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We are happy and proud to announce that in the final qualification in Warendorf, all our riders delivered their best. In the 5-year-olds class, both Espe and Valverde qualified for WCYH with Eva Möller in the saddle. In the 6-year-olds, Andreas and Revolution had an incredible ride and the World Champion for 5-year-olds last year secured his place in this years WCYH. In the 7-year-olds we had Bonderman with his rider Betina and D’avie with his rider Severo – both did very well in the test and were selected for the WCYH, which takes place in Ermelo at the beginning of August.


We are honored to have such great horses here at Helgstrand Dressage, because now we have 11 horses ready for the WCYH, and hopefully a few more on the way.

5-year-olds:

Jovian – Andreas
Valverde – Eva
Espe – Eva
Skovens Tzarina – Betina
Elverhøjs Raccolto – Meike
Queenspark Wendy – Andreas

6-year-olds:

Zhaplin Langholt – Andreas
Revolution – Andreas

7-year-olds:

D’avie – Severo
Bonderman- Betina

Severo Jurado Lopez and D'Avie

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Betina Jæger and Bonderman

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The Nordic Championships 2019 showed world-class riding, were the riders from Helgstrand Dressage gave it everything they had, and once again delivered incredible results


The Junior Championship

Early Thursday morning, the junior riders were ready for the first round of the team competition, where Alexander Helgstrand and Grevens Sa' Va were amongst the participating riders. The entire team delivered great results in both rounds, and the Danish junior team won the Nordic Championships of 2019. On Sunday in the individual competition, Alexander and Sa’ Va delivered another amazing ride, which resulted in a total score of 76,617% and they won the Nordic Championships of 2019.


The U25 Championships

In the U25 classes, Victoria Vallentin and Søren Wind were participating with their horses Ludwig Der Sonnenkoenig and Diego 371. Victoria and Ludwig were individually the best equipage in the team competition, with an amazing ride and a total score of 74%. Søren and Diego also delivered a great round in the team competition. Their round got them a total score of 69,974% and was individually placed 3rd. The team had great results from all the riders, and together they won the Nordic Championship of 2019.  

In the individual U25 class, Victoria and Ludwig excelled once again, with another amazing ride they impressed the judges and got a total score of 77,235% which secured them the title as Nordic Champions. Søren and Diego also delivered a great ride, which got them a final score of 72,780% and they were placed as number 2 in the individual championships.  


The Senior Championship

Amongst the participants on the senior team were Marianne Helgstrand and Lollipop 126. They delivered a great ride, which resulted in a total score of 69,870% and placed them individually in the class at the 3rd position. The team all did their best and was placed as number 2, only 0,826% after the Swedish team who won. In the individual championship, Marianne and Lollipop delivered another great round and got a final score of 71,650%, which unfortunately put them just outside of the placings, with only 0,135% after the rider placed as number 5.    

 

Here at Helgstrand Dressage, we congratulate all the Danish riders on their great results and placings. 

 

Alexander Helgstrand and Grevens Sa' Va

Victoria Vallentin and Søren Wind with the Danish U25 team


We are honored to announce that several young horses from Helgstrand Dressage were selected for the final test during the Equitour Danish Championship last weekend. The final selection for the WCYH in Ermelo will take place at Vilhelmsborg on June 25th. The following 8 young horses will participate in the final test at Vilhelmsborg:

5-year-old:



Zidan-DN e. Sezuan/ BH Future Cup. Rider: Betina Jæger
Elverhøjs Raccolto e. Sezuan/Sandro Hit. Rider: Meike Lang
Skovens Tzarina e. BH Zack/BH Don Schufro. Rider: Betina Jæger
Queenparks Wendy e. Sezuan/BH Soprano. Rider: Andreas Helgstrand
Tørveslettens Sylvester e. Sezuan/Stedinger. Rider: Severo Jurado Lopez
Florist Enshøj e. Floricello/Midt-West Ibi-Light. Rider: Anne Marie Berthelsen

