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De Niro

(Donnerhall/Akzent II)


De Niro (Donnerhall/Akzent II) is an exceptional stallion of superlative type and performance. He is a wonderful combination of the best bloodlines of Oldenburg and Trakehner, with a dash of Thoroughbred, insuring success as a sire of noble sport horses. Since a fantastic start to his career, De Niro has become a legend as a dressage sire, and he has been very successful in sport himself.

1997: De Niro is Res Champion of the stallion performance test in Adelheidsdorf with an overall 141.93 & is winner in dressage with a 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, pushing the total winnings of De Niro's offspring over the 1 million Euro mark.
2012: A total of 6 offspring travel 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. De Niro is ranked first in the ranking of the World Breeding Federation for Sports Horses. Therefore he is the best dressage stallion of the world.
In 2013, De Niro confirmed his status as best dressage stallion of the world. The German dressage team with Desperados and D‘Agostino won the Gold Medal at the European Championships in Herning. The stallion by De Niro – Rosario, bred by Josef Greten, became champion stallion of the licensing in Oldenburg and was sold for sensational 910,000 Euros to the Danish Olympic rider Andreas Helgstrand.

In his career as a sire, De Niro has produced over 70 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.




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De Niro's Pedigree



De Niro's sire, Donnerhall, should be considered one of the best stallions in the later half of the 20th Century.  His talent was apparent right from the start, and he scored 131.92 to be second in his performance test at Adelheidsdorf in 1984.  Donnerhall’s competition career is the stuff of legend.  He won many Grand Prix, Grand Prix Specials and Freestyles.  In 1994, Donnerhall was individual bronze medallist (and team gold medallist) at the 1994 World Championships at The Hague.  Donnerhall won the European World Cup Freestyle League final standings twice, in 1997 and 1998.  He retired from competition in 1998.

Known for throwing his superb character, temperament and willingness to work, Donnerhall offspring are successful in sport the world over.  The 2007 Hanoverian Stallion book records that Donnerhall has had 763 dressage competitors - and even 84 in the jumping ring - for total prizemoney of Euro 1,502,302. 

Donnerhall has an FN dressage ranking of 153, jumping, 83.  His Hanoverian ranking is 169 for dressage and 69 for jumping.  He is the sire of 48 licensed sons.

Akzent II

De Niro's damsire is Akzent II.  Before Akzent II came to Oldenburg in 1985, he gained a great reputation in Hanover as a private stallion (Amselhof Stud owned by the Kemmer family) and as a stallion (on lease) at the Celle state stud in Altenbruch in 1980. The proven state stallions Acapulco, Akut and Alonso date from this time as well as the Grand Prix dressage horse Amazonas (K. Schluter), winner of the German Dressage Derby in 1987 and best Hanoverian dressage horse of 1988. At his new home Akzent II continued his successful stud career: His son Aczidos was placed 4th in the Federal Championships of riding horses in 1989 and top-priced lot of the Verden sales (DM 130,000). Donna Akzenta was reserve champion mare at the Oldenburg premium show in 1990 and All my Love was second of her class at the Federal Show in Verden. In 1991 Love Story 11 was champion mare in Oldenburg and three full-sisters and brothers caused a stir: Adios, dressage champion at the Federal Championships in Munich, Atachi, top-priced lot of the Verden sales (DM 210,000 and Alabaster, most expensive young stallion of the Oldenburg approval. In 1992 Amboseli and Alabaster passed the stallion performance test with outstanding results (more than 120 points).

Akzent's sire Absatz, is one of the few sires who had an enormous impact on Hanoverian breeding after the Second World War. He gave the modern Hanoverian the characteristic and incomparable "Absatz type" which this breed was envied of for a long time and by which this breed still profits in the second and third generation even today. A noble head with an impressive face, ideal neck and saddle position, as well as light-footed paces combined with a good shoulder are the characteristics of his offspring and his most important sons - such as Admiral (I and II), Aktuell, Argentan or Akzent (I and 11). Dam-sire Waidmannsdank xx was one of the most influential thoroughbred stallions of the post-war period in Hanover. With regard to the number of approved stallions and main-studbook mares sired by him he is the leading thoroughbred sire of Celle, with regard to the number of registered competition horses he is beaten by Der Lowe xx. The legendary Ferdinand was Hanover's first top sire after the War.

De Niro





Donnerhall Donnerwetter Disput
Ninette Markus
Alicante Akzent II Absatz
Wiesenelfe Wiesenbaum xx