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Alexander selected for the Nordic and European Championships
Alexander has managed to make a very positive impression at competitions, recently at the international show, Future Champions in Hagen, Germany with both Røgild's Claire and Adriano B. and now he can also add a selection for this year's Nordic Baltic Championship and the European Championship to the results of this weekend.
It has been an eventful weekend at the Future Champions in Hagen with many young talents as the name indicates, including Alexander, who was represented with both Røgild's Claire by Notre Bac/Julio Mariner XX and Adriano B. by De Angelo B/Flying Dream.
Alexander brought both Marianne and Andreas, but it was a confident rider who made very good performances all weekend. Among others, Alexander placed 9 with Claire in the CDIP test, won silver in the team competition and got a 3rd place in the freestyle achieving impressive 75.1% with Adriano B.
Video from Alexander and Adriano B.'s freestyle in Hagen.
You can find all the results here
For sure it was a great weekend, also as Alexander was selected for both the Nordic Baltic Championship in Norway and the European Championship by national coach, Jette Nevermann Torup.
Selected for the Nordic Baltic Championship
Alexander Yde Helgstrand / Adriano B (res: Claire)
Dagmar Sofie Oxlund / Campari W
Silke Andersen / Nyholts Dundee
Sophia Winther Andersen / Der Harlekin B
Selected for the European Championship
Currently, three out of four riders have been selected - the fourth rider and the reserve will be selected after the Nordic Baltic Championships:
Alexander Yde Helgstrand / Adriano B (res: Claire)
Frederikke Gram Jacobsen / Gee Gee
Maja Emilie Leth / Goldfevers Hella Bella.
Alexander and Adriano B.
Amazing weekend at Broholm Horseshow 2018
This weekend has been terrific with lots of great results for Helgstrand Dressage. A combination of warm weather, great atmosphere and many top riders resulted in many spectators during the weekend, especially in the Bundgaard Byg Cup, DRF Championship for U25 and in the Danish Championships for seniors.
6 Helgstrand horses selected for the 2018 WBFSH
This year's WBFSH World Championships for Young Horses takes place from 2-5 August in Ermelo and this weekend the first selection for Denmark took place. The final selection will be at Vilhelmsborg on May 26th.
Among the young horses participating were many talented high quality horses and after the judge Dennis Fisker had commented on the horses, the following horses from Helgstrand Dressage went on to the final selection:
• Simone Pearce and Lindballe’s Just Perfect by Johnson/De Niro
• Victoria E. Vallentin and Straight Horse Ascenzione by BH Zack/BH Don Schufro
• Andreas Helgstrand and Zhaplin Langholt by Zonik/Stedinger
• Kenneth Damgaard and Straight Horse Sezuanna by BH Zack/BH Don Schufro
• Severo Jurado Lopez and Atterupgaards Botticelli by Bennetton Dream/Caprimond
• Kenneth Damgaard and Stenagers Wyatt Earp by Wilkens/Sandro Hit
Severo and Atterupgaards Botticelli.
Carina won Bundgaard Byg Cup
Clearly it was a very proud Carina who returned home after another victory in the Bundgaard Byg Cup on Grevens Sa Va at Broholm Horseshow. For the second time Carina won the competition, but this year not many points were separating the 1st and 2nd place. In the first test, Carina won on Grevens Sa Va with 74.8% followed by Marianne and Super Mario scoring 74.3%. In the second test Carina won achieving 77.167% and Marianne once again placed second with 76.583%.
Søren placed second in the U25 Championships
The DRF's championship was characterised by many talented young riders and great performances and thus not many percentages where separating the riders. Søren has recently started to compete on Diego and despite the fact that they are not yet familiar with each other, they won the U25 Grand Prix by 69.1% and finished 2nd in the championship after achieving 71.225% in the Grand Prix freestyle.
5 of the 6 best placed horses in the Danish Championships from Helgstrand
The excitement was high as the only 20-year-old Victoria placed fourth in the Danish Championships for seniors together with Ludwig der Sonnenkönig, followed by Betina and Belstaff on a 6th place.
