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Hanoverian Stallion of the Year


Escudo I (Photo:
Escudo I (Photo:
At the Hanoverian stallion licensing in Verden today the 18 year-old sire Escudo I was proclaimed Stallion of the Year.

Escudo I is by Espri x Arkansas and born on May 23, 1991. He was bred by Allmer Knoop, Loxstedt, and raised by Heinz Katt, Bremervörde.

The black stallion Escudo I was licensed in 1993 and excelled by jumping like a rubber ball. He was purchased by the Lower Saxony state stud Celle and was celebrated the following year as champion of the stallion performance test in Adelheidsdorf. He achieved a jumping index of 144,9.

The brown state premium mare Athene by Arkansas x Woermann was purchased at the age of three by Escudo's breeder Allmer Knoop. Athene was very successful at the Louis Wiegels show and also produced the one year younger full brother Escudo II which became the licensing champion in 1994. A further full brother Erik was a successful jumper at S-level.

At the age of 5 Escudo became Hanoverian jumping champion and became vice federal champion. He has produced internationally successful jumpers like Enorm (Ludger Beerbaum), Escobar (Thomas Weinberg) and El Paso (Jessico Kürten, Markus Beerbaum). For a number of years Escudo I has been one of the most prolefic producers of jumping horses in Germany and holds in index of 151.

306 Escudo I daughters have been graded in the Hanoverian breed and 83 have been granted the state premium. 89 foals and 67 riding horses have been sold through the auctions in Verden and 25 sons of his have been licensed; 15 of these are approved in the Hanoverian studbook. Escudo's sons Earl and El Bundy have won their stallion licensing performance test just like their sire. His son Embassy is one of the most sought-after jumping sires in the Hanoverian breed.