The sire Johnson is a son of the keur stallion Jazz who performed at grand prix level with Tineke Bartels. Grandsire, Olympic Cocktail also performed at the highest level and achieved numerous victories in grand prix and kur to music. Grandsire, Flemmingh, is famous for producing the grand prix dressage horses, Krack C with Anky van Grunsven and Lingh with Edward Gal. Great grandsire Sultan is not only the sire of the Oldenburg approved stallion Sion, but also of the worldfamous jumper It’s Otto from Geoff Billington. Johnson descends from the famous 'Reina' line; the renowned mare line from breeder Wim van Arkel. Famous horses from this motherline include Darkdream, Sultan, Kallisto, Mendel, Charmeur and Waldo.
Johnson combines an exquisite pedigree with a perfect dressage model and three excellent gaits. He also boasts a good temperament and rideability. Johnson was the overall champion of the KWPN stallionshow in 2005. From his first breeding year three offspring were selected to participate in the finals of the Dressage World Championships at Verden. Amongst them were Bretton Woods and Boston. Johnson has three approved sons with the KWPN: Breezer, Bretton Woods and Jacksparrow. Johnson himself is very succesfull in international dressage competitions with Hans Peter Minderhoud. In 2014 Johnson placed 6th at the World Cup in Neumunster and is successfully competing at Grand Prix.
Some highlights of the foal's dam, Donnerkind's dressage career with Paralympic rider Lee Pearson include:
2003 World Paralympic Championships in Belgium:
Gold individual medal in the Kur
4th - Championship Test - Grade 1b
Team Gold Grade 1b
French International Championships: 1st - Championship Test - Grade 1 and 1st - Kur - Grade 1
Hungarian International Champion. 2003 British Dressage National Championships 1st (Novice). Donnerkind competed sucessfully in dressage accumulating 66 BD points and regularly winning at Novice level.
Donnerkind has produced three foals previously by Olympic Silvano and Dimaggio. She is graded into the Hanoverian Main Stud Book and the Oldenburg Head Stud Book. She was bred by Christian Heinrich in Germany and was on the front cover of the Hanoverian Studbook as a three year old.
Donnerkind comes from an exceptional mare line. Her dam Elana is also the dam of Allegra (by Akzent II) who produced two exceptional foals - Fleurie and Farah (both by Florestan). Farah is the dam of the dressage stallion Being Bling. Fleurie is described by Euro Dressage as 'one of the most successful and most promising FEI dressage horses' and became Swedish Young Horse Champion 5 years on a row.
Donnerkind's sire Donnerhall is regarded as the most successful dressage horse in the world. After many wins in Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and freestyle classes at International level he became German champion, team world champion and individual bronze medal winner in The Hague. He also won Team gold and individual bronze at the European Dressage Championships in Verden. Donnerhall won the World Cup European League, as well as being the Oldenburg dressage stallion of the year in 1997 and 1998. Donnerhall is also one of the most successful dressage sires, having been at the very top of the FN (German) breeding value ratings, produced several top priced auction horses and over 50 approved stallions.