Contenda

16.2hh Dark Bay Hanoverian Warmblood by Contendro 1 out of Ballerina (Bolero/Lugano). He is a true dual purpose sire with the rare combination of 3 excellent dressage quality paces ,a sensational jumping technique with amazing scope and bascule, a light modern athletic type with proven ability to gallop, has correct conformation with a beautiful head, has a quiet trainable temperament and is passing these traits on to his progeny.
Imported from Germany to Australia in June 2005, Contenda was named Premium colt at his AWHA stallion licensing, including topping the jumping rankings by scoring 9’s for his free jumping technique and scopy and 8.5s for his rideability and performance under saddle. In the 2009 ACE assessment tour a Contenda colt was named the highest scoring yearling in Australia, whilst another Contenda foal was ranked in the top 10 scoring colts in Australia. This colt went on to be approved as a breeding stallion in 2013.Contenda’s foals typically have suspended elastic movements, beautiful heads, friendly trainable temperaments, a natural talent for jumping and are outstanding types. WG Confederate is no exception, having been classified ELITE at the ACE Assessment 2014.

In eventing, Contenda has shown a huge talent for all 3 phases. Contenda consistently scores above 70% in the dressage phase , a clear round in the showjumping phase can be expected and he shows speed, endurance and bravery in the cross country phase with his large groundcovering stride and powerful jump.

Contenda has been awarded the Merit Award, Bronze Medallion, Silver Medallion and the highest possible award the Gold Medallion for performance by the AWHA in only 15 months of competition. He has won the 1* class at Sydney International 3 Day Event, Tamworth International and Sydney Winter event, a very close 2nd at Melbourne International 3 day Event. Contenda and Shane Rose are now competing 2** and have just won the Albury Horse Trials by more than 5 points – a whole rail to spare! It is anticipated that Contenda will compete with Shane Rose at the Rio Olympics .
He was selected to sire a foal from our mare Catalina because we wanted to breed a horse not limited to just the dressage, jumping arena or cross country but having the talent and quality to succeed at all at the highest level.

“….he 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 just gallops and jumps and doesn’t get tired near the end of the course”
Shane Rose, Eventing Olympic Silver Medalist