Stedinger is a charming, beautiful and very correct stallion. He is one of the best all around athletes that you can imagine, with gorgeous movement and super form over fences. He should be an excellent addition to the “D” and “R” lines to bring in the blood of Sandro and Landadel, with their jumper talents adding to the athleticism of the modern dressage horse. Depth of breeding, outstanding conformation & movement equal to the very best, anywhere in the world!
Stedinger was the undisputed Young Stallion Champion of the Oldenburger licensing in 2002 and runner-up at the main premium award in 2004.
After victories in many dressage tests at medium (M) level, he was trained by Dieter Weichert for the next level in dressage. In spite of a heavy breeding load, Stedinger did an outstanding job at his 70-days test in Neustadt/Dosse. He finished the performance test with a total index of 131 (dressage 130.72 / jumping 121.92).In 2005 he was qualified for the “Bundeschampionat” of dressage horses in Warendorf.
Once in Australia, Stedinger was campaigned by Grand Prix rider Gina Montgomery. Stedinger and Gina achieved immediate success, within 3 months of meeting the two became Small Tour Champions at 2014 Brisbane CDI and went on that year to also be NSW Small Tour Champions, Victorian Reserve Champions and to take out the Small Tour Award at the Nationals. 2015 saw them step up to Medium Tour placing at Orange and Sydney CDI’s and becoming Medium Tour Champions at the Canberra Classic. Unfortunately the recurrence of an old injury prevented them continuing onto Grand Prix but Stedinger had shown in training that he had the mental capability to go all the way to the top of the sport. It was his undeniable ride-ability and willingness to please his rider that allowed for such success with Gina onboard.
“Stedinger is the most generous horse I have ever ridden. Of course by the time we met he had benefitted greatly from his upbringing in one of the best German barns, Hof Sosath, his manners were impeccable, and he is a delight in every way but I think this is the case because it is in his nature to be so. From the first time I sat on him he was so in tune with me and never once refused to try anything I asked. Even being the prolific breeder he is never affected his daily training or competition – he simply knew he was a riding horse at that time and he got on with the task. That’s not to say that he didn’t puff out his chest on the way to the arena at SIEC for instance, for sure he would let everyone know that he was there and would stop people in their tracks as this tall, gorgeous boy passaged on by!! But once we were in the warm-up it was down to business and on with the job. You only get that from a truly willing horse, one whose temperament is without question.”
A search of Stedinger’s extensive progeny listing reveals his popularity throughout Europe and North America, siring countless Licensed Stallions and Premium Mares and successful FEI sport horses.
Most notably he has produced the 2006 Oldenburg Licensing Champion Status Quo; the French National Champion of 5yr olds (2009), 6yrs (2010) and 7yrs (2011) in Socrate de Hus; the Bundeschampion 4yo Riding Horse Santorini; the Westphalian Champion and Bundeschampionat Runner-Up and World Championships Bronze Medallion winner Schumacher; the bronze medallion Bundeschampionat winner Statesman; Danish Champion, the phenomenon Torveslettens Stamina and Dorothee Schneider’s sensational Santiago who won the prestigious Nurnberger Burg-Pokal (Small Tour) and is shaping as an Olympic prospect for 2020. The Licensed son Spirit of the Age, proudly owned by Bernadette Brune, is successful at international Grand Prix and was a member of the Nations Cup Team for Germany at Aachen in 2016. Stedinger’s continued influence on breeding can be seen via current auction listings where sale highlights often show him as the dam sire, crossing his mares with new young sires both from Germany and The Netherlands. A prime example is the 2015 Westfalian Licensing Champion D’egalite, who is by Don Juan de Hus (Jazz/Krack C) from a Stedinger mare, who sold for $620,000 euro at auction. Then there is Torveslettens Fifty Fifty, the stunning young stallion by Furstenball from Torveslettens Stamina (see above) who received a 10 for rideability and a 10 for potential when test ridden by Charlotte Dujardin at the Danish Young Horse Championships.
Sire: Sandro Hit
Sandro Hit absolved his stallion performance test in Medingen in 1997 and in 1999 Sandro Hit became a star under the guidance of Dr Ulf Möller, the manager of the PSI dressage barn. The pair won the six year old dressage championship at the Bundeschampionate, and also the World Championship at Arnheim that year. Despite the versatility of his sire, on his breeding most people would expect that Sandro Hit would have been headed for the jumping ring – trouble was, he couldn’t jump, but Ulf Möller found the way to bring out his dressage ability and establish a new dressage dynasty. He is now a revolution in the dressage breeding world. He is really stamping his offspring, producing uphill horses with outstanding rideability.
Sandro Hit has sired the Bundeschampionate winners: Poetin, Showtime, San Rubin and Sir Donnerhall, as well as Grand Prix World Cup qualififier winner, Salieri with Victoria Max-Theurer. One of his first sons, Samba Hit (full brother to World Champion, Poetin) is a very successful competitor at Prix St Georgres / Inter I level.
In the 2007 Hanoerian Stallion Book, Sandro Hit, is recorded at the sire of 507 competition horses, with winnings of Euro 84,935, with 5 ‘S’ level progeny. His FN raninkgs are 140 (dressage) and 96 (jumping). On the Hanoverian rankings, his is equal 10th for type, with 146, with a dressage ranking of 130 as against a jumping index of 92. He scores well for canter (147) and trot (142).
