There are many famous Oldenburgs in the history of the breed, but some of the most famous stallions will continue on in history through the performances of their offspring. Some of the most famous Oldenburgs include Zeus, Donnerhall, Relevant, and Gameboy. Each one of these Oldenburgs has proven themselves both in the ring as well as in breeding programs both in Germany and North America.
Considered to be one of the most important stallions in the Oldenburg breed, Inschallah has sired an amazing number of championship and Olympic medal winning dressage and show jumping Oldenburgs. Inschallah added a long, showy gait to the breed and also was considered to have the ideal disposition for an Oldenburg, kind and gentle without any signs of poor temperament, even when at stud. His offspring are considered to have the same temperament and the line is highly desirable in Europe as well as in the United States.
Zeus was an Oldenburg stallion that produced a huge number of offspring that were considered to be outstanding jumpers. It is estimated that the offspring of Zeus have earned an estimated four million dollars in the show jumping ring. Zeus himself was judged to be the championship stallion in his age group for nine separate years and was kept at stud at the Gestuet Vorwerk farm in Germany. The influence of Zeus on the German Oldenburg has been profound with the strong jumping ability as well as proud carriage of Zeus obvious in his offspring.
Donnerhall was a dressage stallion that won over 65 first place championships in the Grand Prix Dressage classes held by the FEI. In addition he was on the gold winning team for the Dressage World Championship and actually won an individual bronze medal in the same competition. Donnerhall has strongly influenced both jumping and dressage Oldenburgs in competitions and won the Oldenburg Stallion of the Year award in 1998. Donnerhall retired at the age of 17 and was still winning competitions at that age.
One of the most recent of the long line of championship Oldenburg horses, Relevant won the Grand Prix as well as the Grand Prix Special in 2004, followed by the team bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics. Relevant has been involved in many other different events and competitions both nationally in Germany as well as internationally, always with an outstanding showing. Relevant's offspring continue to show high levels of ability and skills at international events, and are some of the highest priced Oldenburgs sold privately or at auctions worldwide.
There are also many well known and excellent competition Oldenburgs that are mares and geldings. Breeding and registration of Oldenburgs is very controlled to ensure that only the best possible offspring are produced to continue on with the athletic ability of the breed. Registration and testing for both mares and stallions is a critical point in the overall breeding programs both in North America and Europe.