16.2hh Leopard Spotted Knabstrupper by ZORRO who is a Knabstrupper of the modern Sporthorse type and himself a descendant of the famous Arab stallion POMERANETS OX. Apollon's dam SYMFONI is superbly bred Trakehner mare by DONAUSCHIMMER, combining such illustrious lines as ABGLANZ and POET XX. A couple of generations back we find the highly rated GUNNAR and the great grandmother SONETT, who produced the famous Trakehner Hessenstein and via him influenced an entire generation of horses. APOLLON himself has already sired nine graded stallions and further proved his importance as a sire with several of his state-premium daughters. After winning his stallion testing at Vilhelmsborg in 1989 this stallion combined a stud duties with a highly successful competition career, winning not only Dressage and Showjumping to M level, but also M Eventing. Because of his quality as stallion he was awarded the Gold Medal as best Knabstrupper stallion at the 1990 Danish Agriculture Fair (equivalent with the German DLG), a rare and distinguished achievement for any horse, let alone a spotted one. In 1995 Apollon appeared on the German Scene and promptly won Premium graded status at the ZfDP grading in Lentföhrden. Apollon died in California on September 29, 2005, at age 22 of apparent heart failure but limited frozen semen is available through select Knabstrupper breeders.
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