Related C.J. Park Warmbloods progeny:
CJP Feinerlis, CJP Firstem
Hanoverian Breeding News:
Spectacles on: Wenzel I, Leading dressage sire of 1997/1998
As chairman of the "Official Auctions of Belgian Sport Horses and Foals Corporation", Dirk Zagers is a respected person in the auction environment because of his extensive knowledge on bloodlines. Besides organizing the annual BWP Winter auction, Dirk contributes a part of his time on examining bloodlines for the WBFSH. In the Breeding Guide of 1998 he wrote the following excerpt on Wenzel
Last year Wenzel I by Woerman was still teetering on the brink of the top ten, but for 1998 he is the absolute number one in the dressage rankings. With three progeny, Wenzel I has gained 2,149 points, to which the greatest contribution was made by LRF Walk On Top. One notable fact is that all Wenzel I's gets are out of an Absatz dam. This applies both to the annual ranking list as to the all-time best rankings. The phenomenon is also apparent in breeding stallions. Nine out of 24 approved stallions by Wenzel I are out of dams descended from Absatz.
Yet we cannot say that Wenzel owes his number one position to Absatz' influence. The powerful dam lines which many performing descendants carry, are of great importance to Wenzel's top position. Louise Nathorst's Walk on Top and Christine Mary Doan's Welfin are from the same line. Other successful descendants with Wenzel in their line are Isabell Werth's beautiful Trakehner x Hanoverian. Sired by the gorgeous black Argument/T out a Wenzel I dam, Anthony FRH covered the 26th place in the dressage horse rankings of 1998. His full sister gave birth to the approved Davignon I son, De Niros, who placed fourth in the Stallion Performance Test of Verden. Wenzel I's approved son Western Star became an important sire with his Olympic bronze medal winning son Jonggor's Weyden
One of the first of the ‘Dressage’ sires, Wenzel was always a somewhat controversial stallion, and there are those who suggest that he did not throw horses with the most cooperative temperaments (blamed on his grandsire, Don Carlos), and he was certainlythe producer of ‘roarers’. Still the results are on the board, and there are not many stallions that have been so successful as Wenzel with 612 competition horses in Germany alone, with winnings of DM880,000 - and almost all of that in the dressage arena. On the World Breeding Standings he currently has seven international competitors listed, which puts him 10th on the rankings for the period 1992-2001. Wenzel was one of the first sons of Woerman to shine, and was out of a mare by Matador/Don Carlos/Frustra II.
Wenzel was raised at Hunnesrück, the property owned by the State Stud, and at his performance test in 1979 looked underdone compared to the others who were primarily from private studs. However his performance was excellent and he finished first of 31, beating notable opponents, including Genever, by Gotthard, and Eiger II by Eisenherz.
He became the Best Sire of 1980, and the 1982 Reserve Champion at the DLG. In Hannover alone, he left 1,208 progeny, including 350 broodmares, 68 of them state's premium mares. At the elite auction he was represented by 80 offspring. Eight riding horses and one approved son sold for more than DM100,000 - the first to break the 100K barrier was Walk On Top, prepared for the auction by Inge Schmezer, who later won the 1998 World Cup final with Sweden's Louise Nathhorst. At the 2001 European championships, his son, Weldon Surprise (below) - a real typical ‘Wenzel’ - performed excellently for his Portuguese rider, Daniel Pinto.
Wenzel was also an excellent sire of stallions (Wousselt, Western Star. Westerland, Westbury) and through Western Star is the grandsire of Jongger’s Weyden.
He was to his dying day, a grand old horse, with that air of someone who knew he was very special, andwith just a touch of wickedness lurking in that big eye!