The Hannoveraner Verband has honoured Wilfried Berg as the breeder of Celle state stud stallion Stanley with their Grand Prize. The colourful chestnut stallion out of the extremely successful dam line of Adda had an unsteady career, but is now receiving more attention due to the success of his offspring.

Born on January 24, 2006, Stanley grew up at the Hunnesrück stallion station. In the 300-day test he convinced with his very good jumping to finish third in this discipline with an index of 129.36 points. Thereafter he moved into his stallion box at the breeding station in Verden.

Stanley was brought into sport by Sven Rudolph, who celebrated showjumping victories with him as a four-year-old. When Stanley's first generation of foals was born he was stationed in Ankum and competing under the saddle of Eva Bitter with whom he won the Hanoverian showjumping championship in Warendorf. His career was then repeatedly interrupted with injury and ended in 2011.

As a result, Stanley disappeared from the breeding radar and his popularity decreased significantly. Now, however, the first results of his offspring are available and the high breeding value in young horse classes (154) confirms his own performance in this age group. In Germany, he ranks third behind two other Celle state stud stallions: Qualito and Diacontinus. But also the breeding value for the highest achieved class is positive with 123. His sporting figureheads include Han.Pr.A. Sally with Finja Bormann, Smire S with the Syrian Yasser Al Sharif, Stuart with Katrin Eckermann, Stakata with Poland's Adam Grzegorzewski, and Sandra Auffarth's Steve.

The success of Stanley's offspring is no coincidence as his day competed herself until the age of eight up to medium (M) level. His half-sister Escada (Escudo) placed at advanced level with Dieter Smitz, while his dam's full sister, Larissa, produced the internationally successful show jumper Pikeur Felice (For Pleasure) with Tjark Nagel and the nationally advanced (S) level successful Catrice D (Cassini II). Leonie Böckmann's current successful horse Label d'Amour (Landadel x Stakkato) and the internationally successful private stallion Saint Amour (Stakkato x Sherlock Holmes) with Swante Johansson can be traced back to Stanley's granddam Ginger, who is also the granddam of St.Pr.St. Sarah. She was honoured as Hannoveraner Mare of the Year in 2017 due to the success of her offspring.

Although Stanley's competitive career enjoyed an upward trajectory, it ended too abruptly. The award of the Grande Prize, which will be presented to his breeder Wilfried Berg at a later date in a dignified setting, as an expression of the appreciation of this heredity by the breeding committee of the Hannoveraner Verband.