Suarez is sold to Signe Kirk Kristiansen
Pictured: Mette Sejbjerg Jensen and Suarez by Sezuan/Desperados.
6-year-old Suarez by Sezuan/Desperados, who most recently made a positive impression at the prestigious World Championships for Young Horses with Mette Sejbjerg Jensen, is now facing a future on the Danish island of Funen, where Signe Kirk Kristiansen will be responsible for his further education.
There is no doubt that Suarez takes after his father, the triple World Champion Sezuan. The carbon black appearance, convincing exterior, gaits of absolute world class with great spaciousness and resilience as well as a rideability that bodes well for a future in top sport. And that was exactly what convinced Signe.
- Actually, I wanted to wait until later this autumn to buy a horse, but one day Andreas called because he knew I had gradually started to look. I had an idea of getting a slightly more experienced horse, but I simply fell for Suarez right away. He is beautiful, has a wonderful character, three amazing gaits and is incredibly uncomplicated. And especially the latter was important to me, since I need a horse that thrives and is easy to handle at competitions, says Signe Kirk Kristiansen, who has previously competed in Wellington, Florida, and plans to do it again in future seasons.
Signe and Thomas Kirk Kristiansen just became parents again, and therefore she plans to take over the reins herself in the spring:
- I have just become a mother again, and in the new year we move to Skovsbo Gods close to Rynkeby on Funen, where we will have room to keep the horses at home. That's why I made an agreement with my trainer, Allan Grøn, for him to ride Suarez until we move. But let's see if I can wait that long. Both Thomas and Allan think he is great to ride and I'm just excited about getting in the saddle myself and getting to know him, says Signe, who was heavily pregnant when she visited Helgstrand.
Suarez topped the Swedish breeding rankings for three years straight, and in terms of performance he clearly also shows that he belongs to the world elite. Most recently, together with Helgstrand rider Mette Sejbjerg Jensen, he achieved a distinguished 3rd place at the World Championships for Young Horses and finished 9th in the strong field. The duo was also qualified for the final at the Danish Riding Federation's Young Horse Championship for 6-year-olds next month – a qualification they won with great superiority.
- Mette has done a formidable job with him. Mette having ridden him also makes it easier for me to take over as we are similar in size. Mette is a skilled rider and has laid the groundwork beautifully, which we look forward to building on, Signe concludes.
Because Signe Kirk Kristiansen has decided to focus exclusively on dressage, Suarez has been gelded, which is why he will no longer be available for breeding.
Meet 20-year-old Jana Schrödter who has won 2 medals at the Bundeschampionate
Pictured: Zaunkönig and Jana Schrödter - Vice Bundeschampion of the 3-year-old stallions 2021.
Previously, we introduced you to Leonie Richter, one of the new riders at Helgstrand Germany, and today we would like to present another new profile: the 20-year-old Jana Schrödter, who has won two medals at the Bundeschampionate in Warendorf. Atop Zaunkönig (Zack/De Niro) she became the Vice Bundeschampion among the 3-year-old stallions and with the breeding stallion Total McLaren (Totilas/De Niro) she won bronze among the 4-year-old stallions.
Jana is from the small town of Leipheim, located on the border between Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. And what was meant to be a 4-week internship at Helgstrand Germany became a permanent position as a rider in May, which made Jana decide to move.
- Originally, I had just arranged an internship with Eva and Ulf, but I was just so happy with the place and the rest of the team that I decided to stay. It's a bit like a small family here, and it means a lot to me that you feel so welcome, Jana says.
Despite Jana's young age, she can already boast of great results, including triple gold at the European Championships in Italy in 2019 and a subsequent German dressage championship.
Although Jana has proven her skills as a rider, it means a lot to her that she now has the opportunity to train such talented young horses.
- I want to develop as a rider and Helgstrand here in Syke is absolutely ideal for that. The horses are of high quality and I get the opportunity to train young horses, which ultimately makes you a better rider, Jana adds with great appreciation for the help from Eva, Ulf and the rest of the team.