6-year-old:

Zhaplin Langholt e. Zonik/Stedinger. Rider: Andreas Helgstrand
Azett Lynghøjgård e. BH Zack/Schwadroneur. Rider: Kenneth Damgaard

Next week, two of our popular stallions Revolution and D’Avie will have their first test in Warendorf for the WCYH in Ermelo. Revolution will participate in the test for 6-year-old horses and D’Avie will participate in the test for 7-year-old horses. What makes these two tests so exiting is that Revolution and D’Avie both won gold in Ermelo last year, so the expectations are high.

- I have great expectations for all our young horses who participate this year. It’s always exciting to follow their development and we look forward to showing them at the selections, says Andreas Helgstrand.

In addition to D’Avie and Revolution, Helgstrand Dressage will represent 4 other horses in Germany who also have their first tests in Warendorf. Our much sought-after stallion, Jovian, will have his second selection in the Netherlands next week.

Andreas Helgstrand and Queenparks Wendy

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Severo Jurado Lopez and Tørveslettens Sylvester

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On June 10, 2019, the Danish Championship final were held for U25 during Equitour and there was no doubt who will end up with the gold.

Victoria and Ludwig der Sonnenkönig 2 was in the leading in both Grand Prix, Grand Prix Kür and Intermediare II, and secured the gold in the last test with 79.3%.

- I have had three good tests with Ludwig and he absolutely were at his best behavior. I am very proud of him and our new title, says Victoria Vallentin.



Furthermore, the top 3 consisted of another equestrian from Helgstrand Dressage, Søren Wind, who won bronze with Diego 471. Søren and Diego had their final test yesterday and got 72.7% and were only a few point away from the silver medal.

- I am so happy with the development Diego and I have had through the last few competitions. The first day at the Danish Championship he went really well! On the second day we had three big mistakes but in the Kür he was really good again! In this week he has some time off while I’m in Stockholm with Stanford before the training starts for the Nordic Championship in late June, says Søren Wind.

Both Victoria and Søren will participate in the Nordic Baltic Championships and this year will be Søren Winds last year as U25 rider.

For Seniors, Marianne Helgstrand and Lollipop 126 were placed as No. 8, while Betina Jæger and Heartbreaker were placed as No. 9 at the Danish Championship for Seniors.

Victoria Vallentin with Ludwig der Sonnenkönig

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Søren Wind and Diego 471

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Marianne Helgstrand and Lollipop. Betina Jæger and Heartbreaker

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Without hesitation, one can safely say, that there has been a quantum leap at Helgstrand in the past years with the employment of large profiles such as Dr. Ulf Möller from Hof Kasselmann and most recently Esben Møller from Blue Hors. Meanwhile, the partnership with the venture capital firm, Waterland Private Equity, has sparked major internal changes, and Helgstrand has recently hired former PwC partner, Marianne Fog Jørgensen, who will be part of the management board as CFO. 


When Waterland joined Helgstrand the sails were set for an even stronger Helgstrand with the ambitious goal of creating the world’s leading equestrian business. In that connection, Helgstrand hired Marianne Fog Jørgsensen, who is a former partner in the well-known auditing and consulting company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, or simply PwC. Marianne has a clear advantage as she has been a full-time auditor for the Helgstrand Group for several years and thus has a deep understanding of the company’s business model, processes and value-drivers as well as insight in the company, the industry and the company’s stakeholders. . 

- We only want the best and therefore I’m incredibly proud that Marianne chose to accept the position. We have high ambitions for Helgstrand’s future development and I’m sure Marianne has the required skill-set regarding to her many years of experience in business development, management and the operation of a company and last, but not least, her drive to optimize Helgstrand’s market position to unseen heights based on her analytical and strategic skills, says Andreas Helgstrand.

