The sire of leading British dressage horses Half Moon Delphi and the damsire of Woodlander Farouche has died at the Böckmann Stud in Germany.
Dimaggio (Don Primero / World Cup I / Lindberg) was aged 20 and sufferered from laminitis throughout his competition life. He was euthanised on Monday morning.
Dimaggio placed fourth in the 1999 German championship, and was World Champion of five-year old dressage horses in Arnheim in the Netherlands in 2000. He has at least 20 licensed sons.
Sporting skills in the family
The daughter of Kiwi Olympic showjumper Peter Breakwell is getting the chance to represent New Zealand next year – but not in equestrian sports.
US-born Hailey Breakwell, 22, is part of the New Zealand White Sox softball team taking part in the Down Under Fastpitch Classic in Sydney in February.
Peter Breakwell rode as an individual for New Zealand at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, but has been based in the US since 1983. Based in the Menlo Park, California, area, Breakwell is known as one of the West Coast’s most talented trainers and riders.
Scat Daddy dies at 11
Group One winner and promising young sire Scat Daddy has died suddenly at Ashford Stud in Kentucky. The 11-year-old son of Johannesburg was reportedly “in the best of health”, but dropped dead when walking out of his paddock on Monday morning.
“Everyone here at Ashford is very upset as he was a smashing horse with a great career ahead of him,” said Ashford’s Dermot Ryan.
Scat Daddy numbered two Group One races among his five race wins from nine starts, and $US1.3 million.
Intestinal stones killed two zebras at Indian zoo
Intestinal stones caused the deaths of two zebras a week apart at Lucknow’s Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Gardens in India, according to necropsies performed on the pair.
Seven-year-old stallion Bankit died on November 27, a week after the mare Sanskriti. Three stones weighing 1.8kg were taken out of Sanskriti’s intestine while a stone of 600g was found in Bankit’s intestine.
Dr Utkarsh Shukla, the deputy director and vet officer at the Lucknow zoo, said the stones were found at the narrow junction of the small and large intestines.
“We are speculating that because of Diwali firecrackers, the animals were irritated and running helter-skelter in their enclosure for hours and the stones in their system got displaced,” he said.
The two had been together since December 2013 when Bankit was brought to city zoo from Kanpur. The pair remained in one enclosure and enjoyed each other’s company.
Rabobank pulls out of Dutch equestrian sponsorship
Equestrian sport in The Netherlands has lost the sponsorship of Rabobank, which is looking to focus its support on local causes.
Cycling will also lose out following Rabobank’s changes, which come into effect from 2017. Rabobank has been a principal sponsor of equestrian sport since the foundation of the Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation (KNHS).
KNHS director John Bierling said more than half the riders from the medal-winning teams in the Olympic disciplines at the World Championship and the European Championship seniors in 2014 and 2015 were from the Rabo Talent Team.
Rabobank Sponsorship Manager Heleen Crielaard, said: “Cycling and equestrianism have always been close to Rabobank’s heart, and they will continue to be in future. We will continue to support them on their way to the Olympic Games in Rio. Hopefully, a sporting high point at the Games in 2016 will mark the end of a period in which Rabobank has enthusiastically associated its name with cycling and equitation.”