Anthony Pelling's Napoleon Candau Passed Away

Mon, 04/01/2024 - 10:13
Anthony Pelling and Napoleon Candau at the 2018 CDI Ermelo :: Photo © Lily Forado

Napoleon Candau, the PRE stallion which Australian Anthony Pelling competed at international small tour level,  has passed away. The horse was 17 years old.

Napoleon Candau was by Urdidor III out of Napoleona IV (by Indiano XLV). He was originally named Napoleon XLV and bred by Ignacio Candau.

Anthony Pelling

The grey stallion began his competition career under Australian Anthony Pelling in Spain in 2013 when the horse was 6 years old. 

He produced the stallion to small tour level and finished third at 2016 SICAB. That same year they made their international show debut at the CDI Jerez de la Frontera, finishing third in the Prix St Georges with 67.157%. 

Two years later they returned to the international stage at the CDI Sevilla and finally rode at the horse's last CDI in August 2018 in Ermelo, The Netherlands, in the small tour, where they were fifth in the Inter I kur to Music with 69.250%.

Pelling briefly showed Napoleon at Grand Prix level until 2019. Claudio Castilla showed him at SICAB in 2019 and won the Grand Prix tour.


In 2022 the horse returned to the national show scene in Spain under Veronica Fortes at Grand Prix level.

In 2023 he was a schoolmaster for Nieves Perez at children level.


Unfortunately an accident in the field cut Napoleon's life short. He was 17 years old and will be greatly missed. A tribute can be read on

He leaves behind a total of 126 offspring. 

Photo © Lily Forado

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