"....he certainly has got the ability to go as far as he needs to go for 4 Star and beyond, he has super super jumping ability, he is great on the flat and he appears to gallop great....he just just gallops and jumps and doesn't get tired near the end of the course"
Shane Rose, Eventing Olympic Silver Medalist
Contenda represents the opportunity for horse breeders to breed to a true dual purpose sire.
Contenda has the rare combination of 3 excellent dressage quality paces combined with a sensational jumping technique with amazing scope and bascule. He is a light modern athletic type with proven ability to gallop, and he has correct conformation with a beautiful head as well as a quiet trainable temperament, but most importantly for the breeder, he is a prepotent, highly fertile sire who is passing these traits on to his progeny.
Contenda carries the latest and most highly sort after bloodlines that Germany has to offer. Each generation of his pedigree is filled with outstanding individuals who have gone on to produce the worlds leading showjumping, eventing and dressage horses as well as the next generation of "supersires".
Contenda is the ideal sire for those wanting to produce horses that are not limited to just the dressage or jumping arena but have the talent and quality to succeed at either at the highest level. On this basis, Contenda represents for breeders the ideal sire of the next generation of jumping, hunter jumper, dressage and of course eventing horses.
Contenda's sire, Contendro 1, is also the sire of Andrew Hoys's 4 star eventer Cheeky Calimbo and Mark Todd's Bronze Olympic Medal winning horse, Campino.
After extensively searching Germany, Sweden, France and the UK for the right stallion to import to Australia, Contenda was purchased from 4th generation horse breeder Heinrich Tamm of Cuxhafen , Germany. Contenda was then broken in and lightly schooled by Henrich Gabel of Nesselroden, Germany, before being imported to Australia in June 2005.
Contenda's next 18 months were spent under the watchful eye of David and Amanda Shoobridge of Revelwood Warmblood Stud. During this period he was the winner at his first young horse dressage outing amongst a very strong field of competitors, scoring straight 8's in the first round and high 70's in the second round. This success was shortly followed by Contenda being named Premium colt at his AWHA stallion licensing, including topping the jumping rankings by scoring 9's for his free jumping technique.
Contenda's first season at stud was in 2005/06 with his first foals being born in 2006/07. Contenda has displayed excellent fertility with outstanding semen quality both fresh, chilled and frozen. Contenda's foals to date are nothing short of impressive. This was confirmed when a Contenda foal from his first crop, Kitara Top Contenda, presented at the 2007 ACE classification tour was awarded Premium status and named a Stallion Prospect. In the 2009 ACE assessment tour a Contenda colt was named the highest scoring yearling in Australia, whilst another Contenda foal was ranked in the top 10 scoring colts in Australia. This colt went on to be approved as a breeding stallion in 2013.In the 2014 warmblood horse assessments, all Contenda foals assessed were awarded Elite status with a Contenda gelding being the highest scoring yearling Australia wide. Contenda crosses very well over a wide range of mares, especially thoroughbred mares. Contenda's foals typically have suspended elastic movements, beautiful heads, friendly trainable temperaments, a natural talent for jumping and are outstanding types.
Click here or visit our website at http://www.wimborneparkstud.com.au/index.php?page=progeny-gallery to view Contenda's Progeny Gallery. This is just a small selection of Contenda's progeny but gives the breeder a good idea of what Contenda poduces with different types of mares.
2012/13 saw Contenda's frst crop of foals enter the competition arena under saddle. He has presented winning progeny at the highest age appropriate level in the showjumping, dressage, hunter hack, showing and eventing arena's. See our news page or facebook page for details of some of the winners. Undoubtably, the numbers of Contenda progeny in the winners circles will swell greatly in the next few years as each years foalcrop matures to competition age.
In the 8 seasons that Contenda has been standing at stud we have had in excess of 70% of people who have already bred to Contenda returning one or more mares to him on the basis that they were so happy with their Contenda progeny - we see this as the ultimate recommendation! Contenda, as a sire,has been attracting some of Australia's elite riders and mares. To date Olympic medal winners, Australian representative riders, and owners of Elite level mares have all chosen to breed to Contenda.
Contenda's performance History
Contenda has been an outstanding all round competitor with wins in open dressage, showjumping and of course eventing. In the 2014 season Contenda is competing at 2 star eventing with Shane Rose, to date he has either won or been runner up at all his 2 star starts. It is expected that Contenda will step up to 3 star in 2015 with the aim of being selected for the 2016 Rio Olympics Games.
