Friday, June 18, 2021

Contender for Foundation Friday

Enjoy one of Warmblood Stallions of North America’s more popular Foundation Friday posts!  Every other Friday we will be featuring a foundation sire - one who has been influential in the development of warmblood breeds. We pull from the incredible archive of The Horse Magazinepublished by Chris Hector of Australia. Thank you, Chris, for permission to draw on your expertise!



1984–2014
171 cm
Brown
Breeder: Niko Detlef, Westfehmarn

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...”

Contender was, in his time, one of the most sought-after stallions in Germany. He has produced 127 approved sons and 59 state premium mares…

On the 2014 WBFSH standings, Contender is in 20th place, largely due to the efforts of Ludger Beerbaum and Chiara. As one of the "big three" stallions in Holstein, Contender was limited to a book of 350 mares a year – and each year over 700 applications were received!


To read the full article as it was published on The Horse Magazine website - along with full pedigree of Contender, click here. The publisher and creator of this incredible resource, Christopher Hector, is the author of The Making of the Warmblood Horse.

Looking for classic Contender bloodlines? There are several stallion descendants of Contender in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com:


Contefino


Contiano BF


Coruscant

Dakota

GK Calucci





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