Worldwide with Claire Seidl-Wickens.
Worldwide joins an exclusive group of stallions in Australia to be approved as hanoverian breeding horses - there are just eight others. In New Zealand, only four stallions are approved.
Now, progeny by Worldwide from registered mares can be "H" (hanoverian) branded. He has a full license with the Verband's stallion book in Germany, which means frozen semen can be sent all over the world.
Worldwide was bought from Germany as a young horse from Werner Heitgress by Wanganui breeder Berny Maubach. Worldwide was used extensively as a stallion for Maubach, and he crossed particularly well with his Dynamit and Genius mares.
The liver chestnut stallion has a notable pedigree, being by the Weltmeyer stallion Weltbuerger, from the Brentano II mare Bella.
Worldwide had an impressive ridden career with Maubach's wife, Jutta Rosenblatt. The pair won the NZ National Novice Championship and Medium Horse of the Year title, and competed to the level of Prix St George, scoring well above 55%. But with the need to bring in new bloodlines to Vollrath Stud, Maubach sold Worldwide to Australian rider Claire Seidl-Wickens in 2006.
The registrar for the Hanoverian Horse Society of Australia, Rachel Whiting, said Worldwide's approval was good news for breeders. "(He) is another stallion with different bloodlines that can be used here in Australia with fresh and chilled semen.
"It brings the registered, Licensed and Performance Tested Hanoverian Stallions in Australia up to 9 as Worldwide joins an influential and talented group of imported Hanoverian stallions consisting of Jaybee Alabaster, Cannavaro, Ferrero Rocher, Fishermans Friend, Lauries As, Prince Noir, Riverside and Whisper.
"He recently obtained his Performance through the sport of dressage under rider and owner Claire Seidl. Stallions obtaining their performance requirement in this way must place 1st to 3rd in five Official Prix St George competitions obtaining marks of over 55%," she said.
On May 7 at the Sydney CDI three-star competition Worldwide again performed consistently, winning the Prix St Georges class, with a percentage of 65.175 and the Advanced Freestyle with 68.417%. He also placed fifth in the Advanced 5.3 with 64.065%, and sixth in the Advanced 5.4 with 63.810%.
Worldwide was provisionally licensed in December 1996, and ranked 16/40 for rideability in his 100-day performance test in Adelheidsdorf. He did not reach the necessary 90 points for registration with the New Zealand Hanoverian Society due to his jumping under saddle.
"My feeling for this young un-named stallion in 1996 and my consequent stubbornness to resist and not submit to the Verband's decree -"you can't have him as he failed his performance test"; in my book under dubious circumstances - has paid off," said Maubach.
"It was an absolute commercial decision to sell Worldwide as he had given us many young fillies to breed on. Our luck of course was that we found Claire Seidl-Wickens in Australia as a buyer and an extremely able rider/competitor. We are just so thrilled and wish Claire with 'our' Worldwide a most successful future," he said.
Vollrath has two younger stallions. "Left at Vollrath now is the similar task to achieve with our Lessing, who certainly did not fail anything, the same: To have him registered via his own performance as a dressage horse. Jutta and I have no doubt whatsoever that this will be achieved," Maubach said.