All the Gold - Highlights of a Great and Long Life
Elite Hanoverian stallion and champion hunter All the Gold died Sept. 19, 2011. He was in his 30th year.
All the Gold (Gepard, Gottard, Goldfish) was imported by Jessamy Rouson of Keswick, Va., and bought by Craighead Farm in 1987.
In his competitive years, All the Gold won back-to-back Grand Circuit Championships at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Regular Working Hunters in 1992 and 1993. That same Festival he was Reserve Champion in Amateur-Owner Hunters 18-35. In 1990 and 1991 the stallion was Circuit Reserve Champion in Regular Working Hunters at the Arizona Winter Circuit.
All the Gold retired in 1993 to devote all of his time to breeding. As a sire, All the Gold won Grand Champion Hunter Sire and New Jersey Bred Hunter Association Grand Champion Sire in 1999. In 2004, All
the Gold's offspring won in every category at the International Hunter Futurity in Lexington, Ky. In 2008 and 2009 All the Gold was second in USEF leading hunter sire rankings.
His get have earned over $300,000.00 in IHF and IJF earnings and have often swept the IHF finals. For 7 years All The Gold was leading sire based on earnings. Kathy Gilbertson, Executive Director of IHF notes a high percentage of his get were consistent winners from showing on the line to performance horses.
In December 2007, at the age of 27, All the Gold retired from stud duties at Craighead Farm. His offspring are still competing in the realms of hunters, jumpers, eventing and dressage. Most recently at the
International Hunter Futurity, Play Mister For Me (out of an All The Gold mare) was best young horse. Dorthea's Gold and Thanks for the Gold both had top ten results.
At home, All The Gold, was affectionately called 'Goldie’. Billie recalls first watching him in the Regular Division, where he was the 1987 Grand Hunter Champion at both Detriot and Motor City, “I had never seen a horse jump like that and bought him shortly after that performance.” He was ridden by Burt Mutch, and the picture we own is simply incredible. His owner, Sarah Steffee, always said he put wings on her dreams. "It has been such an honor to know him. He brought out the best in all of us." Although Goldie is no longer with us, his descendants will surely continue his legacy, following in his footsteps and creating many new ones of their own.
"All the Gold" Retired After Golden Reign of Success
After two successful decades, All The Gold has etched his name in history as both a hunter champion and a breeding stallion. The 16.3 hand Hanoverian was imported from Europe in 1986 and soon purchased by Billie Steffee of Craighead Farm of Novelty, Ohio.
"I saw All The Gold perform at the Detroit Horse Shows, where he was Regular Working Hunter Champion and Grand Hunter Champion both weeks," remember Steffee. "I bought him because I had never seen anything like that in the hunter ring. At the time, the hunter discipline was strictly thoroughbred competition. He was the first one to come in, be a challenge, and win."
All The Gold, affectionately called 'Goldie' in the barn, is a stallion by Gepard - Gotthard - Goldfisch II. He swept the nation as one of the first warmblood horses to outshine thoroughbreds, capturing championships in the Regular Working Hunters and the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters.
"He was the first of the imported, branded horses to make an impact in the hunter ring," says Steffee. "Therefore, he has truly changed the image of the hunter ring, and that image is still very much in existence today."
In 1992 and 1993, All The Gold was Grand Circuit Champion at the Winter Equestrian Festival in the Regular Working Hunters for two consecutive years. Additionally, he was Circuit Reserve Champion in the younger Amateur-Owner Hunters for those same two years. He was Circuit Reserve Champion in the Regular Working Hunters in the Arizona Winter Circuit held in 1990-1991, and the stallion earned championships at such shows as St. Louis Charity, Duke Children's Hospital Benefit, in addition to Grand Championships awarded by Central Florida, Tennessee and the Texas Hunter Jumper Associations.
At the end of 1993, All The Gold retired from the show ring. "He was still very much at the top of his game," notes Steffee, "but, because his breeding responsibilities were so extensive, he couldn't do justice to both sides of the sport. He's been a breeding stallion consistently from 1994 until now. He has get all over the United States and Canada, many of whom have been superb representatives of the hunter world in both breeding and in the show ring."
Goldie then dominated the breeding industry, winning numerous awards in recognition of his prodigy's successes. These awards include Grand Champion Hunter Sire in 1998, winning the Sandy Minchin Memorial Perpetual Trophy; High Point Stallion at the International Hunter Futurity in 1994, Reserve High Point Stallion for the International Hunter Futurity in 1995; and Grand Champion Sire in 1999 for the New Jersey Bred Hunter Association.
"He also was the only stallion to be nominated for both the Hunter and Jumper Futurity, and to have sired a winner of the Jumper Futurity in South Hampton and the Hunter Futurity in Lexington, Kentucky, in the same month," states Steffee proudly. "His offspring have also done very well in dressage, so he really is a producer of whatever it is you want to do. His hunter futurity babies have been exceptional and have won close to $300,000, winning the hunter futurity four times. He himself has been Grand Hunter Champion Sire five or six times."
