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In week 41, our riders and grooms will be busy once again at Blue Hors, where Helgstrand Dressage has no less than 28 horses qualified for the finals in various classes.

4-year-olds:

We have 7 horses qualified in the 4yo class – and what makes this exciting is, they are all either stallions and part of our stallion collection or offspring by our own stallions. It will be very exciting to see how they perform. The qualified are:

Kardieno (by Dante Weltino/Parcival) - Thomas Sigtenberggaard
Kremlin MD (by Governor/Rousseau) - Mette Sejbjerg Jensen
Nova (by Grand Galaxy Win/BH Romanov) - Rikke Dupont
Ferdades (by Fürstenball/Donnerhall) - Anne-Mette Strandby Hansen
Got It (by Grand Galaxy Win/BH Don Schufro) - Mette Sejbjerg Jensen
Kavira (by Franklin/Sorento) - Meike Lang
Suarez (by Sezuan/Desperados) - Mette Sejbjerg Jensen

5-year-olds:

In the class for 5yo Helgstrand Dressage has no less than 9 horses participating, who have been selected at the qualifications all over the country. Beyond the qualifications, 3 horses have been qualified due to their results at the WCYH in Ermelo and 1 horse from Helgstrand Dressage has even been given a Wild Card. The qualified are:

Elverhøjs Raccolto (by Sezuan/Sandro Hit) - Meike Lang
Queenparks Wendy (by Sezuan(BH Soprano) - Andreas Helgstrand
Skovens Tzarina (by BH Zack/BH Don Schufro) - Betina Jæger
Jovian (by Apache/Tango) - Andreas Helgstrand
Springbank II VH (by Skovens Rafael/De Niro) - Severo Jurado Lôpez
Florist Enshøj (by Floricello/Midt-West Ibi-Light) - Anne-Marie Hosbond
Join Me de Massa (by Everdale/Rieto) - Eric Guardia Martinez
Straight Horse Don Zuan (by BH Zack/BH Don Schufro) - Cathrine Dufour
Janeiro Platinum (by Sezuan/UB 40) - Anne-Marie Hosbond
Joshua (by Sezuan/Voice) - Søren Wind
Eternity 75 (by Escolar/Sir Donnerhall I) - Cathrine Dufour
Sky-Man (by Surprice/Samarant) - Frederikke Lundgren Skelmose
Arogato (by Antango Du Feuillard/Sandro Hit) - Rikke Dupont

6-year-olds:

In the class for 6yo Helgstrand Dressage has also been given a Wild Card. Furthermore, we have a WCYH participant amongst the qualified horses. The qualified are:

Zhaplin Langholt (by Zonik/Stedinger) - Andreas Helgstrand
Revolution (by Rocky Lee/Rouletto) - Andreas Helgstrand
Azett Lynghøjgård (by BH Zack/Schwadroneur) - Kenneth Damgaard
Samuel (by Ampére/Stedinger) - Cathrine Dufour
Mio FS (by Floricello/BH Hertug) - Mette Sejbjerg Jensen
Dionysos de Massa (by Special Agent Amour/Xaquiro) - Eric Guardia Martinez

7-year-olds:

In the class for 7yo, Helgstrand Dressage also has 2 horses qualified. Both participated at WCYH in Ermelo this summer, and one of them came home with his second gold medal. The qualified are:

D’avie (by Don Juan de Hus/Londonderry) - Severo Jurado Lôpez
Icing for U (by Ampère/Bocelli) - Meike Lang*

- We’re really looking forward to competing at Blue Hors with all the youngsters. This competition is one of the highlights of the year for us here at Helgstrand Dressage. Next year we hope to see a better standardization in the evaluation of the horses so that we’ll be able to see the absolute best young horses in the final. We really look forward to showing our great horses and riders to the audience, says Andreas Helgstrand.


Andreas Helgstrand and Queenparks Wendy


We can look back at a weekend with great results at the Bundeschampionat. Especially the test for 5-year-olds where our breeding stallion, Valverde, won gold.

In the test for 3-year-olds, Danciero and Eva Möller were placed 4th with a total score of 8.7. They received 8.5 for walk, 8.5 for trot, 9 for canter, 9 for submission and 8.5 for perspective.

