The world number one Grand Prix dressage horse producer De Niro has passed away early this morning 11 October 2017. The 24-year old Hanoverian stallion was euthanized as he began to suffer from old age.
St. Georg spoke with owner Burkhard Wahler who said that "since last week De Niro's condition went downhill. This morning he no longer looked happy from his eyes. The shine in his eyes was gone and then we know the time had come to let him go."
Born in 1993 and bred by Brigitte Pahl from Fockbek, Germany, De Niro was by Donnerhall out of Alicante (by Akzent II x Wiesenbaum xx).
His entire career he was owned and stood up for stud at Burkhard Wahler's Klosterhof Medingen in Bad Bevensen. He was approved at the 1995 Hanoverian stallion licensing and did his Stallion Performance Test in Adelheidsdorf in 1996 and scored 141.93 points to finish second out of 50 participating stallions. He had the highest dressage score of 145.00 points and earned 117.75 points for show jumping.