Registered Name: Citadel VS
BWP Number: 999-999-W90011298
Color/Markings: Bay, small star, RH sock, LH coronet
Date of Birth: 04/29/2014
Country of Birth: USA
Breeder: Britta Vitale/Vitale Sporthorses International
Year Licensed: 2017 Provisional
Stud Fee: $1,200.00
Booking Fee: $200.00 Included
Shipped Semen: Fresh Cooled
EVA Status: Negative
Standing at: Vitale Sporthorses International
Contact: Britta Vitale
Website: Vitale Sporthorses International Facebook
Owner of Record: Britta Vitale
Bio and Performance: Citadel VS is an exciting young stallion with exceptional quality and presence. While he is clearly of very modern type, at over 17hh as a 3 year old he has the size, correctness and substance of bone that benefited the more classical sporthorses. He carries the beautiful head, neck and topline of his sire Clinton, and the phenomenal movement of his dam and damsire Grand Cru. This long-legged, uphill stallion has been described by several top trainers as ‘incredibly elastic, light and athletic’, ‘supple and catlike’ and having ‘the best canter I have ever sat on.’ His jumping technique is textbook by any standard. He is incredibly clever and careful while freejumping, with the style in front of a top hunter and nothing less than an extravagant hind end.
At the 2017 BWP stallion inspection he received the huge score of 85 in the freejumping phase by the Belgian judge, who commented, “He has very good technique both front and hind legs and use of back.” He received his provisional license in 2017 with an overall impression score of 80. Citadel VS has been a highly attentive and easy stallion to start under saddle and will begin his competitive career in 2018. We are excited to see his first foal crop in spring of 2018, as breeders have chosen him to produce both high performance hunters and top showjumpers.
Citadel VS is by the Ambassadeur stallion Clinton (Corrado 1) who was a phenomenon in the international and Olympic showjumping arena. In breeding, Clinton is unrivaled as the sire of more than 50 licensed stallions, including legendary Cornet Obolensky, Eldorado van de Zeshoek, Zacharov TN, Whitaker, and numerous other international superstars. Citadels VS’s dam is Elite Mare Candidate Galalea, by the foundation stallion Grand Cru, who carried on the infamous G line from the state stud at Celle, Germany. Dr. Ludwig Christmann, director of the Hanoverian Verband’s breeding program, has often referenced Grand Cru as a very special stallion, and directs and re-directs breeders to Grand Cru to improve sporthorse blood in both jumping and dressage. Grand Cru is renowned as a top sire of numerous High Performance Hunters and USEF Year End Award winners.