- If I really dream about the future, I would like to have my own place where my focus is on training competition horses. But this is far into the future and right now I’m excited to get more experience, Jana says before concluding that she is proud to be part of the Helgstrand family.
Be judged digitally by three successful Helgstrand riders
Following their participation in the World Championships for Young Horses, three top riders from Helgstrand Dressage are now dedicated to take a closer look at your dressage skills. It is Mette Sejbjerg Jensen, Maria Anita Andersen and Merita Hagrén who will judge you in our new ZyberRide event in the Helgstrand & Zibrasport Equest Online Tour. And then, of course, there are cool prizes from Kingsland at stake.
Ride and win from home
In Helgstrand & Zibrasport Equest Online Tour part 4 you can compete in the two horse classes Helgstrand Medium Tour1* Horse (corresponding to M level) and Helgstrand Small Tour1* Horse (corresponding to L level) or the pony class Helgstrand Small Tour1* pony (corresponding to L level). You will be judged and get useful remarks from our three top riders, and there are ribbons for the top 3 riders in each class as well as great products from Kingsland for the winners.
Registration and participation
You can register until October 1st, but registration will close before if the maximum number of participants per class is reached. You can submit video of your ride as soon as you have registered and remember that the recording of the ride must be submitted by October 10th. We will publish the results no later than October 25th, where you will also receive your criticism and assessment. NB: Remember to check the program and regulations well before you ride.
Great Kingsland prizes at stake
There are cool prizes for the winners of the four classes. The winner of Helgstrand Medium Tour1 * Horse will receive 4 stable bandages and 4 stable wraps from Kingsland, while the winner of Helgstrand Small Tour1 * Horse can look forward to a dressage saddle pad and a fly hat from Kingsland. In Helgstrand Small Tour1 * for ponies, the winner can look forward to a groom bag, a step stool and a hay bag from Kingsland. The top three riders in each class will also receive a cool ZyberRide ribbon.
How to participate?
You participate by creating a profile on Zyberride.com and thereafter add yourself and your horses/ponies to the profile. Now you are ready to register for the class you want to participate in. Notice the maximum participants for each class. The participation fee is DKK 75, but if you are a Premium Member at Zibrasport Equest, you can you participate for just DKK 60.
Remember to read the schedule and the recording instructions, so you are sure of the participation conditions. It is a pity if you should make mistakes that could have been avoided. It is also important that you check out the actual program that you are going to ride. All information is available at Zyberride.com.
Improve your skills
ZyberRide is created by Helgstrand Dressage and Zibrasport Equest, and the purpose of the online dressage platform is to give you the opportunity to supplement your training and physical competition activity with new online options. By participating in online events, you get qualified and constructive feedback of you and your horse/pony’s performance, without having to go to a show venue.
ZyberRide offers dressage programs at different levels, where you will be judged and get good advice and feedback from some of the dressage sport’s great profiles. ZyberRide is not meant to replace physical event participation but should be seen as a supplement to your training,development, and event participation.
We hope that ZyberRide can contribute to your development and training, and we look forward to seeing your rides.
Impressive results across the board
Video: Iron and Mette - winners of the 4-year-old qualification for the Danish Young Horse Championship
It has been a terrific weekend at Vilhelmsborg for this year's Elite Show with national dressage competitions and a number of great results – including the qualification classes for the Danish Equestrian Federation's Young Horse Championships and the selection of this year’s best foals and mares in Danish Warmblood.
Iron is the superior winner of the 4-year-old qualification
Helgstrand presented horses in every age group of the qualification for the Young Horse Championships hosted at Blue Hors, Denmark, in mid October. One, in particular, stood out: the 4-year-old Iron by Asgard’s Ibiza/Hohenstein, who was ridden by Mette Sejbjerg Jensen and scored 93.4 points, including a 10 for the impressive trot.
In the 7-year-old class, another Helgstrand rider claimed the win: Michael Grønne Christensen atop Atterupgaards Miley by Atterupgaards Seebach/Lord Sinclair.
See the other results here.