But not only two of the placed horses come from Helgstrand – 5 of the 6 best placed horses for seniors are in some way related to Helgstrand Dressage. They have either been trained at or sold from Helgstrand.
- It is a great pleasure to see when horses trained or sold by Helgstrand achieve so much success at shows, especially when ridden by Danish riders. It makes us proud, Andreas says, referring to Cathrine and Cassidy's freestyle, where they once again broke the magic 80% limit and achieved a total of 86.925%.
Both Atterupgaard's Cassidy, Arlando, Rock Star, Ludwig der Sonnenkönig and Belstaff show us, that at Helgstrand they manage to select quality horses that also show great performances with their riders.
- We are doing our very best to find the perfect match between rider and horse, and seeing the great results of this weekend makes us very proud, Andreas adds.
Betina and Victoria named for the long list for WEG
On Saturday the Danish national team coach Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein has named the long list for WEG in Tryon including two Helgstrand riders, Betina and Victoria.
Not surprisingly, we find Cathrine Dufour and Atterupgaard's Cassidy on the team, Daniel Bachmann Andersen with Blue Hors Zack and Blue Hors Zepter, Anna Zibrandtsen and Arlando, Rikke Svane and Finckenstein, and Anders Dahl and Selten. In addition, two Helgstrand riders, Betina (Belstaff) and Victoria (Ludwig der Sonnenkönig) as well as Anna Kasprzak (Rock Star) have also been named for the long list for WEG.
Six riders will be on the starting lists at CHIO in Aachen in July and then the final national team will be selected. We cross our fingers for Betina and Victoria, both of which must have their international qualification in place in the near feature in order to join the team.
Victoria and Ludwig der Sonnenkönig
Now we have received the results of the WFFS for our stallions
Following stallions are free for WFFS:
Grand Galaxy Win
Straight Horse Sir Romance
Following are carrier of WFFS:
Springbank II VH
We recommend mare-owners to test their mares for the WFFS gene, if the mare is a carrier we recommend not to use a stallion which is also a carrier
Equitour Aalborg 2018 – more than just a show
Once again Equitour Aalborg has been more than just a show offering lots of evets including a special car auction, a kid's day, the Nordic International Sales Foal Auction, a stallion show and not to forget the clinic with Severo and the three times world champion, Fiontini. The weather has been terrific and so the atmosphere at this year's Equitour hosted by Helgstrand Academy.
Helgstrand Dressage achieves great results
The Helgstrand Dressage team participated at the show too. Victoria and Ludwig der Sonnenkönig placed second in the CDI U25 on Wednesday and Søren got placed fourth on Diego. In CDI3* Prix St. Georg, Marianne achieved a second place on Super Mario and Carina got a 3rd place on Grevens Sa VA. Alexander did a great job too winning both the CDIP on Claire and the CDIOP on Adriano B.
On Thursday Victoria and Ludwig der Sonnenkönig won the CDI U25 achieving 72.137%. Marianne got placed second on Super Mario in the Intermediate I, achieving impressive 71,735%, while Severo and Deep Impact won the Grand Prix with 73,022%. Alexander once again took the lead on Adriano B and this time in the CDIOP with 73,559%.
On Friday, Severo and Deep Impact won the test superbly with 78.6%. Perhaps it was the impressive flying changes with only one hand on the center line that made the change. Alexander also impressed the judges on Friday placing second in the CDIP freestyle with a total of 73.125%. On Friday Betina also won the Grand Prix Special on Mene Stream Belstaff with impressive 71.532%.
Setting the records at this years Nordic International Sales
This year the second Nordic International Sales foal auction has set new records with two foals sold for over 100,000 euros and a higher average price and higher turnover than last year. Buyers from Canada, USA, Poland, Germany, Norway and Denmark invested in the 19 foals which where sold for 763,000 euros at an average price of 40,158 euros.
