Checkmate is a beautiful typey stallion, with a lovely expression, he is very modern, with correct conformation. Checkmate is a good mover, with 3 good gaits, he has a superb jump, jumping with excellent technique/form,and clearly shows a lot of scope. Checkmate also displays a good temperament, and is very nice to work with.
Checkmate`s sire is the Oldenburg stallion Check In. In 2005 Check In became the OS Reserve Champion Stallion, finished his 30 day test in Redefin with a final score of 9.08 with emphasis on jumping, was awarded the I-b premium in 2007, won a Bundeschampionat qualifier with a score of 9.2 in 2008 and has meanwhile collected ribbons in the international Youngster Tour. Check In's sire Cordalmé Z, was a top performance horse and sire, winning Nations Prizes with Gilbert Böckmann. He sired 13 licensed sons, including Couleur Rubin who placed in World Cups with Ludger Beerbaum, He also sired two Olympic Game participants: Careful in Sydney/AUS in 2000 and Casper in Athens/GRE in 2004, as well as many SPS mares and mare champions. Check In's dam Ilonka (sire Lord Pezi) competed in the 2005 Bundeschampionat Final and Gilbert Böckmann rode her to many victories in show jumping up to advanced (S*) level.
Checkmate's dam Evita is sired by the Oldenburg stallion Rio Zeus (Ramino x Zeus), Grand-dam Ejinde sired by Zeus, was a champion jumper under several riders in Germany. Zeus progeny have won over 5 million DM to date. Some of Zeus' highly successful show jumping progeny: Lonesome Dove, Czar, Zymbal I, Zymbal II, Swift, Beach Boy, Zenit, Zyklon, Zarino 4, Zunkunft, Zaandam, Zapateado, Zyklus, Zeno, Zandor Z, Marlon [VDL], and Zaster 5 make Zeus a paramount producer of show jumpers. Today, Zeus is still one of the most sought after sires of show jumpers. Zeus was brother of Diabless I ISO 160, ISO 140 Icare C and Figaro VII ISO 134. He goes to the Germany where he was, in 1980, the best sire of winners in CSO (Mr. Midnight Madness Whitacker, Zampano double champion. In North America, Zeus has proven to be a very consistent and highly sought after sire of top hunters, and stallion sons including Alla Czar and Jupiter, have proven to be very consistent hunter sires. (Photo Credit Kiki Beelitz)
Checkmate recently finished his 70 day test at Silver Creek Farm in OK, USA. He had a very good test finishing 3rd overall in the jumping with a score of 121.18, his Dressage score was 106.96 (6th) and Checkmate finished 6th overall with a 113.36. Some highlights Include Character 9.50, Temperament 9.0, Willingness to work 9.5, Gallop/Canter 8.25, Walk 8, trot 7.5 Free Jumping 9, Stadium Jumping 8.5, Cross Country Jump 8.5, Cross Country Gallop 8.5, Rideability 8.
Checkmate was also one of only 3 stallions approved by the Hanoverian Verband and American Hanoverian Society following the test.
Checkmate will be showing in the hunter ring starting in 2014
Checkmate is licensed and approved:
German Oldenburg Verband
American Hanoverian Society
Westfalen Verband (Westfalen Mares)
RPSI (Studbook 1)
KWPN-NA (Reg A)
OLD/NA-ISR (Foals are eligible for Full Registration, will be inspected 2014)