Video: Camilla and Let's Walk - winners of the unofficial Danish Championship for student Master Riders
Camilla wins the unofficial Danish Championship for student Master Riders
Camilla Stubberup has now won the unofficial Danish Championship for student Master Riders a whopping three times. For the second year in a row, she rode Let’s Walk by L’espoir/Leithen and with great support from Maria Anita Andersen, Camilla claimed yet another championship. Frederikke Skelmose also did a great job atop Luilux, but unfortunately is was not enough for a spot on the podium.
Picture: Vilards Fina by Franklin/Don Romantic - the dressage filly of the year
The foals of the year are sired by Helgstrand stallions
Many magnificent offspring by Helgstrand stallions were presented this year and the very best gathered for this weekend’s Elite Show. Among the fillies, a Franklin offspring claimed the victory: Vilards Fina by Franklin/Don Romantic bred by Stutteri Vilard. A Vivino offspring bred by Stutteri Majlund was awarded the title of colt of the year.
At the Elite Show Auction on Saturday, Helgstrand also acquired yet another future star: a Jovian/Scolari offspring at the price of 540.000 DKK.
Video: The gold medal mare and mare of the year Valerie B, the gold medal mare Faretti DWB and the silver medal mare Fairy.
Helgstrand mare is the dressage mare of the year
The weekend ended with the crowning of the mares and Helgstrand added another two gold medal mares to the collection: Faretti DWB by Franklin/Don Frederico (bred by Henrik Hansen) and Valerie B by Revolution/Zack (bred by Karin and Peer Gudbrandtsen), who was also awarded the title of dressage mare of the year.
At the Elite Show, a total of three mares secured a gold medal, two of which were sired by Revolution and one by Franklin.
In addition, the Franklin offspring Fairy (damsire: Don Romantic, breeder: Lisbeth B. Andersen) and Floriana (damsire: Zack, breeder: Straight Horse) were awarded silver medals, whilst Fellini by Farrel/Jazz (breeder: Straight Horse) and Valencia by For Emotion/San Amour (breeder: Hanni Kasprzak) were awarded bronze.
Video: Patrik Kittel and Fiontini at the show in Grote Brogel, Belgium.
Patrik Kittel and Fiontini win their freestyle debut
Patrik Kittel took over the reins of the three times World Champion only recently, but the new partners managed to score 80% in their freestyle debut at the show in Grote Brogel, Belgium. A few minor mistakes taken into consideration, there is hope for even higher points at the next international show in Aachen, Germany, in just two weeks.
Impressive end to Helgstrand-Schockemöhle's foal auction
What a great way to end this year's online foal auctions. Tonight, three foals were auctioned for more than 30,000 euros, and the beautiful Vitalis offspring topped with a whopping 52,000 euro.
The ambition was to create an auction exclusively with offspring sired by the much-coveted Helgstrand-Schockemöhle sires, which was confirmed by tonight’s great average prices. And once again, bidders from all over the world took part in the auction.
Pictured: HP Vinho Verde by Vitalis/Fürst Romancier.
The most expensive foal became the Danish-bred HP Vinho Verde by Vitalis out of a Fürst Romancier dam, who with outstanding gaits was secured on Danish hands for impressive 52,000 euro. There is no doubt that the Burg Cup winner Vitalis has produced an impressive number of offspring, which time and time again prove to be dressage horses of the highest rank and much-coveted breeding stallions with HP Vinho Verde as no exception.
Pictured: Vie Unique by Valverde/For Romance I.
Sold for 32,000 euro and second most expensive foal, Vie Unique is by Valverde with For Romance I as damsire. Valverde has recently been sold to German Yara Reichert and was competed at the World Championships for Young Horses with great success. Unique as the name indicates, this magnificent foal has been secured by a German bidder and is going to stay in Germany.
Pictured: Dream to Be by Dynamic Dream/Follow Me.
