2015 WBFSH #15 Eventing Sire. This blood type stallion brings everything that modern sport horse breeders are looking for: movement, scope, blood, temperament and looks.
Grafenstolz was awarded a premium at the 2000 Trakehner licensing in Neumünster as a two year old. He proved his versatile talents right from the very beginning in the sport. As a five year old he won several 1.25m level tests for showjumpers, as well as medium dressage. As a six year old he made German breeding history by becoming the first horse ever to qualify for the finals of the jumping, dressage, and eventing in the same year. He went on to win the eventing with an average score of 9.7 out of 10. This was followed later in the same year by him winning the World Championship for Young Event Horses in Le Lion d’Angers, France.
In 2005 as a seven year old he won his first advanced level event competition. In 2006, as an 8 year old he won the bronze medal at the German Championships in Schenefeld, then placed in two international three star competitions and won three international two star competitions. In November 2006 he received the Trakehner Horse of the Year award given by the Trakehner Verband. In 2007 and 2008 he won at Compiegne.
In 2007 Grafenstolz competed in a puissance class and cleared 2 metres.
In 2009 he competed in his first Prix St George and won it with 69%. He went on to compete successfully at Intermediere I level before returning to eventing.
In 2011 he took second place in the Express Eventing final at Horse of the Year Show in the UK, ridden by Alex Hua Tian. He has since been retired to stud following injury as a result of an unfortunate stable yard accident.
Grafenstolz’s sire, Polarion, was highly successful both in breeding and the sport. As a seven year old, he had already won advanced (S) level dressage competitions and became the 2000 National Trakehner Champion at the show in Cologne. He was successful with Markus Gribbe in World Cup Freestyles.
Grafenstolz’s dam, St.Pr.St Gipsy Lady, is by the Danish Champion stallion Camelot. Camelot was a son of the successful Grand Prix stallion Arsenal. Gipsy Lady is a full sister to the State Stud Moritzburg sire, Gipsy King. The granddam, St.Pr.St. Grazie II, won many prizes in breeding and sport. She was champion mare at several broodmare shows and participated in the Bundeschampionat twice. The great grandsire Arogno is regarded as one of the trademark sires of post war Trakehner breeding.
Grafenstolz comes from the Trakehner family of Gundula 509 (by Hypnos-Columbus-Czardas; Poll-H’rem). This line also produced the stallions Ginster, Grandioso, Gundo, Gunnar, Guter Planet, the licensing winner Guter Stern and Guy Laroche.
Thanks to the immense success of his offspring, Grafenstolz has been catapulted into position 15 on the WBFSH Eventing Sire Rankings!
Many of Grafentolz’s offspring from his first crop of foals were awarded premiums in various breeding areas. With an average score of 8.2 for his first crop, he ranked number one of all stallions in Baden-Württemberg. The Baden-Württemberg Verband awarded him a premium as a young stallion. Throughout his career his foals and young stock have received an above average number of premiums. His oldest offspring are now seven and he has already had a German Vice Champion.
In 2012 Vincent TSF took 5th and 7th in two 3* events.
For the second year running, Grafenstolz was the most represented stallion in the Bundeschampionat with five offspring (2013).
Grafenstolz’ first year standing in the UK caused a sensation when four of his foals took Elite scores, an all time record in 2010, his average across all foals being a high first premium. Five of his foals qualified for the Championship finals, where only ten went through. Tregorron (Grafenstolz x Hand in Glove x Kuwait Beach) won the Futurity high score, the championship final and then took reserve Supreme Champion against all age groups.
In 2011 Grafenstolz continued his extraordinary success breaking the all time record for elite scores for the second consecutive year. Again his products dominated the young event horse finals, with 6 out of the 12 finalists. Of these, the champion, second and third places were taken by Grafenstolz foals. He also had the champion yearling.
Once again in 2013 Grafenstolz destroyed the competition by having 10 of the 40 age group finalists at the end of the season.
Grafenstolz’s foal are generally one type, with superb good looks, top movement and athleticism. They generally look like their father!
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