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When he was four years old Windfall was placed by his owners, the Diehm family of Germany, with the daughter of the late Olympic gold-medalist Reiner Klimke. Ingrid Klimke had ridden several of their young stallions quite successfully (Starway, Grand Prix) and was emerging as one of Germany's top event/dressage riders. Over the next four years the pair took the German combined training world by storm. They scored forty wins and placings, including national Young Horse championships, a professional rider championship (in which Windfall was used for all three phases), and wins at all the CIC**s and CIC***s held there in 1999. In fact, in 1999 as a seven-year-old he was elected Germany's Horse of the Year (all breeds, all sports) by the readers of the prominent magazine, Reiter Revue. Although he was short-listed for the German team for the Sydney Olympics in 2000, he did not travel because Ingrid Klimke was selected to compete on another Diehm-owned horse, the thoroughbred gelding Sleep Late.

WindfallIn late 2000, the Diehms sold Windfall to Tim Holekamp, with the understanding that Darren Chiacchia would campaign him in the US and that he would be kept intact for breeding purposes. That plan has been followed with considerable success. Over the last ten years Windfall has emerged as the most prominent advanced level eventing stallion in the world. At the time of his retirement in 2009 he had earned enough USEA grading points (now called "award points") from wins and placings that he was and still is the second highest scoring horse in the history of the sport in North America, behind only Winsome Adante. His dressage performance has been without equal. At virtually every venue he has won or placed in the top three in that phase, at times besting the most successful event horses in the world. Until recently he held the all-time record best dressage score at the Rolex CCI****, higher than 78%.  As a show jumper he has been consistent and accurate, rarely pulling rails. On cross country he was initially distractible, as most stallions are, and time has been needed to get the consistent top runs of which he is capable. That aspect came up to the desired level beginning in the fall of 2002 with his fifth place finish at Fair Hill CCI***.  Since then he has consistently run double clean on xc when it mattered, including the 2004 Olympic Games at Athens.


Year 2001:

North American Beaulieu Classic (CIC***) 4th place
Groton House H.T. (prelim) 1st place
Over the Walls Horse Trials (advanced)
1st place


Year 2002:

Rocking Horse H. T. (advanced) 1st place
Poplar Place Horse Trials (advanced) 9th place
North American Beaulieu Classic (CIC***) 2nd place
Virginia Three-Day & Horse Trials (prelim) 1st place
Stuart Horse Trials (CIC**) 1st place
Over the Walls H.T. (Nat?l Adv. H.T. Championship) 3rd place
Morven Park Three-Day & Horse Trials (advanced) 2nd place

Fair Hill CCI***

5th place
Ended the year ranked sixth best horse in the USEA


Year 2003:

Rocking Horse H.T. (advanced) 1st place
Pine Top Horse Trials (advanced) 1st place
Red Hills Horse Trials (CIC***-W) 2nd place (best US pair)
Poplar Place Farm H.T. (advanced) 2nd place
North American Beaulieu Classic (CIC***) 9th place
Foxhall Cup (CCI***) 2nd place (won 3-star Ch.)
Wayne H.T. (advanced) 5th place
Over the Walls H.T. (advanced HT Ch) 2nd place
Stuart H.T. (CIC**) 1st place
Five Points H.T. (advanced) 10th place
Fair Hill CCI*** (Pan Am Ch) 1st place (Ind. Gold Medal)


Year 2004:

Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. 4th place
Red Hills H.T. 1st place
Poplar Place Farm March H.T. 1st place
Kentucky Three-day Event (Rolex -- Modified Division) 1st place
Olympic Games, Athens, Greece 12th individually (Team Bronze Medal)

Year 2005:
Rocking Horse Winter II HT (advanced) 1st Place
Red Hills CIC***-W 2nd Place
Chatsworth CIC*** 4th Place
Rolex CCI**** 2nd after dressage, WD after steeplechase

Year 2006:
Rocking Horse Winter II HT (advanced) 2nd Place
Red Hills CIC*** W 13th Place (broken rein on xc)
Poplar Place HT (advanced)  6th Place
The Fork CIC*** W 1st Place
Rolex CCI **** 1st after dressage, retired on xc
Virginia Horse Trials (intermediate) 1st Place
Jersey Fresh CCI *** 1st after dressage, withdrew after xc
Groton House II HT (adv/int) 2nd Place
Stuart Horse Trials CIC**  1st Place