With bidders from several countries, this outstanding stallion prospect was secured by a bidder from Denmark. Dream to Be out of Dynamic Dreams' first crop of foals out of a Follow Me dam. Despite his young age, Dynamic Dream has already produced an exceptional number of high-quality foals inclusive several auction top prices.
See all results from the auction here.
Jovian is a 2 times World Champion with Andreas Helgstrand
Pictured: Jovian and Andreas Helgstrand winning the World Championship for 7-year-old horses
Jovian and Andreas Helgstrand capture yet another World Championship
Our breeding stallion (by Apache/Tango) won the World Championship as a 5-year-old in 2019 – and following last year's cancellation due to the coronavirus, Jovian is now back with a much deserved second World Championship!
Bringing tears to the judges’ eyes, Jovian scored a 10 for his huge trot, a 9.8 for his powerful canter and a clear 10 for perspective. With a technical score of 83.143% and a whopping 89.136% in total, Jovian set the new world record.
Pictured: Eternity 75 and Anne-Mette Strandby Hansen winning bronze at the World Championship for 7-year-old horses
Eternity claims bronze
In addition to Jovian’s emphatic win, Eternity 75 delivered an amazing performance with Anne-Mette Strandby Hansen, scoring 83.407% and the bronze medal.
Eternity was previously ridden by Cathrine Dufour, who handed over the reins to Anne-Mette during her preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Building on Cathrine’s amazing work, Anne-Mette has done a beautiful job with the 7-year-old gelding, also reflected by the outstanding remarks from the judges.
Pictured: Elverhøjs Raccolto and Marianne Helgstrand placing 5th in the World Championship for 7-year-old horses
4 Helgstrand horses in the top 6
Following their beautiful ride on Friday, which put them in 2nd place, Elverhøjs Raccolto and Marianne Helgstrand scored an impressive 82.272% and a 5th place in the pouring rain today. The mare of the day was Queenparks Wendy, who placed 6th with Andreas Helgstrand, scoring 80.915%.
What a day and what incredible horses we are surrounded by.
We wish to thank our breeders, riders, grooms and the entire team of professionals, who made this happen once again!
See the result of the 7-year-old World Championship here.
Pictured: Queenparks Wendy and Andreas Helgstrand placing 6th in the World Championship for 7-year-old horses
Gold and silver for Helgstrand stallions at the World Championship for 5-year-old horses
Pictured: Hesselhøj Downtown and Jeanna Högberg winning the World Championship for 5-year-old horses
Hesselhøj Downtown is the new World Champion
Hesselhøj Downtown is the new World Champion for 5-year-old horses! Ridden beautifully by Jeanna Högberg, our breeding stallion (by Donkey Boy/Zack) scored a whopping 97.000% in total, including 10 for trot and perspective and no score below 9.5.
Pictured: Danciero 7 and Eva Möller winning silver at the World Championship for 5-year-old horses
Danciero captured the silver medal
Following their win in the preliminary test on Thursday, Danciero 7 captured the silver medal with Eva Möller scoring 96.600% and a clear 10 for perspective. Danciero is by Dancier/Floriscount and co-owned with Deckstation Schockemöhle.
Pictured: Global Player and Eva Möller placing 4th in the World Championship for 5-year-old horses
4 Helgstrand horses in the top 8
Another two Helgstrand horses made it to the top 8 in today’s World Championship for 5-year-old horses: Global Player and Eva Möller in 4th place and Francis Drake and Leonie Richter in 8th place.
We are incredibly proud of the entire team Helgstrand and wish to thank everyone who contributed to these outstanding results!
See the result of the 5-year-old World Championship here.
Pictured: Francis Drake and Leonie Richter placing 8th in the World Championship for 5-year-old horses
Jovian is one step closer to the gold medal
Pictured: Jovian and Andreas winning the 7-year-old preliminary test
And no less than 4 Helgstrand horses are in the top 5 following the preliminary test at the 2021 World Championships for Young Horses in Verden, Germany.
Finally, we got to see the 7-year-old horses in action and what powerful performances we witnessed today. The clear favorite was the 2019 gold winner Jovian by Apache/Tango, who once again delivered a phenomenal ride with Andreas Helgstrand. They are doing well in the more difficult exercises which today’s achievement also reflected.
