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Rubinstein I




The “Magic Trio” of Modern Dressage Sires

The “Magic Trio” of modern dressage stallions are recognized as Weltmeyer, Rubinstein I and Donnerhall.   Because we believe bloodlines are one of the most important breeding considerations, we have focused our efforts on these three sires.

Two of our broodmares reflect this focus: Graziella (Rubinstein) and When Worlds Unite (Weltmeyer).  Our successful strategy is breeding to top sires in the world today that are highly compatible with these worldclass bloodlines.

Following is some amazing background on the “Magic Trio” of Dressage:


Rubinstein I 

"On the wings of Olympus", "bred strictly according to the golden recipe", "a sire of the century"....these were the epitaphs lauding this great sire.  Born out of a Royal Dressage Family, Rubinstein I was a son of Rosenkavalier, who was a stallion performance test winner, and is considered to be one of the most significant Westphalian sires today. 


Rubinstein was reared from probably the most eminent dressage dynasty worldwide and was given the title, “Stallion of the Century”.  He had 40 wins at Grand Prix level, was a member of the 1996 Olympic team, sired 89 state premium mares and 66 approved stallions, and was the father of top auction horses and Grand Prix winners. 

Rubinstein is known for passing on his wonderful temperament and movement.  Offspring by him are frequently sought after by professionals and amateur riders alike for their willingness to please.  Rubinstein's foals can be typified as being very correct and stylish with delicate faces and great trainability.  From his first foal crop, 16 colts received the premium of "stallion contender" and were awarded straight scores of 10.0 points.  He is also known an excellent broodmare sire.



Weltmeyer comes from the most successful dressage family in the world, the 'W' family.  He was a sensation the day he was born according to his breeder, Hermann Meyer.  He exploded on the scene as the Champion of the 1986 Stallion Licensing in Verden.


At the Bundeschampionate, Weltmeyer continued his triumphal progress.  According to deputy breeding director of the Hannoverian Verband, Dr. Ludwig Christmann: "He moved through the arena unflustered.  His trot was magnificent. It could not have been any better."  The judging committee gave him the top score of 10.  Weltmeyer also won his performance test at Adelheidsdorf with a dressage score of 143.94 - more surprisingly he had a jumping score of 141.44.

After sweeping all the major German Championships, he began his breeding career in 1988 and since then has been bred to more than 200 of the best German mares each year.  In short, Weltmeyer must be considered one of the All-Time-Great Hanoverian sires.  At last count, he had produced 70 licensed sons and has also proved himself as a valuable sire of broodmares.

When it comes to capacity for dressage and the temperament necessary for a top competitor, this stallion simply cannot be beaten.  In 2005, Weltmeyer received a Breeding Value Index of 152 points, with an assurance of 99% heritability, from the German Equestrian Federation.  He stamps his offspring with a wonderful hock action, instantly cleanly forward and under the center of gravity.  His offspring also have very pleasant minds.



Donnerhall is considered one of the best stallions of the later half of the 20th Century.  Donnerhall’s talent was apparent right from the start and he scored 131.92 to be second in his performance test at Adelheidsdorf in 1984.

Donnerhall’s competition career is legendary.  He won many Grand Prix, Grand Prix Specials and Freestyles.  In 1994, Donnerhall was individual bronze medalist (and team gold medalist) at the 1994 World Championships at The Hague.  Donnerhall won the European World Cup Freestyle League final standings twice, in 1997 and 1998.  He retired from competition in 1998.

Known for throwing his superb character, temperament and willingness to work, Donnerhall offspring are successful in sport all over the world.  He passes along trainability and the strength to handle more collected work.  The 2007 Hanoverian Stallion book records that Donnerhall has had 763 dressage competitors - and even 84 in the jumping ring - for total prize money of Euro 1,502,302. 

Donnerhall has an FN dressage ranking of 153 and jumping, 83.  His Hanoverian ranking is 169 for dressage and 69 for jumping.  He is the sire of 48 licensed sons.

So, what is most valuable? The rideability of Rubinstein? The movement of Weltmeyer? Or the power of Donnerhall? Or is the way forward, a wonderful cocktail of the three???