Deister (horse)

Infobox last modified on 9 December 2007.

Deister ( born February 10, 1971 by treble from the eagle burdock; † 27 August 2000) was a dark brown Hanoverian gelding and one of the most successful jumping horses in the world. He was admiringly called also The whole safe.

About Deister

Deister was born in 1971 in Easter break at the farm of his breeder, Hermann Hahl. After an initially difficult Einreitversuchen he was sold at the Verden auction in November 1974 for 17,000 DM as a dressage horse, as he had become in a materials testing recently as a potential dressage Second Crack. For the elite auction that preceded the auction in November, he was not allowed because he was too insignificant and muscle arm. But soon it turned out that Deister due to its Guckigkeit was not suitable for dressage. He was then five years old to Hartwig Steenken, who trained him as a jumper and with it after about a year in 1977 was second in the Grand Prix of Verden indoor tournament. Since Steenken shortly after heavy accident and died, Deister was for $ 200,000 to Paul Schockemoehle, with whom he was to celebrate his great successes in the sequence until it with a second place finished his career at the German Championships in 1989. Deister then spent eleven years on the pasture before he died in mills on 27 August 2000 at the age of 29 years.

Deisters character was marked by hardship, perseverance and fighting spirit of his thoroughbred grandfather. He demonstrated by outstanding gallops in tight combinations and turns, without losing its bounce, but Deister was not always easy to handle.

Hermann Hahl ( his breeder ) about him: In the beginning he was very annoying, could be difficult to keep on the paddock and carried my son at the first try riding countless times on the ground.

Paul Schockemoehle ( later and last owner ) about him, I was impressed by his mentality, his fighting spirit and his great fortune. His difficulties were certainly underestimated by me. If only I had my money back, I have often initially thought. If one came to me to buy Deister, I think I would have given away him at a loss. In the work he gave me infinite trouble, he was overzealous and made ​​many mistakes. In addition, it often took a long time until he mentally recorded certain things, for example the behavior in combinations. But he never put on, he wanted to learn!

The English called him many times "The great Deister " because he worked like a high performance machine. His Spring manners, such as to pivot the back leg to the side so as not to touch even the rod, made ​​him world famous, among other things.


  • European champions in 1981, 1983, 1985
  • European Champion 1981
  • German Championship 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987
  • At the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, he was part of the German bronze team, two years earlier had Schockemoehle and Deister team silver medal at the World Cup.