Year 2007:
Rocking Horse Winter II HT (advanced)                       1st Place
Overlook Farm - Pegasus Derbycross (team) 1st Place
Red Hills HT CICW*** 3rd Place


WindfallSeveral FEI dressage riders have expressed an interest in competing him. In January, 2006 the USET three-day-eventing team's new dressage coach, Robert Dover, coached Windfall and the next day rode him and then announced to the spectators at the winter training camp in Ocala that Windfall is capable of Grand Prix dressage movements.  His show jumping form is without fault. George Morris coached him at the USET winter training camp in 2003 and 2004 and was extremely complimentary. Darren took him to the Ocala HITS too, entered him in four or five large Level Five jumper classes and won money in every one. Prominent hunter rider/trainers have expressed great interest in acquiring him. His Pan Am showjumping round was picture perfect

His soundness through what has now become more than twelve years of very demanding competition has been remarkable. When he was purchased in 2000, the consulted Dutch veterinarians marveled at his soundness, given the four years of nearly constant work in upper level eventing. The USET team veterinarians examined him after Foxhall CCI*** in April, 2003 and passed him "with flying colors." Although he developed a sore left fore ankle at Athens, which came back to plague him at the Rolex CCI**** in 2005, extensive veterinary examination has not found any lasting injury or disability. He has not required any therapeutic surgery of any kind throughout his life, until at age 15 he fractured a splintbone in March, 2007, the distal end of which caused tendon problems sufficient to require surgery to remove it in April and several months of rest from competition afterward. Now in 2011 in "retirement" he is ridden daily by Cheryl Holekamp, working hard at perfecting the Grand Prix dressage movements.  He is sound, healthy, happy to be in work, and requires no drugs of any kind.  There cannot be many horses with this level of soundness after a competition career of that magnitude.  In fact, there are very few horses in the world who held up through twelve years of upper level eventing.

His feet are excellent and he has had no farrier "issues" whatever. No unusual bitting or saddle-fit matters have arisen. He is not difficult to keep in good nourishment and condition.

The Trakehner Breeding Stallion

There are many things that one might like to know about a horse being considered for use as a breeding stallion, with the opinion of an inspection committee being only one. Experienced breeders may have strong opinions about the parameters described below. Mare owners just venturing into breeding might not think of all these matters. This description is meant only to reflect our opinion of what is important.

Windfall was bred by a small-scale but passionate breeder in Germany named Heinz Lembke, who owned his famous mother Wundermaedel xx. She was the daughter and granddaughter of two of the top steeplechaser producers in Europe and was herself quite successful both in racing and eventing. Approved as a "Trakehner mother" by the Trakehner Verband, she has achieved the lofty status of Elite Mare in the Verband studbook. Out of 110 thoroughbred mares approved to produce "purebreds," she was one of only three who are ranked Elite.  She passed away at age 28 in 2009.

Born in mid-April of 1992, Windfall was thought to be a gangly youngster, but soon grew into himself. He had the double advantage of living his first half-year in peace and quiet on good pasture at Lembke's, and then after weaning was moved to a much "busier" place. He was purchased by the biggest and most famous Trakehner eventhorse breeding station in the country, the last home of his father Habicht, the Diehms' Gestuet Hoerstein, near Frankfurt. There can be no doubt that many stallion prospects develop personality difficulties as a result of early isolation from other horses. On the larger farms in Germany, bands of colts of a given age are pastured together and allowed to interact freely. This was the advantage that Windfall enjoyed at Hoerstein, along with expert handling by the master of stallions, Dirk Joerss. Herr Joerss tells the story that on the day of his arrival at Hoerstein he was put into the barn with the other weanling colts at feeding time. He promptly chased every colt from his feedbin and proceeded to eat some of every colt's lunch! And he has been doing the same to nearly all eventhorses he comes up against in competition ever since.

Then in 1994 he was selected to be examined at the main stallion approvals (Koerung) at Neumunster along with 75 other colts, the cream of a thousand-colt crop. To make a long story short, he was approved as one of the five premium colts, the only one with a half-thoroughbred background. He was sold at open auction for a princely sum the next day back to his owners, who wisely chose not to part with him then.

