Stood by the Holsteiner Verband, Million Dollar provides the breeders with an extraordinary option.
Under the saddle of Sophie Hinners he clearly demonstrated his potential over the 2022 season and wowed the crowds with his special charisma and quality jumping. The stallion displays the colourful markings of his sire Plot Blue. His movement is very good, with an outstandingly consistent walk, very forward and ground-covering, a trot with good knee action, and a very efficient, powerful and well-carried canter. His jumping is more than convincing, extremely careful, with a good bascule, an excellent push-off and the ability to be expected from his bloodline.
This sire has proven everything with his own performance. By now, his offspring demonstrate their quality in competition, making him the current poster boy of the Elmshorn stallion stable. Mares to be bred by him should be rather leggy. He reliably passes on his jumping qualities as well as his impressive personality with all his performance attitude which makes his handling really easy.
Million Dollar carries a rare concentration of top level sport performance genes. His sire Vater Plot Blue won team gold at the Lexington WEG in 2010, won the World Cup final in 2010 and the top ten final in 2009. His damsire Vigo d’Arsouilles won individual gold at the Lexington WEG in 2010 and his third sire, Cento, was team gold medallist at the Sydney Olympics, won the World Cup final in Leipzig and the Aachen grand prix.
Million Dollar’s dam, Gin Tonic de Muze, was only ever used for breeding, but his second dam, Daytona de Muze, was successfully shown at 1.60m level by Jody Bosteels and later sold to the USA. His third dam, Wallon de Muze, used to be a successful sport horse (1.60m) with Michel Hécart, same as her full sister, Walnut de Muze, with Harrie Smolders. The fourth dam, Qerly Chin by Chin Chin, was successfully shown at international level by Eric Lamaze.
The family of Million Dollar is described as follows by their founder, Joris de Brabander: “The horses from this mare family have good looks and good movement. They are easy to ride and have been demonstrating their sport performance potential at international level over generations.”
Own Performance of Million Dollar
He was 30-day tested in Schlieckau in December 2015 where he scored 8.25 on rideability and 9.75 on jumping ability. He has been approved for the Holsteiner breeding programme at the Elmshorn licensing in January 2016.
Million Dollar passed his Münster-Handorf stallion sport test with flying colours. In terms of scores it meant 8.8 on ability and overall impression, 8.5 on rideability and technique, and 8.3 on canter, with a weighted final score of 8.57.
Four- to six-year-old, Million Dollar became a serial winner in young horse jumping classes through M level under Ebba Johansson. For further training, he came to the stable of Jos Lansink to be shown by Frank Schuttert (NED). Having been well-produced and selectively shown at international level, he returned from Belgium with placings up to 1.45m to join the stable of Sophie Hinners. For the visitors of their first outings in Kronenberg and Opglabbeek is was very obvious that this combination is a successful one. Wins and placings in three-star-rated Nations Cups with the German team in Mannheim (2nd), Bratislava (1st) and Budapest (1st) crowned the season for this exceptional pair.
Unfortunately, a hernia put an end to Million Dollar’s season already in late July 2022. Million Dollar has recovered well and is to stay at stud at Elmshorn for now. During the 2023 breeding season he is available to the breeders through fresh semen.
30-Tage-Test 2015 in Schlieckau: Gesamt 8,43; ZW-Dres. 86 (+5); ZW-Spr. 126 (+22)
Offspring of Million Dollar
At six-year-old this year, Million Dollar’s oldest offspring are still in the early stages of their careers. We get lots of messages from happy breeders, riders, and trainers, who are thrilled to tell us about their Million Dollar sons and daughters. His undoubtedly most successful offspring is Kalifa, the mare crowned National Champion at Warendorf in 2022 under the saddle of Sophie Hinners. She found a new owner in December, realizing 500,000 euros at the PSI auction.
Across Germany, Million Dollar has so far had eight sons licensed for breeding, including the second reserve champion of the 2019 Holsteiner grading, Milbridge, and Million's Way, a stallion also available at the Elmshorn stallion stable. His offspring sold through the 2022 auctions include La Douce by Million Dollar-Connor, a top horse knocked down to the USA at 50,000 euros at the elite auction.