About - A beautiful stallion in the image of his father, Benicio is renowned for his fantastic type, temperament, and quality.
Performance - Benicio dominated his performance test, winning with a record dressage score of 9.88. He picked up ten scores of 10.0, including for all three paces. Benicio then won the Bundeschampionat as a six-year-old, with more scores of 9.0, 9.5, and 10.0. For the early part of his career, Benicio was stationed in South Africa, but since his return to Germany he has competed at international small tour with scores over 78% at Inter I, and has competed successfully at national grand prix level. He was also second in a qualifier for the prestigious Nürnberger Burg-Pokal on a score over 73%.
Sire - Sire Belissimo had a phenomenal young horse career; performance test record-setter, Bundeschampion as a 4-year-old, and Vice Champion as a 6-year-old. After a long break for breeding, he returned in 2011 at advanced level and won and was placed in grand prix classes under Australian Hayley Beresford; they finished best of the Australians at CDIO Aachen in 2012. Belissimo's competition career was cut short not due to injury, but by his extraordinary breeding schedule and the bankruptcy of his former owner.
Damline - His dam, the state premium mare Valencia, was Reserve Champion Mare in Germany in 2002, and Benicio's full-brother was Champion Foal at the German Nationals. His damsire, Velten Third, was an International Dressage competitor himself and his sire in turn, Velten Sohn, was the most successful dressage stallion of his day and competed at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Valencia also produced the licensed Sunciro, by the Thoroughbred Sunlight, and the direct damline produced the grand prix horses Magnus 65 and Maestro 26.
Offspring - Benicio was returned to Germany based on the quality of his first two crops of foals, and his first German-born foals caused a sensation in 2012. From his 2013 foals, six sons were licensed including the champion of the Oldenburg licensing and winner of the main premium, Bonds, and the sensational young stallion, Baron, both from Sir Donnerhall dams.
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Chilled/Frozen Chilled only Stud Landgestuet Celle WFFS status Clear (N/N) Studbook Hanoverian Approved for Hanoverian, Oldenburg, Westfalen Year of Birth 2005 Colour Chestnut Height 170cm