The breeding stallion, Valverde, delivered fantastic results at this year’s Bundeschampionat with Eva Möller in the saddle. They impressed the judges who honored the equipage with a total score of 9.3 and a gold medal. They received 9.5 for walk, 9 for trot, 9.5 for canter, 9.0 for submission and 9.5 for perspective. Espe and Eva Möller were placed 7th also in the 5-year-olds with a total score of 8.2.

Furthermore, Eva Möller and Ballando were placed 4th in the test for 6-year-olds and got a total score of 8.4. They received 9 for walk, 8 for trot, 9 for canter, 7.5 for submission and 8.5 for perspective.


Eva Möller and the breeding stallion Valverde

Qualification at Sportsrideklubben Aalborg

This weekend, the qualification for Pavo and DEF’s championat took place at Sportsrideklubben Aalborg. Helgstrand Dressage had several equipages participating in the competition for 4-, 5-, 6- and 7-year-olds, and they delivered one great ride after another.

4-year-olds:

In the test for 4-year-olds, Helgstrand Dressage had 6 equipages placed. Mette Sejbjerg Jensen and the stallion, Kremlin MD, were placed 1st and received 8 for walk, 9 for trot, 9.2 for canter, 9 for submission and 9 for perspective which resulted in a total score of 88.4.

Rikke Dupont and the mare, Nova, was placed 2th and received 7.5 for walk, 9.5 for trot, 9.8 for canter, 8 for submission and 9 for perspective which gave the equipage a total score of 87.6

The third place was shared between Meike Lang with Kavira and Mette Sejbjerg Jensen with the stallion, Got It. Meike and Kavira received 8.3 for walk, 9 for trot, 9 for canter, 8.5 for submission and 8.8 for perspective. Mette and Got It received 7.7 for walk, 8.8 for trot, 9 for canter, 9.3 for submission and 8.8 for perspective. Both equipages received a total score of 87.2.

Placed as number 6 was the black breeding stallion Suarez, yet again with Mette Sejbjerg Jensen in the saddle. The equipage got a total score of 84.8 and received 8 for walk, 9 for trot, 9 for canter, 7.8 for submission and 8.6 for perspective.

5-year-olds:

In the class for 5-year-olds, it was our student master rider, Frederikke Lundgren Skelmose, and the stallion Sky-man who won. The equipage received 8.5 for walk, 9 for trot, 8.7 for canter, 8.2 for submission, and 8.8 for perspective and ended with a total score of 86.4.

In second place was Rikke Dupont and Arogato, who got a total score of 84.6. They received the characters 7.6 for walk, 9 for trot, 9 for canter, 8.2 for submission, and 8.5 for perspective.

Manuel Springhetti and Hannes Lütt were placed very closely with only 0.2 points after each other. Manuel Springhetti and the stallion, Jaristo, were placed as number 3 who a total score of 83.8. They received 7.8 for walk, 8.5 for trot, 8.7 for canter, 8.4 for submission, and 8.5 for perspective. In fourth place was Hannes Lüth and the stallion, Milione, who received 7.7 for walk, 8.9 for trot, 8.5 for canter, 8.2 for submission and 8.5 for perspective. The equipage ended with a final score of 83.6.

6-year-olds:

In the class for 6-year-olds, Helgstrand Dressage had one equipage ready to start, which was Manuel Springhetti and Indian Jones. They delivered a great result with a total score of 78 and got the characters 7.8 for walk, 7.5 for trot, 8.5 for canter, 7 for submission and 8.2 for perspective.

7-year-olds:

Meike Lang and Icing for U, who also competed at this year’s WCYH in Ermelo, delivered a great ride which placed them as number one in the class for 7-year-olds. They received 8.1 for walk, 8.6 for trot, 8.4 for canter and 8.5 for perspective.


Frederikke Lundgren Skelmose and the stallion, Sky-man


It’s been a busy weekend for Helgstrand Dressage, who’s had several riders and horses at competitions and the Danish Warmblood Elite Foal Show. Amongst the riders was Alexander Helgstrand with Grevens Sa’Va, who’s been competing at the Danish Championships for junior riders, where they delivered one winning round after the other.

