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Trakehner elite sire Michelangelo passed away


Photo: Christiane Slawik
Photo: Christiane Slawik
The 23 year old Trakehner elite stallion Michelangelo (by Pasteur xx – Matador) was euthanized on June 3rd after a longer battle with laminitis. Bred by Gestüt Heinen in Issum, Germany and owned by Gestüt Webelsgrund in Springe, Germany, he was the last approved son of the legendary TB stallion Pasteur xx in the Trakehner. He began his career as the 100 day test winner in Warendorf and stood in the Netherlands for his early career. He had great success as a sire in the Netherlands, e.g. with his approved sons Michellino (FEI dressage stallion, today at home in Denmark) and Jewel. Michelangelo’s dam, the State, Verband and Elite mare Miami by Matador - Kosmos and also produced the approved Miami Vice (by Iglesias) and the international Grand Prix stallion EH Monteverdi TSF (by EH Partout). As a performance horse, Michelangelo won at S level and Prix St Georg in Germany. He was named “elite” stallion of the Trakehner Verband in 2003 and was the Trakehner “Stallion of the Year” in 2006.
His 14 approved sons include the Trakehners pinto Contrieu, Guy Laroche (premium), the reserve champion Hirtenruf, the champion stallion Kennedy, the premium stallion Summertime (sire of the 2006 champion Songline), the CCI*** eventer Hölderlin, Kensington, and the Oldenburg premium stallion Mon Dieu. In competition, his offspring demonstrate great versatility. His Dutch son Just Mickey was an international dressage horse and won the Team Bronze medal for Sweden at the European Championships in Hagen 2005 and placed 6th individually at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and only last year, Michelangelo’s Trakehner son Dibelius won the American Young Event Horse Championships.
As a sire of brood mares, Michelangelo had an exceptional reputation. For many years, he was the Trakehner breed’s leading brood mare sire (based on the inspection scores of his daughters). He sired over 100 mares for the Trakehner Main Mare Book, many of them with premium titles. The Trakehner breed, and warmblood breeding in general, lost a major improvement sire with the passing of this wonderful stallion.