Animo Euthenized at Age 29

November 17, 2011

Animo Euthenized at Age 29


KWPN stallion Animo was laid to rest at his home-base in England.

The KWPN jumper stallion Animo was laid to rest at his home-base in England. He had been experiencing age-related infirmities. Due to a worsening lung infection, the decision was made to euthanize him.

Animo was born on May 7, 1982, on the property of his breeder, Peter Simons of Maastricht. Animo, along with Galoubet A and Jalisco B, are arguably the most influential sons of the legendary Almé.

Animo was discovered as a two-year-old by Gertjan van Olst. In 1985, the stallion received KWPN approval and began his breeding career. In 1996, Animo was awarded the prestigious KWPN keur predicate, a distinction reserved for a small, elite group of stallions. Animo was known for passing on his outstanding jumping talent, excellent attitude, and fighting spirit.

Nine-hundred fifteen Animo offspring are registered with the KWPN. The stallion leaves behind a respectable number of quality sons for breeding, among them Monaco and the phenomenal Andiamo. Animo also produced many Grand Prix show jumpers. Talented offspring such as Robin Hood W (Ben Maher), Avenzio (Taizo Susitani), Andiamo, and Regino helped place Animo in the top ten of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) rankings.

Animo was trained by Henk Diks, Rob Hoekstra, and Peter Bulthuis. The stallion showed in his first World Cup competitions under Henk van de Broek.

In 1991, Animo was purchased by the Aasen family of Norway (the breeders of Andiamo). Under Morten Aasen, Animo achieved his sport career highpoint: successfully competing in the Barcelona Olympics. In addition, the combination placed 48 times in World Cup competitions and Grands Prix.

Animo lived out his life at the Aasen family’s equestrian facility in England.

Source: Van Olst Stables