Florett As, Sire of Verdades, Dead at Age of 20

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Florett As ridden by Arlette Jasper-Kohl. © Tanja Becker

PERL-BORG, Germany, Dec. 21, 2017–Florett As, the sire of Verdades ridden by America’s Laura Graves, has been euthanized at the age of 20 after contracting what the owners on Thursday described as a “severe illness.”

Arlette Jasper-Kohl and Prof. Edwin Kohl of Gestüt Peterhof said: “All the caring and the veterinarian efforts did not help anymore. Out of respect to the horse and by recommendation of the veterinarians we have had to let him go.”

Bred by Günther Stegemann, the black stallion started his carrier at the stallion licensing in Munster-Handorf in 1999. A year later he completed his stallion performance test, winning rideability and placing third overall. He won bronze at the national championship for three-year-olds in 2000 before going to the Netherlands where he was successful up to S level. In 2007, Florett As returned to Germany to his new owners, Arlette Jasper-Kohl and Edwin Kohl. There, he earned victories up to World Cup freestyles and won silver in 2012 at the Saarland championship.

Florett has successful descendants, most bred in the Netherlands.

Among them is Verdades that with Laura Graves won team bronze and individual fourth place at the 2016 Olympics, fifth at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, silver medalist at the 2017 World Cup Final in Omaha and were United States champion.

Sons Verdi la Fazenda and Wild Dancer are currently competing at a Grand-Prix level and his daughter Equirelle W was eighth at the dressage World Young Horse Championship for seven-year-olds at Ermelo, Netherlands.

Three of Florett As’s offspring have been chosen for breeding, one of which is Florett’s Boefke who has been successful in show jumping up to S level.

Florett As’s father, Florestan I, has been ranked by the WBFSH in the top 10 of the world for best rideability sires.

His dam Unforgettable, a daughter of the riding horse National Champion Urofino, and a winner in medium level tests for young riding horses herself, was bred several sport offspring.

“Florett As was a very fascinating stallion with a strong character,” Arlette Jasper said. “Thanks to his ability of collection and his strong will to work he provided an incredible feeling to the rider.

”We will miss this extraordinary stallion very much.”