In 2001, All The Gold's babies won in every category in the hunter futurity, and he became one of the most celebrated stallion in the country. Notable All The Gold offspring and their accomplishments include Tanglewood, who was IHF 3-year-old Grand Hunter Champion; Gibson, IHF 4-year-old Grand Hunter Champion; Twist of Gold, IHF Champion 2-year-old Under Saddle; Demitasse, 3-year-old Grand Hunter Champion - East Coast; Goldisox, 4-year-old Grand Hunter Champion - Midwest; and All That's Gold and As Good As Gold, who won awards in the 2-year-old Fillies classes.
His lineage continued to dominate the hunter/jumper rings and amass unprecedented recognition. Recently, Realm Of Gold was champion in the Regular Working Hunters at Chagrin PHA, As Good As Gold won Best Young Horse at Chagrin PHA, and Gold Ruler took champion in the Pre-Green Hunter division at Sweet Charity Horse Show.
Gold Mine won the International Hunter Futurity Reserve Grand Champion in 2000, All Daddy's Gold earned IHF 4-year-old Grand Champion in 1998 and IHF Reserve Grand Champion in 1997, and Gold Order received IHF Grand Champion in 1995. Capital Gain also came away with IHF Grand Champion in 1994.
In addition, Forever Fun was Devon Grand Hunter Champion in 1999, and Friar Tuck triumphed for the Dietrich Award in first Level Dressage in 1997. Other talented horses by All The Gold include Goldspun, Gold Digger, Goldschlager, Gold Leaf, Etched In Gold, Everything Gold, Gibson, Realm of Gold and Gold Order.
"Now he's 26 years of age, and it's time to retire," explains Steffee. "To make his official retirement statement, I sponsored the Second Year Green Working Hunters at the National Horse Show this year. I though it was a fitting tribute to him - and to the industry that he has contributed so much to over the years."
All The Gold's incredible achievements have certainly left footprints in the equestrian world, from influencing the acceptance of Warmbloods in the hunter ring to reshaping the breeding industry. All The Gold, named after one of the most precious materials in the world, is similarly regarded in the equestrian realm for his stunning appearance, valuable composition and his ability to create objects of pure beauty. Although Goldie is retiring as a breeding stallion, his descendants will surely continue his legacy, following in his footsteps and creating many new ones of their own.
All the Gold
AHS: ES 441
H 31 6599362
H 33 0105776
H 33 8689170
Breeder: P. Schockemoehle
Performance Test: 1985 Munster-Handorf
Overall Score: 102.22/14/26
All The Gold is Sire of Grand Hunter Champion of 3 and 4 year olds Hunter Futurity and Regional International:
- Capital Gains
- Made to Order
- Gold Digger
- Gold’s Gone Fishing
- All Daddy’s Gold
- Etched in Gold
- Absolute Gold
- Bit of Gold
- Money Talks
- Celtic Gold
- Hint of Gold
Some of these were also Devon and Upperville winners
Gold Fever won the 6 year old IJF at South Hampton
Letter from Friar Truck owner, Marydith Foster
Dear Craighead Farm,
I am one of the very fortunate people to be lucky enough to own an ‘All the Gold’ baby, who is now the ripe age of 18. My husband and I purchased Friar Truck at the age of 15, once his dressage show days were complete and his owner was looking for an easier life for him. While he was purchased to be a friend to my event horse, a hop on horse for my husband, and a hack around horse for me, he has turned out to be our most loved animal. His patient temperament and kind nature is unsurpassable. He is such a one-in-a-million horse!
Trucker, (who is 18 hands) will let 3 year olds sit on him while he is eating, my husband hops on and rides bareback with a halter and lead-rope, take me for rides in the snow doing haunches-in down the pasture fence, and bounce piaffes while he is playing in the indoor. He has been a visitor to the elementary school where I teach and showed my second graders how to tack up a horse and do some ‘dancing’, as they called it. He is smart, thoughtful, loving and inquisitive. He loves to go exploring down the road and has thinks its pretty fun to hop over little jumps with or without me, even though he was solely a dressage horse.
I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to have such a phenomenal animal, who brightens many people’s lives.
Article from The Chronicle of the Horse:
A Bit of Gold in NAL
Megan Brodbeck and A Bit Of Gold captured the NAL Children’s Hunter Final at the Pennsylvania National.
Most riders put the rest of their life on hold for their first trip to the Pennsylvania National, but not Megan Brodbeck. She squeezed in an intercollegiate Horse Show Association show at her new alma mater Pennsylvania State University the day before she drove to Harrisonburg and won the NAL Children’s Hunter Final aboard her A Bit Of Gold. Brodbeck’s barnmate and long-time friend Kristina Sprenkle took second with Eden.
“I hate going first, so coming in the third-to last was really good for me", said Brodbeck. “I was a nervous wreck, but he’s such a great guy he just took care of me. And after the first few jumps I got my nerves back.”
Brodbeck, Spring Grove, PA., came back second after scoring an 84 her first round, and she moved into the lead after another stellar trip.
Brodbeck has been riding A Bit Of Gold (All The Gold – A Bit Of Thom) in the children’s division for the past two years with trainer Chris Gemmill, but this was the first year she joined the NAL and set her sights on the final. Her Hanoverian-Thoroughbred stayed at trainer Gemmill’s barn 81 miles away when she packed her bags for college this fall, and the 18-year-old has driven home very weekend to prepare for the final.
“He’s been amazing for our family,” said Brodbeck of her chestnut gelding. “He’s just a bundle of joy. He loves to compete. We’re really attached to him, and we feel he loves us back.”