Contango was a legend in his own time, both as a sire and a performance horse. He began his career as the champion of his 100-day test in Medingen in 1991 with a score of 146.89. He won both the dressage and jumping portions to claim the championship, and finished with one of the highest overall scores of all time.
Contango had a successful career as a show jumper in the Netherlands before switching to dressage. As a dressage horse, he won 33 Grand Prix classes, including six championships.
At the time of his passing, he was the only Preferent stallion in North America. This honor is awarded to the few stallions that demonstrate outstanding individual qualities and produce exceptional get. Contango has become well known for offspring competing both in Grand Prix dressage and show jumping.