Pedigree Profile of Rivendell Lakehouse
Lakehouse is bred in the purple for showjumping. With a dam who competed successfully at international CSI level for twelve years, many of these under well-known Ben Schroeder, and a proven sire like Lissabon, Lakehouse is genetically a showjumping genius. Lakehouse features the stallion Grannus in both her sire and damline.
Sire Lissabon, owned by Callaho stud, is by the stallion Lordanos, who continues to entrench himself as one of the finest sires of showjumpers in Europe, having already produced more than 23 licensed sons and scores of champions at all levels.
Damsire Sion, is a remarkable allrounder who passes on plenty of “blood” and excellent gaits. The granddam, Reinata (Contender), is full sister to the international competition mare Charisma (Markus Fuchs). This performance damline is further anchored by jumper breeding legends, Grannus and Siegesmund.
After his approval, Lissabon won both sections of his stallion performance test in Oldenburg. Trained by Heinrich Döwe, in 2003 he won 8 out of 9 classes for young riding horses, including the prestigious Damhus Cup. During his 5th and 6th year he was a serial winner up to M-level and won the Damhus Cup again. Thereafter Lissabon went to the Bundeschampionate Finals with Johannes Ehning, where he received outstanding scores of up to 9.3 for style. During 2006/2007 he continued his stellar career with Jens Baackmann, crowning 2007 with a victory in Vechta in the youngster tour (1.5m)
Lissabon’s short breeding record in Germany is equally remarkable. In addition to multiple champion foals and state premium mares, he produced four licensed sons of which Lissacor (Westphalia) and Lissaro van der Helle (Hannover) were awarded Premium. Lissaro went on to win the German Championships for 3 year old Riding Horses in 2008 and the 4 year Dressage Championship a year later. In 2010 Lissaro rewrote history by winning his third consecutive gold medal at the Bundeschampionate in Warendorf as well as being runner-up at the World Dressage Championships for Young Horses in Verden. In August 2009, at the Hannoverian auction for riding horses in Verden, another son of Lissabon, Let’s Go HRH, was sold to Rolf Goran-Göran Bengtsson for an auction record price of €130 000. Statistics of The German National Federation (FN), drawn from show and competition results in 2009 and again in 2010, continue to underline Lissabon’s breeding prowess. Placed well within the top 1% of Jumper Sires and top 5% of Dressage Sires, this once-in-lifetime stallion comfortably maintains his position as the best dual-purpose sire of Warmblood Horses in all of Germany.
The mare Grace, also internationally known as ‘Don’t touch’ competed at top CSI A level under Ben Schroeder and was placed several times at this level. Imported by Callaho Stud in 2012, she has produced several embryos to continue her line before being bought by Rivendell Stud in 2013 in foal to the stallion Lissabon. Grace has several offspring in Europe competing at various levels successfully. The last progeny left in Europe is a colt by Clinton.
Grace is by the amazing Grannus – not just a name but a symbol, a trademark. A symbol of a potent individual with an aura only a very few are blessed with a lifetime total of well over five million DM so far the off-spring of this glossy black Hanoverian stallion which include seven Olympic horses and more than 60 approved stallions, have made him one of the greatest sires in the world.
Grannus was State Premium Odessa’s second foal. Odessa, by the Trakehner stallion, Ozean, who won his stallion performance test, was purchased as a filly in 1967 by Grannus’ breeder, Mr. Ludwig Decker, who had been looking for a mare from the Gitta family which goes all the way back to the founding dam, Klaseta, who was born in 1921. Odessa, who had excellent jumper bloodlines in her pedigree by the great Gotthard, presented him with 15 foals, the last one born when she was 22 years old.
Grannus didn’t disappoint his breeders. His very first crop produced the Warendorf State Stud stallion, Gunter, as well as the internationally successful jumpers, Goby and Gigolo. The latter became one of Nelson Pessoa’s first class athletes called Moet Imperial. One right after the other, Grannus’ off-spring proved their talent at shows. His first great jumper was the Oldenburg, Grand Slam, who won numerous prizes with Nick Skelton. The most successful Oldenburg jumper during the 80’s was the approved stallion, Grannenfels, who demonstrated his outstanding class under Peter Weinberg. Unfortunately, Grannenfels suffered a multiple fracture when he was only nine putting an untimely end to his life. All of a sudden, Grannus had turned into a series producer of international jumpers. For example the bright chestnut, Grannusch, who won the highest pursed jumping competition in the world at Calgary in 1994, Jan Tops ace, Top Gun.
Sixty two of his sons have been approved by the various warmblood breeding associations. The first was the Warendorf State Stud sire, Gunter, whose off-spring have won DM 240,656 in total. Then there were stallions such as the 1988 approval winner, Gervantus, whose off-spring have already won more than DM 140,000, or his full brother, Gervantus II, who has been successful in advanced level jumping with Urs Fäh in Switzerland. The grey Hessen stallion, Granulit, who radiates the same presence his father had, won not only the 1996 stallion performance test but also beat all of his Oldenburg competitors for the Main Premium which is awarded on the basis of his own performance and the evaluation of his first crop.
In 1990 the black Grannus son Grannox was approved a perfect example of consolidated performance breeding and in the first five generations of his pedigree, he only carrying the blood of the top Hanoverian and Westphalian sires at that time. The following year produced another son Grannex. Grannex is one of the British sires we see all the time in the result.! He has produced two National Event Champions to date and many excellent Jumpers. Since winning the style prize at the AES National Stallion Show as a 5 year old, Grannex jumped successfully up to International level with Ben Dunning and on the County Show Circuit with Stephen Williams.
Grace’s damsire Colorado x, is seen in the pedigrees of stallions such as Spartakus.