Dirk Demersman (BEL), riding Clinton 53, World Equestrian Games, Aachen, August 2006

Just one day after announcing the passing of the brilliant dressage star De Niro – the world of showjumping has lost a great hero in the Holsteiner stallion Clinton (Corrado I - Urte I x Masetto). Bred in 1993 by Rudolf Wieck, Clinton died in the Netherlands at Studfarm Nijhof, the breeding home he’d known since his retirement from sport.

Throughout his competitive career, Clinton scored successes under the saddle of Belgian international Dirk Demeersman, including team selection to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Nations’ Cup wins, and finishing second in the CHIO Aachen Grand Prix. His sire, Corrado I, also competed internationally at 1m60 level with Germany’s Franke Sloothaak.

There is no doubt that Clinton's memory will live on in his offspring as they include one of the most popular stallions in the world today, the BWP-bred Cornet Obolensky/ex Windows vh Costerveld.

Read a stallion profile of Clinton in an up-coming issue of Breeding News, plus up-to-date auction statistics which currently see Cornet Obolensky as the number one sire in terms of offspring sold this year.