One of the world’s best-known sport horse stallions, Nimmerdor, has died in his sleep at the age of 31.

The legendary Dutch-bred bay was a son of the equally illustrious Farn out of a daughter of the Thoroughbred Koridon.

At his stallion performance test in 1975, Nimmerdor showed a huge talent for jumping and he went on to compete with Albert Voorn in international grand prix and World Cup qualifiers.

He was chosen for the Los Angeles Olympics, but his owners refused to let him go, preferring that he concentrated on stud duties.

Nimmerdor had an enormous influence on European breeding and currently has more than 30 approved stallion sons, including two of the most popular show jumping sires of recent times, Heartbreaker and Ahorn.

His progeny has also competed at the highest level, both in show jumping and dressage.

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