Stallions We’ve Used
SIRE: Vivaldi by Krack C
DAM: Tolivia by D-Day/Donnerschwee
2007 Liver Chestnut 170cm
Vitalis’ offspring have the winning gene. In 2016, Victoria’s Secret became World Champion in Ermelo after winning the German Championships the year before.
Over 20 stallions have been licensed, and these include champions and reserve champions of stallion licensing and bronze medallist at the German Championships.
The mares have it too, the Westphalian Champion Mare Vienna and the Rhineland Champion Mare Virginia K stand out from the numerous award-winning daughters of Vitalis. Vitalis’ foals often reach top prices: the colt Vardy was sold for 120,000 euros at the Oldenburg Elite Auction. Selling for 53,000 euros, VIP was second top price at the Summer Mixed Sales in Vechta.
Vitalis was Champion Foal in the Netherlands in 2007, Reserve Champion of the NRW licensing in 2009, winner of the dressage index of his stallion performance test in 2010, placed at the World Championships and Pavo Cup final in 2012, Champion in the USA and again qualified for the World Championships with a record number of points in 2013 and victorious in the International Small Tour at only seven years old in 2014.
He came back to Germany and, in 2016, ridden by Isabel Freese, he won the Burg Cup Final in Frankfurt and the “Stallion of the year” competition at Inter I level at the World Championships in Ermelo/NED.
Vitalis was Vivaldi’s first licensed stallion. Vivaldi was Reserve Champion of his stallion performance test in the Netherlands. In 2007, he won the Pavo Cup for five-year-old dressage horses (comparable to the National Championships) and in 2008 and 2009, ridden by Hans Peter.
Minderhoud/NED, he won the KNHS/KWPN stallion competition, where he was awarded 10.0 for his trot. He was then internationally successful up to Prix St. Georges. In 2013, he won the VHO trophy at the KWPN licensing. After that, he was predominantly used for breeding and Vivaldi produced numerous exceptional stallions, namely in the Netherlands with Desperado, Dream Boy, Expression, Eye Catcher and Ferdinand, and in Germany with Van Vivaldi (Westphalian Reserve Champion), Versace (Oldenburg Reserve Champion), Cennin (winner of the Oldenburg Ic main premium), Veneziano (2nd Oldenburg Reserve Champion), Livaldon (Hanoverian premium stallion) as well as Vivino, record top price of the Stallion Market sold for over two million and Hanoverian premium stallion.
Westphalian Champion stallion- Double Bundeschampion
SIRE: Estobar NRW
DAM: Fürst Piccolo by Fidermark
2009 Brown 17 Hands
Escolar takes command of the scene today like practically no other stallion. In 2012 Escolar made his debut at shows with results that would be hard to beat: He won one test for young riding horses after the other, in Lingen, Cloppenburg and Münster-Handorf, where the judges didn’t hesitate to give the highest possible score of 10.0.
Just decorated with the Westphalian Champion title, Escolar and his trainer, Hermann Burger, went to Warendorf where they again demonstrated their special status at the Bundeschampionat in the class for three-year old stallions. “What you see here is the best possible development of impulsion, cadence and perfect rhythm”, commented Dr. Dietrich Plewa in the name of the judges who pulled a 10.0 out of their hats for his trot and canter. They also gave him a very good (9.0) for his state of training and the harmony of his presentation, an 8.5 for conformation and an 8.0 for his walk. Even the guest riders, Kim Pfeiffer and Marcus Hermes, were impressed and gave him 19.5 of 20 possible points.
With a result like that and a clear margin to his competitors, the winner’s sash was wrapped around Escolar’s neck at the unofficial German Championships for young horses.
SIRE: Fidertanz by Fidermark/Floristan
DAM: Antara by Alibaster
2008 Bay 16.2 Hands
Licensed Westphalian 2010: Premium
30 Day Performance Test 2011 Muenster-Handorf: Dressage: 8.40, Jumping: 7.90, Overall: 8.37
The premium stallion Franziskus had already started his career by winning a German Foal Championship qualification, and two years later at the 2010 North Rhine Westphalian licensing in Münster-Handorf, Franziskus fascinated the public. The excitement of everyone at the licensing was validated in 2012 at the Bundeschampionate in Warendorf where Franziskus was crowned the champion of the 4 year old stallions. He received a 9 for his canter, an 8.5 for his training and development, an almost perfect score of 19.5 from the two guest riders, Anja Rjetbrock and Uta Graef.
