Wonderful was purchased in 1995 for sport and imported to the US in 1997.
However, in 2000, German FN ranked Wonderful the #1 dressage sire
in the younger stallion category based on his offspring's show records in
Germany. He achieved the impressive dressage breed index of 156.
Wonderful was Reserve champion of the stallion licensing at Verden,
Germany out of 100 stallions in 1991. The Hanoverian State Stud
Stallion Book describes him being with excellent
conformation, striking nobility, a very good type and expression.
He is bred out of a good dam line and has passed on his excellent
He started competing at M level (3rd - 4th level) dressage in 1996 and
has been winning with scores of 80 - 85%. At age of only 7, he
started schooling all Grand Prix movements. (The video was taken when he was only 8.)
Wonderful served at the State Stud for three years. Many of his foals
won at breed shows in Germany. In 1996, a 2-year-old filly
was the champion of her class and the
Grand Champion at Bargstedt Mare Show. Again, in 1997
the Bargstedt mare show champion was a mare by Wonderful.
In June, 1997, three 3-year-old filles by Wonderful were awarded States Premiums
at Bargstedt mare show. Also in the United States, the inspection overall
champion mare, and one of the only three Hanoverian mares that scored 8
or above at the 1997 AHS inspection tour
was a black filly, Wondergirl by Wonderful. In 1999, Wondergirl went on to win her mare performance test with
an overall score of 8.33 and an incredible ridability
score of 9!
His first US foal crop arrived in 1999. They span from Rhode Island,
Virginia, Florida, Canada, all the way to Hawaii. Among his US foals, we have inspection
and breed show champions, impressive stallion candidates, and several foals were successfully sold before
they were weaned with prices as high as $12,000. Wonderful's other imported offspring have also been observed to be
successfully marketed at $40,000 to $50,000.
He has been a sire and grandsire to
several horses participated in the prestigious Elite auctions in Verden, Germany.
At the 1998 Fall Elite auction, Winwood,
a 3-year-old gelding by him, was selected and imported by Pan Am and
World Equestrian Game Gold Medallist Debbie McDonald.
This youngster went on to
represent the US for year 2000 World Breeding Championship in Holland
with owner/trainer Heather Bender.
He also finished 2000 with many wins in CDS and USDF championships with scores as high as 80+%. He was also the champion of USDF All-Breeds award at
First Level in 2000, and Reserve Champion of USDF All-Breeds award at 3rd level
in 2001. In 2003, at e 8, Winwood has started his winning way at
Prix St. George
and I-1. He was 4th in the nation to qualify for the USEF
Intermediaire-1 Championship held with 2004 Olympic Selection
Trial in San Juan Capistrano. Olympian Debbie McDonald selected Wonderful to breed for
her sponsor River Grove Farm.
Wonderful's US crops are still young, but
already have started to shine in the USDF Breeding in-hand classes and low level
dressage. He has foals ranked highly in the USDF Sporthorse in-hand Year-End
Awards while their amateur breeders only showed a few times for fun.
Wonderful is a proven sire with very high prepotency of passing down his
athleticism and gentle temperament. His older offspring produced when he was in
demonstrated that they are not only good as foals, but also when they become
performance horses. The statistical Breed Index of 156 says it all!