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KWPN approved stallion Rhodium has passed away. The son of Ferro stood at Anita Rostner’s Myrsjö Gård in Sweden since last December, where he passed away in the field of unknown causes. The stallion was out of the keur/performance mare Larcona (by G.Ramiro Z) and bred by J. Klompers from Oost- West- en Middelbeers in the Netherlands. “Sometimes life is not fair. We are devastated,” Anita Rostner reported, “We will send him for autopsy. Thank you for your time with us, Rhodium.” The 21-year-old Rhodium started his dressage career under Hans Peter Minderhoud, and together they won the KWPN stallion competition in 2005 and ranked sixth in the world championships for six-year-old dressage horses. Diederik van Silfhout then took over the reins, and competed the stallion up to Light Tour level. In 2013 Rachell Fokker briefly had the ride, before her mother Rineke Fokker leased the stallion to Scotland in 2014. Just last year, the stallion was bought by Marcel van Bruggen and brought back to the Netherlands before leaving again to Sweden last December. Rhodium leaves his mark on the breeding world, with over 1000 offspring registered with the KWPN. He produced two KWPN approved sons, Washington (ds Jetset-D) and Capri Sonne Jr. (ds San Remo). Through Capri Sonne Jr., who is performing so well first under Dinja van Liere and now under Laura Tomlinson, Kaygo (ds Westpoint) was also approved out of Rhodium’s second generation. He also sired Grand Prix horses Azzurro (ds Krack C) and Cupido (ds San Remo).

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