Another great weekend with lots of gold medals
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
New profile for Helgstrand Dressage
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
Triple gold for Alexander Helgstrand and Adriano at the European Championship
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
Two World Champions for Helgstrand Dressage
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
Andreas Helgstrand and Queenparks Wendy
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
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.
Fantastic results for Helgstrand equestrians and stallions
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
Bronze for the Danish team at the European Championships
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
Søren Wind and Diego 471 at the European Championships
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.
Søren Wind and Diego 471
13 horses from Helgstrand Dressage will compete in Ermelo
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:
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
Revolution – Andreas Helgstrand
Zhaplin Langholt – Andreas Helgstrand
Bonderman – Betina Jæger
D’avie – Severo Jurado Lopez
Icing For U – Meike Lang
Severo Jurado Lopez and Springbank II VH
Meike Lang and Icing For U
Helgstrand Dressage ready for Ermelo 2019
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.
Jovian – Andreas
Valverde – Eva
Espe – Eva
Skovens Tzarina – Betina
Elverhøjs Raccolto – Meike
Queenspark Wendy – Andreas
Zhaplin Langholt – Andreas
Revolution – Andreas
D’avie – Severo
Severo Jurado Lopez and D'Avie
Betina Jæger and Bonderman
The riders from Helgstrand Dressage excelled at the Nordic Championships 2019
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