A fairly short breeding career produced numerous excellent young prospects, some of whom have gone on to achieve great things. For example he has the excellent son Hunnenkoenig, who was selected for the Koerung and is now with a Grand Prix dressage rider. And the daughter Karisma is a Verband Premium mare who excelled in her performance testing. His most successful son so far is Karambeau M, who won the South German Young Horse Eventing Championship.

The opinion of experts there was that his best foals came from thoroughbred and anglo-Trakehner mares, though experience on this continent since 2001 has made us wonder if perhaps he did not get enough chances with purebred mares. When he started eventing it was decided that he would not be used at all for breeding, due to the risk of role conflicts leading to distraction. Thus the last four years of his time in Germany he did not breed.

But upon coming to America his life changed quite a bit. We knew that for him to have the career he deserved it was financially necessary to use him for both tasks, and we have. His first year he was bred to nine mares, who produced nine healthy foals, all of whom have been adored by their owners. In 2002 he bred 19 mares and settled 17 of them, all by transported fresh cooled semen. There can be no doubt that this practice led to additional conflicts for him, but he and Darren persevered and his performance in both roles steadily improved. When he was at Brendan Furlong's veterinary clinic, one female technician collected him without assistance, using a phantom mare. At competitions he does not in any way harass mares, even when nearby. He seems to have learned to separate his jobs.

His offspring are remarkably uniform. Essentially all show his type so clearly that they may be easily identified in a herd. All are dark (bay, brown/black, and black) and most are a bit taller than their mothers. He tends not to add "chrome" (white markings), but does not suppress it either. In our observation Windfall is a definite leg-improver and excellent top-line producer. His foals seem all to possess strong but very tractable personalities. No undesirable heritable traits have emerged.

A very important observation here in the U.S. has been that the contention that he is better crossed with Thoroughbred mares is wrong. There are a dozen Trakehner breeders with Windfall foals from purebred "old-blood" mares who insist Windfall has, if anything, refined the foals. We have seen this same trend in our own foals.

The Personality

Of great interest to mare owners should be the features of a stallion's personality. Windfall reminds everyone of the equine persona created in the film "The Black Stallion." He is remarkably calm off the competition field, yet not at all a puppy dog; he remains quite aloof from everyone except Darren. This is not a horse that is found with his head in the back corner of his stall. Instead he is virtually always in full awareness of his surroundings, reaching out very far to assure his own security and dominance, and not just at home, but everywhere. He comes to a visiting human, but not ever aggressively, only in an observational way. While he tolerates petting very well, he never seeks it. It seems to us that he is above all that.

His barn manners, or "aisle manners," are the best. Safe to be near, he does not shirk from catching, grooming, or tacking. Intensive veterinary care does not seem to even faze him. Biting and kicking are not issues whatsoever, he just does not do these things in normal human interactions. Trailering with other horses of all genders is trouble-free and routine for him, perhaps because he has done so much of it. He leaves his stablemates boldly and without complaint. He is sufficient company for himself at all times. All who handle him would agree that the word "noble" applies to this horse. Nearly everyone who comes to see him in person is struck by his beauty and charisma. His sire Habicht was very like him.

And yet this horse is in no way lacking in stallion type. When he alights from a van the first thing he does is vehemently announce his presence, and then always checks to see if there might be a challenger to battle. When not in tack he sometimes postures in such a way that we feel confident that he would quickly destroy all rivals if the occasion arose. His libido is more than adequate.

The Pedigree

    Lapis (Shagya)
  Burnus AA (bay)  
    68 Fenek V AA (Kisber)
Habicht (black)    
  Hallo (black)  
    Kaiseradler xx
  Madruzzo xx (brown/black)  
    Madonnina xx
Wundermaedel xx (dark bay)    
    Celadon xx
  Wunderbluete xx (bay)  

Wunschtochter xx

As one can see, Windfall is exactly one-fourth "pure" Trakehner, having only one grandparent tracing back to East Prussian Trakehner bloodlines. What is curious is that he scored high in Trakehner type and produces very good type in his foals. This is said to be partly due to his mother's remarkable type and partly due to the very strong influence coming down from the mare Handschelle, who was a member of the elite black mare herd at the mainstud Trakehnen. These mares tended to produce big, heavier-boned horses that were prepotent in type and very successful cavalry remounts. Of course crossing such a line to an anglo-arab would fit right in with the two centuries old breeding traditions at Trakehnen.