Marianne has a long career in the auditing industry in senior management positions and she has recently been responsible for PwC’s department in Aalborg, where she was responsible for business development and execution of PwC’s strategy in North Jutland as well as optimizing the operation of the company and the use of innovative and effective tools. Competences that she takes to Helgstrand to a great extent. 



- Based on my previous job as auditor for Helgstrand I know the structure of the company which gives me a good starting point. I look forward to getting to know people at Helgstrand and getting an understanding of the daily processes in order to be able to further develop and optimize the business processes and at the same time get the value creation in the Helgstrand Group visible. Andreas has managed to build an international brand with a strong market position which I have great respect for. I look forward to becoming a part of this journey together with Helgstrand and Waterland, says Marianne Fog Jørgensen.

Marianne Fog Jørgensen started at Helgstrand 1st of April 2019.

Marianne Fog Jørgensen and Victoria Valentin with Fifty Cent

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At the 2019 Oldenburg Saddle Licensing in Vechta, the large-framed and strong-moving Champion Stallion Fynch Hatton by Formel Eins/Sir Donnerhall I/Weltmeyer was bought by Helgstrand Dressage at the following auction.



The Open House at Helgstrand Dressage is approaching and with the purchase of the 3-year-old Fynch Hatton, Helgstrand Dressage can now add another interesting stallion to the list of stallions, which will be shown at this year's open house, which will take place next Saturday, April 13 at 15:00 p.m.


The Champion Stallion achieved the maximum score 10 by the test rider, Beatrice Buchwald. At the following auction, the stallion was sold to Helgstrand Dressage for 260,000 euro.

Fynch Hatton

 





Helgstrand Dressage hast just returned after this year's stallion licensing show in Herning, but that doesn't' necessary mean, that there is time to relax, because now two new promising horses move to Vodskov; the 10-year-old KWPN stallion, Eye Catcher by Vivaldi/T.C.N. Partout (breeder: Gerrit Snoeks), and the 9-year-old Five Star by Amazing Star/Jazz (breeder: Bijvelds). Two very successfull horses that can already show great results from the international dressage scene.

The two stallions have so far been available at Platinum Stable in Holland, but now they move to Helgstrand Dressage.



- They are two very successful horses and we are looking forward to continue their education at Helgstrand Dressage. Eye Catcher is trained by Kirsten Brouwer, with whom the stallion has claimed two times bronze at the WBFSH and in 2017 they had their debut in small tour with great success before she gave the reins to Inna Logutenkova, who has further trained the stallion to Grand Prix, says Andreas Helgstrand.

In addition to Eye Catcher, Helgstrand Dressage has also acquired Five Star from Titan Wilaras, who has also had great success at the WBFSH. 2015 they placed 5 and the following year they claimed silver. Since then, Kirsten Brouwer has continued the training of the stallion. 


Watch video of Five Star

Watch video of Eye Catcher


This year's Herning Stallion Show has come to an end and it has been some fantastic days for Helgstrand Dressage alongside celebrating Danish Warmbloods 40th anniversary in Herning with the greatest show ever thanks to Casper Cassøe and his great team. 



Queenparks Wendy winner of the 2019 Young Horse Championship



The young horses taking part in the championship had to past three tests; two tests with own rider and one test with test rider, Swedish Patrik Kittel. Queenparks Wendy by Sezuan/Soprano did an amazing job showing fantastic capacity throughout all tests and thus achieving 10 for canter, 9 for trot and 9.5 for walk in the first test. In the second test, she got 8.5 for walk, 9.5 for trot and rideability and 10 for both canter and capacity. In the third test Patrik was for sure overwhelmed with the power she showed and actually he said, that this mare was out of the scale and he would like to be able to give a higher score than 10 and thus giving 10/10 for ridebility and capacity. 