Sandro Hit’s Dam: Loretta has been an excellent stallion producer – bred to Don Schufro, she produced Diamond Hit who was Reserve World Champion Five Year Old Dressage horse and Bundeschampion in 2002; bred to the Rohdiamant son, Royal Dance, she produced Royal Hit, the 1-c premium stallion of the 2002 Oldenburg stallion licensing. Loretta is by Ramino, who was champion of his performance test at Adelheidsdorf in 1983. He stood in Oldenburg from 1983 to 1987, while at the same time competing in show jumping with Melanie Kötter. The pair won team gold at the European Junior Championship in 1987, before he joined up with the Italian rider, Loris Pujatti, again with international success.
Loretta’s Sire: Ramino has proven an exceptional sire of broodmares – he is the damsire of the jumping stallion, Gio Granno; the 1997 Oldenburg licensing winner, Ronaldo, and his full-brother, Rubin Star W, who won his stallion performance test and was a finalist at the Bundeschampionate; Sergeant Pepper, two time Bundeschampionate finalist is also out of a Ramino mare. Loretta’s dam, Lassie is by Welt As who was the sire of international show jumping star, Leroy Brown, and dressage star, Bonfire.
Sandro Hit’s Sire: Sandro Song is by the influential Oldenburg based, Holsteiner stallion, Sandro. Sandro competed in international showjumping competition with Franke Sloothaak. Sandro Song is out of Antenne II by Gepard, who left a lasting imprint on Paul Schockemöhle’s mare band – Gepard was a son of the great sire of showjumpers, Gotthard. The grand-dam Antenne won numerous Grand Prix with George Ahlmann. Her sire, Adlerorden was a top jumping sire in Westfalia, siring stars like Argonaut 7 with Bernard Kamps. Sandro Song is one of the few stallions to have been both Champion Oldenburg Junior Stallion as well as main premium winner. He himself competed in both dressage and show jumping to intermediate level.
Stedinger’s Dam: Verband premium mare Bold Fantasy scored an excellent mare performance test with a free jumping score of 10.00, a guest rider score of 9.0 and an overall score of 8.67. She is a full-sister of the approved Lamar H, who is himself a successful dressage sports horse & a half-sister of the CIC** winner, eventing horse Just Me H. The line of the Young Stallion Champion Waldsee (dressage Intermediaire I) is also known for the Grand Prix horses Andrew, Armagnac and Inschallah B as well as Tansanid, dressage team silver at the 1984 Olympic Games with Christine Stückelberger. Bold Fantasy has also produced the licensed stallion Donninger by Donnerschwee.
The maternal bloodline is directly linked to all the greats of Oldenburg breeding history through Landadel (by Landgraf I), Futuro and Adonis xx. The Oldenburg foundation line of the mare Besinda (by Orient-Hildebald) also brought forth the approved full-brothers Andrew (successes up to Grand Prix) and Armagnac, as well as the multiple advanced dressage sports winner and approval champion Waldsee. This bloodline also produced Tansanid, who won the the silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games under Christine StŸckelberger. The grandam gave birth to many successful show jumpers, dressage horses and cross-country eventing horses.
Right from the start, Landadel was something special. He was champion of his 100 day test at Medingen in 1985. Landadel is one of those rarest of creatures – a stallion who is siring top dressage as well as jumping progeny. Indeed at the 2001 World Cups, Landadel was unique in producing representatives in both the dressage and jumping finals, with the exquisite Leondardo da Vinci in the dressage with Gonnelien Rothenberger, and, in the jumping, Helena Weinberg’s Little Gun. In the 1999/2000 WBFSH standings, Landadel had 14 representatives on the jumping list and three on the dressage. Landadel is regarded as the most important son of Landgraf – and carries a double cross of the great Ladykiller, and bears out the theory that Landgraf worked best with mares with a high proportion of Thoroughbred blood. Landlord 4 and Lausbub 148 were out of mares by Tin Rocco xx. Lanciano is out of a mare by Marlon xx and Lucky Luke is out of a mare by Fra Diavalo (by Frivol xx). Landadel’s grand-dam is 3/4 Thoroughbred (Ladykiller xx / Gauner xx).His dams sire, Farnese was famed for this extravagent trot, and was used as a demonstration stallion by the Holsteiner Verband – besides the movement, the line was noted for its great substance and good conformation. Farnese’s son Farmer was on the 1984 German Olympic showjumping team with Franke Sloothaak.
Landadel’s stallion sons include Le Cou Cou, Landfriese I, Landstern and Landjonker. Landadel is the sire of four Oldenburg Stallion licensing champions: Lord Kemm, Lagoheidor, Landkaiser and Laudaatio. Perhaps his most famous performer has been the mare, Lady Weingard, who was ridden in her career by Markus Beerbaum.
In Australia, Landadel is represented by the mare, Luna Luna who has been extremely successful at world cup qualifier level, with Vicki Roycroft and was sold back to Europe after representing Australia at the WEG in Jerez. The Grand Prix dressage stallion D’Dur comes from a Landadel mare as does the grand dam of Jive Magic.
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Champion Licensed Oldenburg Stallion 2002
Small Tour Champion Brisbane CDI 2014
NSW Small Tour Champion 2014
VIC Reserve Small Tour Champion 2014
Australian National Small Tour Champion 2014
Medium Tour Champion Canberra Classic 2015