The career of the extraordinary sire Contendro I in a few key words: 1999 Holstein premium stallion, winner of the 2000 Adelheidsdorf stallion performance test, placed in the 2001 Holstein Riding Horse Championships, and was nominated for the Bundeschampionate. His heavy breeding schedule only allowed for sporadic appearances at shows but when he competed, he always took home a ribbon. His sire, Contender, is one of the world’s leading jumper-makers. The life-time earnings of Contender offspring such as the double European Champion, Montender ridden by Marco Kutscher, the two-time Riders Tour winner, Checkmate, and the three-time Derby winner, Collin ridden by Toni Hassmann, were up to 3.9 million Euro by 2006.
Contendro’s dam, Bravo, is also the dam of the licensed stallion, Caretano Z (by Caretino), who died much too early in 2001 after a brief but highly successful career as the 1997 Reserve Bundeschampion, 1999 World Champion of 7-year old show jumpers, and a World Cup Finalist in Gothenberg, Sweden. She also gave birth to Contendro’s full sister, BB Caretana, ridden by Niklaus Schurtenberger of Switzerland, a highly successful international show jumping mare. In 2003, Bravo gave birth to Contendro I’s full brother Contendro II, her third licensed son, and in 2008 her fourth, the Holstein Verband stallion, Cassito (by Cassiano). The granddam, Ofarim, is the dam of a licensed stallion named Conteur (by Contender) who qualified for the championships for 7 to 8 year old developing dressage horses, the Nürnberg Burg Pokal. Her daughter Evita XII (by Reichsgraf) is the dam of the licensed Caballo (by Coriano), who is successful in the US.
Cala is by Cassini II, a full brother to Cassini I. He was approved in 1996 with a high jumping index and placed third in his jumping ability and had high scores for character and temperament. Unfortunately due to a tendon injury he did not compete in sport so it took him longer to prove himself, but is now he is in great demand because of the talent and quality of his offspring. Cassini II passed away in 2011.
Damsire Cantus, Stem 8777, was a very tall stallion at 16.3hh with enormous presence. He had good stallion expression and heavy neck. Cantus was a very sharp jumper and a very good mover. Cantus, who died far too early in 1994, was a successful sire of showjumpers right from the start. Come On, his Internationally best-known approved son, won many times at Grand Prix and Nationals Cup level. Cantus produced 25 Approved Sons, including Cassius Clay (1992 Viernheim Champion Stallion), Cascavelle, Colbert GTI, Canaletto (both private stallions in Holstein), Cyrano (private stallion Hesse) and Celestial (private stallion Oldenburg). At the 2000 Olympics Games in Sydney, the Cantus son Calvaro won the Silver Medal with the Swizz Team and his Rider Willi Melliger.