German Olympian Ulla Salzgeber has filed a lawsuit against the State Stud Neustadt/Dosse over the sale of DSP Quintus. Salzgeber claims that the horse has been sold with hidden injuries.
On 13 November 2015, Salzgeber acquired the now 8-year old DSP Quintus (by Quaterback x Hertug) at the auction of the 2015 Brandenburg Stallion Licensing for 65,000 euro. Four weeks after his arrival at Salzgeber's yard in Blonhofen, Germany, the chestnut became lame in front.
Veterinarian Rüdiger Brems inspected the horse and when he wanted to check the X-rays of the horse taken at the auction, the auction CD proved empty. The auction vet report, provided by the official veterinarian Dr. Köhler, mentioned that the horse had no remarks whatsoever. When Brems requested the X-rays from Köhler, they were sent immediately and the horse showed kissing spines on them. To be sure, the back was X-rayed again and the new photos met with the same diagnosis.
"Since Christmas 2015 I have tried hard to find agreement with the State stud Neustadt/Dosse, first without and then with a lawyer," Salzgeber wrote on her Facebook page, adding "without result. To this day I have not had a single reply from the state stud. Apparently nobody feels responsible there."