Franziskus was actively showing with renowned Olympic rider Ingrid Klimke in CDI4* Grand Prix competitions throughout 2017, 2018 and 2019. Starting off with a bang, the duo won their first ever CDI4* GP in Muenchen in 2017 and continued on with many placings. Two 3rd places in 2018 in Weisbaden were followed by over a dozen more successful, prize winning competitions in Germany.
Franziskus is an excellent type with naturally uphill conformation. A first class proportioning of the body with sufficient harmony and correctness predestine this stallion for a brilliant future in competitive dressage. He has three excellent basic paces: a perfect walk, a dynamic trot and a fantastic uphill canter. These excellent gaits were also noted in 2011 when he won the 30 Day Münster-Handorf Stallion Performance test with an outstanding dressage score of 8.40 and an overall of 8.37.
Westphalian Rock Springs
SIRE: Rock Forever by Rock Well/Rocket Star
DAM: Farina by Fidertanz/Fidermark
2012 Bay 16.2 1/5 Hands
This charming bay youngster showed his talent at the licensing in Münster-Handorf. His constant and outstanding movement throughout are just a hint of his excellent quality. With the sires Rock Forever and Fidertanz, this young stallion brings a whole new, but already proven, bloodline into the State Stud Celle.
In December 2014 Rock Springs was approved for Hannover and successfully completed his 30-day test in Neustadt / Dosse a year later. With a fantastic breeding value of 148 in dressage, he finished his test as the best stallion in this category.
Completing his excellent performance with a fantastic disposition earned him an overall score of 9.38.
Hanoverian Stallion De Niro
SIRE: Donnerhall by Donnerwetter/Disput
DAM: Alicante by Akzent 11/Absatz
1993 Black 16.3-3/4- Hands
In 2019, his offspring continue to be successful at licensings and tournaments. His daughters and granddaughters become more and more influential.
In 2018, for the sixt time De Niro stands at the top of the worlds best dressage stallions. The overall amount of prize value of De Niro‘s descendants reached 3,000,000 Euros.
In 2017, we had to let De Niro pass away. For the fifth time he was awarded Best Dressage Stallion of the World.
In 2016, Desperados and Kristina Bröring-Sprehe won the individual Bronze medal and the team Gold medal at the Olympic games in Rio. For the fourth time, De Niro stands at the top of the worlds best dressage stallions.
In 2015, Desperados with Kristina Bröring-Sprehe and Delgado with Beatriz Ferrer-Salat won Silver and Bronze at the European Championships in Aachen.
In 2014, the German Dressage Team including Desperados and rider Kristina Sprehe and D‘Agostino with rider Fabienne Lütkemeier won the Team Gold Medal at the World Equestrian Championships in Normandy.
In 2013, De Niro confirmed his status as best dressage stallion of the world. The German dressage team with Desperados and D‘Agostino won the Gold Medal at the European Championships in Herning.
In 2012, De Niro is ranked first in the ranking of the World Breeding Federation for Sports Horses. Therefore he is the best dressage stallion of the world.
In 2011, the descendants of De Niro won a total amount of more than 230,000 Euros.
In 2010, De Niro was awarded place five of the World Breeding Federation for Sporthorses with 10 internationally successful offspring at Grand Prix-level.
In 2009, De Niro provided two European champions as well as Dablino, the most successful Grand Prix newcomer.
In 2008, De Niro was honoured by the Hanoverian Society with the title “Stallion of the Year”.
In 2007, De Niro’s son Deveraux became World Champion of the six-year-old dressage horses in Verden. Several of De Niro’s offspring have been victorious in Grand Prix dressage competitions.
In 2006, with 14 descendants at the German Young Horses Championships, De Niro provided the largest contingent.
In 2005, De Niro was dam sire of the champion stallion in Verden.
In 2004, De Niro provided the champion stallion Dancier at the licensing in Verden, following two vice champions in previous years.
In 2003, he was the winner of the German Dressage Derby in Hamburg.
In 2002, he won international Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special dressage tests in Saumur and Berlin.
In 2001, he won the German Championships of Professional Riders with his rider Dolf-Dietram Keller.
In 2000, he won Grand Prix dressage tests at the age of seven.
In 1997, De Niro was vice champion of the stallion performance test in Adelheidsdorf with a score of 141.93 points and champion of rideability with a score of 145.41 points.
