Farewell to Weltmeyer

By June 29, 2011

Weltmeyer, the sire that is credited with “almost single-handedly reshaping the Hanoverian breed,” died as a result of a severe colic attack on June 27. The chestnut stallion was 27, and had been standing at the Celle state stud in Ankum, Germany. Stable manager Axel Brockmann told EuroDressage that “Because of his age we decided not to have him operated. His conditioned worsened rapidly this morning so that we were forced to have him put down.”

Weltmeyer, sire of champions.

A World Cup I/Anka (Absatz) colt, Weltmeyer was champion at his 1986 stallion performance test in Verdun, and was Stallion of the Year in 1998. He was bred by Hermann Meyer in Allwörden. Although he was best-known as a dressage sire (Warum Nicht, Weltall, Wie Weltmeyer) his 4,600 foals, include high performance jumpers and German Riding Horses. His semen continues to be available from Superior Equine Sires and Landgestüt Celle.

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