Weltmeyer – this was a well-established name and a “trademark” worldwide. No matter whether in Australia, the US, Russia or Africa – everybody familiar with the dressage horse business knew his name. The middle-framed chestnut with the captivating presence was surrounded by an aura of sanctity and invincibility. Weltmeyer had his roots in the north-western area of Lower Saxony, in the Kehdinger Land, one of the main Hanoverian breeding areas. He was born in 1984 in the stable of Hermann Meyer in Allwörden. His breeder still remembers today: “When I saw the colt the first time, I immediately knew that he was something special! It is only once in a lifetime that you breed such a horse!” But Hermann Meyer couldn’t foresee that Weltmeyer would later bring him that much fame. He rejected many sale offers for the colt to which he gave the name Weltwunder. The succeeding incredibly fantastic career should prove him right. The youngster matured into an impressive young stallion, leaving the Verden Stallion Licensing in 1986 as unbeaten winner and state stud stallion. The retired manager of the Celle National State Stud, Dr. Bade, purchased the self-confident and brilliantly moving stallion in the first lot of stallions for the Hanoverian breed. And it was Dr. Bade who accurately renamed the stallion into Weltmeyer. It was the birth of a legend. And his streak of success never ended!
The stallion licensing victory followed the victory at the stallion performance test in 1987. Weltmeyer is one of only few German stallions to earn more than 140 points in all evaluations! He was simply unbeatable. Under OSM Hans-Peter Klaus, he became the first Celle state stud stallion to win the Federal Championship title in Vechta, also in 1987. And this successful series was continued with the Freiherr von Stenglin-Prize in 1988, the nomination “Best Stallion of the Year 1988” and the DLG-victory in Frankfurt/Main in 1989. It was no more than a logical consequence that Weltmeyer would be proclaimed Hanoverian Stallion of the Year some day, and this honour followed in 1998.
And Weltmeyer’s stallion career was as exemplary. His successes made breeding rates explode. His focus was to pass on his outstanding dressage predisposition to his offspring, with his progeny displaying the necessary spirit and an intelligent alertness, combined with above-average movement and an excellent hindquarter – all these features became his trademark. Mentioning all his breeding successes would go far beyond the scope of this obituary. But key numbers such as a breed value of 148 points, a total amount of lifetime winnings of his offspring of 2.3 mio. Euro and the unbelievable number of 2200 registered competition horses, among them 400 successful medium and 175 advanced level horses, speak for themselves. He sired the Olympic horses Wie Weltmeyer/Emma Hindle, Weltall (VA)/Martin Schaudt and Vincent/Bernadette Pujals. His son Warum Nicht FRH/Isabell Werth represents the crop of internationally successful championship horses. Weltmeyer is sire to 11 Federal Champions, among them state stud stallion Wolkentanz and Wolkenstein II, and he appears as grandsire in countless pedigrees. Many of his meanwhile 108 licensed sons followed in their sire’s footsteps as they also won their stallion licensing events. And his daughters are as successful as his sons. Many Weltmeyer-daughters dominated local mare shows, and many of them represented their sire and the Hanoverian brand at trans-regional mare shows, for example state premium mare Weltina who became Champion of the Federal Mare Show in Neustadt/Dosse in 2002. Another example is Windrose; she competed at international level, earning the Reserve Championship-title at the European Mare Show in Brussels in 1992. Weltmeyer’s legacy will live on in his more than 1300 daughters, as hardly any other stallion ever has had such a tremendous influence on the Hanoverian mare basis as the impressive World Cup I-son.
Brentano II and Espri already left our stallion stock before, we now lost another grand seigneur. Even though Weltmeyer will not return to the Marstall any more, we will never cease to remember him. He has left his mark on the Hanoverian horse breed, and he will live on in his sons and particularly in his daughters. To honour him, the Weltmeyer-fountain will be inaugurated late in summer this year – it is too bad that he will not be with us any more.