Which Famous Hanoverian Stallion Could Not Participate in the Stallion Performance Test Finals Due to an Injury, So His Final Result Was Projected Up To 119.20 Points?
Warkant (World Cup I - Grandel by Grande) was born in 1983 on Helga Axhausen's farm in Schiffdorf. His movement was exceptional from the start. At four days of age, he was noticed by the State Stud Manager and scheduled to join the stallion prospects at the Celle stallion rearing station at Hunnesrück. He spent his youth there, where he stood out as the exception stallion prospect of the group.
According to Gerd-D Gauger in his tribute to Warkant in The Hanoverian, "When the shipper from Hunnesrück arrived at the farm in Axhausen, Warkant just hopped on the trailer. His well-balanced, bright temperment is a characteristic which remained all through his career as a breeding stallion, and is also a characteristic which he passed on to all of his offspring. He became the unchallenged champion at the licensing of the stallion prospects from Hunnesrück. He was a stallion with type and nobility, with excellent lines, prominence and a strong foundation (Pik As xx), a somewhat low neck set (Grande) and, of course, movement (Wöhler)."
Even though Warkant produced 18 licensed stallions, his reputation is as a mare producer. Some exciting stallions came on the scene out of Warkant mares, the most famous of which is Londonderry. He is recorded by the FN as having 376 offspring that competed, with the highest money earners being Wahajama, ridden as a young horse by Holga Finken and Wansuela Suerte, ridden by Hubertus Schmidt. In 2007, Warkant was ranked fifth in the world as a dressage sire by WBFSH, with six offspring competing on the world stage.
It is interesting to note that Wahajama, who sold for several million Euros to Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff after winning the 5 and 6 year old dressage championships at the Bundeschampionate, originally sold in the Verden auction as a foal for less than 5,000 Euros! Warkant was the German Hanoverian Verband Stallion of the Year in 2002 and passed away at Celle in July 2011. He left a legacy that will be long remembered.
(Source: C. Schridde, C. Hector, "From Gotthard to Gribaldi: The Making of The Modern Warmblood, Sporthorse International, Australia, pp.448-451)