6 foals by Franklin achieved the highest bids and the unique filly foal Fellini achieved a knock-down price of impressive 115,000 euros. The filly by Franklin is out of the young mare Souvenir that is a daughter of the only two triple world champions for young horses in history, Sezuan og Fiontini.
The second price highlight was the filly foal Faretti II by Franklin/Don Frederico, a fullsister of the price highlight from 2017, sold for 102,000 euros. The most expensive colt foal, Brix Falcon by Franklin/Fürstenball was sold for 80,000 euros.
See all results from the Nordic International Sales here
Fellini by Franklin, sold for 115,000 euro.
Extraordinary stallion show and clinic with Severo
On Sunday Helgstrand Dressage hosted an exclusive stallion show showcasing 10 of the stallions from the 2018 stallion collection, among others Atterupsgaards Botticelli, D'Avie, Quaterhit and of cause the highlight from the foal auction, Franklin. Flemming Schultz commented on the pedigree and Andreas told about the training of the many stallions.
As warm up to the Grand Prix Special Severo showcased the very difficult exercises from the test on the three times world champion, Fionitini. Andreas commented the exercises and told about the training and future plans for Fiontini - and while the spectators were so impressed by the clinic and the applause almost never ended during the show.
Severo showcasing D'Avie.
Only frozen semen available from Ferrari
At Helgstrand Dressage we also consider the sporting career of our stallions very important and thus, we have chosen only to offer frozen semen from Ferrari OLD during the 2018 breeding season.
Our goal is to qualify Ferrari OLD for the World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses in Ermelo this summer. In order to qualify, he needs to participate at competitions in Germany and during this periods it will not be possible to offer fresh semen. For this reason we have chosen only to offer frozen semen from Ferrari OLD this season.
At the 2017 WCYH, Ferrari had great success with Andreas and won silver for the 5yo dressage horses. Andreas has great expectations for Ferrari OLD this year and wants to focus 100% on the preparations for the qualifications in Germany.
Andreas and Ferrari OLD at the 2017 WCYH in Ermelo.
Helgstrand takes precautions against the Herpes virus
The Herpes virus has spread across national borders and is no longer only found abroad, but also in Denmark and some horses have been put down because of the virus. For this reason, Helgstrand Dressage has chosen to take its precautions to prevent the virus from affecting Helgstrands horses as well.
- It is important to understand that at Helgstrand Dressage and Helgstrand Academy we have not seen any signs of the Herpes virus. But we will not take a risk and that is why we have chosen to take these precautions to protect our horses, says Andreas Helgstrand.
Helgstrand Dressage has chosen to restrict access to both Helgstrand Dressage and Helgstrand Academy and access can only be done if the horse is vaccinated against the Herpes virus or if it is possible to document that the horse does not carry the Herpes virus.
- We have many visitors at Helgstrand Dressage, and because we want to continue to run our business we have chosen - in collaboration with our veterinarians - to restrict access to Helgstrand Dressage and as far as possible, maintain the control of the virus, says Andreas.
Most expensive foal by Revolution
This weekend the Excellent Dressage Sales auction was held in Hooge Mierde, Holland for the fifth time. More than 500 guests participated in the auction with 41 horses and 9 foals, which resulted in a small 2 million euros.
For the first time the auction also contained foals, which was very much appreciated by the numerous of guests, of which many were coming all the way from America, England, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark. The filly by Revolution was sold for 28,000 euro and thus the most expensive foal of the auction. A telephone bidder from America bought the foal.
Nobelwood Tarpania is by Revolution/Fürst Romancier/Johnson.
Impressive results this weekend
This weekend the Aalborg Dressage Event in Denmark and the Horses & Dreams in Hagen, Germany took place and at both shows horses from Helgstrand turned out very successful.
Severo went to Hagen to participate at the show, Horses & Dreams. With Deep Impact by De Niro/Rubinstein I he placed second achieving 75.13% in the Grand Prix. In the freestyle Severo and Deep Impact broke their record achieving impressive 80.025%. The following prize giving was a bit unusual as it took place on camels. A very fun thing that Severo never had tried before.
