Trio” of Modern Dressage Sires
“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.
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
Following is some amazing background on the “Magic Trio” of Dressage:
"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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
is considered one of the best stallions of the later half of the
Donnerhall’s talent was apparent right from the start and he scored
131.92 to be second in his performance test at Adelheidsdorf in
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.
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???