European bloodlines made in America
Grand Cru--Celle's sterling example of the versatile "G" line
Dr. Ludwig Christmann, director of the Hannovarian Verband's breeding program, has often referenced Grand Cru as a special stallion.  With the predominence in Hannover and surrounding regions to focus on dressage bloodlines featuring Weltmeyer, Donnerhall and Rubinstein I, the renown breeding director directs and re-directs breeders to Grand Cru.  Why?  Grand Cru delivers both beauty and performance!  Our 2002 foal by Grand Cru is spectacular-- see Godspeede on this site.
Based on the mare performance tests, Grand Cru offspring have very high indexes for Dressage @ 144, jumping @ 126,  (accuracy 94/0.93), Riding horse type 132, and Legs 121. For the most part, 100 is a passable score--120 is very good.  These carefully recorded statstics tell us that Grand Cru regularly tends to sire pretty, correct foals with an aptitude for either dressage or jumping.  He is further known to produce easy to work with foals that make good ladies mounts-- an important factor in the USA.
Rotspon -- Celle's wonderful Rubinstein I son
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photo of Rotspon by Laura Whitford
Wolkenstein II-- son of Weltmeyer
Thought to be one of Weltmeyer's best sons, Wolkenstein II is an outstanding, versatile stallion, with high indexes for both dressage and jumping.  He is truly a sire that produces top quality offspring-- a little leggier and lighter than his father, and thus, even closer to our breeding goals.   Once again, we seek to breed high quality horses that are perfect for AA owners to have fun upon! Our Wolkenstein II son, Walkabout, shows the mellow character, high trainablity and outstanding suspension that we hope for.
photo used with permission of Celle State Stud
Photos of Rotspon used with permission of Celle State Stud.
Rotspon took Germany's breeding world by storm-- his first foal crop was born in 2000, they were everything that breeders hoped for and more.  Rotspon was the  winner of the 1998 stallion perfomance test with an overall score of 145.67, making him first out of a field of 38 of Germany's best young stallions.  He was first in the dressage category with a score of 148.82, and 7th in jumping with a respectable 118.74.  In Germany, breeders have shown support for this stunningly beautiful horse by bringing him about 450 mares per year for breeding!  Considering the vast array of choices open to European breeders, including many fine stallions from the Rubinstein I line, this is a resounding endorsement of Rotspon and the traits that he passes on. His frozen semen has sold out every year offered!   Many of the USA's top breeding farms have purchased or kept Rotspon foals because of their close adherence to breeding goals.  We chose Rotspon because he sires beautiful foals with elegant movement, quiet dispostions and talent for both dressage and jumping.  He also throws some of the prettiest faces we've ever seen.  The recent mare shows in Germany were won by outstanding fillies out of Rotspon's first foal crop, and, in 2003, plus, Rotspon sired "Re Premiur" is Adleheisdorf vice champion with a convincing win in the dressage division of the testing..  An impressive first foal crop!  Photo below.  Plus, Rotspon is named US Dressage Breed Show Champion by the USEquestrian "Sires of the Year".  I think that it is amazing that a foreign sire has achieved an accolade like Sire of the Year here in the USA!  I was in Verden for the Hanoverian auction in 3/05 and saw and rode some wonderful Rotspon's...

We bred Honour & Bali to Rotspon for 2003 foals. Click on those links to read more about our breeding philosophy and see our beautiful foals.
See our homepage for a link to Horsegate on-line video of Rotspon and Rubinstein I.

Pictured below is Rubinstein I, the sire of Rotspon, and Re Premiur, the 2002 Champion son of Rotspon.

Our Rotspon foals have been breathtaking.  See Ribbons and Roses and Rhapsody


Some consider Wolkentanz to be even better than his famous dad.  We used Wolkentanz for our mare Balancia, and got a fantastic Hanoverian filly in 2004, West L.A.