Queenparks Wendy won the 2019 Young Horse Championship with a total score of 974, which is one of the highest total scores ever in the Young Horse Championship in Herning. Betina and Zidan-DN by Sezuan/Future Cup placed 2nd with 901 points, Meike and Elverhøjs Raccolto by Sezuan/Sandro Hit placed 4th with 889 points, Straight Horse De Milla by De Niro/Zack and Mette placed 6th with 880 points and Ziva Enshøj by Zack/Uno Don Diego and Hannes placed 7th with 873 points. 



Results of the Young Horse Championship



Queenparks Wendy also got awarded "Happiest Dressage Horse" because of her very positive work ethic throughout the championship tests. The prize was given by Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte.

Andreas and Queenparks Wendy.

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The Greatest Show



The gala show on Friday and Saturday was totally sold out and because of the 40th anniversary the expectations were very high. The show contained some of the greatest moments in Danish equestrian history. The highlight of the evening was for sure as three generations of Helgstrand entered the arena; Alexander Helgstrand, Andreas Helgstrand and Ulf Helgstrand while Ida Corr sang the song "When I'm getting old". Helgstrand Dressage also had the honor of finishing the gala show with a show presented by Victoria, Betina, Søren and Carina.



Stallion presenting classes



Traditionally, it was possible to get to watch all the approved stallions and a total of 24 stallions were presented with comments from Danish Bjarne Nielsen. It was a reunion with the two World Champions, Revolution and D'avie, the two times winner of the Swedish championship Breeders Trophy, Springbank II VH – as you see, a selection of the best dressage stallions in the world. Judging from the great applause every time a stallion has been presented it was a great success.

Andreas and Revolution

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Betina and Franklin.

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Severo and Springbank II VH.

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13 stallions selected for testing



The 3-year-old stallions were presented three times during the stallion selection. First part was to be presented on hard surface, next in lunging reins and finally to be shown free in the arena. Sunday the final selection took place followed up by the inspection of the stallions approved for the 10- or 14-day observation test.



The following stallions from Helgstrand have been approved for testing:

3-year-olds



Atterupgaards Barcelo by Bon Coeur/Caprimond E. H., owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Stutteri Atterupgaard, breeder: Kristine Munch Nielsen.


Danciero by Dancier/Floriscount, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Paul Schockemöhle, breeder: Z G Broers + Weber H. Broers and Joh. Weber.


Diamancio by Diamond Hit/Florencio I, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S, breeder: Bernhard Schrapper.


Tophøjs Falchetto by Floriscount/Solos Landtinus, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Stutteri Tophøj, breeder: Anette Nilausen and Niels-Jørgen Johansen.


Fürst Highlight by Fürstenball/His Highness, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Søren Grønborg, Vodskov, breeder: Thorsten Lang.


Global Player by Kastel's Grand Galaxy Win/Don Schufro, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S, Paul Schockemöhle and HH Horses, breeder: HH Horses.


Giovanni Bell by Kastel's Grand Galaxy Win/Don Romantic, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Sølyst Heste, breeder: Tina and Nicolai Jepsen.


Lord Europe by Lord Leatherdale/Boston, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S, Paul Schockemöhle and Joop van Uytert, breeder: ZG Pleines Werner and Heike Pleines. 


Vendóme by Veneno/Fidertanz, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Stutteri EVO, breeder: Paul Paessens.


Vivino by Vivaldi/Dancier, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Paul Schockemöhle, breeder: Ulrike Buurman.


L.A.Zonik.L by Zonik/Goodtimes, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Sølyst Heste, breeder: A.J. Lievaart. 


Lance V.O.D. by Glamourdale/Davino V.O.D., owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S, breeder: A.J. van Os.



4-year olds



Mr. Grey VH (SWB) by Grey Flanell/Dalwhinnie (SWB), owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Västra Hoby Stuteri AB, breeder: Västra Hoby Stuteri AB.


11 stallions got final approval in Danish Warmblood



4-year-olds 


Kadans by Franklin/Jazz, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Sunday Partner, breeder: G.J. Rijper.


