Sire, Vitalis is the youngest stallion on the World Breeding rankings, Vitalis is placed eleventh in the WBFSH ranking of the world’s best dressage sires. He owes this top ranking to his offspring who are successful in Grand Prix, first and foremost to Vamos Amigos/Cathrine Dufour/DEN, team World Champion, double individual Vice World Champion, placed second in the World Cup and victorious in Aachen. First-Step Valentin/Larissa Pauluis/BEL, World and European Championship participant, Valesco, placed third in the Louisdor Prize and winner of the Otto-Lörke Prize, Valencia AS/both Fabienne Müller-Lütkemeier, placed second in the Louisdor Prize, and Valparaiso/Laura Strobel, Van der Veen/Carl Hedin/SWE, Valerias/Philipp Paradiso/ITA, Vom Feinsten/Maike Schreiner and Vanotti/Jasmin Schaudt are also worth mentioning. Vinay NRW/Ellen Richter/GER won the team gold medal in the U25 European Championships and won the gold medal in the U25 German Championships. In 2016, Victoria’s Secret became World Champion in Ermelo/NED after winning the German Championships the year before. ZINQ First Vienna FH/Lucie-Anouk Baumgürtel was bronze medallist at the German Championships for young dressage horses. Valentin H/Ines Knoll won the gold medal at the DSP Championships and at the Baden-Württember Regional Championships (3y.o.). Violetta D won the silver medal and Vanilla Sky won the bronze medal. Weihvirgin (4y.o.) came second at the Oldenburg Regional Championships and Vital Hit Caledonia took the lead in the three-year-old stallion class.
The number of Vitalis’ licensed sons now amounts to over 60, including stallions Vitalos (Vice World Champion, German Champion and Hanoverian Champion), Viva Vitalis (Champion Stallion and third at his stallion performance test), Valverde NRW (Champion Stallion, triple Westphalian Champion, German Champion, fourth at the World Championships for young dressage horses and placed in Inter II), and Vogue (Westphalian Reserve Champion, 940,000-euro Stallion Market top price, stallion performance test winner, Hanoverian Champion and Danish premium stallion) as well as the stallions Villeneuve ( Reserve Champion, Vice World Champion of young dressage horses, third at the German Championships and eighth in the Burg Cup), Vaderland (Westphalian Reserve Champion and bronze medallist at the Regional Championships), Va’Pensiero (German and Hanoverian Champion), Vangelis (DSP Vice Champion), Geyer’s Vivendi (Austrian Warmblood Champion Stallion) and Obsession Taonga (KWPN stallion performance test winner), who clearly stand out.
The Champion Mares Va’Pensiera (Hanover), Vienna (Westphalia), Virginia K (Rhineland), Vjera (DSP) as well as Valina and Valerie (Baden-Württemberg) stand out amongst over 100 state premium mares. The latter also secured gold at the DSP Championships with Nicola Haug and bronze at the Baden-Württemberg Regional Championships (3y.o.).
Vitalis’ foals often reach top prices: the colt Vardy was sold for 120,000 euros at the Oldenburg Elite Auction. Auctioned for 53,000 euros, VIP was second top price at the Summer Mixed Sales in Vechta.
Vitalis was Champion Foal in the Netherlands in 2007, Reserve Champion of the NRW licensing in 2009, winner of the dressage index of his stallion performance test in 2010, placed at the World Championships and Pavo Cup final in 2012, Champion in the USA and again qualified for the World Championships with a record number of points in 2013 and victorious in the International Small Tour at only seven years old in 2014. He came back to Germany and, in 2016, ridden by Isabel Freese, won the Burg Cup final in Frankfurt and the “Stallion of the year” competition at Inter I level at the World Championships in Ermelo/NED.
Vitalis was Vivaldi’s first licensed stallion. Vivaldi was Reserve Champion of his stallion performance test in the Netherlands. In 2007, he won the Pavo Cup for five-year-old dressage horses and in 2008 and 2009, ridden by Hans Peter Minderhoud/NED, he won the KNHS/KWPN stallion competition, where he was awarded 10 for his trot. He was then internationally successful up to Prix St. Georges. In 2013, he won the VHO trophy at the KWPN licensing. After that, he was predominantly used for breeding and Vivaldi produced numerous exceptional stallions, namely in the Netherlands with Desperado N.O.P./Emmelie Scholtens/NED, Glock’s Dream Boy N.O.P./Hans Peter Minderhoud/NED, Expression/Diederik van Silfhout/NED, Eye Catcher and Ferdinand, and in Germany with Van Vivaldi (Westphalian Reserve Champion), Versace (Oldenburg Reserve Champion), Cennin/Madeleine Witte-Vrees/NED (Oldenburg Ic main premium stallion), Veneziano/Daniel Bachmann Andersen/DEN (second Oldenburg Reserve Champion), Livaldon (Hanoverian premium stallion) as well as Vivino, record top price of the Stallion Market, sold for over two million euros and Hanoverian premium stallion.