Last Friday, the junior riders started the first round of this year’s Danish Championships. Alexander and Sa’Va had a convincing program, which was rewarded by the judges with a total score of 76,054%. The equipage won the class with almost 3%.

On Saturday, in the second part of the competition, Alexander and Sa’Va also had a great ride. They received a total score of 76,605% and won the test.

On Sunday, Alexander and Sa’Va excelled in the freestyle. The equipage showed a top-level ride, which was rewarded by the judges with a total score of 80,600%. With no one to match this top score, Alexander and Sa’Va won the title as Danish Champions for Junior riders and ended another weekend with 3 winning rounds.

At the competition was Marianne Helgstrand with Super Mario. The equipage won their test on Friday, where they received a total score of 71,930% in the Intermediate II.


Alexander Helgstrand and Grevens Sa'Va

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Great results at the national competition and the Danish Warmblood Elite Show

At this weekend’s national competition at Vilhelmsborg, many of our riders have had great results. The DEF championships tests for 4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds, was dominated by the horses from Helgstrand who danced their way to the top in all of the tests.

4-year-olds:

On Saturday the 4yo test was won by Anne-Mette Strandby Hansen and the stallion, Ferdades, where they received a total score of 87,600%. They got the characters 8.5 for walk, 7.9 for trot, 9.6 for canter, 9.0 for submission, and 8.8 for perspective.

5-year-olds:

On Sunday, the horses from Helgstrand dominated the top-3 in the test for 5yo. Severo Jurado Lopez and the stallion Springbank II VH were superior and won the test with an impressive score of 95,400%. They got the characters 9.0 for walk, 9.4 for trot, 9.7 for canter, 9.8 for submission, and 9.8 for perspective.

The 2nd place went to Anne-Marie Hosbond and Florist Enshøj. They got the characters 9.3 for walk, 9.3 for trot, 9.0 for canter, 9.3 for submission, and 9.5 for perspective.

The 3rd place also went to Anne-Marie Hosbond, but this time with the black stallion, Janeiro Platinum. They got the characters 8.5 for walk, 9.0 for trot, 9.0 for canter, 9.5 for submission, and 9.2 for perspective.

6-year-olds:

In the test for 6-year-olds Kenneth Damgaard and Azett Lynggard won with a total score of 89,400%. The equipage got 9.2 for walk, 9.0 for trot, 8.5 for canter, 9.0 for submission and 9.0 for perspective.

The weekend’s remaining classes also turned out great for Helgstrand’s equestrians. Saturday, Betina Jæger and Chicago was places 3rd in the Intermediare II and got a total score of 70.219%. In the same test, Thomas Sigtenbjerggard and Scout S was placed 4th with a total score of 70.044%.

Sunday, Thomas Sigtenbjerregaard and Scout S finished in 2nd place in the Grand Prix and got a total score of 70.2167%.

 

This weekend, many offspring by Helgstrand stallions won medals and new titles at the Danish Warmblood Elite Foal Show.

Foal show:

Both the best filly and colt was by Helgstrand stallions. Vilard’s Frina by Franklin/Don Romantic bred by Stud. Vilard won the title as the best filly. Grand-Quest Bell by Kastel’s Grand Galaxy Win/Don Romantic bred by Tina and Nicolai Jepsen won the title as the best colt. Grand-Guest Bell is a full brother to Giovanni Bell.

2-year-old mares:

In the final for 2-year-old mares, Fransisca by Franklin/Romanov won the title as the best mare. Fransisca is bred by Henrik Hansen and is also a half-sister to the two world-famous mares, Fiontini and Fiontina.

3-year-old and older mares:

In the final for 3-year-old and older mares, two mares by Helgstrand stallions was licensed as gold medal mares. The first one was Fransisca Lightfood by Franklin/Michellino bred by Anette Lyngs and Torben Damsbo, and the second gold medal mare was Feine Galicia V by Kastel’s Grand Galaxy Win/Gribaldi bred by Iben Leere Kamp.

