In the past two weeks the Baden-Württemberg state stud in Marbach has lost three of its influential stallions: 26-year-olds Gardez (Ganymed - Herzblatt x Berzblut) and Risandro (Ricardo - Sandra x Sandro), as well as the pure-bred Arabian stallion Dschehim ox (Pamir ox - Dschihan ox x Nasrodin ox), who was 20 years old. According to Dr. Astrid von Velsen-Zerweck, “The loss of these three outstanding sires hurts, not only from the breeding side, but they were very special personalities that were loved by everybody.”