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WERTHER

Sire: WENDEKREIS  Dam: MEISTERKRONE

When Werther died at the age of 28 he was, in the words of Dr Axel Brockmann, of the State Stud Celle, 'in many aspects, he was number one.'
Right until the time of his death, Werther was one of the most sought after stallions in the Hannoverian breeding district - and fame came to him quickly as a young stallion, no mean feat considering he stood at the same stallion station as the famous duo of Gotthard and Graphit.
His first really successful offspring was the mare, Weltdame, who caused a stir at the national shows. By the time of his death, he had sired 53 descendents who had won dressage competitions, while 35 had won Grand Prix jumping contests!
Amongst the most famous were Werra, ridden by Nick Skelton, Wahre Liebe with Hugo Simon, and Silwa Wapiti and Helena Weinberg, all jumping horses although Werther was an equally successful producer of dressage stars. Indeed based on the results of his 897 progeny to compete (winnings of over two million deutschmarks!) he has a dressage breeding ranking of 127 and a jumping ranking of 106. These figures are from the Hanoverian Stallion Yearbook 2000, and will no doubt continue to grow even after his death.
It was therefore no surprise when Werther was selected as the very first Hanoverian Stallion of the Year back in 1992.
Werther was bred by Hans-Joachim Schrader, who in 1963 purchased a bay filly, Meisterkrone, by the influential Thoroughbred sire, Marcio xx out of a Dolman/Amateur I mare. Entered into the main studbook as a three year old, Meisterkrone was an all-round competitor, winning in riding horses classes, dressage and jumper classes and group riding classes.
Retired to stud, she was bred twice to Wöhler before he left the breeding district. She then went to Wendekreis by Ferdinand out of a Domspatz mare. Four times Wendekreis covered Meisterkrone, and the second foal was Werther.
According to Dr Brockmann, 'Werther influenced the breed like hardly any other stallion can. Every breeder will recall this typy, bold chestnut. Next to his breed performance, his appearances will also be called to mind: when he performed as an auction trotter with vigor, or in passage on a long rein at an older age, and when he showed off his Spanish walk to his audience.'
As the sire of 548 inspected mares, and 39 approved sons, Werther will continue to influence the breed for many years to come. Indeed, at the 2001 Bundeschampionate, the Champion of the Five Year old dressage horses was Wanesco - by that other great icon of Hanoverian breeding, Weltmeyer, and out of a mare by Werther.


1973 chestnut 16.1-1/2-hand Hanoverian
Approved for: Hanoverian
Stallion Performance Test 1976:
Overall score 109.57 / 9th of 30


"Hanoverian Stallion of the Year" 1992



Progeny results in competition


Breeding value dressage: 126 ++
Breeding value show jumping: 102 +
Total prize money of offspring in competition: DM 2,342,432.00
Number of registered competition horses: 960



Breeding information progeny


Number of licensed sons: 39
Number of registered broodmares: 548
Number of state premium mares and candidates: 89

Details

Registry:

Hannoverian

Gender:

Stallion

Colour:

Chestnut

Height:

1.66 m

Date of Birth:

1973 - 2001

Lineage

FERRARA
HERZENSKIND
DOMGOETTIN
FASCHINGSRUHE
MEISTERKRONE
MARCIO XX
AVENTIN
MAINKUR
DOLLARFACKEL
DOLMAN
AMATY

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