- Sire: Contender,
- Dam: Adisa III,
- Dam Sire: Kronprinz,
- Foaled: April 30, 1988
- Color: Dark Bay
- Height: 17.2 H
- Reg #88.8571 - Deceased
- Approved by: KWPN, Oldenburg Horse Breeder's Society
- Breeding Fee: $1500
- Semen Availability: Frozen
- EVA Status: Positive
1988 - 2007
Contango was a legend in his own time, both as a sire and a performance horse. Contango had a successful career as a Grand Prix show jumper in the Netherlands before switching to dressage. As a dressage horse, he won 33 Grand Prix classes, including six championships. His legacy as a sire cannot be overstated. He is the sire of dozens of grand prix jumpers and dressage horses, including Ravel, Alcazar and Caravella, along with seven Approved stallions.
Career in Sport
Contango began his career as the champion of his 100-day test in Medingen in 1991 with a score of 146.89. He won both the dressage and jumping portions to claim the championship, and finished with one of the highest overall scores of all time. This potential was realized in the competitive arena, where he succeeded in both show jumping and dressage. His Grand Prix dressage wins came at prestigious shows like Dressage at Devon, the ABIG/USDF Region 1 Championships and the CLBM Finals. In total, Contango won 33 Grand Prix classes.
At the time of Contango’s passing, he was the only Preferent stallion in North America. This honor is awarded to the few stallions who demonstrate outstanding individual qualities and who produce exceptional get. His sons and daughters inherit their sire’s athletic ability, movement and versatility.
Son Ravel represented the U.S.A. in two Olympics, and made history with his clean sweep at CHIO Aachen in 2009, his victory in the 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup Dressage Finals and two medals at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in 2010. Son Alcazar won numerous CDI Grand Prix and represented the U.S.A. on various European tours. Daughter Caravella won a team silver medal at the Pan American Games, numerous CDI Grand Prix and represented Canada in both the WEG and the Olympics. Son Sjapoer won numerous medals at the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships.
Contango’s legacy continues. He was the # 4 USEF Dressage Sire in 2017 with 44 offspring earning USEF points, including 17 horses competing at the FEI level. Contango was ranked #3 USEF Dressage Sire in 2015 and 2016.
• Dressage at Devon Winner Grand Prix
• ABIG/USDF Region I Finals Champion Grand Prix
• CBLM Finals Champion Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle
• 33 Grand Prix wins
• 6 Grand Prix Championships
• 1991 Champion of 100-Day Test at Medigen, Germany
Stallion Test Scores
Medingen: W 7, T 8, G 8, RT 8, J 9, FJ 8, C 9
Oldenberg Stallion Test Champion with a score of 146.89
Winner of both dressage and jumping portions of the testing