On 14th January 2002, the most successful dressage sire, Donnerhall, passed away, due to a poisoning in the intestins. Born in Wensin, Germany, on 30th May 1981, Donnerhall was by Donnerwetter out of Ninette (by Markus x Carnot). Raised at Otto Schulte-Frohlinde's breeding station Gronwoldhof, Donnerhall became a licensed dressage sire in 1983. One year later, he completed his stallion performance test in Adelheidsdorf, becoming the reserve champion of the collection with more than 130 points.
Donnerhall hooked up with Karin Rehbein and togther, the duo conquered the dressage world. Participations in the World Equestrian Games of The Hague (1994) and Rome (1998) and the European Championships in Verden (1997) were good for three team gold medals, two individual bronze ones and one individual fourth place.
Donnerhall retired in 1998. His sport career was good for a total prize money sum of 640,000 Deutsch Marks, but his breeding career was even more successful: 77 licensed sons, 84 State Premium Mares and 300 registered sport horses.
Text by Astrid Appels
Eurodressage: Donnerhall Passed Away (long version)
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