Stakkato, ‘King' of the Budeschampionship.
In 1998 he was the first horse to score 9.9 at the Bundeschampionship
and became undisputed winner. He was a sensation that year and
everyone had ‘Stakkato' on their lips, even the dressage
breeders took note, such was the awe surrounding this stallion.
In 1999 he was to return and this time he took the vice champion
Who was this stallion? It soon became clear he was
something special. His lineage was from the old ‘S' line.
A line that had since declined in use, but how it was to return!
The ‘S' line was founded from the sire known as Semper Idem
born in 1934. It was however Semper Idem's son Senator (1951)
that saw the ‘S' line take off in popularity. The line is
represented by Servus, Sender, Saloniki and Sesam. Stakkato's
sire Spartan was almost lost to German breeders. He was sold as
a foal to the USA and returned to be performance tested in Germany,
scoring overall 122 points. He spent many years in Canada and
the USA in a sports and breeding capacity and was well known for
his ability to win difficult competitions over the jumps at Grand
Prix. He finally returned to Germany to serve out his breeding
days and in 1992 served a mare named Pia and the resulting foal
would have an impact on not only jumping sport but breeding as
well as no one could have predicted.
Pia was by Pygmalion who has considerable Trakehner
blood and goes back to the Absatz line. Interestingly on both
the sire and dam line you find the heritable ‘G' line in
Gotthard and Goldstern. Both sires had outstanding influence on
the Hanoverian jumping line.
Stakkato began his sport and siring career simultaneously.
He is described as a medium framed stallion with very good style
over the jumps and also has a high rideability factor as evidenced
by his rideability index at his performance test. He won the jumping
index with a very impressive score of 144 points and was third
overall (131 points). In a highly unusual move Celle sold a 50%
share in the stallion to the Bitter stables in Essen. This proved
to be an excellent partnership with Eva-Maria Bitter guiding the
stallion to wins at the Hanoverian riding horse championships
in Dobrock and the Bundeschampionship in Warendorf. This began
a successful showjumping career that has seen many wins and placings
up to Grand Prix and Nations Cup including a second place at the
Hamburg Grand Prix in 2003.
Not only in the sport arena is this stallion a genius, his heritability
is unquestionable. Already he has sired 14 licensed sons, 21 state
premium mares, 45 auction horses and his progeny has total winnings
over 80,000 Euros. He has a breeding value index for jumping of
178 and led the FN breeding rankings five years in a row as Germany's
top jumping sire. Landgestuet Celle has recruited four of his
sons to stand at their impressive breeding farms in Germany, Satisfaction,
Salito, Stand Up and Stolzenberg. Satisfaction at his stallion
performance test scored a similar mark for both jumping and dressage
and placed seventh overall. Salito had an outstanding jumping
win at his stallion performance test scoring an impressive 133
points and winning that section. Stand Up was second to Salito
in the jumping portion of the performance test scoring 128 points
for jumping and finishing fourth overall. Stolzenberg finished
an impressive second overall at the 2002 test and won the jumping
portion with a score of nearly 142 points.
However Stakkato's siring capabilities is not only
limited to the Celle State Stud he has also made an impact on
the private studs as well. Gestuet Sprehe has two outstanding
jumpers by Stakkato, Stakkato Gold and Stalypso. Stakkato Gold
was ‘Best Jumper Stallion of the Year 2003' at the approvals
in Verden. At his 30 day test he scored 9.33 in jumping and proved
he could move as well scoring 8.52 for rideability. Stalypso won
his 30 day test with an overall score of 8.95 but it was his jumping
score of 9.88 that identified his supreme jumping ability.