In January 2007 Contenda joined the stable of former Australian Olympic Showjump Competitor and 2006 Australian WEG showjumping rider, Rod Brown, of Kulnara NSW. Rod planned to campaign Contenda initially in the young horse showjumping classes, before bring him on through the grades. Unfortunately due to the EI outbreak and lockdown in 2007/08 Contenda ended up being "locked down" at stud for almost 12 months, thus not being able to prove himself as a young competition horse during this time.
In February 2008, Contenda completed the ridden and showjumping components of his stallion lisencing to become a fully licensed stallion with the ACE group. Contenda scored 9's for his jumping technique and scope and 8.5's for his ridability and performance under saddle. German assessor, Gerd Kunst, after seeing Contenda jumping commented that he would like to take Contenda back to Germany with him!
In December 2009 Contenda moved to the stables of Christopher Burton of Redleaf Lodge ,Wilberforce. Christopher is a very talented rider with the recent highlights of winning Aachen 4 star eventins in 2012 and 2013 and being selected to represent Australia in eventing at the 2010 Kentucky WEG and in the 2012 london Olympic Games.
Over the 18 months that Christopher and Contenda worked together they were an immensely succesful combination. Over their last 12 months together, Chris and Contenda were never unplaced at any competition outing. From 13 competition appearances in either Showjumping or Eventing the pair were awarded 8 first places, 3 second places, 1 third and 1 fourth placing. Christopher competed Contenda up to 1.35m in showjumping and Pre Novice eventing. The video footage above documents many of the pairs competition outings in 2010/11.
In eventing, Contenda has shown a huge talent for all 3 phases. Contenda consistently scores above 70% in the dressage phase , a clear round in the showjumping phase can always be expected and he shows speed, endurance and bravery in the cross country phase with his large groundcovernig stride and powerful jump.
Olympic Silver Medalist and Contenda's trainer, Shane Rose gave an interview after completing the cross country round at Melbourne 2013 3 day Event on Contenda and said the following
"....he (Contenda) certainly has got the ability to go as far as he needs to go for 4 Star and beyond, he has super super jumping ability, he is great on the flat and he appears to gallop great....he just just gallops and jumps and doesn't get tired near the end of the course"
Contenda is also consistently winning and placing in straight showjumping classes up to 1.35m amongst large quality fields. Contenda's scope and outstanding technique over a fence never goes unnoticed.Contenda's jumping abilty is the quality of a world cup showjumper with many international showjumping judges approaching his rider and commenting that he could be a straight showjumper at the highest level.
Contenda has been awarded the Merit Award, Bronze Medallion, Silver Medallion and the highest possible award the Gold Medallion for performance by the AWHA in only 15 months of competition. This is testimony to his impressive and consistent performance record.
In June 2011 Christopher Burton left Australia to prepare for selection in the London 2012 Olympic games eventing team . We wish him luck and thank him for all his efforts and talent in campaigning Contenda.
From July 2011 , Silver Olympic Eventing Medal winner , Shane Rose, took over the ride on Contenda. After allowing some time for the new partnership to form, Shane and Contenda stepped up to 1 star eventing. Contenda and Shane proceeded to win all their starts that season in 1 star eventing from large quality fields of seasoned horses and riders.
Due to injury Contenda was forced to spend 2012 resting at his home in Arcadia. After 12 months off he has made a full recovery and is 100 % sound and healthy to return to the competition arena.
Contenda returned to eventing training with Shane Rose in mid February 2013. We did not have to wait long for Contenda to start winning again with Shane and Contenda winning the Pre Novice event at Albury International Horse trials. Two weeks later Shane and Contenda won the 1 star class at Sydney International 3 Day Event. The following month Shane and Contenda placed a very close 2nd at Melbourne International 3 day Event. This was followed by two more wins at 1 star level the following month at the Taworth International Event and Sydney Witner Event.
2014 has also been a great year so for for Shane and Contenda - placing or winning at every event. Highlights include : Winner CIC2* Albury International Horse Trials, Winner Alltech Equine Advanatge Eventing Series Final at CIC2* level, 2nd place at Scone CNC 2* and Sydney International CIC2* amonsgt large quality fields of seasoned horses and riders.