More than 100 licensed stallions originate from De Niro. His offspring are sought after everywhere and they are always successful.
Breeding Value Scores: Dressage Young horse (122) Highest level achieved (163) Jumping Young horse (66) Highest level achieved (48) Riding Type (102) Conformation (119) Dressage (110) Jumping (74)
Westphalian Stallion Belissimo M
DAM: St Pr St Roxa
1999 Liver Chestnut 16.3 Hands
Westphalian Champion of the 30 day test in Zweibrucken.
Ranked 1st in dressage with 9.63 and 1st in jumping with 8.77!
Hanoverian Stallion Diacontinus
DAM: Carentina St pr
This premium stallion of the Hanoverian licensing in 2012 features outstanding jumping talent as well as good movement in all three gaits. With ease, outstanding ability, and an excellent jumping manner, he was more than convincing in the free jumping. The father Diarado is one of the most popular show jumping sires of the present time and offers an interesting new blood alternative for sport horse breeders due to the French blood of his sire Diamant de Semilly, and he has delivered show jumpers of the vey best quality.
Diacontinus’ dam line is well known for producing talented jumpers. Licensed stallions and successful sporthorses like the Celle stallion, Perpignon, also stem from this line. Diacontinus? full sister, Diarada KJ, attracted attention early as a high priced auction foal, and as a four year old, she won the Herwart von der Decken show as the best jumper mare earning her States Premium title.
He gained 9 for conformation, 8.38 for rideability, 9.58 for jumping, 7.5 for trot, 8.75 for canter, 7.25 walk and 9.13 for cross country at his 70 day performance test.
Hanovarian Stallion Rotspon
SIRE: Rubinstein 1
1995 Black 168cm
Performance Test Scores: Overall score 145.67 /1st of 38 Dressage score 148.82 / 1st Jumping score 118,74/7
Hanoverian Stallion Wolkentanz
1991 Chestnut 16.1-hands
Stallion Performance Test 1994, Adelheidsdorf:
Overall score 133.78 / 2nd of 37
Dressage score 140.53 / 2nd
Jumping score 109.56 / 9th
Winner of the stallion licensing in Verden 1993
Winner of the three-year-old stallions classification at the Federal Championships of German Riding Horses 1994
Best stallion of his age-group 1995
Oldenburg Stallion Sandro Hit
SIRE: Sandro Song
DAM: Loretta by Ramino
1993, black, 172 cm
Worldwide best dressage stallion during his lifetime – 2nd place in the WBSFH ranking
Right from the beginning, he has played in a league of his. Sandro Hit defined the type of ultramodern dressage horse with his incredibly elegant, expressive and exceptionally moving offspring. Every rider would like to have such dancers under their saddle! Accordingly, his descendants were and are sold for high prices at auctions.
Since 2012, Sandro Hit has been ranked amongst the top ten best dressage sires in the world. Since 2017, he is in second place of the WBFSH ranking of the most successful dressage stallions.
The hereditary performance of the jet-black stallion, who was World and German Champion, is absolutely unique. Believe it or not, he has produced 190 licensed stallions in Germany alone, which is far more than any other sire has ever been able to produce. The enumeration of his licensing winners, premium stallions and stallion market top prices would go beyond any scope. Many of them also competed, like Sir Donnerhall I, Vice World Champion and German Champion, Sancisco OLD, victorious in Grand Prix, San Francisco OLD, German Champion, auction top price and victorious at advanced (S) level, Sorento, Burg Cup finalist as well as Sir Donnerhall II and Sir Skyfall OLD, both placed at the World Championships for young dressage horses.
His daughters, 237 of whom were awarded the State Premium, are led by the dressage World Champion and double German Champion Poetin, who was auctioned for the record sum of 2.5 million euros at the P.S.I. Auction. The Oldenburg Champion Mare Silberaster OLD also won double gold at the German Championships and bronze at the World Championships for Young Horses. Furthermore, a daughter of Sandro Hit produced the Olympic Gold medallist, double World Cup winner and triple European Champion Weihegold OLD/Isabell Werth.
