Rhinelander Breeding Stallion Rockwell Passed Away

Tue, 02/09/2021 - 09:21
Breeder Peter Schweimanns kisses Rockwell as a special ceremony held at the Holkenbrink stallion show in 2014 :: Photo © LL-foto

The Rhinelander breeding stallion Rockwell has passed away on 7 February 2021. He was 28 years old. 

Rockwell was a 1993 born stallion by Rocket Star out of Galatee (by Grandus x Wettsport x Dominik). He was bred by Peter Schweimanns. 

For breeder Schweimanns, Rockwell was a true "home" product as he stood all three generations of sires (Rocket Star, Grandus and Wettsport) at stud at his yard. 


The dark bay was licensed at the 1995 Westfalian Stallion Licensing in Munster-Handorf, where he ranked third in the premium ring. He moved to Wilhelm Holkenbrink's stallion station in 1996, where he spent his entire life.

He did his 100-day Stallion Performance Test in Munster-Handorf in 1997, scoring 127.74 points in total and finishing second in the group. He earned 123.26 points for dressage and 114.22 for show jumping.

Sport Career

For a breeding stallion Rockwell was extensively competed, exclusively at regional and national shows in Germany, both in dressage and show jumping

He was first competed as a 3-year old in the riding horse tests by Hella Kuntz. In 1997 Ger sKönemann took him out into A-level show jumping classes, alternating the competition ride with Kuntz in dressage until 2001. In 1998 and 1999 he competed at the Bundeschampionate in show jumping.

In 2002 Henrike Sommer took over the ride and presented Rockwell at M-level in dressage. A Prix St Georges debut followed in 2004. 

In 2008 Rockwell was turned out by Wibke Hartmann-Stommel as well as by the owner's daughter, Sophie Holkenbrink at L-level.

In September 2010 Anna Matia Holkenbrink rode the 17-year old Rockwell in his last competition, a show jumping class at A-level in Appelhülsen.


Three generations Rockwell (middle)
As a breeding stallion Rockwell certainly made his mark. 

He sired 12 licensed sons in Germany, including Revolverheld, Rock Forever I and II and Rostropowitsch, as well as 12 state premium daughters. Daughter Rapalla was 2000 Rhinelander Elite Mare Champion.

He has no less than 517 offspring registered for sport with the German Equestrian Federation. 39 of his offspring are competing at S-level in dressage, 19 at S-level in show jumping. 

His most famous offspring in sport are the international Grand Prix horses Rostropowitsch (Christoph Koschel), Rock Star (Anna Kasprzak), Rustenberg Gold (Tatiana Miloserdova), Romano K (Franziska Seidl), Ray Dance (Charlotte Jorst, Ann-Chrisin Wienkamp); as well as international junior riders' horses Rocky (Mieke Mommen) and Rockwell's Son (Mate Garai, Vera Furst).

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