The Trakehner stallion Sixtus (by Habicht) died at age 33, Gestüt Hörstein reported on Facebook. The figurehead of the stud retired in the summer of 2017. The stallion took part in the Bundeschampionate and the World Championship for Young Jumpers in Lanaken. In 2001 the stallion was named Trakehner Stallion of the Year. The stallion was reserve champion of the Trakehner Stallion Show Neumunster in 1991 and was immediately approved for the Bavarian and Arabian (VZAP) studbooks. In 1994 he was approved for Hessia, and in 1996 Oldenburg followed. Sixtus did his 100-day performance test in Adelheidsdorf in 1992. They achieved a dressage index of 107.59 points, a jumping index of 116.29 points and a total of 113.52 points, making him 12 out of 55 participating stallions.
His sports career started in 1995 under Richard Grom in the jumping sport. Between 1996 and 1998, Gilbert Bockmann took over the reins. In 1996, Sixtus participated in the Bundeschampionate and the World Championship for Young Showjumping Horses in Belgium. Sixtus did his last competition in June 1998 under Grom.
Sixtus, who Wolfgang Diehm and Gestüt Hörstein have owned since his second year, has produced 12 licensed sons and 48 state premium daughters in Germany. In 2001 the stallion was proclaimed Trakehner Stallion of the Year. His most famous offspring include the international Grand Prix stallion Axis TSF (Terhi Stegars), the Para-dressage horse Kawango (Hannelore Brenner), and the breeding stallions Buddenbrock, Couracius, Kasparow, and Peron Junior. He has 312 offspring registered for sport with the German Equestrian Federation. “Until the last days of his life, he radiated undiminished joy, gladdened those who surrounded and cared for him with his intelligence and friendship, but suddenly he made us feel that it was time to let him go,” Gestüt Hörstein said. “What remains are the memories of his personality, of his unmistakable aura, with which he dominated every stage he entered with great pride. What also remains are grateful memories of 31 years of life together. Sixtus, you were a great horse, and you will always have a place in the hearts of those who loved you!” says Gestüt Hörstein.