1993 Hanoverian stallion
16.3 1/2 hands
De Niro is ranked #1 with USEF in 2004 for Leading Sire for Dressage Breeding!
Ranked with USEF Leading Sires for Dressage:
De Niro's sire, Donnerhall, holds the highest dressage breeding value index (271) of all stallions. He placed second overall, and first in Dressage, among 70 stallions, at his performance test and went on to become DLG Champion in 1986. Donnerhall won more than 65 FEI Level and Grand Prix competitions and competed successfully until he was retired at 17-years of age. De Niro's dam was a successful dressage competitor producing an Approved stallion in Westfalia. His dam's sire,
De Niro is an extremely popular sire in Germany due to his outstanding movements, extremely high rideability and beautiful type. 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. De Niro continues to produce high priced auction horses at Vechta and Verden. At the Elite Auction in Verden in April 2000, the colt Day Dream, by De Niro, was the top auction foal selling for 45,000 DM. At Vechta, a De Niro filly sold for 70,000 DM. That same year, a weanling colt selling for 140,000 DM, at the Medingen auction, set a new record. Other record selling prices have been achieved with 6 young riding horses selling for 100,000 DM to 430,000 DM, and a 2 1/2 year old selling for 530,000 DM at the stallion licensing auction.
In 1999, De Niro had 3 sons approved for breeding, all from his first foal crop. He also won many dressage shows at the Fourth Level and has qualified more than once for the German "Bundeschampionate".
In 2000, he had 7 sons approved, and was declared the best new generation Grand Prix dressage horse, having won at Prix St. Georges, Intermediare I and II and Grand Prix - all at the age of seven!
As a 9-year-old, he had 19 licensed sons.
De Niro already has more than 60 approved sons. His offspring are highly popular all over the world reaching top prices at all auctions. At the German Young Horses’ Championship in 2005 his offspring were highly successful. His son Daily Pleasure ( dam by Ehrenmarsch) became German Champion of the 4 year old dressage horses. In.2004 in addition to two vice-champion stallions De Niro also presented the champion stallion at the stallion licensing in Verden, named Dancier. In 2005 In Verden De Niro (dam sire) presented the top-priced (800,000 Euro) stallion champion. In 2006 with 14 descendants De Niro presented the highest quota at German Young Horses’ Championship in Warendorf and returned to Grand Prix sports.
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