World Cup I is a first class dressage producer but this impressive stallion also produced several very good jumping horses such as White Vienna (E. Blaton). In 1997 he was the Hanoverian Stallion of the Year. Grande, his dam sire, was and still is, one of the foundation stallions in Hanoverian breeding. He is the sire of many international dressage (Galapagos and Grandison with G. Grillo) and jumping horses (Santa Cruz with W. Bettinger and Gratulant 2 with G. Wiltfang). Artur (by Abglanz) has exactly the same breeding as the famous Abhang I, II and III.
Welcome, who from the age of 3 was trained by Olympic Champion Isabell Werth, has won almost everything a dressage horse can win. A short impression:
- Munster 1995 winner Dressage Grand Prix
- Amsterdam 1996 winner World Cup Dressage Grand Prix
- Brussels 1996 winner Dressage Grand Prix
- Berlin 1996 winner Dressage Grand Prix
- Vlotho-Exter 1997 winner Dressage Grand Prix
- Bremen 1997 winner Dressage Grand Prix
- Winner Kur to music
- Frankfurt 1997 winner Kur to music
In short, an absolute asset to the Netherlands. From 1998 the stallion was in our possession and was used, for the first time in his life, for breeding.
Until April 1998 Welcome had never been used for breeding. From his arrival at our place, many breeders made use of him. The first foals were born in 1999 and were rewarded with an excellent progeny report. One of his first sons Sledgehammer (dam’s sire Ladalco) was third at the foal championship at Champion Arnhem. His daughter Trix (dam’s sire Donnerschlag) won the aptitude test for 3-year-old dressage horses in Varsseveld in 2003, his son Scotch (dam’s sire Flemmingh) was Gelderland dressage champion at M1-level and Trix’s full-sister, U2, was reserve champion in the aptitude test for 3-year-old dressage horses in Varsseveld in 2004. Takt, ‘schwung’, build and a good temperament are the keywords when describing his offspring. Femke Beljon is also performing very well with her Winneto (Welcome x Investment).
Welcome has since passed away and frozen semen is available on request.
Welcome is approved by the KWPN, Hannover, Westfalia and Oldenburg.