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At the pre-selection last Friday at Vilhelmsborg, the young stallion Sezuan was selected for the National Stallion Show in Herning. Sezuan has Blue Hors Romanov as sire, dam is the gold medal mare Bøgegårdens Don Romina, and damsire is Blue Hors Don Schufro. Team Helgstrand is very much looking forward to presenting Sezuan again at the Stallion Show in Herning.


Andreas has signed a sponsorship agreement with the company COLDCARE TRADING ApS. COLDCARE manufactures products used for cooling horse legs. Andreas and the rest of the team have been using the products for quite a while now, and Andreas is very positive about the COLDCARE products. Andreas explains: "Throughout the years, I have cooled my horses' legs with a number of different products, including water, however, I have never been able to obtain the optimum effect. COLDCARE is very effective and less time-consuming, and at the same time, the wraps fit perfectly on the horses' legs"


Kasprzak and Helgstrand Dressage have invested in a very interesting Grand Prix horse from Hubertus Schmidt in Germany. It is the formerly American-owned horse Tacolando Triple by Ircolando / Akteur. It has now arrived at Helgstrand's facilities and Andreas will from now on ride and train the horse.

Previously, Tacolando Triple was ridden by an American amateur rider until the Olympic rider Robert Dover discovered the horses's obvious talent and started training it. When the owner decided to sell Tacolando Triple, it was sent to Hubertus Schmidt in Germany in order to sell it to a top rider. It has very little Grand Prix experience, however, Andreas is looking forward to getting started with the daily training of Tacolando Triple.


5 young horses from Helgstrand Dressage have qualified for the Championship for Young Horses in Herning 2012. The 5 horses and riders are: Shakiro Pilekær and Marianne, Tørveslettens Snowflake and Anna, Skovvangs Barok and Møllegårdens Pas Partout both with Maik. Torino Melody and Thomas.


Anna and Dafne really showed off at this year's DSA championship. First, a victory in the preliminaries in Aalestrup and a total score of 8.90 points. At the qualification show in Middelfart at the beginning of September, Anna and Dafne were untouchable again, dancing their way to victory with impressive 9.34 points. When the finals started last week, everyone had great expectations for Anna and Dafne, hoping that they would be able to keep up the good results and end up with another victory. In the preliminaries on Tuesday, it was a close race between the four riders with the highest scores, however, Anna and Dafne ended up as winner of the class.

At the finals on Friday, Anna and Dafne made it clear that Dafne is the best 5-year-old horse in Denmark in 2011. With a total of 9.40 points and the following separate marks: 10 for trot, 9.00 for walk, 9.60 for canter, 8.80 for rideability and 9.60 for capacity. Andreas also participated in the 5-year-old class, he placed 3rd with N.O.H's Daijoubo, scoring 8.52 points and in addition, he was placed right after no. 4 with Star Agent and a score of 8.50 points.


At the finals on Friday, Andreas continued his triumph from Tuesday. Stamina made a great performance throughout the show, and when riding down the centerline for the final salute, the audience in Arena Fyn clapped the rhythm. Tørveslettens Stamina is without a doubt, the best 6-year-old horse in Denmark in 2011. They obtained a total score of 9.02 points and the separate marks: 10 for trot, 7.50 for walk, 9.00 for canter, 8.80 for rideability and 9.80 for capacity. Andreas also placed 2nd in the class with Sieger Hit, scoring 8.80 points.


Wednesday, Andreas and N.O.H's Daijoubo won the consolation final for 5-year-old horses, with a score of 8.30 points, and consequently, they are now on to the finals on Friday. Thomas and Dark Knight finished 3rd with 8.16 points. Unfortunately, only the two riders with the highest number of points qualify for the finals on Friday. In the 6-year-old class, Marianne and Sitana participated, unfortunately, they were not among the two riders who qualified for the finals. Today, is a resting day for all the DSA horses in the finals, before the finals take place tomorrow. Today, the auction horses will arrive in Odense, and they will be presented tonight in connection with the Grand Prix class in Arena Fyn.


Helgstrand Dressage has been predominant in the preliminaries in the DSA finals. In the 6-year-old class last night, Andreas and the mare Tørveslettens Stamina won with 8.78 points, scoring e.g. 9.5 for trot, 9 for rideability and 9 for capacity. Runner-up in the class was also Andreas, this time with the stallion Sieger Hit. They received a total of 8.70 points, and were e.g. rewarded 9.5 for trot. Both horses will now enjoy some well-deserved resting days Wednesday and Thursday, before competing again on Friday, when the finals take place. Unfortunately, Marianne and the mare Sitana were right behind the top 8 equipages who are directly on to the finals as she placed 9th with a score of 8.02 points. Later on today, she will try to make it to the finals via the consolation final.


Today, another great performance from Anna in the class for 5-year-old horses was rewarded with a score of 8.72 points, resulting in a 1st place with the Swedish mare Dafne. Andreas and the gelding Star Agent placed 3rd with 8.68 points. Anne and Andreas are, therefore, on to the finals on Friday. Andreas and N.O.H's Daijoubo placed 9th with 8.08 points, the exact same number of points as Anette and Don Primeur. Thomas and Dark Knight were right behind with 8.04 points. Unfortunately, these 3 equipages did not go on to the finals. However, tomorrow morning, in the consolation final, the 2 riders with the most points will get a ticket to the finals on Friday. Naturally, everyone is crossing their fingers for a good result tomorrow.


Today, Anna and the stallion Bøgegårdens Boney M won the preliminaries for 4-year-old horses at the championship finals. The equipage obtained 8.90 points, scoring e.g. 9.5 for walk and 9.0 for canter. Anna also placed third with the mare Tørveslettens Snowflake, obtaining 8.68 points with good scores e.g. 9.2 for trot and 9.5 for canter and 9.0 for rideability. Maik and the gelding Skovvangs Barok placed 5th with 8.38. Marianne and the gelding Shakiro Pilekær placed 9th, scoring 8.10 points. Consequently, 4 horses are on to the finals on Friday so far. Tomorrow, Wednesday, the consolation final takes place and Maik will participate with Cyrano and Møllegårdens Pas Partout.


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