The 1989 Elite Hanoverian stallion Wonderful, by Weltmeyer out of SPS Bonny/Bolero, owned by Violet Jen of Wonderful Sport Horses, Sunnyvale, Calif., and bred by Heinrich Ehlers, Ger., passed away August 17.
The German FN ranked Wonderful as the number one young sire in 2000 based on the FN competition statistics achieved by his 44 competition offspring. He also sired six States Premium mares, two German mare show Grand Champions, one U.S. Elite Mare and six Verden auction horses. All of these records were accomplished with a crop of 99 foals that he sired before he was purchased for sport. Wonderful achieved scores up to 85% at M-Level dressage, and had learned all FEI movements by the age of eight.
Wonderful has 51 foals registered with the American Hanoverian Society (AHS), and six AHS Main Studbook mares, including one Elite Mare. He was also approved by the ISR/Oldenburg N.A., GOV and Westfalen registries.
Photo: © Bernd Eylers