Leading German sire Lauries Crusador dies at 28

Lauries Crusador.
Lauries Crusador. © M. Ruhl

Influential thoroughbred stallion Lauries Crusador has been laid to rest at the German State Stud in Celle.

The 28-year-old died on Tuesday, days after suffering from colic  and blood tests that revealed a severe splein disorder. The stud decided against surgery and chose to make the stallion’s last days at home as comfortable as possible, but another severe colic attack hastened his end.

Only a few weeks ago he was shown at the annual stallion parade at Celle.

Lauries Crusador (Welsh Pageant xx/High Top xx)  was bred in England where he started life as a racehorse. Well-known horse expert and stallion owner, the late Maas J. Hell, discovered the bay horse, and in 1991, Lauries Crusador xx became an active breeding stallion for the German State Stud.

In 2006 Lauries Crusador was named the  15th “Hanoverian Stallion of the Year” in one of the highlights of the year’s Stallion Licensing in Verden. It was the first time that a thoroughbred stallion had been honoured with the award.

He had 2,713 foals, with 264 of his daughters being named state premium mares, and he also had 55 licensed sons from the Hanoverian Verband.

Among them are  the exceptional stallion Londonderry and his highly successful son Londontime.



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