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Privately owned stallion De Niro is the Hanoverian Stallion of the Year 2008. The Donnerhall/Akzent II-son
was bred by Brigitte Pahl, Fockbek, and licensed in Verden in 1995. Since that time, he has been standing
at Klosterhof Medingen. With this annual award, the Hanoverian Society and R+V/VTV insurance company
honours important breeding stallions. At the Verden Stallion Market, breeder Brigitte Pahl was honored with
the Wohlklang-statuette and a check.

De Niro was born in 1993, and at the Stallion Approval in Verden in 1995, he was already one of the most
popular and fascinating stallions. One year later, the black youngster completed his stallion performance
test in Adelheidsdorf with the highest dressage score. Riding instructor Dolf-Dietram Keller trained him up to
Grand Prix-level. In 2001, De Niro won the German Championships of professional riders and in 2003, the
German Dressage Derby in Hamburg. Since 2006, he has been successfully competing with his young rider
Theresa Wahler. De Niro’s dam Alicante was successful up to medium level with Susanne Pahl, the breeder’s
daughter. She was an active brood mare for only a few years. The impressive result: Her four sons are
successful competition horses, two of them, De Niro and his right brother Dimension, are approved stallions.

De Niro passes on his excellent rideability and fantastic movements as well as type and expression to
his progeny. 1,341 offspring are registered with the Hanoverian Society. 14 of his 22 approved sons are
registered with the first-class stallion book, 99 daughters were awarded state premium mare. He is the sire of
123 Verden auction foals and of 109 horses sold at riding horse auctions. 434 progeny achieved placements
in the dressage ring up to advanced level and contributed to De Niro’s fantastic dressage breeding evaluation
of 147 points.


De Niro is the dam sire of Hotline by Hofrat. Hotline won the 70-days test at Schliechau with a total score of
137.34. (Dressage was above 149 points). He received an award for being best stallion in Niedersachsen
(Germany), at his performance test. Hotline was champion of the 2005 Hanoverian Stallion Licensing in
Verden, Germany. His daughter De Nira is the dam of Hotline, the champion stallion of the Stallion Licensing
in 2005. Hotline was the most expensive stallion ever sold at a breeding association’s sales event. Donner de
Nero is the dam of the reserve champion of the Stallion Licensing in 2007, Fürst Nymphenburg, who won the
stallion performance test in Adelheidsdorf in 2008

De Niro is an extremely popular sire in Germany due to his outstanding movements, extremely high rideability
and beautiful type. He scored an impressive 145.42 in rideability at his 100-Day Test finishing 2nd. His foals
are consistently elegant, modern type, show excellent conformation as well as outstanding movement. His
first foal crop got an overall note of 9 by the Oldenburg commission and based on the exceptional quality of
his foals, he received the “Hauptpraemiensieger” (Main Premium Champion) award in 1997. From his first
foal crop, four of his sons were licensed; one in Westphalia, one in Hannover, who was taken into the first lot
by the State Stud Celle and two in Oldenburg, both of which were sold for very high prices to Sweden. He
now has the prestigious honor of being named as the 2008 Hanoverian Stallion of the Year.


In 1999, De Niro won many dressage shows at the Fourth Level and has qualified more than once for the
German “Bundeschampionate”. Today, De Niro continues to advance in dressage while competing at the FEI
levels. He has been winning at the Grand Prix Level since he was a seven year old and at 8 years of age won
the Grand Prix Special with the top score of 73.22%.

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