Danish Warmblood foal auction

On Saturday night, the Danish Warmblood held an Elite Foal Auction where many of the participating foals were by Helgstrand Dressage’s stallions. The evening’s highest winning bid went to the filly Borbjergs Fairy by Knock-Out/Romanov bred by Jørn Frandsen Dahl. The filly was sold for 50.000 euro to Helgstrand Dressage.


Anne-Mette Strandby and the breeding stallion Ferdades

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Master rider Søren Vallentin has decided to resign on October 1st, and Helgstrand Dressage has hired Maria Anita Andersen as general manager and master rider at Helgstrand Academy.

Søren Vallentin who is working at Helgstrand Academy has decided to stop after 2 years at Helgstrand Dressage. Søren will continue to be employed at Helgstrand as a freelancer.

- It has been 2 exciting years at Helgstrand Dressage, where 2 days are never the same. Some of the things that have been best are the team spirit, talented equestrians, and good horses, says Søren Vallentin.

Maria Anita Andersen graduated as a master rider in 2006, where she was subsequently employed by Blue Hors, and after 8 years at Blue Hors, she started her own company in 2014. From 2017 until now, she has been employed by the Danish Equestrian Federation where she has been an instructor at their courses. Maria Anita Andersen will be responsible for the daily operations at Helgstrand Academy and will also be responsible for teaching and developing our horses and riders.

- I’m really looking forward to starting at Helgstrand Dressage and become a part of the team. I’m sure that I can contribute with my competences, while I can improve myself both professionally and personally, says Maria Anita Andersen.

- I have contacted Maria myself several times because I worked with her at Blue Hors and have always thought she was a fantastic rider and colleague. I have always wanted her to be a part of Helgstrand Dressage, so it is a great pleasure she will be a part of our team, says Andreas Helgstrand.

Maria Anita Andersen will start at Helgstrand Dressage as a general manager on October 1st.

Maria Anita Andersen

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With 3 amazing rides, young Alexander Helgstrand and his pony, Adriano B, won 3 gold medals at this year’s European Championships in dressage for ponies in Poland. The equipage delivered a hat trick, which must be the perfect end of Alexander's years as a pony-rider.

Last Wednesday, the team competition started early, and Denmark was placed second, after the team’s first two riders. Therefore, it was incredibly exciting and nerve-racking when the last to riders entered the arena last Thursday. After the team’s third rider it was made clear, that it would be Alexander’s ride which would determine if the team would win the gold, silver or bronze. Alexander was able to stay completely cool. Alexander and Adriano delivered an amazing performance, which was rewarded with a total score of 77,543%. Thereby, they secured the gold medal at the European Championships for the Danish team, for the first time in 33 years.

Last Friday, the individual classes started, and Alexander was amongst some of the first riders. Once again, the equipage had a great ride, which was rewarded with 78,216% and placed them at the top of the class. Saturday, the second half of the class took place, where the equipage managed to keep the lead. Thereby, the second gold medal at this year’s European championship was secured.

Sunday was the final day of the competition and only the 18 best equipages from the previous round were qualified. Alexander and Adriano danced their way through the program and exceeded the magical 80% when they got a final score of 82,140%. Thereby they wrote history for Danish riding, as the first equipage to have won 3 gold medals at the European championships in dressage for ponies.

Even though it was Alexander’s last big competition for ponies, it doesn’t mean that the young talent is done with riding. He has already started a couple of competitions for the Danish junior equestrian team with the horse, Grevens Sa’Va, with whom he won gold at the Nordic Championships for both team and individually in July.

Andreas, Marianne, Alexander, William, and Lene


This weekend in Ermelo has been exciting with a very high level of top dressage horses and an audience filled with expectations. Helgstrand Dressage horses won 2 gold, 1 silver medal, and 2 bronze medals.

Helgstrand dominated the top 5 in the final for 5-year-olds

In the class for 5-year-olds, Helgstrand Dressage had no less than 8 horses riding the qualifying class, of which 4 went straight through to the final. The equipages who qualified for the final were Eva Möller and Valverde, Andreas Helgstrand and Jovian, Andreas Helgstrand and Queenparks Wendy, and Severo Jurado Lopéz and Springbank II VH. In the small final, Eva Möller and Espe qualified for the final by winning the class.

