Elite Trakehner Stallion Sixtus Passed Away

Tue, 02/15/2022 - 14:39
Elite Trakehner stallion Sixtus :: Photo courtesy Gestüt Hörstein

Gestüt Hörstein announced that this foundation sire, Elite Trakehner stallion Sixtus, has passed away yesterday at the blessed age of 33.

Sixtus was a 1989 born stallion by Habicht out of Stradelle (by Ibikus x Masur x Ernest). He was bred by Manfred Blomeyer. 

Show Jumping Career

He was the reserve champion of the 1991 Trakehner Stallion Licensing Neumunster and immediatelly approved for the Bavarian and Arabian (VZAP) studdbook. In 1994 he got approved for Hessia and in 1996 Oldenburg followed.

Sixtus did his 100-day stallion performance test in Adelheidsdorf in 1992 and scored a dressage index of 107.59 points, a jumping index of 116.29 points and a total index of 113.52 points, which ranked him 12 out of 55 participating stallions.

His sport career began in 1995 under Richard Grom in show jumping. Between 1996 and 1998 Grom and Gilbert Bockmann swapped the ride. In 1996, Sixtus participated in the Bundeschampionate and the World Championship of Young Jumping Horses in Belgium. Sixtus did his last competition in June 1998 under Grom at regional S-level.

Elite Stallion

Owned by Wolfgang Diehm and Gestüt Hörstein since he was two, Sixtus sired 12 licensed sons and 48 state premium daughters in Germany. 

He was named Trakehner Stallion of the Year in 2001. 

His most famous offspring was the internationally competed Grand Prix stallion Axis (Terhi Stegars), the Para dressage horse Kawango (Hannelore Brenner), as well as the breeding stallions Buddenbrock, Couracius, Kasparow, and Peron Junior. He has had 312 offspring registered for sport with the German Equestrian Federation. Five of them competed at S-level.

Retirement and Passing

In 2017 Sixtus was retired from stud duties and enjoyed his retirement as a pensioner at his forever hpme. On the morning of 14 February 2022 the 33-year old Sixtus was put to sleep. 

"Until the last days of his life he radiated undiminished joie de vivre, delighted those who surrounded and cared for him with his intelligence and friendship, but suddenly he made us feel it was time to let him go," said Gestüt Hörstein. "What remains are the memories of his personality with charisma, of his unmistakable aura, with which he dominated every stage he entered with great pride. What also remains are grateful memories of 31 years of life together."

Related Links
Sixtus Retired from Stud
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Buddenbrock, Trakehner Stallion of the Year 2010
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