*ESTOPA: Then & Now She has been called "The Golden Thread." Her descendants continue to impact the show ring, generation after generation. Just take today: The first day of the 2016 World Championships in Paris, *ESTOPA's blood was found in every horse that placed in every class. Out of 6 classes. 3 horses in each class. (1st-3rd placing) 14 of 18 horses total – and every 1st place winner – were a descendant of *ESTOPA.