The descendants of Sandro Hit have long since conquered the biggest championship stages around the globe. Five of them competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio/BRA, including Showtime FRH/Dorothee Schneider, who became team gold medallist and came sixth in the freestyle, and Santano II/Christopher Burton/AUS, eventing team bronze medallist. In 2018, Salvino/Adrienne Lyle was part of the USA dressage silver team at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon/USA. Sir Donnerhall II OLD/Morgan Barbarcon/ESP were placed in the World Cup final in Paris/FRA. Selten HW/Andres Dahl was part of the Danish team that was placed at the Olympic Games in 2016 and at the World Equestrian Games in 2018.
Sandro Hit has produced the record number of eleven German Champions, most recently in 2016 with Sisters Act vom Rosencaree/Dorothee Schneider, who was also successful at the World Championships for young dressage horses. In addition to those already mentioned, Polka Hit Nexen (silver 6 y.o. in 2008), Soliere (silver 6 y.o. in 2010) and St. Emilion (bronze 6 y.o. in 2011) were on the podium at the World Championships for young dressage horses.
The prize money of his offspring registered in Germany alone, of which 200 are successful at advanced level up to Grand-Prix, currently amounts to more than 1.3 million euros.
His sire Sandro Song was Champion of his licensing in 1990 and winner of the main premium champion in 1992.
His dam El. St. Loretta also produced two other licensed stallions: Diamond Hit (by Don Schufro), who was successful up to Grand-Prix and Royal Hit (by Royal Dance).
Sandro Hit: Multiple-record holder
HLP 1997: 99.80/16/33; DI 115.72/6; SI 82.17/22
Breeding Value Scores: Dressage Young horse (129) Competition (118) Jumping Young horse (75) Competition (86)
Hanoverian Stallion Fishermans Friend
SIRE: Fabriano by Wendulan
DAM: Penny Lane by Pic Solo/LibanonFürst Piccolo by
1997 Bay 167cm
Hanoverian Stallion Londonderry
SIRE: Laurires Crusador XX
DAM: Windsor Queen
1995 Chestnut 171cm
Sire Lauries Crusader established his breeding position within a very short time via a large number of approved sons and premiumed daughters with definite improvement in the dressage sector. His dam Windsor Queen is the full-sister of the stallion Wallstreet Kid who is covering in the USA. She is derived from Markant who has produced several federal champions and is a steady supplier to the Verden auctions where progeny is sold for record prices. The breeding combination of Warkant-Eiger 1 is found in Londonderry. Warkant was one of the older stallions at Celle that has made a significant imprint on the Hanoverian breeding. Warkant’s offspring made top prices at Verden till Weltmeyer came along.
In 1997 Londonderry was the winner of the stallion licensing. In 1998 he came fifth in the stallion performance test achieving 134.56 points for dressage. He developed in a very positive way during daily training, and is more and more eager to work. He has an immaculate appearance, well-shaped muscles and a big-framed constitution. He is an excellent type with a lovely expression. Londonderry has an outstanding walk, with a score of 10 at his performance test in 1998. He scored 9 for character and 8 for temperament which are all well above average. The conformation score was also 8 and rideability scores were 8 and 9. This indicates that Londonderry is a horse with particular ability for dressage. He would be a good stallion to refine some of the heavier Warmblood mares. In 1999 this captivating stallion convincingly won the riding horse performance test during the German Riding Championships in Verden and then the highest results at the Federal Championship of German Riding Horses in Warendorf as well. Two years later in 2001 he repeated his success when he became Vice-Champion of the 6 year old dressage horses in Warendorf.
Londonderry’s first foals were born in 2000 and have exceeded the highest of expectations as regards type and charisma as well as quality of movement. They are in all ways similar to Londonderry: wonderful in type, long-legged, beautiful heads and very good movement. Londonderry’s breeding scores are very high in dressage and riding type and conformation. His first batch of foals gained admittance to the 2002 Verden approval and were promptly approved. He has 34 licensed sons, 197 state premium mares, 607 main stud book mares and 214 auction horses. Hanoverian of the Year 2013.
Hanoverian Stallion Lauries As
SIRE: Londonderry by Lauries Crussader XX
DAM: St Pr St Pik Lady by Pik Bube/Golden Millie
2002 Black 17hh Hanoverian
Licensed and Performance tested
Imported from Germany 2008
Hanoverian Stallion Riverside
DAM: St Pr St Desiree by Donnerhall
16.3 Chestnut approved Hanoverian Stallion
Overall score 133.8
2006 Finalist in World Young Horse Championships
2006 Qualified for Bundeschampionate
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