumping Progeny Performance

4* Eventing Progeny Performance


COLANDRO is the emerging top level show-jumping sire, who is available in Ireland. Prize Winning stallion in Holstein Stallion Approvals, son of current World No. 1 Eventing sire CONTENDRO, and only turning 14 years old now.


Colandro is the proud son of Contendro I and from the dam line of Locarno (1.60m) Ellen Whittaker. Colandro bears a striking resemblance to his globally renowned father.

Contendro I is presently the WBFSH No 1 Ranked Eventing Sire and WBFSH No 17 show-jumping sire.

It is believed that Colandro is his exclusive son, “in the flesh”, at stud in Ireland. “Like Father Like Son” enthuses his model.

Bred by Stal Retto, Colandro is still owned by his breeders Pieter and Gerdia Dolfsma. Gerdia competed Colandro herself, up to 1.30m. At the Holstein Stallion Licencing 2004, Colandro, became 2nd Reserve Champion. In Ireland 2017, Colandro became Fully Approved by HSI with 4* Show-jumping and 4* Eventing Progeny Performance ratings. A marvellous achievement for the stallion and only rising 15 years old then.

Nowadays as a breeding stallion, Colandro appears “plump” in condition and all for positive reasons. Because life for Colandro “is a breeze”, always happy, healthy and in “tip-top” form. With a wonderful temperament, limbs and hooves, it was not surprising that Colandro met the complete Clinical and Radiological Soundness tests at 15 years old, to gain “Approval” status.



CONTENDRO: World’s number 1 stallion for eventing, 21st best sire for show jumping, and producing multiple dressage Grand Prix winners.


A robust damline is paramount in producing consistent performers and Colandro’s dam, J-Ohara, has such. A State Premium mare she is related to a host of performers at 1.60m level.

Daughter of the top international 1.60m show-jumping stallion Calando I, she is a half sister to the Grand Prix stallion Locarno (Ellen Whitaker).



In 2004, Colandro became 2nd Reserve Champion of the Holstein Stallion Approvals, He “made a very good operation”, scoring 9 and a 10 jumping technique for power.

Under Gerdia Dolfsma, he competed at 1.30m. With competition, he combined an active breeding career, as a privately owned stallion, in the Netherlands.



COLANDRO – The Complete Stallion

Colandro is a dual-purpose sire.

He is shooting up the WBFSH eventing AND show-jumping Top 100 rankings, and despite being a comparatively young sire he has already clocked up several 1.50 and 1.60 show-jumpers, such as Chapter, Cor Bakkar and Buckle Up.

A good pedigree is a good beginning. In the end it’s the results that count. And a good result is to breed the most complete horse. Colandro’s offspring are such a result. Youngsters from Colandro are now worldwide performers, showing that he is a very special sire.

Amongst the host of top show-jumpers are:


Colandro’s progeny compete up to and at 5* Grand Prix Level and on Nation’s Cup Teams.

Equally impressive are the progeny who event from Colandro up to and at European Championships and Le Lion CH-M-YH.

“Top in Breeding... And for sport.”

Buckle Up

“Buckle Up” (Shane Sweetnam) Winner CSI4* WEF Florida $35,000 Suncast 1.50m, Feb. 2016. Jumped World Cups in Oslo, Madrid, Budapest, etc.. Won CSI0 Grand Prix in Odense in 2015.

“Bolandro”, placed 7th Rome Foro Italics Grand Prix (G.C.T.) 2015.

More top performers include “Chopard” (1.50s.j.), “Big Boy 36”, “Beinhard”, “Bolando”, “Dakota”, “Boris Utopia” and “Chapter”.

In Eventing, Colandro progeny, show also at high levels:

BERNADETTE UTOPIA (Padraig McCarthy) – Selected for Rio Olympics, BULAND CCI3* and COUNTREE CIC3*.

“Bulano” (Katie Bleloch), placed European Eventing Champs, Young Riders, 2015.

Dutch Man Retto, placed 2nd Le Lion CH-M-YH, 2014, while Bernadette Utopia (Padraig McCarthy (IRE.)), placed 2nd Aldon CIC2*, 2015.


Colandro was the sire of the HSI Event Foal Champion 2016.

Ballinteggart Stud’s colt foal by Colandro, was the winner of the All Ireland 2016 HSI Eventing Foal Championship. Following this, he found a new home with a leading Young Event Horse producer in Ireland, as have many other progeny from Colandro.


As a breeding stallion, Colandro worked “outside the radar” of the major established Dutch stallion stations. Yet results of his breedings on a ratio to top performers is phenomenal. Colandro has progressed as an authentic dual purpose sire. At 15 years old Colandro showed in the World Top 100 ranked show-jumping and Eventing Sires. Rarely can this credit be claimed by any stallion standing in Ireland!

Colandro has mastered “the acid test” in Breeding!

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