Canterbury Court

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
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

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

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.
California C
Contender - Spitzweg - Grand Royal - Absatz
1999 Hanoverian Bay Mare 16.2 1/2
Hanoverian Mare Family 1093