Samba Hit I Passed Away

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 16:49
Christian Flamm and Samba Hit I at the 2004 Bundeschampionate :: Photo © Astrid Appels

The Brandenburg state stud bred and owned licensed stallion Samba Hit I has passed away on Sunday 11 February 2018. He was about to turn 20 years old in spring. 

Samba Hit I became unwell on Sunday and was transported to the equine clinic. The veterinarians could not save the stallion who suffered from blood circulation problems.

Samba Hit was born in 1998 in Neustadt/Dosse and became one of the state stud's most popular breeding stallions alongside Quaterback. He was by Sandro Hit out of Poesie (by Brentano II x Gotland x Sekurit). The dam also produced World young horse champion Poetin.

He was licensed at his home in Neustadt/Dosse in 2000 and was named the champion. He did his 70-day Stallion performance Test at the same location, scoring 133.54 points to finish first out of 21 participating stallions. He obtained a dressage index of 149.02 points and a jumping index of 99.18 points. 

The dark bay stallion was first competed by Hans-Heinrich Meyer zu Strohen in 2001 and became the reserve champion at the Bundeschampionate that year. In 2003 Christian Flamm took over. In 2004 the pair won bronze at the Bundeschampionate.

In 2005 the duo moved up to small tour level and stayed there for three years. They were third in the 2006 Nurnberger Burgpokal Finals in Frankfurt.  In 2008 they did their first national Grand Prix class, but dropped back to small tour a few months later. Between 2009 and 2012 the stallion competed lightly in a mix of small and big tour classes at regional shows. The stallion did his last show in Neustadt/Dosse in July 2012 under Lena Feistkorn.

As a breeding stallion, Samba Hit sired 9 licensed sons (Samba Ole, Sambalino, Samba Genial, Sambalito, Samba's Diamond, Samtorio I, Samurai SB, Shiraz and Sunny Hit) in Germany. No less than 79 of his daughters (out of 216 registered broodmares) received state premium status.

His most famous offspring in dressage include Grand Prix horses Sueno II (Elena Fernandez - SUI), and Rumba Hit (Aleksandra Szulc - POL). 

Samba Hit has no less than four full brothers, Samba Hit II (° in 2002), III (° in 2003), IV (° in 2006), V (° in 2008).

Related Links
Eurodressage Photo Database: Samba Hit I
Photo Report: 2006 CDI-W Frankfurt
Flamm Flames at Plaaz Bundeschampionate Qualifier
Kaiserkult is "Harmony Pure" at 2004 Bundeschampionate
Scores: 2001 Bundeschampionate
Samba Hit II Sold to Belgian Junior Rider Charlotte Verhesen