California is the model of a modern sporthorse. She sufficient substance to carry even a large rider. She was the High Point Champion with 72% in First Level at her only dressage show. She then went on to become Training Level 1 Champion at her first A rated Hunter/Jumper show. As is our custom we breed the very best of what we produce. California was therefore retired from the show ring and entered the breeding shed. Her first foal Sri Lanka by Sir Donnerhall is exactly what we would expect from a great mare. To date all of her foals have been Premium foals and one has received a Foal of Distinction award and been designated a stallion candidate.
California's sire Contender proved to be one of the most influential sons of Calypso II by Cor de la Bryere. Contender won the 1987 Adelheidsdorf stallion performance test with a jumping index of 146.62. He went on to be the 1-b main premium vice- champion in Oldenburg on the basis of his excellent first crop of foals.He is now one of the most sought after stallions in Germany today. He has produced 80 approved sons, and 59 state premium mares including Riconda who won the Elite Mare Show at Rastede in 1993.As at 2006, in Holstein, Oldenburg, Hannover and Rhineland, Contender has produced 782 registered mares, 498 successful offspring in the sport. Contender spent his first three years at stud in Oldenburg before moving to Holstein. An impressive number of his first foals went on to international careers: Niko (Geoff Billington). Copa d’Oro (Yves Houtackers) and Maria Callas (Ben Schröder) – there is also Herbert Blöcker’s eventer, Chicoletto. Contender was ranked third in the list of the world's best showjumping sires in 2004.
California's mother was the Elite Mare Shalimar. She was purchased at the Verden Elite Foal Auction in Germany to be one of Canterbury Court’s foundation mares. Shalimar was the Mare Champion at Santa Rosa as a two year old and missed being the Golden State Champion by .005 points. She passed her mare performance test under a 14 year old rider and then showed on a local hunter-jumper circuit. Her sire Spitzweg, a grandson of the Thoroughbred improvement sire Sudan, was used for only a short time but is noted for producing improved type and dressage movement.
The grandam Goldmaus by Grand Royal was the first foal of Aphrodite II. She was awarded the state premium as a 4-year-old at the mare show in Ettenbüttel, but couldn't accept it due to a sickness shortly before the performance test. She got 5 foals in 5 breeding years and died in 1995 after a strong colic.
Her first filly Shalimar (born 1991) by Spitzweg was sold via the Verden foal auction to California.
Her two daughters born in 1993 and 1994, the state premium mares and full sisters Caracalla I and Caracalla II by Calypso II, both have a licensed son by Stakkato - Spaceman out of Caracalla I and Stalypso out of Caracalla II. Stalypso was sold at the Elite Foal Auction for the record price of 55,000 Eros. He was licensed and recently won his 30 Day Test with the incredible jumping score of 9.975! He is owned by the private stud Gestute Sprehe. Video of Stalypso.
Aphrodite II was born in 1981 as a daughter of St.Pr. St. Wolke. She had 13 foals in 15 breeding years. Her full sister Aphrodite I competed successfully in both the Young Rider Championships and the German Championships.
The state premium mares Chiara and Cosmopolitan, both by the Holsteiner sire Calypso II, the licensed stallions Clochard, by Calypso II, and For Fashion, by For Expo 2000, and the successful show jumpers Chappelou M and Calero (also by Calypso II) are outstanding descendants of Aphrodite II. She has produced both dressage horses and show jumpers.
Aphrodite's black stallion "For Fashion", *1999 by For Expo 2000 was licensed at the Second Hanoverian Stallion Licensing in Verden on October 26th, 2002. The stallion was owned by Dr. Rolf-Peter Schulze. On November 05th/06th, 2003 "For Fashion" placed 10th with 104,01 points in the 70- day-test for private stallions in Adelheidsdorf. He was later sold to the USA.