Brentano II, a foundation Hanoverian stallion sired by Bolero, died Wednesday night, June 9, due to complications from colic. He was 27.
Max Schulz-Stellenfleth in Kehdingen, Germany, bred Brentano II. In 1985, the stallion was named the Stallion Licensing Champion at Verden, Germany. In 2003, he was named the Hanoverian Stallion of the Year.
According to EuroDressage.com, Brentano II produced more than 1,800 Hanoverian-branded foals, 23 of which are licensed Hanoverian stallions.
One of Brentano II’s most famous offspring is the dressage horse Brentina, shown by Debbie McDonald. With McDonald in the irons, Brentina won a team silver medal at the 2002 World Equestrian Games, a team bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and a team bronze medal at the 2006 World Equestrian Games. McDonald and Brentina were also the first U.S. pair to win the FEI World Cup Dressage Final in 2003. Brentano II also sired Olympic competitor Barclay II, shown by Sven Rothenberger of the Netherlands.