Awarded a premium at his licensing, Conteur has become a stallion of the first order among the sires in Germany in just a few years. In spring 2001 he finished his 30-day test in Adelheidsdorf with the best results of all stallions and then took the Reserve Champion title at his 70-day test where he won the partial index for rideability with a clear margin in his favor and, as a result, was leased for several years by the State Stud in Celle. Gestüt Tannenhof is especially proud of this achievement since it presented Conteur a great opportunity in breeding which he took advantage of immediately. Conteur sired numerous champion foals at shows in Hesse, Hanover, Holstein and in Rhineland and his offspring were awarded premiums all over Germany, including a good number of State Premium mares. At the 2005, his son Cocoloco was licensed at the Southern German licensing in Munich-Riem and in Verden his son Con Amore was given a green light for breeding and received a premium but was only able to breed for one brief season. In 2006, Conteur's son Curator became the Reserve Champion Stallion of the licensing in Verden and was sold for 300,000 Euros. Four other sons were also licensed. All in all, eight sons have been licensed so far and sold for an average price of 120,000 Euros. His offspring are snatched up at auctions, e.g. his daughter Chirara was the most expensive horse at the CHIO Auction in Aachen, selling to England for 240,000 Euros.
In October 2007 he again hit the bull's eye: His son Cristobal Colon was the second most expensive horse in the collection at the Hanoverian Elite Auction, sold with a price tag of 230,000 Euros. The latest FN's predicted breeding value statistics show that Conteur has plenty to offer a jumper sire as well as a dressage horse maker. His breeding value in dressage is indexed at 136 with an accuracy of 96 % and in jumping he has an index of 138 with an accuracy of 93 %.
Conteur's progeny were able to increase their winnings from 36,707 Euros last year to 69,440 Euros this year. Especially noteworthy are Baumanns Calibra who now collects ribbons in advanced (S) level tests and the Oldenburg jumper, Conteur's Cadeau, who won ten ribbons in advanced (S) level in 2009.
A top price achieved at the CHIO Sales in Aachen in 2007 drew attention from the dressage world. Chiara, who was bred by Alexandra Simons de Ridder, celebrated victories in tests for young dressage horses up to medium (M) level and qualified for the Bundeschampionat where she took third place in the qualifier for the Final. Under her rider, Geertje Heese, she also won the Rhineland Dressage Horse Championships in the class for 6-year old dressage horses. At the 2009 World Championships for young horses in Lanaken, Belgium, Hunter's Chelsey drew attention with a fast clear round in the class for five-year olds. The offspring of this Contender son are very popular: At the Elite Auction in Verden, his licensed son, Coeur d'Amour out of an Escudo II dam (breeder: Dr. Johannes Kossen, Norholz) was sold to Italy. The Königs and Bartholomäus breeder's syndicate in Wallmoden sent a fabulous Conteur-Warkant-Pik Bube I daughter to the Elite Auction in Verden.
Thirteen sons have been licensed and there are 132 registered broodmares, 12 State Premium daughters as well as 322 registered offspring in sport that testify to the merits of this Contender son as a sire.
Conteur's own record in sport has always been convincing: As a youngster he won tests for young riding horses and placed in the 2001 Bundeschampionat Final in the class for three-year old stallions. In 2002 he took fourth place in the Warendorf Final in the class for four-year old stallions. Afterward he was trained to advanced (S) level. In 2006, Conteur and Anja Plönzke qualified for the Final of the Nürberg Burgpokal in Mannheim and also won several advanced (S) level competitions. Unfortunately, because of an injury in 2007, he was retired from sport.
His pedigree has always been a source of fascination: His sire, Contender, is the most successful living sire in Germany and mostly known for his offspring in show jumping such as Montender or the three-time Derby winner, Collin 7, but always passes on striking gaits and rideability. His dam, Ofarim, also gave birth to a filly named Bravo (by Reichsgraf), who became the dam of the licensed stallions, Contendro I and II (by Contender) and Caretano (by Caretino). Ofarim is by Rasputin, a highly successful sport stallion who is highly inbred over the line founding stallion, Ramzes AA, another stallion known for his strong versatility. In the fourth generation you find the Thoroughbred stallion, Tin Rod xx, and the Anglo-Arabian, Ramzes AA again. In total, the legendary Ramzes AA is found four times in Conteur's pedigree. This stallion always played a leading role in line 104 a, from which Conteur originates. This line has produced nearly 50 licensed stallions, including the well-known sires Aldan, Capitano, Carneval, Celano, Corland (Niederlande), Corretto, Landego, Landetto (BEL), Laurin, Leuthen I and II, Lonely Boy (State Stud Redefin) as well as the top international horses, Retina/Fritz Thiedemann, Athlet and Corlanda/both Willi Melliger/SUI and Athletico/Ludger Beerbaum. Even before World War II, this line was strictly bred for performance in show jumping, so performance has been a tightly anchored trait for many generations!