stems from the well known lineage of Oesterdihoff, that has produced
many jumping horses. He also draws from the blood of contest
millionaires of jumping such as Grannus, Pilot, Weinberg, Adlerorden and
his grand dam, is a unique mare, competing in tests of 1,40 m and has
produced international horses such as Pour la Merit, Piroschka, Co-Pilot
I, Pro-Pilot II (Pusshkin) and Phantom. He was first at his test at
scores of 8,5 and 9 for aptitudes of the jump.
Gratianus was victorious in
the Classic Cycle for stallions of four years old in 1996. At
seven years he was seventh in Gesves, third-third-and tenth at Torhout,
as well as completing several doubles without fault in the Classic
he continued his international career under the saddle of Dirk du
Meersman, Caen, Brussels. Descendants
have been well-noted in free jumping competitions for young horses (winners at Nieuwvliet, Malines) and doing well
in model and appearance tests.