2010 International Stallion Guide:

For breeders who believe in quality

Stallions: Sport Horse


2003 Hanoverian Chestnut - 16.1 h / 1.65 m

Owner: Dana Estes


Breeder: Jeanne Horst, Germany
Contact: Dana Estes
1305 Anza Way
Livermore, CA
USA 94550
Stable: Vineyard Eventing
Tel: 925-998-1882
Fax: 925-605 3901
Web: vineyardeventing.com
Stud Fee: $1,250 USD
Booking: $400 included
Semen: Fresh & Frozen
Licensed: American Hanoverian, German Verband, Oldenburg North America/ISR, German Verband Oldenburg, Swedish, American Warmblood, RPSI

Based on pedigree, Worthy Opponent was bred to be a fabulous dressage stallion. With three wonderful gaits, he has already shown his dressage ability, scoring in the 70's at recognized shows. Competing mainly in Eventing, he is almost always the leader after the Dressage Phase.

Perhaps Worthy Opponent's biggest surprise has been his jumping prowess! He has shown himself to be an extremely versatile stallion, with jumping form, talent and technique that rivals those bred for the jumper ring. He was the highest-scoring stallion over fences at both the Hanoverian and Oldenburg N.A. inspections in 2007. He is jumping 5'3" undersaddle and is now competing successfully at Intermediate Level of Eventing. He was also the American Hanoverian Horse of the Year for Preliminary level for 2010! He was the reserve champion of the 2007 100-Day Test where comments from judges and riders underline how incredibly elastic, adjustable and rideable he is, and that rideability has certainly shown through in his successful three-day eventing career.

Worthy Opponent tops off this multifaceted athletic package with a fabulous disposition, temperament and rideability. Worthy Opponent's foal crops have produced Premium foals and site Champions every year out of a variety of mares. He is an excellent choice for Thoroughbred mares where he passes on his amazing neck in both length and arch, his lovely neck/shoulder connection, improving the front end of Thoroughbred mares. He also passes along his compact back, long legs, strong loin connection and amazing movement as well as often passes on his superior temperament and beautiful head.

His first foal crops are now at the age to be started undersaddle, all have been extremely easy to start, with fabulous dispositions and temperaments as well as impeccable movement and even amazing Jumping ability! He stamps his foals every time!