On the stud farm’s Facebook page, Jeannette Nijhof this morning announced the death of their 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion Spartacus (Stakkato - Galina x Grannus) from a colic attack. Bred by Frank-Christian Amand, the stallion has been competing with Henk van der Pol and the pair finished third in the Grand Prix of Gelderland just last week in Arnhem. He already has many ofspring competing on the international stage and, fortunately, good supplies of excellent frozen semen remain. The stallion began his international career with Eric van der Vleuten in 2011, starting in his first World Cup in the rider’s home event in ’s-Hertogenbosch (12th). Their best result that year was fourth in the Hengelo CSI2* Table A Grand Prix. In May 2012 Germany’s Marco Kutscher took over the ride and went on to win the CSI5*-W Rikstoto Grand Prix in Oslo and finished second in the CSI5*-W Credit Suisse Grand Prix in Geneva. The stallion saw another change of hands in 2014 when he moved to Estonia’s Hanno Ellermann and, finally, to van der Poll in 2015, recording good results until his untimely death.