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Contenda is a fully licensed stallion with the AWHA, ACE, and ANSA. He was the winner of his colt selection and has since exceeded all his performance criteria. His progeny from studbook registered mares are eligible for full AWHA stud book registration.
The AWHA is a member of the World Breeding Federation for Sporthorses.
Progeny by Contenda are also eligible for ANSA ( Auatralian Saddle Horse Association) registration
In late 2013 Contenda entered an Export Approved Quaratine semen Collection Centre. His semen has been collected and frozen for export to New Zealand and the USA. The quality of Contenda's frozen semen is excellent with positive pregnancies already acheived from this semen.
Contenda has sired many top hunters in Australia.
Contenda's sire Contendro is cementing himself in breeding history as a highly sought after sire of both quality dressage and jumping horses. Contendro's progeny are highly sought after and are bringing well above average prices. At the 2007 Spring Elite Auction at Verden, Germany, the top price horse was a licensed Contendro son, Carlucci, who set a new record price of 280 000 Euro ( Approx.AUD $450 000). His progeny can be seen excelling in both the dressage and jumping arena as well as the breeding barn with 12 colts (including Contenda) being approved for breeding from his first colt crop to come of age.
Contendro received Premium status at the 1999 stallion approval in Verden, and then went on to be sovereign winner of the 100 day stallion performance test in Adelheidsdorf. Where he received the highest scores in all indices and was the absolute best in jumping. In 2001, he was placed amongst the best at the Holstein Reitpferdchampionat and was nominated for the Bundeschampionat for German Riding horses.
Contendro's pedigree leaves nothing to be desired. His sire, Contender, who also won his stallion performance test, is widely acknowledged as one of Germany's true elite supersires. His Grandsire Calypso II and great grandsire Cor de la Bryere need no introduction for their undeniable contribution to generations of elite jumping and dressage horses. Contendro's dam, Bravo ,produced the top sire, Caretano by Caretino. In 2003 Contendro II became her third licensed son. The grand dam, Ofarim had 2 licensed sons,Caballo and Conteur. Contendro has a double cross of the Anglo- Arabian stallion, Ramzes. This line has also produced the sires Capitano, Carloni, Carneval, Celano, Chico's Boy, Corland, Landego, Landego, Landetto, Laurin, Leuthan 1 and II, Lonely Boy as well as top international horses RetinaZ, Athlet 90, Corlanda and Athletico. This line was uncompromisingly bred for jumping performance even before World War II.
Ballerina by Bolero
16.2hh Chestnut Hanoverian Warmblood
Bolero, a classic foundation stallion in the Hanoverian Studbook producing 47 licensed sons including Brentano II, along with other top stallions Bismarck, Brentano I and licensing winner ,Buenos Aires. He has sired 317 registered broodmares, of whom 96 were awarded state premium status. Bolero has sired 3 winners of the 3 year old Riding horse Class at the Bundeschampionate, Boruschkin,Bini Bo and Bocaccio – all of whom went on to advanced level dressage. Three of Bolero's descendants medalled at the 2004 Athens Olympics – Beauvalais, Bonaparte and Brentina. Bolero's son, Beltain, is the sire of the Champion six year old horse at the 2005 Bundeschamionate, Bellissimo. The highly successful Grand Prix dressage stallion, Don Bolero, ridden by Kirsty Oatley-Nist is out of a Bolero mother, and is one of most successful Australian -owned horses ever with scores around 70% at major European competitions.
Bolero's dramatic influence is made all the more remarkable by the fact that he died at 12 years old form a heart attack, when German breeders were just beginning to appreciate the potential he had as a sire. Bolero passed on his nobile attitude, type and excellent conformation and rhythmic gaits, producing outstanding elegant dressage horses. Today Bolero is recognised as a wonderful sire of broodmares.
Bolero is by the elegant English Thoroughbred, Black Sky, who produced very rideable dressage horses. Black Sky's grand sire Djebe was a son of Djebel, sire of the great stakes winning sire, My Babu, who when exported to the USA established a winning line of hunter/jumpers. In Australia the My Babu son, Better Boy has been an influential sire of jumping horses. Bolero's dam, Baroness, in by another English Thoroughbred and traces back to Hyperion. Her dam's sire Athos was regarded as a good sire of dressage broodmares.