Pictured: Elverhøjs Raccolto and Marianne - placing 2nd in the preliminary test
Marianne was right behind Andreas
Lately, Elverhøjs Raccolto (Sezuan/Sandro Hit) has developed wonderfully with Marianne Helgstrand, which the pair also showed today. In the pouring rain, they scored great points in a near flawless ride and placed 2nd.
Pictured: Queenparks Wendy and Andreas - the best mare of the preliminary test
Queenparks Wendy was the best mare
Andreas also competed the gold medal mare Queenparks Wendy (Sezuan/Soprano), whose gaits and perspective secured a fourth place and the honour of being the best mare of the day. She was closely followed by Eternity (Escolar/Sir Donnerhall) and his new rider Anne-Mette, who has taken over the reins from Cathrine Dufour. Eternity was a bit bothered by the rain and got a little tense during the otherwise impressive ride they delivered today.
Queenparks Wendy and Andreas:
Anne-Mette and Eternity:
1. Andreas and Jovian – 87,145%
2. Marianne and Elverhøjs Raccolto – 81,886%
3. Simone Pearce and Quando Unico – 81,709%
4. Andreas and Queenparks Wendy – 81,240%
5. Anne-Mette and Eternity – 80,849%
See the result of the test her.
Pictured: Eternity and Anne-Mette - placing 5th in the preliminary test
Danciero the superior winner of the 5-year-old preliminary test at WCYH
Yesterday, the 2021 World Championships for Young Horses were kicked off with world-class riding. At the show, the world's best 5-, 6- and 7-year-old horses compete for the prestigious titles. On Wednesday, Mette Sejbjerg Jensen and the breeding stallion Suarez by Sezuan / Desperados entered the arena and placed 3rd in the 6-year-old preliminary test. Today, we once again enjoyed one phenomenal performance after another.
Pictured: Danciero and Eva Möller.
Eva Möller competed Danciero (Dancier/Floriscount) and Global Player (Kastel's Grand Galaxy Win/Don Schufro) in the 5-year-old preliminary test, both of whom showing enormous potential and near flawless rides. Danciero took the victory with no less than 9.66 points in total, including a 10 for canter and no score below 9.
Pictured: Global Player and Eva Möller.
Eva also delivered a smooth ride with Global Player who placed 3rd with 9.50 points in total - only 0.02 from the 2nd place. They received the following scores:
Pictured: Hesselhøj Downtown and Jeanna Högberg.
In 4th place came Jeanna Högberg and Hesselhøj Downtown (by Donkey Boy/Zack. Once again, they presented themselves in the best possible way which the scores also reflected.
Find all the results here
Helgstrand enters collaboration with Academy Bartels in the Netherlands
Picture: Imke Schellekens-Bartels and Straight Horse Sezuanna (Zack/Don Schufro).
Helgstrand has just entered a new collaboration with Academy Bartels based in the Dutch city of Hooge Mierde in order to offer quality horses closer to customers.
- There is no doubt that the Netherlands is one of the largest markets for selling and breeding of horses. We are constantly looking for new collaboration opportunities as the potential is far greater when we are closer to the customers. Therefore, we welcome the opportunity – in collaboration with Academy Bartels – to offer our Dutch customers an easier way of seeing our exclusive collection of horses, Andreas Helgstrand states.
Andreas and Imke Schellekens-Bartels have known each other for many years from competitions around the world and have worked together on different projects on multiple occasions.
- Andreas and I have known each other for many years. Back when I rode Lancet and Sunrise, we often met at international shows around the world. In the years since, we have always kept in touch and worked together several times. This collaboration will now intensify. The horses, who already arrived at our stables, have a lot of talent and I am looking forward to educating them for future top sport alongside our Academy team.
You can learn much more about Academy Bartels by visiting their website at www.academybartels.com or visit Helgstrand Dressage’s website to find further sales horses at www.helgstranddressage.com.