Severo also placed second at Sir Schiwago by Sir Donnerhall I/Lanciano in Grand Prix. The two have just started their partnership, but are already finding the rhythm.
Alexander had international debut
Alexander went to his first international show, Aalborg Dressage Event with Claire and Adriano with great success. Despite some butterflies in the stomach, Alexander and Adriano won scoring 73.476% and placed second on Claire with 72.762% - and at the end he also won the freestyle with Adriano scoring impressive 75.758%. What a debut!
Victoria and Ludwig der Sonnenkönig won the Intermediate I followed by Betina and Belstaff and Anne-Marie placed 3rd with Diva Unik. In addition, Betina and Nørregårds Denzel placed second in the PSG.
Simone and Santiago also went to start and got placed 5th in the Grand Prix freestyle. In addition, Søren placed 5th with Diego in the U25 Grand Prix, Betina and Nørregaårds Denzel won the MA1 and in the Grand Prix Thomas and Scout S just took the lead in front of Betina and Belstaff. Anne-Marie ended up winning Intermediate I with Diva Unik.
In the U25 Grand Prix freestyle, Søren and Diego placed 3rd achieving 72.2%, while Thomas and Scout S once again won their class, this time the Grand Prix Special, a big congratulation to all of them.
Søren and Diego at Aalborg Dressage Event, Denmark.
Bengtsson and Helgstrand establish a sales stable for elite show jumping horses in Germany
Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Helgstrand Dressage have started a new partnership named Bengtsson & Helgstrand GmbH.
The new company will focus on elite jumping horses. The sales stable will be based in Germany, where Rolf-Göran and his wife Evi will run the new company from their current premises in Itzehoe, Germany.
Rolf-Göran Bengtsson is recognised as one of the best show jumpers in the world, having won two Olympic medals (2004, 2008), four European Championship medals, including a gold in 2011 and winner of the Global Championship Tour in 2016. He will be responsible for training and developing the horses in Bengtsson & Helgstrand GmbH.
Helgstrand Dressage was founded in 2008 by 2008 Olympic rider Andreas Helgstrand and is today one of the largest sales stables in the World within elite dressage horses, located in Denmark, USA and Germany.
- We are very excited about the partnership with Rolf-Göran and Evi whom we have known for many years, says Andreas Helgstrand. By combining our experience in building a successful sales stable and Rolf-Göran’s unique talent within show jumping we believe this would be a fantastic opportunity to offer something special for customers, riders and breeders.
- Our aim is to build a show jumping sales stable with the same emphasis on quality, customer focus and (eventually) inventory depth that Helgstrand has created within the dressage world, says Rolf-Göran. In that regard Helgstrand Dressage is the ideal partner for us.
Foals for this year's Nordic International Sales
This year's exclusive foal auction, Nordic International Sales sponsored by Stutteri EVO, is approaching and we are looking for elite dressage foals to take part in the auction. Also, this year the auction will take place during the international show, Equitour Aalborg, at Helgstrand Academy.
The collection will contain app. 20 foals. To be considered for the auction, the foal must have a pedigree consisting of four generations of licensed individuals.
How to register your foal
The auction committee will, together with Helgstrand Dressage, review the foals, after which the owner will get informed, whether the foal must attend one of the inspections.
The inspection will take place at three locations, after which the auction committee will make the final selection for the auction, which will take place on Saturday May 26th.
On Monday May 7th at 10:00-12:00 at Vilhelmsborg, Aarhus, Denmark
On Monday May 7th at 16.00-18.00 at Atterupgaard, Jystrup, Denmark
On Tuesday May 8th at 12.00-14.00 at Helgstrand Dressage, Aalborg, Denmark
If you have any questions, feel free to contact:
Louise Ringsbo, Danish Warmblood: tel. +45 61 67 94 93
Per Jensen, Helgstrand Dressage: tel. +45 22 87 60 00
Faretti DWB by Franklin/Don Frederico sold at the 2017 Nordic International Sales for 150.000 euro.
We would be pleased to help you choose the perfect horse for you, based on your budget and your requirements.
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