Kaiser Milton, the 2017 Trakehner Stallion Licensing Champion, will not be standing at stud this 2019 breeding season until the court has reached a verdict in the ownership lawsuit.
Burkhard Wahler, who currently has the stallion at his yard Klosterhof Medingen, has filed an appeal against the court decision that was taken in Kiel on 22 November 2018.
An ownership lawsuit between Burkhard Wahler and the stallion's original owner, Dutchman Jan Pieter Dalsem who is represented by the German Trakehner society, has been ongoing in 2018.
Wahler purchased horse at auction for 320,000 euro, but soon after the licensing the stallion turned up lame and unhealthy. Wahler asked for restitution from the Trakehner Society but had not yet paid the auction price, plus 60,000 euro in taxes.
The stallion was treated in the equine clinic, initially for lameness but it was also discovered that he had four leaky heart valves. Wahler stated that the stallion would be unsuitable for sport. At the end of September, Kaiser Milton did his 14-day stallion suitability test in Schlieckau. Although he dropped out at the end of the testing, the licensing committee extrapolated him and rewarded him a passing score.
On 22 November 2018 the court ruled that Wahler has to pay 381,692.50 Euro as well as the legal fees. He has filed an appeal.
Until the court has ruled on the appeal Kaiser Milton will not be standing at stud. In 2018 he has been bred to a limited amount of mares.
"The stallion will not stand at stud until the final settlement of the lawsuit," said Wahler. "Kaiser Milton is treated and cared for by our team in the best way."
Photo © Jutta Bauernschmitt
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