Riverman was the Reserve Champion of his Holsteiner stallion licensing, where he was titled the “Top Model” of the approvals. Riverman stood as a Verband stallion for three years, producing high percentages of premium offspring. After these foal crops, Riverman stood 2nd in the 2000 German FN’s Jumping Index and 3rd in the Overall Index for stallions of his age group, due to the success of his offspring in both dressage and jumping competition.
Shortly after his importation to the US, Riverman won the 1995 Grand Championship at Dressage at Devon. His clearly suspended and elevated movement showed tremendous fluidity and suppleness, and combined with his beautiful type captured the attention of breeders in North America.
Due to the demands of his breeding schedule, Riverman was only competed one season in the US, but he continued his training through the Grand Prix level. His powerful gaits, generated from an active hind leg, made the work easy for this talented stallion and piaffe and passage were particular favorites in his training.
Riverman’s pedigree offers access to many of the top bloodlines successful in international sport. His sire Redfort was a successful Grand Prix dressage horse, but descends from lines best known for their show jumping talent. Redfort is by Rebel Z, the full brother to Olympic Medalists Ratina Z and Renomee Z. Rebel I Z was ranked as the top jumper sire in 1995/1996 by the WBFSH and is also the broodmare sire of Hanoverian State Stallion El Bundy.
Riverman descends from the Holsteiner Stamm 4 through his dam Alexis III. Her sire Landego is a son of the legendary Landgraf I. Landgraf was known for his lovely face, good movement, and excellent character, but it was his jumping ability, and the consistency with which he passed this ability on, that have made him one of the most influential show jumping sires of all-time. Another legendary Holsteiner stallion, Cor de la Bryere, is found further back in Alexis’s pedigree and anchors the genetics which Riverman offers.
It is Riverman’s offspring though that set him apart as a truly exceptional sire. We rarely see the results that Riverman’s offspring have produced in so many different venues and at all levels. Show jumping talent is no surprise given Riverman’s pedigree. His daughter Rebecca X has been a member of the Italian Nation’s Cup Team and has a long international Grand Prix career to her record. Riverstone is also competing at the World Cup qualifier level. Son Reno, an approved stallion, was the winner of the IJF Midwest Finals as a 4 year old and competed through Grand Prix in the US and Bling It On has just moved up to the Grand Prix in 2009. River of Dreams won thirteen Grand Prix in 2012 & 2013. In the hunter ring, Riverman offspring show their beautiful form, elegant movement, and consistency to earn top ribbons. Diamond River was winner of the 2013 yLos Angeles Int’l Hunter Derby and Dreamwork earned multiple Junior & Performance Hunter Championships on A circuit in 2014. In Hunter Breeding, Riverside was the Zone 8 Hunter Breeding 3-Year Old Horse of the Year.
FEI dressage riders seek out Riverman offspring for their elegance and elastic movement. River Run Roscoe, Reminiscent, O’Susannah, and Cody are all competing at the FEI Levels. Amazingly, Cody is part of a well-known Advanced Pairs Driving Team with Larry Poulin as well. Cody and Rivage (another Riverman son) were the 2007 US National Champions for Pairs Driving and have twice represented the US at the World Pairs Championships.
In the past few years it has been clear that Riverman offspring excel as three-day eventing horses. Eventing enthusiasts look to Riverman for movement, boldness cross-country, and excellent scope. R-Star and FDF Riverina are both listed on the FEI WBFSH Eventing Rankings list. Slate River, bred by Elizabeth Callahan out of a Bonjour mare, was leading the USEA Intermediate Leader Board rankings for most of the 2009 season. At the 2009 Fair Hill CCI*** we had the pleasure of watching R-Star and Slate River finish 10th & 11th – Riverman was the only stallion to have two offspring finishing in the top 20 of this prestigious event. Not surprisingly, Riverman became the 2009 USEF Eventing Sire of the Year and both R-Star and Slate River have competed at the Rolex CCI****. In 2014, Fleecework’s Royal won the West Coast Young Event Horse 5-Yr Old Championship.
Riverman offers his athleticism and a beautiful type consistently to his mares. Jumping ability transmits through strongly and we recommend his offspring for riders aiming to compete in the upper levels of their chosen discipline.