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Gotthard is truly one of the greats. For seven years he was the leading sire of showjumpers in Germany - and his influence continues to the present day. During his time he sired over 34 licensed stallion sons - the most highly rated of which was Goldberg who was based in Westfalia alas for only four seasons. In Hanover, Gardestern I was the most important, while the private stallions, Goldpilz, Goldstern and Godehard were all influential. Gotthard was also influential as a mare sire and he was responsible for 26 States Premium mares.

He was the sire of international showjumpers, Goya, Goldika, Gonzales, Galipolis, Queensway Big Q, Goldfink, Golden Gate, Graf Sieno and Graf 2. Gotthard’s son, Genever sired Genius, the World Cup Showjumping Champion of 1992. Another son, Goldpilz is the sire of John Whitaker’s Gammon. Gotthard has also been influential as a broodmare sire, another World Cup winner, The Natural (by Diskus) is out of a Gotthard mare, and Voltaire, the hugely influential Dutch based Hanoverian jumping sire, is similarly out of a Gotthard dam.

Gotthard was by Goldfisch II who was the sire of nine licensed stallion sons and who is the grandsire of another great, Grande. Goldfisch II descends from the nineteenth century Thoroughbred sire, Goldschaum. Goldfisch II had a reputation for producing beautiful horses and good movers, yet neither of his most famous sons had exceptional conformation - Graf was a small chestnut, like his son Grande, while Gotthard was not the most elegant of horses.

Eventually he was to produce over fifty horses to compete internationally and when in 1975, a list of top stallions was published, Gotthard was number one in terms of prize money won. Eventually his competing progeny numbered 398, with earnings of almost two million deutschmarks.

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High Offley Stud, Peggs Lane, High Offley, Stafford, ST20 0NG
Telephone: 01785 284975, 01785 284099, 07811 329229 Email:Highoffleystud@yahoo.co.uk

Breeding Stallions

High Offley Stud has a selection of top quality breeding stallions to choose from Froufrou D’anchin, Sunnora's Sun, Arturo 9 and Crocodile Dundy Z. All High Offley Stud stallions have excellent breeding and characteristics to excel as a sports horse in a variety of different spheres whether it be show jumping, dressage or eventing. Using our stallions could help you produce quality young stock for the future.