Little Bit Farm is deeply saddened to report the sudden and unexpected death of Grand Prix stallion [#4688 override="Reuters Tiamo Trocadero" title="Reuters Tiamo Trocadero"] on Friday, February 11, 2011. The 24-year-old Hanoverian stallion was found within an hour of being turned out for the second time that day. He appeared to have gone quickly and quietly, dying of natural causes. Tiamo touched many lives in his long and successful career. He has been winning at Grand Prix since he was eight years old, competing in Europe’s top CDIs and scoring over 70% at Aachen, Hichstead, Arnheim, and Munich. He qualified for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, was an alternate for the British team, and subsequently took his American amateur owner, Karin Offield, to multiple USDF year-end awards at FEI levels. In 2010, at age 23, Tiamo continued to be sound and successful in the show ring with owner Ken Borden, Jr. His Grand Prix Freestyle median score was over 70%.
Tiamo was playful and showed great joy for life; and when it was time to groom and tack up, he was happy to get to work. “He loved to work. He thought he had no limits,” said Borden of his stallion.
Although his career as a stud has been relatively short (with one exception, his first foal crop arrived in 2008), it is clear that Tiamo passes on his elastic movement, his flashy chrome, and his brave, confident temperament. His legacy will live on in his sons and daughters, including Borden’s “next stallion prospect,” Tiamo’s Royal Reid, who was bred by Karin Offield. Frozen semen will ensure that Tiamo Trocadero will continue to enrich the world of high-performance partners for years to come.
His Grand Prix Freestyle median score was over 70%."