After a long period of silence and denial, some of Germany's major stallion stations are finally following suit and having their stallions tested for the genetic defect Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS).
Klosterhof Medingen, home to De Niro, has now tested its active breeding stallions and Quantensprung is the one that tested positive to the WFFS gene.
The now 8-year old Quantensprung (by Quando Quando x Donnerhall) was the best seller at the 2010 Hanoverian Foal Auction and went on to win bronze at the 2015 World Young Horse Championships. Since then the stallion has not competed at any significant events.
Quantensprung's offspring made a big splash at the 2016 Hanoverian Stallion Licensing with three top licensed sons, but since then the sire has not been able to claim the spotlight with his get.
Klosterhof Medingen's other breeding stallions, including De Niro, Borsalino, Danone, Donovan, Dostojewski, Escalito, Ehrengold, Kaiser Milton, Q-Sieben, Abendtanz and Karajan, have all tested negative to WFFS.
Burkhard Wahler, owner of the Klosterhof stallion station, recommends mare owners to only pair Quantensprung to WFFS negative mares.
Photo © Dirk Caremans
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