Saturday, when the final took place, the horses from Helgstrand Dressage dominated the arena. Andreas and the well-moving stallion, Jovian, danced their way through their program. The stallion received the top character, 10, all over, except for the walk, where he got 8.3. Andreas and Jovian won the gold with a total score of impressive 9.66 and became World Champion 2019.

Andreas also secured the bronze medal with the Danish Warmblood mare, Queenparks Wendy, who received great points throughout the final. She got 9.0 for walk, 9.0 for trot, 10.0 for her up-hill canter, 9.5 for submission and 9.6 for perspective, and ended with a total score of 9.42.

The 4th place was taken by Eva Möller and our stallion Valverde, who got a total score of 9.22. Valverde received a 10.0 for walk, 9.0 for trot, 9.0 for canter, 9.0 for submission and 9.5 for perspective.

Severo Jurado Lopéz and our breeding stallion, Springbank II VH, was placed 5th, and got a total score of 9.18. Springbank got 8.6 for walk, 9.3 for trot, 9.5 for galop, 9.0 for submission and 9.5 for perspective.

Eva Möller and Espe also delivered a good performance, which they received a total score of 8.68 for and were placed 11th in the final. Espe received 8.0 for walk, 8.9 for trot, 9.0 for canter, 8.3 for submission and 9.2 for perspective.


Andreas Helgstrand and Jovian

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Andreas Helgstrand and Queenparks Wendy

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Silver and bronze in the class for 6-year-old

In the 6-year-olds class, Andreas Helgstrand was ready with the stallion, Revolution, and the gelding, Zhaplin Langholt. They both delivered great results in the qualification and they were placed in 2nd and 6th position.

Andreas and the former world champion, Revolution, delivered once again and won the silver medal with a total score of 9.44. Revolution received 9.0 for walk, 10.0 for his well-balanced trot, 9.6 for canter, 8.8 for submission and 9.8 for perspective. Because of a few mistakes in the flying changes, Revolution sadly lost the gold.

Very close after Revolution was Zhaplin Langholt, who delivered an incredible performance, and received a total score of 9.34 and the bronze medal. Zhaplin Langholt got 8.3 for walk, 9.8 for trot, 9.5 for canter, 9.4 for submission and 9.7 for perspective.

World Champion in the 7-year-old

In the class for 7-year-old horses, all 3 equipages from Helgstrand Dressage qualified for the final, which was Severo Jurado Lopéz and D’avie, Betina Jæger and Bonderman, and Meike Lang and Icing for U.

Severo and the stallion, D’avie, won gold and can now call themselves Double World Champions, as they also won the year before. The equipages had two impressive rides at received above 85% in both the qualification and the final. In the final D’avie got 8.8 for walk, 9.4 for trot, 10.0 for canter, 8.8 for submission, and 9.5 for perspective.

Betina and Bonderman got a total score of 80.843%, and though they delivered a well-balanced and harmonious ride, they only came in 7th. Bonderman received 8.5 for walk, 9.2 for trot, 8.8 for canter, 8.7 for submission and 9.0 for perspective.

Meike and Icing for U got a total score of 72.414% and was placed 15th in the final. Icing for U received 7.5 for walk, 7.9 for trot, 8.1 for canter, 7.2 for submission and 8.0 for perspective.


Severo Jurado Lopéz and D'avie

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So Unique placed 1st in the 4-year-olds

The young breeding stallion, So Unique, dominated the test for 4-year-olds at WCYH in Ermelo. In the qualification, the stallion won with an impressive total score of 9.14. Among the characters in the qualifier were 9.7 for walk and 9.4 in perspective.

In the final he was superior and won the class with an impressive total score of 9.64, which was 1.2 points more than 2nd place. In the final he received the characters 10.0 for walk, 9.0 for trot, 9.7 for canter, 9.7 for submission and 9.8 for perspective.


Last weekend, many of Helgstrand Dressage’s horses have been away for competitions and have achieved great results.

