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DONNERKEIL - 1982-2014
Donnerkeil was bred in the United State by Dagmar Fancher. We will always remember Donner as a true “all-arounder.” He achieved many Championships in dressage, hunter/jumpers, and 3-day eventing. His kind temperament enabled him to be shown and ridden by young riders. Despite suffering a severe leg injury in a trailer accident when it was swarmed by bees, he went on to recover to compete again in eventing. He was approved by the AHS based on his combined training performance record since this was prior to the inception of the 100-Day Test.

Donnerkeil was purchased by Bridlewood Farm in 1996 where he stood as a highly successful sire for 17 years. He has 151 AHS registered offspring including 15 Main Studbood mares (5 are Elite Mares), 4 Studbook mares and 8 Pre-Studbook mares. Donner was especially sought after as a superior selection for crossing with Thoroughbred and Arabian mares. His offspring are well known for their versatility, excelling in dressage, jumping, eventing and driving.

We are proud to have stood this wonderful stallion whose intelligence and lively personality never failed to endear those who came to see him. He represented the Hanoverian breed at many Equine Affaire expositions. His daughter, EM Denali HG, out of our foundation broodmare Auf Wiedersehen by our first Hanoverian stallion Adios III, is now one of our broodmare band. Like her father, EM Denali HG had a successful performance career as a jumper and passes on his legacy of athleticism to her own foals.

Donnerkeil was humanely euthanized following age-related illness surrounded by his many friends at the farm. We take comfort that his many offspring will continue his memory.


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ABOUT DONNERKEIL
Donnerkeil possesses dressage bloodlines through his sire Diamont and grandsire Dürkheim whose offspring have been successful worldwide. The “L” line from Der Löwe xx is noted for producing dressage and eventing horses. Der Löwe xx is noted as one of the most influential Thoroughbred stallions of the post-war period producing the highest number of registered competition horses with the German verband (VhW).

Donnerkeils offspring are proven highly successful in all of the sport horse disciplines. USDF champions include: Diedra, Duette, EM Detente, Dasher and Deelite. Grand Prix jumper Disa won the Milner Downs Grand Prix and placed in 6 Grand Prixs with her amateur rider. Dardanos, was AHS-USEA Horse of the Year at Preliminary Level in 2000 and Intermediate in 2001 also with an amateur rider.

Successful competition horses are Darkuntahl, Dartanyan, Deja Vu, Dice, Devalero, Drachenhart, Denali and Donigal. Elite and performance tested mares included EM Darn Lucky, Donnerfleur and Donners Wonne. In 2003, offspring Dulcinea B, Dondi and Duggan won both the Get of Sire and Breeders Group classes at the Kentucky Dressage Association Breed Classic and the Mid-Ohio Sporthorse Showcase I & II.

Photo: Nan Rawlins, Equimage.com
DONNERKEIL - IN COMPETITION
Donnerkeil's show career includes championships in dressage, three day eventing and hunter jumper events. He was the winner for the Northwest Breeders Futurity Showcase as a three year old. He was the 1990 USCTDA Zone 10 Champion. He regularly competed in cross country piloted by his 110 pound rider in a simple snaffle!

He stamps his get with his kind, gentle temperament and his exceptional trainability, ridability and willingness to work.

He is the superior choice for breeding to Thoroughbred and Arabian mares to produce versatile, athletic sport horses.
DONNERKEIL AT BRIDLEWOOD FARM
Donnerkeil always exhibits his kind temperament and stellar character. He was always a highlight of our American Hanoverian Society Mare and Foal Inspections held at Bridlewood Farm. Despite the commotion of the mares, foals and spectators, Donnerkeil maintained his focus on his 15 year old handler Kristen Alvarez.

Photo: Nan Rawlins, Equimage.com
DONNERKEIL - AMBASSADOR FOR THE HANOVERIAN BREED
Donnerkeil shown calmly demonstrating his athletic gaits for an enthusiastic crowd at Equine Affair. He was completely unflappable even in the loud and crowded arenas. He represented the Hanoverian breed before thousands of spectators several times daily and served as an equine ambassador for the breed with his impeccable temperament, movement and conformation.

Photo: Nan Rawlins, Equimage.com
DIAMONT - PATERNAL SIRE OF DONNERKEIL
Diamont (Durkheim x SPS Babette/Bleep xx) was a noted dressage sire and was ranked first in 1994, 1996 and 1997 by the USDF among all Hanoverian stallions for producing USDF Horse of the Year qualifiers. In 1995 he was the 7th leading producer of qulifiers among stallions of all breeds in the U.S. He produced three licensed stallions and fourteen Elite Hanoverian mares. Diamont has three offspring currently competing successfully in Euorpean dressage circles His offspring are well noted for being successful in all the sport horse disciplines including dressage, Grand Prix show jumping and eventing. His son Dior is well know competing at Grand Prix level.

The well known Grand Prix dressage stallion, Domingo, is a 3/4 brother to Diamont. Domingo is also a top producer of Elite Mares. He is also the sire of an approved Hanoverian stallion, numerous breed show winners and both hunter and dressage champions.
DURKHEIM - PATERNAL GRANDSIRE OF DONNERKEIL
Durkheim (Duft II/Wurschfrau/Wunsch II) was a leading producer of dressage and eventing horse in Germany. He stood at the state stud in Celle for many years.

Durkheim sired the well known dressage sire Diamont as well as the well respected Grand Prix stallion Domingo. Both of these sons stood in the United States and were themselves leading producers of AHS Elite mares, approved Hanoverian stallions, breed show winners and many USDF qualifiers.
DUFT II - PATERNAL GREAT GRANDSIRE OF DONNERKEIL
Duft II's sire Duellant was noted for contributing good conformation, movement and dressage talent to the Hanoverian. He sired a remarkable 42 licensed stallions including the noted Duft I and Duft II. Duft II became a prominent D-line stallion and is the grandsire of Domingo and Diamont, noted leading sires of AHS Elite Mares and USDF competition horses.
LUGANO I - MATERNAL GREAT GRAND SIRE OF DONNERKEIL
Lugano I, a successful jumper, typifies the contribution to jumping performance of Der Loewe xx in the Hanoverian breed. Lugano I's sire, Der Loewe xx was one of the most influential thoroughbred stallions standing at the Hanoverian state stud at Celle. He was the leading thoroughbred sire with regard to the number of registered competition horses sired. He was the founder of the much respected "L" line. Lugano I sired Lukant who is the dam sire of Donnerkeil.

Lugano II is a full brother to the famous Lugano I. He is another important stallion from the Thoroughbred Der Löwe line. He is the grandsire of Lanthan who has been one of the most sought-after stallions of the Hanoverian type for producing a modern type of sport horse for all disciplines.
KEMIR OX - MATERNAL GREAT GRANDSIRE OF DONNERKEIL
Kemir ox is by the famous Egyptian Arabian sire Hadban Enzahi ox. Hadban Enzahi was imported from Egypt to stand at Celle where he was instrumental in refining the Hanoverian breed.




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