Fuerst Gotthard, a respected sport horse stallion and winner of multiple grand prix jumping competitions, died of age-related issues on Sept. 24. He was 26.
The gray Oldenburg was bred at Gestut Vorwerk, Germany, and imported into the United States as a 3-year-old.
At his Oldenburg licensing, Fuerst Gotthard (First Gotthard—Elisa, Inschallah) scored multiple 8s and was reserve champion of his 100-day test in Culpeper, Va., where he received 9s for ability to work, general jumping ability and cross-country, and an overall score of 132.24 points.
Fuerst Gotthard was best known for his show jumping career, however. Shown as The Titleist and ridden by Robert Ridland, Hap Hansen and Eddie Macken, the stallion won grand prix and World Cup qualifying classes at Spruce Meadows (Alta.), the L.A. National (Calif.), Flintridge (Calif.) and Del Mar (Calif.).
For his last 14 years, the 16.2-hand stallion stood at Rainbow Equus Meadows in Lincoln, Calif., under the care of Susan and Edgar Schutte. He was a homozygous gray, meaning all of his offspring are automatically gray. He was selected for the Hanoverian jumper breeding program and produced several offspring now in the program. His progeny are registered amongst 12 breed organizations and successful in dressage, show jumping, breeding classes and eventing.
“Fuerst Gotthard lived a full, productive life, gave us super offspring and memories, got to enjoy a few years of retirement and grazed until his last minutes,” Edgar said. “Rest in peace, Fuerst Gotthard. We will miss you.”