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We lost a great horseman this week, Fritz Floto 1924 - 2012

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  • We lost a great horseman this week, Fritz Floto 1924 - 2012

    At the age of 88 years Fritz Floto passed away on June 19, 2012 at his farm near Fergus, Ontario. "The word Hanoverian and the name Fritz Floto are synonymous in North America", well described this old school horseman in the Canadian magazine Horse Sport in September, 1992. Fritz Floto was the pioneer of Hanoverian breeding in Canada and had much influence on the development of the Hanoverian breed in the US. For his merits he was awarded the Golden Badge of Honour of the Hannoveraner Verband in 1980. The Chamber of Agriculture Hannover awarded him with a Golden Medal in recognition of his achievements in building up and promoting the Hanoverian breed in North America, and from the German Equestrian Federation he received the Gustav Rau Plaque. Mr. Floto was also a lifetime member of the Hanoverian Breeders' Club of Eastern Canada.

    Fritz Floto was born at Gut Gaedebehn in Mecklenburg in 1924 the son of a family with a long tradition in horse breeding. He experienced the horrors of World War II in a cavalry regiment and with the artillery in Russia, where he was wounded several times. In 1952 Fritz Floto emigrated to Canada. He and his wife Erica settled down in the Guelph area in Ontario and started a dairy farm. The couple had two sons. He sold his cattle in 1968 and accepted employment at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph.

    In 1961 he bought two mares, Windrose by Weiler and Fernanda by Fernjaeger as well as the stallion Weimar by Firnis all of which had been imported to Calgary a short time before. With these horses he laid the foundation of Hanoverian breeding in Canada. In close cooperation with the German Hannoveraner Verband and the Lower Saxony state stud at Celle he imported further stallions in the following years such as Denar by Duft, Waidmann by Waidmannsdank xx, Ansturm by Adlerfarn II, Equuleus by Eindruck II, Sandsturm by Sendbote, Lepanto by Leibwächer, and lastly Welfenschatz by Walhall.

    As a judge and its branding representative Fritz Floto was for many decades a pillar for the Hannoveraner Verband in Eastern Canada. He was an honorary member of the American Hanoverian Society and a long standing member of the AHS Mare and Stallion Committee. The Hannoveraner Verband in Germany and Hanoverian breeders all over North America mourn the passing of a great horseman who was always open to discuss the issues with breeding and raising Hanoverians.
    www.rainbowequus.com Home of stallions that actually produced champion hunter, jumper and dressage offspring and now also champion eventers

  • #2
    Edgar, thank you for that lovely mention. May the great accomplishments of Fritz Floto keep his memory alive.

    \"If you are going through hell, keep going.\" ~Churchill~


    • #3
      My condolences to his family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with them.
      It's not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on.”
      ? Marilyn Monroe


      • #4
        That is a nice tribute. RIP Fritz.


        • #5
          Well said, Edgar. Condolences to his family.
          Peace, Peg
          Fleur de Lis Hanoverians


          • #6
            What a nice tribute, Edgar. Peter and I send our condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.

            Laurel Leaf Hanoverians/Diane Halpin


            • #7
              How sad to hear that Fritz has left us. I had quite a few dealings with him in the '80s, 90's and '00s when I was President and on the Board of the Canadian Sport Horse Association, which he was gracious enough to support in addition to the Hanoverian organizations.

              Fritz was always delightfully outspoken, and even though sometimes one did not entirely agree with his opinions, it was always worth while listening closely to him, as often there were pearls of wisdom hidden within the arguments.

              A consummate horseman, he will be missed by many.
              Jos Mottershead
              Equine-Reproduction.com LLC
              EquineRepro Informational Group


              • #8
                Sad passing of a great horseman. RIP.

                "Simple: Breeding,Training, Riding". Wolfram Wittig.


                • #9
                  Thank you for that lovely tribute Edgar.
                  Fritz was a very familiar name and figure to many of us in Ontario,and he was always friendly and supportive to me.

                  My sincerest condolences to his friends and family.
                  A Fine Romance. April 1991 - June 2016. Loved forever.


                  • #10
                    RIP Fritz, our condolences to his friends and family
                    Imported from Germany, Assembled in Michigan
                    Rare damline of 7 direct generations of Elite/States Premium Mares.


                    • #11
                      Jos, you described Fritz very well. His twinkling eye, wisdom and irreverence were very much hallmarks. His influence extended well beyond the Hanoverian breed. In addition to his life-long learning he had an "instinct" or feel for horses and people that was pretty sharp.
                      Sunny Days Hanoverians


                      • #12
                        Beautifully put. May Fritz RIP. He will be terribly missed.
                        Mary Lou


                        Member OMGiH I loff my mares clique


                        • #13
                          What a lovely tribute.
                          RIP Fritz
                          www.learntolikepink.com my journey with breast cancer


                          • #14
                            A wonderful tribute to a great horseman who will be greatly missed. Condolences to his loved ones.
                            Practice! Patience! Persistence!