Masetto who is described thusly in the Stallion Book of the Holsteiner Warmblood Breed by Dr Dietrich Rossow:
“Large framed, cleanly made stallion. Striking appearance, a great deal of presence. Smooth top line, lots of substance. Heavy bone, correct legs and feet. Excellent mover, somewhat close behind. Great jumper but not with the form desired today. Produce: Offspring are solid, correct horses of his type. At times, good jumpers a little lacking in bascule. Absolutely had to have mares with a lot of Thoroughbred blood. Unfortunately, in his time, these were not at his disposal in great enough numbers.”
Masetto produced one approved son, and 50 approved daughters before he was gelded in 1984. Masetto was from the line established by the Thoroughbred stallion, Manometer.
When he went to stud there were great hopes for Manometer as he was by Abendfrieden, a full brother to the very successful Thoroughbred sire, Anblick.
Romedio, Graf von Thun-Hohenstein, had this to say about Manometer in his work, The Holsteiner Horse:
“Even though he was not perfect in the set of his shoulder and withers, he improved upon this, without exception, in all his get. Manometer also passed on the great jumping ability which is so characteristic of this line. At the very least, his influence in no way diminished the Holsteiner’s natural talent for jumping. His undisputed strong point was his production of performance horses… Of all his sons, Maximus won the greatest number of FEI competitions. Maximus’ absolute soundness, honesty, quiet temperament and gentle disposition deserve mention.”