Søren Wind placed as fourth at the European Championships

Our rider Søren Wind and Diego achieved an impressive result in the individual test at the European Championships for U25, last weekend. Last Friday, the couple had their first individual test and was placed as fourth with a total score of 70,59% - with this result, they were qualified for the final Sunday.

Sunday, in the freestyle final, Søren and Diego were once again placed as number four with a total score of 72,64%.

We wish Søren a big congratulation with all the great results this weekend.

Søren, Diego, and Kamilla

Two stallions qualified for the German Bundeschampionat

Two of our stallions showed impressive quality in the qualification for the German Bundeschampionat final and achieved excellent results, both with the same rider in the saddle, Eva Möller.

Back in April, Helgstrand Dressage purchased the champion stallion from the Oldenburg Saddle licensing, Fynch Hatton, and this has proved to be a good decision. On Thursday 25th July, Fynch Hatton competed at the Oldenburger Landesturnier where he delivered a top performance and won the class for 3-year-old stallions. He got 8,5 for walk, 9,0 for trot, 10 for canter, 8,5 for education and 9,0 for type.

On Saturday 27th July, Fynch Hatton completed his second test and won with a total score of 9,1 and secured a spot for the final in the Bundeschampionat. He is now awarded the title Oldenburger Landeschampion.

On Friday 26 July, our popular breeding stallion, Valverde, also won his competition for 5-year-old horses and got 8,5 for walk, 9,0 for trot, 9,0 for canter, 8,5 for suppleness and 9,0 for total impression. He is now awarded the title as Westfalenchampion.

With this victory, Valverde secured his qualification for the finals in the Bundeschampionat. Last year, he also competed at the finals and won a silver medal, so we look forward to seeing some great results from him this year too.

Valverde has been a part of our stallion collection for two years, and you can see some of his offspring in the foal gallery here.

Both Valverde and Fynch Hatton are stationed in Germany.

Valverde and Eva Möller

Fynch Hatton and Eva Möller


Yesterday, the last two riders had their test in the team competition at the European Championships for U25 riders. Among them were our rider, Søren Wind and Diego. The Danish team delivered four good performances and ended up with a total score of 68,490%.

Today, the individual qualifications for the finale on Sunday is starting. Søren and Diego are doing their test today at 6.42 pm, but it’s first after the last rider completes their test tomorrow evening, we’ll know who’s qualified for the finale.

We, at Helgstrand Dressage, congratulate the Danish riders on the bronze medal.

You can see more about the schedule and results here.


The danish team with the bronze medal

 


This week, Søren and Diego are in Italy, where they’ll be competing in the U25 European Championships for the team and individually.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, the event starts with the team competition, where they’ll be riding Intermediate II. On Friday, the individual competition kicks off with the preliminary round and on Sunday, the qualified riders will be riding their Kür.

Helgstrand Dressage wishes good luck to all the Danish riders.

See the starting list and results for Søren and the other Danish riders here.


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The qualifications have come to an end and we are proud to announce that 13 horses from Helgstrand Dressage are selected for the WCYH in Ermelo 2019.

It will be an overwhelming collection of top dressage horses that will compete at the WCYH and Helgstrand Dressage is ready with 13 youngsters. Five out of our 13 participating horses are breeding stallions, which are also a part of our stallion collection 2019. Every 13 horses have made fantastic results in the past and we really look forward to seeing the results at the WCYH 2019.

The final list for the WCYH in Ermelo:

5-year-olds:

Elverhøjs Raccolto – Meike Lang Espe 45 – Eva Möller
Jovian – Andreas Helgstrand
Queenspark Wendy – Andreas Helgstrand
Skovens Tzarina – Betina Jæger
Springbank II VH – Severo Jurado Lopez
Valverde – Eva Möller

6-year-olds:

Revolution – Andreas Helgstrand
Zhaplin Langholt – Andreas Helgstrand

7-year-olds:

Bonderman – Betina Jæger
D’avie – Severo Jurado Lopez
Icing For U – Meike Lang

 

Severo Jurado Lopez and Springbank II VH

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Meike Lang and Icing For U

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