Another top sire dies

Dirk Demeersman and Clinton at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games
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Friday 13 October - 17h54 | Yeelen Ravier

Another top sire dies

After the loss of De Niro on Tuesday from the ranks of elite Dressage stallions, the breeding world lost a jumping legend on Thursday when Clinton passed away at the age of twenty-four. A successful athlete under the saddle of the Belgian Dirk Demeersman, the stallion continued his career as a world famous breeder, a Holsteiner who has marked the sport.

On Thursday morning, the Dutch stud Nijhof announced the disappearance of Clinton, of whom they were co-owner. "Clinton died of the consequences of his old age”, was the message published on social networks. Fortunately, Dirk Demeersman, his famous rider, was able to say goodbye to him last week, and we especially thank Sylvia Evers, who has always treated him well in recent years and has the confidence of our co-owners, Gebr Bosch, from Luttenberg, and the Cooper stud farm in Brazil.”

Born in Holstein, bred by Mr. Wieck, Clinton quickly crossed the path of Dirk Demeersman, with whom he lived his finest sporting exploits. Under Belgian colours, the grey garnered an impressive number of high-level results. He finished second in the Nations Cup at the CSIO 5 * in Aachen in 2003, second in the Belgian championship in Kapellen, third in the Mechelen World Cup Grand Prix, second in the Nations Cup CSIO 5 * of Lucerne in 2004 and won the Grand Prix of the CSIO 5 * of Poznan, in Poland… In major international championships, the best result of the duo remains their fourth place in Individual at the Athens 2004 Olympics.

Unfortunately, the majestic stallion ended his career with a big disappointment at the Aachen world championships in 2006. The duo had to stop along the way because he was ill, and rider Dirk Demeersman was injured.

In breeding, Clinton, a son of Corrado I out of a Masetto mare, will undoubtedly mark the history of equestrian sports. His pedigree directly attracted the attention of Belgian breeders, but also French and Germans. The stallion has spent years at the top of the ranking of the best sires of international winners published by the World Federation of Sport Horse Breeders.

Among his best known products, the number one is probably Cornet Obolensky, former champion of Marco Kutscher and third in the WBFSH standings. He is also the father of excellent products like Eldorado van de Zeshoek and Zacharov. Last year, according to the WBFSH rankings, of which Clinton was thirty-first, his three best products were Clintop 2, Tic Tac and Ustina Sitte. It should be noted that his semen is still available through the Nijhof Stud farm.

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