Color: dark bay
Born: 1984 – 2014
Approved for: Holstein
LFG with contract
Contender died in January 2014, just short of his 30th birthday, but not before he proved himself to be the most influential son of Calypso II and one of the greatest of the stallions to descend from Cor de la Bryère.
Here is his description in The Holsteiner Horse by Dr Thomas Nissen, Gabriele Pochhammer, Donata von Preußen and Joachim Tietz:
“An important stud stallion with fantastic lines, great expression and charm. All in all a stud stallion of exceptional class: first class conformation with very well balanced paces and good rhythm, whereby he could have had a more ground covering walk and a more pronounced flank. Outstanding jumping ability, as could be expected, considering his genes, very good style and technique.”
Contender’s dam Gofine is very much the product of the Haseldorfer Marsh – and all the stallions on the dam line, stood at the Haselau Station, where Contender spent his last years. Her line goes: Ramiro x Ladykiller xx x Heidkrug x Loretto-First-Mirza-Rudolf-Defregger-Justinus-Achill-Fritz.
In 20 years of breeding Gofine produced 17 foals, all of whom, with the exception of the mare, Goldküste by Lord, competed. The mare Ulina (by Chicago) won the German Championship of 1992 with Susanne Behring – Ulina’s grand daughter, Think Twice by Corrado I, was a successful international showjumper with Leopold van Asten. Gofine’s daughters were excellent producers: Fine Kiss by Caletto I out of M-Lareen by Leander, competed at the WEG in Jerez and the 2003 European Championships, with the Austrian rider, Tatjana Freytag von Loringhoven. A full brother to Fine Kiss was ridden by the American, Candice Schlom-King. Gofine’s daughter, Akelei by Landgraf was the dam of the winner of the 1992 stallion licensing, Cassandro – who went on to win the Grand Prix of s’Hertogenbosch with Jerry Smit.
Nico Detlef bred Gofine to Caletto I in 1988, to produce the stallion, Cornetto who was a successful competitor on the international circuit with Lars Pedersen.