And in this case, that anglo-arab was the extraordinary sire Burnus AA, who came into the breed under protest from some because of his Kisber side, but left without anything but the highest praise. All German warmblood breeds that accepted him benefited enormously from his ability to improve rideability and performance. His name is found in the parentage of very many of the top-performing Trakehner horses in modern times. Burnus was identified early in life as a superior three-day prospect and was ridden by Reiner Klimke on the national German team very successfully, before being retired early to breed, after an injury. He sired four sons approved for Trakehner breeding and many very successful riding horses, not just Trakehners but also Rhinelanders and Westfalians.

The famous photographer Felicitas Tank once remembered: "I wanted to take pictures of Burnus while freejumping and I was adjusting my camera when I heard a crashing sound. Burnus had smelled nearby mares and had jumped the 2 meter fence [six and a half feet!], landing in the top of apple trees. I was expecting the worst, but found him perfectly sound and happy with his girls. Just with a silk scarf I led him back to the barn." Burnus died in 1980 at the age of 32..

HabichtHis most famous son was Habicht, out of the big black mare Hallo, who herself had a very successful career as a sporthorse in north Germany. Habicht was said to be unattractive and lanky as a two year old and barely passed inspection. But he went on to win his 100-day performance test and become one of the best three-day horses Germany has produced in modern times. Two injuries to his rider, Martin Plewe, both unrelated to Habicht, were the only factors that kept him from the 1976 Montreal Olympics and the 1978 World Games in Lexington. They won the CCI*** at Achselschwang and in 1977 were the best German pair at the Burghley CCI****. Habicht died after a freak injury and leg fracture soon after his 25th birthday. He has established the most prominent warmblood eventing dynasty in the world, mainly through his sons Windfall, Sixtus, Parforce, and others. His descendants are known like a mantra in Germany. All sports are represented. The most prominent young dressage horse in Germany until her tragic accident recently, Renaissance Fleur TSF, was a strongly Habicht-influenced descendant. Here in the US, names like Martini, Peron, Livius, Feuertaenzer, Stiletto, Mahon, San Remo, Sonset's Sieger, Sinatra, and many others are familiar.

Habicht was often used as the ideal jumper model in demonstrations in Germany, noted for his perfection in front leg elevation, willingness to jump, and bascule.

Wundermaedel xxMuch of the story of Wundermaedel xx has already appeared above. She was born in Bavaria in 1979. Her sire won the St. Legere in 1971 and was second in the German Derby. In the mid-80's he was ranked top steeplechase sire, as was his father in the mid-70's. Kaiseradler also sired Patricius xx, who in turn sired the Grand Prix winner and elite Trakehner stallion Van Deyk (who has eight approved sons) and another Grand Prix horse, Goldino (who has three approved sons). Not a bad line of dressage descendants for a racehorse!One ought not to leave this family of horses without mentioning the Shagya Arabian from Hungary, Lapis. Near the end of World War II Lapis saved the life of a German cavalryman named Walther Schmidt-Salzmann after the German Army was defeated in central Russia, by carrying him home over 6000 kilometers (3600 miles) across devastated winter-frozen land, with often nothing to eat but straw. Lapis not only held up, but arrived home in good physical condition and went on to become a great breeding sire. One may speak of proven performance in sport horses, but this is another level of proof entirely. The rarest of blood is the Shagyas', and it is this type of excellence that engenders the fanaticism found in their aficionados. The prepotency of Shagya genetic influence is expressed in the old German breeders' adage: "One drop of this blood in the bucket is enough."

Wundermaedel raced nine times as a three-year-old with one win and five placings. When at age five she was inspected by the Trakehner Verband she received the dream score of 10 for type. She went on to event with wins and placings up to advanced. She has produced one great event horse after another. Her daughter Windspiel (by Hyalit) was "Trakehner of the Year 1997" and was the best German-bred horse at the Luhmuehlen CCI*** the same year, finishing seventh. Every colt Wundermaedel produced was selected for the Neumuenster stallion inspections, five colts in all.

At age nineteen, Windfall's competition story is now mostly told, but he has a little more to do and is enjoying learning the Grand Prix dressage movements. We believe that breeding stock is more valuable when performance proven and he has had the opportunity to show his worth. Now it will soon be time for his foals to carry on the tradition started by Lapis.

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