The elite Trakehner licensed stallion Connery has passed away at his owner's place Gestüt Hörem in Germany. He was 20 years old.
Born in 1998 at Gisela and Manfred Harder's yard in Hamburg, Connery was by Buddenbrock out of Caro Dame II (by Karo As).
He was discovered as a foal by the late Katrin Poll and was reared and stationed at Gestüt Hörem.
Licensed in 2000, Connery did his 30-day performance test and qualified for the 2001 Bundeschampionate, where he finished 10th as a 3-year old. As a youngster he was ridden by Katrin Poll and Anna Sophie Fiebelkorn.
In 2012 it was announced that Connery was partly sold to Hubertus Schmidt in the hopes of the stallion breaking through at FEI level, but that never happened. Connery never competed above M-level and between 2008 and 2014 he only showed in four classes. His last competition was under Dorothea Paar in Utzingen in May 2014.
He was proclaimed elite sire thanks for the successes of his offspring and in 2012 Connery was named Trakehner Stallion of the Year. Connery sired 12 licensed sons and 7 state premium mares. His most famous offspring is Imperio, a Bundeschampion, reserve world young horse champion and 2016 German Rio Olympic team reserve, as well as world eventing young horse champion Charlie Weld.
"For two decades Connery has given us and our breeders much joy, happiness and success," said Poll. "Almost at the height of his career did Connery leave us at age 20. Through his offsprings, and especially Imperio, he established himself as a long lasting memory and through him will remain to be present for a long time."
Photo © Jutta Bauernschmitt
Connery, Trakehner Stallion of the Year 2012
Connery Partly Sold to Hubertus Schmidt
Imperio and Axis, Trakehner Stallions of the Year 2015
Imperio Not to Compete in 2011 Nurnberger Burgpokal Finals
Imperio, 2008 Bundeschampion in the 5-year old Division
Buddenbrock, Trakehner Stallion of the Year 2010