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Legendary Stallion Sandro Hit - Passed Away

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Posted by Mary Phelps
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At the age of 28, the stamp stallion and line founder was sadly euthanized. As a result of a short infection, his general condition deteriorated. "Sandro Hit was especially close to my heart. He was something very special and the real founder of the Schockemohle stallion station. His loss hits us very hard," Paul Schockemöhle explained in Mühlen/GER, where the stallion, whom he had bought at auction as a foal in Vechta in 1993, spent his whole life.

The hereditary performance of the jet-black stallion, who was World and German Champion, is absolutely unique. He has produced 190 licensed stallions in Germany alone, which is far more than any other sire has ever been able to produce.

Dr. Ulf Moeller and Sandro Hit in 1999
Dr. Ulf Moeller and Sandro Hit in 1999 World Young Horse Champion ©Mary Phelps 1999

The enumeration of his licensing winners, premium stallions and stallion market top prices would go beyond any scope. Many of them also competed, like Sir Donnerhall I, Vice World Champion and German Champion, Sancisco OLD, victorious in Grand Prix, San Francisco OLD, German Champion, auction top price and victorious at advanced (S) level, Sorento, Burg Cup finalist as well as Sir Donnerhall II and Sir Skyfall OLD, both placed at the World Championships for young dressage horses.

His daughters, 493 of whom were awarded the State Premium, are led by the dressage World Champion and double German Champion Poetin, who was auctioned for the record sum of 2.5 million Euros at the P.S.I. Auction.

The descendants of Sandro Hit have long since conquered the biggest championship stages around the globe. Five of them competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio/BRA, including Showtime FRH/Dorothee Schneider, who became team gold medallist and came sixth in the freestyle, and Santano II/Christopher Burton/AUS, eventing team bronze medallist.

In 2019, Showtime FRH won team gold and double silver in the individual finals of the European Championships.

In 2018, Salvino/Adrienne Lyle was part of the USA dressage silver medallist team at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon/USA, and most recently the 2021 US Olympic Silver Medal team in Tokyo.