Florenciano Passed Away

Tue, 11/01/2022 - 10:08
Hubertus Schmidt and Florenciano at the 2014 CDI Hagen :: Photo © Astrid Appels

The Dutch warmblood bred and German licensed stallion Florenciano has passed away on 25 October 2022. He was 18 years old. 

Florenciano was a 2004 KWPN stallion by Florencio out of Lundi T (by Havidoff x Lector). He was bred by H van den Brink.

German Licensed

The beautiful bay Florenciano was only licensed in Germany, first with the Westfalian society, and then for the Oldenburg Verband. At the time he was owned by Dutch horse dealer Eugene Reesink who later on sold the stallion to Gut Neuenhof in partnership with Sandra and Axel Schürner of Equus Invest AG.

Florenciano did his 30-day performance test in Munster-Handorf in 2007 and scored 8.93 for dressage and 8.58 for show jumping, finishing on a total of 8.92 points. 

The stallion was first competed by Ingrid Klimke as a 3-year old. Three years later, in 2010, Hermann Burger took over and brought him to Prix St Georges level. 

Florenciano was not competed for three years between the autumn of 2011 and January 2014.

Hubertus Schmidt

In 2011 with Hermann Burger
Florenciano made his come back at Grand Prix level under Hubertus Schmidt at the 2014 CDN Munster Indoor.

Schmidt rode the stallion at his international show debut in Dortmund that year and between 2014 and 2015 took him to CDI's in Hagen, Perl, Aachen, Mannheim, Wiesbaden, Cappeln and Munich.

Sold to Westhoff  

In the spring of 2016 Florenciano sold to investor Ralph Uwe Westhoff and the ride was allocated to Marc-Patrick Fritz.  

Fritz rode the horse at several national shows between April and November 2016 at Grand Prix level. The rider-owner duo ended their collaboration within the year and German based Israeli Eyal Zlatin stepped in. The Israeli premiered Florenciano at the CDN Neu Anspach in July 2017 at small tour level. He did his first and only CDI three months later at the 2017 CDI Darmstadt, also at small tour level. Zlatin campaigned the stallion nationally until July 2018. 


In October 2019 Florenciano was shown by Martin Schulmeier at the CDN Guxhagen at M-level.

In January 2020 German junior rider Tabea Schroer took over the ride as her Young Riders schoolmaster and made her international debut at the CDI Le Mans in February 2020. She mainly competed him nationally in Germany in the corona year, but appeared at the CDI Donaueschingen in August 2020. It was the stallion's last international show. Their last national show as a pair was in Darmstadt in December 2020.

In 2021 it was Fabian Wolf's turn to learn from the horse and he competed him at L-level in Germany through September 2021. 

In June 2022 Luisa Masur made her show debut on the stallion at M-level at a regional show in Russelsheim. She rode him at two shows that summer.

Untimely Passing

Eyal Zlatin riding in a clinic with Katrina Wüst
at the 2017 CDI Wiesbaden
The last six years of his life Florenciano spent at Westhoff's Gestut Riedmühle in Butzbach, Germany, where Hendrik Lochthowe is the head rider. 

The stallion died suddenly and unexpectedly in his stall on 25 October 2022.

"Florenciano was a teacher for our trainees," Marga Groeninger, partner of Westhoff, told Eurodressage about his last years in sport. "He fell asleep peacefully in his box. I was shocked but at the same time at peace that he had a soft death with no struggle or pain."

As a breeding stallion Florenciano sired three licensed sons in Germany: Facebook, Fine Step, and Farbenspiel, of which the latter is registered in studbook. Sixty-eight of his daughters are registered as broodmares in Germany and 18 of them are state premium mare. Daughter Florenciana F (by Florenciano x Newcastle) was the 2011 Westfalian Elite Mare Champion in Munster-Handorf.

His most successful offspring is sport is Sandra Sysojeva's international small tour horse Furst (by Florenciano x Furst Piccolo); For Comtess Royal NG (by Florenciano x Show Star) who was successfully competed as a youngster by Stefanie Wolf; Flamenco (by Florenciano x Lanciano) who is competed at national Grand Prix level by Isabella Eberhardt; Floriano HT (Alicia Berger, Leonie Koch), and French Hector Milochevitch won the 2017 French Children Championships on Felipino (by Florenciano x Ehrentusch).

Photos © Astrid Appels - Stefan Lafrentz

Related Links
Eurodressage Photo Database: Florenciano
Florenciano, Young Riders Horse for Tabea Schroer
Marc-Patrick Fritz Loses Ride on Bonzanjo and Florenciano, Zlatin Takes Over
Florenciano Sold but Remains in Germany
Florenciano in Training with Hubertus Schmidt