The career of the extraordinary sire Contendro I in a few key words: 1999 Holstein premium stallion, winner of the 2000 Adelheidsdorf stallion performance test, placed in the 2001 Holstein Riding Horse Championships, and was nominated for the Bundeschampionate. His heavy breeding schedule only allowed for sporadic appearances at shows but when he competed, he always took home a ribbon.
His sire, Contender, is one of the world's leading jumper-makers.
Contendro's dam, Bravo, is also the dam of the licensed stallion, Caretano Z (by Caretino), who died much too early in 2001 after a brief but highly successful career as the 1997 Reserve Bundeschampion, 1999 World Champion of 7-year old show jumpers, and a World Cup Finalist in Gothenberg, Sweden.
Contendro I is one of the best advertisements for the famous Holstein performance line 104 a. More than 30 of his sons have been licensed so far.In the auctions, Contendro's offspring are also exceptionally impressive. As of 2010, his offspring had sold for a total of 4.6 million Euro in Verden, the most ever for a jumper sire at the Hanoverian auctions. His son, Carlucci, sold for a top price of 280,000 Euro at the 2007 Hanoverian Spring Elite Auction, and Contendro's son, Codex One, was sold for 170,000 Euro – the highest price at the 2004 Hanoverian Elite Auction. Both stallions have gone on to be successful in the show rings and as show jumping sires.
A Contendro I daughter called Con Pleasure was the celebrated 2005 OS International Champion Mare, and the following year, her foal by Solitair sold at the 5th Oldenburg Elite Foal Auction in Vechta for a top price of 40,000 Euro. In 2006, Contendro I's daughters dominated the free jumping competitions in Verden: Cascada, Catalina, and Cortina all took first place in the classes for four year olds. In 2005, a State Premium candidate mare named Corletta won the free jumping class for three year olds.
Contendro I is present nationally and internationally through his foals. Just as an example: The Westphalian Foal Championships 2006 in Milte was won by a Contendro I colt, and at the Elite Foal Auction in Brabant, the Netherlands, Brainpower was sold for a top price of 28.000 Euro. Hundreds of Contendro's foals have spread throughout the world through the auctions in Verden, Vechta and Münster-Handorf, selling to customers from all of Europe and abroad.