Ferdades by Fürstenball/Donnerhall, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S, breeder: Limbecker GmbH/Kandziora.

Kremlin MD by Governor/Rousseau, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Sølyst Heste, breeder: M. Dinnissen.

Got It by Kastel's Grand Galaxy Win/Don Schufro, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Dressage Arvé, breeder: Dressage Arvé.

So Unique by Sezuan/Donnerhall, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Kleppenhus Invest, breeder: Willem Klausing.

Suarez by Sezuan/Desperados, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Sunday Partner, breeder: Zuchtgemeinschaft Judith and Söenke Schmidt.



Kardieno by Dante Weltino/Parcival, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Stutteri EVO.



5-year-olds



Jovian by Apache/Tango, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Kleppenhus Invest, breeder: E T ten Bosch.


Devonport by Dancier/Ravallo, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Stutteri EVO, breeder: Christine Miesner.


Janeiro Platinum by Sezuan/UB 40, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Sølyst Heste, Vodskov, breeder: Titan Wilaras.


Tørveslettens Sylvester by Sezuan/Stedinger, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Stutteri Tørvesletten, breeder: Stutteri Tørvesletten ApS.



In addition, Sylvester achieved a breeder's silver medal.




Champion Stallion and 6 Premium Stallions for Helgstrand


It has for sure been difficult to select this year's Champion Stallion and Premium Stallions because of the high quality of the collection. The title Champion Stallion in Danish Warmblood went to Kremlin MD by Governor/Rousseau, bred by M. Dinnissen. A total of 7 stallions were awarded Premium Stallions in Danish Warmblood and among them, 6 came from Helgstrand:



Danciero by Dancier/Floriscount, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Paul Schockemöhle, breeder: Z G Broers + Weber H. Broers and Joh. Weber.



Tophøjs Falchetto by Floriscount/Solos Landtinus, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Stutteri Tophøj, breeder: Anette Nilausen and Niels-Jørgen Johansen.



Global Player by Kastel's Grand Galaxy Win/Don Schufro, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S, Paul Schockemöhle and HH Horses, breeder: HH Horses.



Giovanni Bell by Kastel's Grand Galaxy Win/Don Romantic, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Sølyst Heste, breeder: Tina and Nicolai Jepsen.



Lord Europe by Lord Leatherdale/Boston, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S, Paul Schockemöhle and Joop van Uytert, breeder: ZG Pleines Werner and Heike Pleines


Vivino by Vivaldi/Dancier, owner: Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Paul Schockemöhle, breeder: Ulrike Buurman.


Kremlin MD - Champion Stallion in Danish Warmblood.

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Danciero by Dancier/Floriscount - Premium Stallion in Danish Warmblood.


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Tophøjs Falchetto by Floriscount/Solos Landtinus - Premium Stallion in Danish Warmblood.

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Global Player by Kastel's Grand Galaxy Win/Don Schufro - Premium Stallion in Danish Warmblood.

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Giovanni Bell by Kastel's Grand Galaxy Win/Don Romantic - Premium Stallion in Danish Warmblood.

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Lord Europe by Lord Leatherdale/Boston - Premium Stallion in Danish Warmblood.

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Vivino by Vivaldi/Dancier - Premium Stallion in Danish Warmblood.

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Got it receives Aage Ravn's Trophy



Got It by Kastel's Grand Galaxy Win/Don Schufro was awarded the prestigious Aage Ravn's Trophy, which is given to the best Danish bred stallion. Got It is bred by Morten Thomsen from Dressage Arvé.



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Fiontini debut in CDI4* Grand Prix



The three times World Champion, Fiontini by Fassbinder/Romanov, showed during the competition classes that she is able to compete against the very best and still be in the top. With Severo in the saddle she placed 3rd in the Grand Prix with an impressive score of 75.913%, and also placed 3rd in Grand Prix Freestyle passing the magic 80% limit in her first freestyle at that level.



