In 2017 De Niro’s progeny showed incredible talent across the globe. In Germany, one very popular stallion by De Niro named Desperados FRH, and rider Kristina Broering-Sprehe, won the German team gold metal and the individual bronze metal at the Rio Olympics.
Not only has De Niro has become a legendendary dressage sire, he has also been very successful in the sport himself. He was competing at the Grand Prix level by age seven.
1997: De Niro was the Reserve Champion of the stallion performance test in Adelheidsdorf with an overall 141.93 and was the winner in dressage with a score of 145.41.
2000: At the age of 7, De Niro is already successful at Grand Prix
2001: De Niro wins at the German Championships for Professional Riders under Dolf-D. Keller
2002: International wins in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special in Saumur and Berlin
2003: De Niro wins the German Dressage Derby in Hamburg
2004: After having already produced two reserve champions, De Niro’s son Dancier becomes the Hanoverian Licensing Champion in Verden.
2005: De Niro is the damsire of the Hanoverian Licensing Champion in Verden.
2006: De Niro has the largest contingency of offspring (14) at the Bundeschampionate in Warendorf.
2007: De Niro’s son, Deveraux is the World Champion of the 6 year old Dressage Horses. More De Niro offspring are successful at Grand Prix.
2008: De Niro is named the Hanoverian Stallion of the Year.
2009: De Niro has two offspring in the European Championships, and with Dablino the most successful developing Grand Prix horse.
2010: De Niro is placed 5th on the World Breeding Federation for Sporthorses’ list with 10 successful offspring competing internationally at Grand Prix. His son, Dablino ridden by Anabel Balkenhol, wins team bronze at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. De Niro’s son, Desperados ridden by Falk Rosenbauer wins the German Dressage Derby in Hamburg.
2011: De Niro offspring earn over 230,000 Euro in winnings in 2011 pushing the total winnings of De Niro’s offspring over the one million Euro mark.
2012: A total of 6 offspring traveled to the Olympic Games in London. For Germany: Desperados ridden by Kristina Sprehe, Dablino under Anabel Balkenhol, as well as the reserve horse, D’Agostino ridden by Fabienne Lütkemeier. For Spain, Delgado ridden by Beatriz Ferrer-Salat, for Belgium, Donnerfee under Claudia Fassaert, and the reserve horse for Canada, Devon L ridden by Diane Creech.
2013: De Niro confirmed his status as the best dressage stallions in the world. The German dressage team with Desperados and D’Agostino wins the gold medal at the European Championships in Herning. The De Niro-Rosario-son bred by Josef Greten sold Champion of the licensing in Oldenburg and for sensational 910,000 euros to the Danish Olympic rider Andreas Helgstrand.
2014: The German dressage team wins with Desperados – Kristina Sprehe and D’Agostino – Fabienne Meier Lütke the gold medal at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. The winnings of his progeny increases to more than 2 million euros!
In 2015 Desperados with Kristina Boering-Sprehe and Delgado with Beatriz Ferrer-Salat won Silver and Bronze at the European Championships in Aachen, and in 2016 Desperados and Boering-Sprehe won the individual Bronze metal and the team Gold at the Rio Olympics. For the fourth time De Niro stands at the top of the world’s best dressage stallions.
In his career as a sire, De Niro has produced over 86 licensed sons, and his offspring are successful in the dressage arenas world wide. De Niro has proven himself through his own performance in the show ring and through his offspring’s exceptional achievements. Sadly, De Niro passed away in October 2017 at the age of 24 after ongoing laminitis problems but his legacy will live on for decades to come.
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