The Ultimate Sporthorse Sire

Movement, Scope and Beauty

An exciting new sire in the USA for Eventers, Jumpers and Hunters


16.1 1/2 hh Dark Bay Licensed Hanoverian Stallion
Sire: Contendro 1  Dam: Ballerina (Bolero/Lugano)

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Contenda represents the opportunity for Eventing and Hunter breeders to breed to a highly versatile and successful sire.

Contenda possesses the rare combination of......

3 excellent dressage quality paces

sensational jumping ability with incredible scope 

a modern athletic type with proven ability to gallop

correct conformation with a beautiful head

a calm trainable temperament

but most importantly for the breeder

he is a prepotent, highly fertile sire who is passing these traits on to his very successful progeny.

"Eventing is rapidly evolving

You need a horse who is a specialist in three eventing disciplines

Not just one

Contenda is the perfect sire for this"

Contenda was bred in Germany by Heinrich Tamm before being purchased as a 2 year old by Wimborne Park Stud and being exported to Sydney,Australia.

As a competitor in Australia, Contenda went on to prove himself to be an outstanding athlete. He clocked up numerous wins in both dressage and showjumping before settling in to a highly successful eventing career with Christopher Burton and then later dual Olympic medalist, Shane Rose.

Below is a description of Contenda given by Shane Rose to magazine , Eventful Life

"....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 gallops and jumps and doesn't get tired near the end of the course"
Shane Rose, Eventing Olympic Silver and Bronze Medalist

Contenda competed up to 2* level eventing with an outstanding performance record before being forced to retire due to an injury sustained during training.

Despite carrying this career ending injury, Contenda's results for his final season of competition were phenomenal. So much so that the Australian Olympic Selectors were enquiring as to the plan for Contenda in the run up for the next Olympic Games. However, with the best interests of the horse at heart, Wimborne Park Stud made the heartbreaking descion to retire Contenda from competition so that he could live a long and comfortable life standing full time at stud.

Contenda's results for his final eventing season are as follows:

  • Winner Alltech Equine Advantage Series 2* Final 
  • 1st CIC2* Albury International Horse trials
  • 2nd CNC 2* Scone Horse Trials
  • 2nd CIC2* Sydney International 3 Day Event
  • 2nd CCI2* Quirindi International 3 Day Event
  • 9th CCI2* Melbourne International 3 Day Event

As a sire, Contenda has been very popular with Astralian breeders with many choosing to breed back to him time and time again.His progeny have proven themselves to be highly versatile and incredibly successful over the full range of disciplines.  

Contenda has made a huge impact on the direction of Australia's eventing future with several of his progeny lining up to star on the international stage in the very near future. Contenda's progeny are highly sought after as they have the superior paces and jumping ability required by todays top professional eventing riders however their calm, trainable temperaments and incredible versatility have made them equally as popular and successful with amateur and junior riders alike. We invite you to visit Contenda's facebook page to read about the many successes of his progeny and read the comments written by the owners, breeders and fans of Contenda's progeny.

Contenda's eldest progeny are now 10 years old and can be found competing and winning in the following disciplines:-

  • Eventing - up to and including 3* level
  • Showjumping - up to 1.50m
  • Dressage up to Grand Prix level
  • Show Hunters - up to National level
  • Young Dressage Horse winners
  • Young Showjumping Horse winners
  • Young Event Horse winners
  • National high scoring, Elite and Premium graded foals at breed assessments

In the breeding barn, Contenda has also shone with several licensed sons and numerous Head Stud Book Mares. 

Whilst Contenda is an obvious choice for those wanting to breed an eventer, he also possess all the attributes needed to produce top quality Hunters.

Contenda is available by frozen semen in both USA and Canada

Contenda is a very fertile stallion with high quality frozen semen that is proven by pregnancies and foals on the ground.



Contenda Contendro 1

St. Pr. H.

Calypso II Cor De La Bryere
Gofine Ramiro Z
Bravo Reichsgraf Rinaldo
Ofarim Rasputin
Ballerina Bolero Black Sky XX Blast XX
Baronesse Bleep XX
St. Pr. Lexa Lugano I Der Loewe XX
St. Pr.

Just a few of Contenda's  Progeny









Sire Line

16.1 1/2 hh Brown Hanoverian Warmblood

Contenda's sire Contendro is cementing himself in breeding history as a highly sought after sire of both quality eventing and jumping horses. In the WSHB rankings he is the only sire to be ranked in the top 20 for both  showjumping and eventing, where is is ranked number 16 for showjumping and number 1 for eventing.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.


Dam Line

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.