Eurodressage F.O.C.U.S

Great Dressage Sires of the World, Donnerhall the Greatest

March 20, 2006

At the 2006 International Stallion Show in Zwolle, The Netherlands, Warkantos represented his sire Warkant, the 2002 Hanoverian Stallion of Year. The dark bay gelding is one of seven Warkant sons that are currently competing at international Grand Prix level.

Eurodressage posed the question which other sire was able to match this incredible achievement of producing so many top quality dressage horses. Anne-Lot Paymans, score manager of Dressage, was kind enough to send us a list of six sires who have more than seven offspring competing at international Grand Prix level. The absolute record holder is Donnerhall (by Donnerwetter x Markus), who has fifteen get in the show ring. Donnerhall himself won team gold at the 1998 World Equestrian Games and placed individually fourth.

The other breeding stallions with successful Grand Prix offspring are -- not surprisingly -- the big foundation sires of Holland and Germany. These are Lauries Crusador xx (6), Ferro (7), Florestan (7), Rubinstein (8), Weltmeyer (9). Five of these sires are standing at stud in Germany, which has the largest warmblood sport horse breeding market in the world.

Donnerhall - Oldenburg by Donnerwetter x Markus

  • Andreas Helgstrand DEN - Blue Hors Don Schufro OLDNB
  • Claudia Montanari ITA - Don Vittorio HANN
  • Dominik Buhl GER - Moonlight 70 BAY
  • Ellen Schulten-Baumer GER - Donatha S HANN
  • Ewald Willibald AUT - Willibald's Don Debussy WESTF
  • Fabien Godelle FRA - Donatello du Riveau SF
  • Isabella Willibald AUT - Willibald's Don Giovanni OLDNB
  • Kristy Oatley-Nist AUS - Don Bolero HANN
  • Laura Bechtolsheimer GBR - Douglas Dorsey HANN
  • Ludwig Zierer GER - Delikat 15 BAVA
  • Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein DEN - Digby DWB
  • Philippe Jorisen BEL - Pikante-Pia v/d Bergerhoeve BWP
  • Tami Crawford USA - Dakota OLDNB
  • Odile Van Doorn FRA - Parodie van de Wateringhoeve BWP
  • Andrea Timpe GER - Danny de Vito OLDNB

Breeding info: courtesty
Photo courtesy: Gronwoldhof

Related Links
Donnerhall Passed Away
Don Kennedy, Champion of the 2003 Oldenburg Stallion Licensing
Olympic Ferro Passed Away Unexpectedly
KWPN Foundation Sires and Their Get
The Piaffe and Passage with Olympic Ferro
Dressagedaily: Donnerhall: successful in sport and breeding
Head Shot Photo of Donnerhall
Archive Photo: Donnerhall in 1986

Horsemagazine :
Great Sires - Donnerhall - Lauries Crusador xx - Weltmeyer - Florestan - Rubinstein


Willibald´s Don Giovanni by Donnerhall-Karon