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(Contender [HOL]  x  Idun I [HOL] )
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Also known as   Confino
Sport Prefix   Eurocommerce
Breed   Holsteiner
Colour   Bay
Sex   stallion (active stallion)
Date of Birth   2000
Land of Birth   Germany
Standing Land   Netherlands
Height   166 cm ~ 16.1.½ hands
Breeder   Boie, Wilken, Germany
Competition Level   Showjumping Grand Prix/Open/Advanced
Life Number   DE 42121000180
Family Number HOL-18a2
Level of progeny   Eventers: 1-Ev7
Showjumpers: 2-Sj4
Studbooks Licensed with   KWPN
Suitable for Breeding   Showjumpers

Stud Fee: £ 725.00


These days tea comes in all kinds of flavours that have nothing much to do with tea but when tea was just tea, the Dutch drank Pickwick tea at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. There was an illustration of an English stage-coach on the box; it was being pulled by a four-in-hand at canter, three brown horses and one grey to make it easier to see the team in the dark. This illustration- that Douwe Egberts removed a long time ago because it was considered too old-fashioned- was an exact representation of reality, anno 1836- the same time that Charles Dickens wrote his novel “The posthumous papers of the Pickwick Club” after which the brand of tea was called. And what has all this to do with Eurocommerce Tampa? Just about everything: those famous stage-coach horses were from a breed since disappeared- the Yorkshire Coach Horse that had a fabulous trotting action combined with a powerful canter. The Royal Mail had a 24 hour service of stages at 10 miles per hour (16 km). You can’t do that only in trot. Changing horses took 3 minutes. The longest stretch was Londen-Edinburgh (643 km) and people could set their watches by it: 40 hours. When the English railway network expanded, the horses weren’t needed much anymore and horse dealers arrived from Normandy and from north western Germany to buy them to breed with them and pep up their own stock. That was a start of a development which we are still profiting from to this day. Knee action can be traslated as forelimb technique and powerful canter needs no further explanation. The Holstein horse stock is based on three Yorkshire stallions that were imported between 1829 and 1847: Burlington Turk, Owstwick and Brilliant. The first was the most important: this chestnut brown favourite is still mentioned as “pretty Turkish colouring”. Stock number 18A2 from which Eurocommerce Tampa comes is one of the oldest existing breeding families. The foundation mare was called Voss and was born in 1810. The six generations that came after her were continually bred using two of the three stallions mentioned. The mare Brame, where branch A2 starts (we are now in 1880) has Owstwick four times in her pedigree and Burlington Turk eight times. And if that isn’t enough, Brame’s daughter Celanda is from a son with the same name as Brillant. 18A2 is therefore the stock with the biggest Pickwick Club in its stud book. Which explains the marvellous breeding solidity and the enormous popularity.

Eurocommerce Tampa’s sire Contender is just as much an exception as his mate Caretino who we mentioned when writing about Eurocommerce Caresino. The difference being that with Contender there is also 250 euros foal fee extra: further comment we think unnecessary. And tracing back down in the pedigree table we come across sheer celebrities: Corofino I, Latus II, Caletto II, Lepanto, Colonel… oh! What oppulance this stallion that was licensed by the KWPN had – small wonder that he returned from Ermelo with eights and eight and a halfs for jumping. From his branch 18A2- as it happens brothers of his grand-grand-grandam Takota- comes the former Verbands stallion Marmor, international dressage horse under Peter Mohr and Avanti III -who was licensed in Switzerland- international show jumper under Niklaus Schurtenberger. Grandam Daletta produced Acolino, who is stationed in Holland and who was auctioned for 70,000 euros in 2004.

Terms and Conditions

The Stud Fee excludes delivery. For Frozen, Fresh/Chilled semen we will send semen throughout the current breeding season until a pregnancy is achieved. A veterinary declaration of a mare not being in foal after the inseminations must be delivered to Eurocommerce Stables before 1 October 2007, in which case the service fee minus 300 euro will be refunded.

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