De Niro

De Niro

Donnerhall - Akzent 11 - Wiesenbaum


De Niro is referred to as "the embodiment of the Hanoverian stallion."

He is an exceptional sire of superlative type and performance, possessing 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.

In 1997, De Niro was vice champion of the stallion performance test in Adelheidsdorf with a score of 141.93 points and champion of rideability with a score of 145.41 points.

In 2000, he won Grand Prix dressage tests at the age of seven.

In 2001, he won the German Championships of Professional Riders with his rider Dolf-Dietram Keller.

In 2002, he won international Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special dressage tests in Saumur and Berlin.

In 2003, he was the winner of the German Dressage Derby in Hamburg.

In 2004, De Niro provided the champion stallion Dancier at the licensing in Verden, following two vice champions in previous years.

In 2005, De Niro was dam sire of the champion stallion in Verden.

In 2006, with 14 descendants at the German Young Horses Championships, De Niro provided the largest contingent.

In 2007, De Niro’s son Deveraux became World Champion of the six-year-old dressage horses in Verden. Several of De Niro’s offspring have been victorious in Grand Prix dressage competitions.

In 2008, De Niro was honoured by the Hanoverian Society with the title “Stallion of the Year”.

In 2009, De Niro provided two European champions as well as Dablino, the most successful Grand Prix newcomer.

In 2010, De Niro was awarded place five of the World Breeding Federation for Sporthorses with 10 internationally successful offspring at Grand Prix-level. His son Dablino won the Team Bronze Medal with rider Anabel Balkenhol in Kentucky at the world championships. Desperados by De Niro and his rider Falk Rosenbauer won the German Dressage Derby in Hamburg.

In 2011, the descendants of De Niro won a total amount of more than 230,000 Euros. The overall amount of prize value of his descendants reached more than 1,000,000 Euros.

In 2012, 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.

More than 70 licensed stallions originate from De Niro. His offspring are sought after around the world and they are always successful.


Registered Name: De Niro

Birth Date: 01-05-1993

Birth Land: Germany

Height: 170cm / 16.3hh

Colour: Black

Gender: Stallion

XX/OX Rate: 36.72%

This is the approximate percentage of Thoroughbred/Arab blood in the pedigree of the horse; calculated over the last nine generations only (Horsetelex).

Inbreeding Coefficient: 0.02%

The Inbreeding Coefficient (F) is calculated over nine generations where 0.0% is no inbreeding, 0.0% - 1.2% is relatively low inbreeding, 1.2% - 3.3% is relatively high inbreeding, and >3.3% is relatively very high inbreeding. The average F for sport horses in the Olympic disciplines is estimated to be 1.2%, with the standard deviation being approximately 2.1% (Horsetelex).

Predisposition: Dressage

Competition Level: Grand Prix

Sire:Donnerhall (OLD) 1981

Dam:Alicante (HANN) 1978

Dam Sire:Akzent II (HANN) 1974

Dam's Dam Sire:Wiesenbaum (GER) 1963 xx

Life Number: DE331310590093

Studbook: Hanoverian

Breed Awards: Hanoverian Stallion of the Year 2008

Breeder: Brigitte Pahl, Germany

Breeding Station: Burkhard Wahler, Germany

Owner: Klosterhof Medingen, Germany

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De Niro


  • Donnerhall (OLD) 1981
  • Alicante (HANN) 1978
  • Donnerwetter (HANN) 1977
  • Ninette (OLD) 1976
  • Akzent II (HANN) 1974
  • Wiesenelfe (HANN) 1972
  • Disput (HANN) 1967
  • Melli (HANN) 1972
  • Markus (OLD) 1963
  • Negola (OLD) 1966
  • Absatz (HANN) 1960
  • Wega (HANN) 1968
  • Wiesenbaum (GER) 1963 xx
  • Feldeiche (HANN) 1968
  • Diskant (HANN)
  • Matador (HANN)
  • Manolete (GER) xx
  • Carnot (OLD)
  • Abglanz (TRAK)
  • Waidmannsdank (GER) xx
  • Birkhahn (GER) xx
  • Ferdinand (HANN)