Results from the Grand Prix

Results from the Grand Prix Freestyle

 










Today, Helgstrand Dressage makes another history by announcing, that Esben Møller - who has recently celebrated his 25th anniversary at Blue Hors Stud - has chosen to be a part of team Helgstrand, where he will be responsible for scouting new promising horses.

Esben Møller has played a significant role in the breeding history with the purchase of high quality stallions. Among the many unmentioned highlights are Blue Hors Don Schufro and Blue Hors Zack.

With more than 25 years as responsible for the stallion station at Blue Hors Stud as well as scouting and purchasing new promising horses, it is with great pleasure that Helgstrand can announce that Esben Møller will take part of team Helgstrand, which counts approx. 80 employees in Denmark, Germany and the US. The exact date for Esben’s commencement with Helgstrand Dressage is to be published later.

- We can hardly describe how proud we are that Esben has chosen Helgstrand Dressage as his next career step. He has many years of experience and he is able to contribute with valuable knowledge about the selection of young horses. He has a keen eye for quality horses and is incredible at spotting unique horses. I have great respect for what Esben has achieved over time and I am looking forward to the fact that we can now benefit from his experience, says Andreas Helgstrand.

- It has been a difficult decision to resign from my position at Blue Hors Stud after 25 years. It feels like your whole life and I am very grateful to the Kirk Kristiansen family for the trust and the great cooperation, we have had. However, the time has come to try something new and I am really happy to take part of team Helgstrand and to work with Andreas again. I am also looking forward to concentrating on what I am really good at, says Esben Møller.

Esben Møller and Andreas Helgstrand know each other very well as they have worked together at Blue Hors Stud for several years before Andreas founded Helgstrand Dressage in 2009.

- We know each other very well and there was no doubt that I had to say yes, when Esben asked to join team Helgstrand. He has a great experience and vision and therefore, I also see great opportunities in our future cooperation. I am really looking forward to working together with Esben again, says Andreas.


- Andreas and I have had many great moments together, among others, with Blue Hors Matiné and Blue Hors Don Schufro, which we all know. I have great respect for what Andreas has achieved in only 10 years and I would really want to be part of that fantastic journey, adds Esben.


Esben Møller and Andreas Helgstrand.

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Fantastic gaits, impressive balance, active hind legs and masculine expression - this is exactly what characterizes the new stallion, that Helgstrand Dressage has purchased; Kardieno by Dante Weltino OLD/Parcival. A combination of the best genes, a stallion that for sure catches the eye when he enters the arena. 



- We are delighted with the purchase of this 4-year-old stallion. Every day I see top horses, but this stallion is so unique and we look forward to offer him as part of our stallion collection to our breeders, said Andreas Helgstrand proudly.



Kardieno impressed the spectators already at the 2018 KWPN stallion licensing and many were waiting with excitement for him to enter the arena this year. High-set, elegant and with powerful gaits. At the KWPN stallion licensing he was presented by Bart Veeze from the Netherlands.



For the many breeders who have secured a ticket to Helgstrand Dressage and Paul Schockemöhle's stallion show in Verden this Friday and for the people visiting this year's Danish Warmblod Stallion Licensing in Herning really have something to look forward to.



- We actually wanted to make it a surprise, but it can be a difficult to keep the enthusiasm for ourselves and we also think that the breeders should have something to look forward to, said Andreas with a smile.



Kardieno has been approved in KWPN, after finishing his performance test with a high score. Not only does he look like his father, the impressive Dante Weltino, who qualified for the German Bundeschampionat as both 5-year and 6-year-old with Therese Nilshagen, he also possesses his quality. As a 7-year-old, Dante Weltino made his debut with Therese in S-dressage and he won his first Grand Prix as only 8 years old. Since then, they have achieved numerous victories and places at international Grand Prix level and among the highlights to mention; winning team bronze at the 2017 European Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden.



Kardieno is bred by Janneke Gnodde from Terschelling, the Netherlands.

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