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Worthy Opponent

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Meet the horses behind the Legend!


Waikiki is the amazing sire of Worthy Opponent. At his Stallion Performance Test in 1999 in Adelheidsdorf he scored a 143.08 Dressage Index and was 2nd and finished 3rd overall, proving his ability as both a Dressage and Jumping Stallion. Waikiki is a highly noble chestnut stallion who impresses because of his outstanding height, but also because of his supple, harmonic and well-shaped riding horse conformation. He achieved highest evaluations for rideability, trot and canter, as well as an excellent judgment for his walk. Taking his pedigree into consideration, with Weltmeyer as his sire, and Bolero as damsire, he can be classified as having unlimited potential to produce outstanding riding horses. In 2000 Waikiki received the Bruchard-Müller-Prize as the best stallion of his age group. His full sister, SPS Wiami, was the 2002 champion of the older mares at the prestigious Ratje Nieburh-Show and his full brother, Waikiki II, is also approved. This commanding young stallion appears to be going places. In 2005, Waikiki received a Breeding Value Index of 154 points, with an assurance of 86% heritability, from the German Equestrian Federation.


Hoheit is Worthy Opponent’s Dam. An absolutely gorgeous St.Pr.St. (State Premium mare), was imported from Germany by Hannover Imports. This wonderful mare had already fullfilled all criteria necessary to become a St.Pr.St. at just the young age of 4 years old. She stands 16.2hh and had an excellent Performance test scoring an overall 8.28 including 9's in rideability and jumping. She also scored a 9 for head, 8's for type, correctness of gaits and trot. All other scores were 7. Both her dam and granddam are St.Pr.mares which confirms her strong damline. This mare has a wonderful character and is a pleasure to work with. Hoheit was imported in 2003 by Jeanne Schamblin of Sierra Vista Sporthorses with Worthy Opponent by her side.


Hohenstein is Worthy Opponent’s Dam Sire. Hohenstein is one of the most sought after sires available today. Hohenstein is a gorgeous black stallion by the legend Caprimond. Hohenstein started his career in 1994 by becoming overall Reserve Champion, as well as best in dressage, at his Stallion Performance test (HLP) held in Adelheidsdorf Germany. He received an incredible dressage score of 148.29. At the 2002 Trakehner Stallion Licensing in Neumunster, Germany, Hohenstein received the honour of Trakehner Stallion of the Year. As well as being a breeding stallion, Hohenstein is competing successfully at FEI levels in dressage.


The famous Weltmeyer is Worthy Opponent's grandsire. Foaled in 1984, Weltmeyer was a sensation the day he was born, according to his breeder, Hermann Meyer (the ‘meyer’ in Weltmeyer) and he proved Mr Meyer right when he was champion of his 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. His canter stride was a leap forward flowing through the entire body of the horse. It earned a 9.5. The walk was ground-covering and earned an 8.0. In addition he received a 9.5 for conformation and for his overall impression." Weltmeyer went on the win his performance test at Adelheidsdorf with a dressage score of 143.94 - more surprisingly he had a jumping score of 141.44! Humm... wonder if this is where Worthy Opponent get's it from??? With the huge demand from mare owners for Weltmeyer, state stud director, Dr Bade took the unprecedented step of not sending Weltmeyer out to a stallion station, but keeping him at the breeding station in Celle where he was bred to 200 main studbook and State Premium mares from all over the Hannoverian breeding district in his first year at stud!


The much sought after bloodlines of Bolero are present in Worthy Opponent's pedigree. Despite the relatively short breeding career, Bolero was remarkably influential on the breeding of dressage horses. His high degree of Thoroughbred blood brought an elegance to his progeny, and this trend toward a lighter dressage horse has been on the rise since he stood at stud. He consistently produced offspring with good shoulders and toplines, as well as elastic and rhythmic gaits. Bolero was the founding sire of a new B-Line in the 1990s, and produced the stallion Brentano II, who also became a foundation stallion for this line. Bolero was found to be most successful with daughters of Grande and Duellant. Breeders continue to cross the B-Line with the G- and D- lines to produce successful dressage horses, as well as those by Argus. The stallion sired 47 licensed stallions during his time at stud, the most important being Brentano I and II, Buenos Aires, Bismark, and Beltain. As a well-known sire of sires, Bolero sons have been exported around the world. Bolero has also made a name for himself as a sire of broodmares, producing 317 mares that went on to be registered, 96 of whom earned the status of State Premium. The great success of his mares gave him a dressage ranking of 139.