Deutsche Einheit, aka Donnee for Rothenberger

 
Sat, 11/11/2000 - 00:00
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Sven Rothenberger working Donnee in long reins at home in Bad Homberg, Germany, 1996
Photo © Arnd Bronkhorst
Eurodressage F.O.C.U.S.

The end of the Cold War between the East and West was officially finalised with the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. Not only was this an end of prejudice relationship and hatred between the capitalist and communist world, but it also meant the union between east and west Germany. In 1990 Germany celebrated this unity, the "Deutsche Einheit", in front of their parliamental building "Reichstag", in Vechta, the headquarters of the Oldenburg verband, this union was celebrated with a special horse named Deutsche Einheit

Sold at the Vechta Elite auction for an astronomical 400,000 DM, Deutsche Einheit moved to the stables of Adrie Gordijn and Sven Rothenberger in Bad Homberg, Germany. The mare would be prepared for a blooming show career and, therefore, received surprisingly a new name, Donnee. Bred by Gestut Grönwolhdhof out of a Donnerhall x Pik Bube lineage, Donnee eventually competed little as both Sven Rothenberger and Gonnelien Rothenberger-Gordijn had enough other horses to count on (Dondolo, Bo, Ideaal, Without a Doubt, Weyden).

Since July 2000, the mare has been appointed a new career in her life. Mommy Donnee gave birth to a lovely foal by Gordijn's own breeding stallion Lord Liberty G. What a way to celebrate ten years of German unity.

Image coprighted: Arnd Bronkhorst - Donnee trained with long lunge lines

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