The Celle state stud owned Don Crusador has passed away at age 19. In agreement with the veterinarians, Celle had the stallion euthanized on Friday morning 13 July 2017.
Bred by Imke Eckert, Don Crusador was born in 1998. He was by Don Bosco out of Larissa (by Lauries Crusador xx x Pik Bube I x Moltke).
He became the champion of the 2000 Hanoverian Stallion Licensing in Verden and did his 300-day stallion performance test in Adelheidsdorf in 2001. He finished sixth overall with 121.68 points, placing third in dressage with 133.06 points and 26th in show jumping with 96,57.
The black stallion made his show debut under Wolfhard Witte at L-level in 2003, but he never really placed highly at any significant young horse championships. In 2006 he moved to Prix St Georges level. In 2009 he dropped back to M-level and was briefly competed by Sven Rudolph and Birte Senftleben. He did his last competition in October 2012 at age 14.
Don Crusador sired quite a few successful international sport horses. Gareth Hughes is currently competing Don Carissimo at international Grand Prix level. Juan Matute Guimon and Dhannie won Kur gold at the 2015 European Junior Riders Championships. Semmieke Rothenberger won team gold and individual silver with Dissertation at the 2016 European Junior Riders Championships. Dark Knight was the 2009 Bundeschampionate in the 3-year old stallion division. Dr. Wolfgang Westenhöfer's Da Vinci competes at national Grand Prix level in Germany. He produced 9 licensed stons and 47 state premium mares.
Don Crusador, Champion of the 2000 Hanoverian Stallion Licensing
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