Successful weekend at Blue Hors Dressage festival
Last Wednesday, no less than 7 horses left for Blue Hors with their rider and grooms. The classes started early Thursday and lasted until Sunday afternoon, and the riders from Helgstrand Dressage have had some incredible results.
Thursday, in the MA1, it was the 9yo breeding stallion Franklin and his rider, Betina Jæger, who excelled and won the class with 72,639%.
The same day, in Intermediate II, Super Mario and Marianne Helgstrand came in 5th with a total score of 70,263%.
Friday, all 7 equipages were ready to start in their respective classes. In the national Grand Prix, both Betina Jæger with Belstaff and Severo Lopéz with Quibelle were placed. Betina and Belstaff won the class with 72,567% and Severo and Quibelle came in 3rd with 70,200%.
The same day, in the Prix St. George, it was almost only riders from Helgstrand Dressage who fought for the top placings. Betina and Franklin were set to be number 1, until Alexander Yde Helgstrand and Grevens Sa’va danced their way into the arena. Even though it was Alexanders debut in Prix St. George, he kept his cool and delivered an impressive performance. They were rewarded with 1st place and a total score of 73,903%, closely followed by Betina and Franklin who came in 2nd with 73,202%. Betina also came in 4th, with her borrowed horse, Nørregaards Denzel, with a total score of 72,544%. Denzel is owned by Tina Kristensen, who receives training lessons from Betina with Denzel. In 5th was another rider from Helgstrand Dressage, Carina Nevermann with Soda Pop, who received a total score of 71,319%. Carina is also the former owner and rider of Grevens Sa’Va, with whom Alexander won the class with.
In the CDI*** Grand Prix, Lollipop and Marianne Helgstrand were ready to start, and they are well on their way to join the big leagues. They came in 6th with a total score of 71,044%
Saturday, the first round of Bundgaard Byg Cup started with Intermediate I, where both Betina with Nørregaards Denzel and Carina with Soda Pop were ready to start. Both equipages excelled in this class. Betina and Denzel won the class with 74,211, and Carina and Soda Pop came in 2nd with 72,325%.
Sunday in the CDI*** Grand Prix Special Marianne and Lollipop performed incredibly well and was placed 5th with a total score of 72,064%.
In the final round of the Bundgaard Byg Cup, which is conducted in Intermediate I Kür, once again Betina and Nørregaards Denzel were superior and won the cup with an incredible total score of 75,083%. Carina and Soda Pop came in 3rd after a great performance and a total score of 72,917%.
An overall great weekend with impressive results for the riders from Helgstrand Dressage.
Franklin and Betina Jæger
Grevens Sa' Va' and Alexander Yde Helgstrand
Christmas event at Helgstrand
It is with great pleasure to invite you to another Christmas event at Helgstrand Dressage, where we will have our exclusive stallion show with the new young stallions, exciting lecture by Højgård Hesteklinik, along with inspiration for Christmas presents and a lottery with great prices.
The Christmas show takes place:
on Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at 6:00 pm at Helgstrand Dressage.
The stallion show will mainly be in English.
Musikkens Spisehus hosts a light refreshment with cold-smoked salmon from Terroir Nordic and Spanish prosciutto with delicious accesories. Wine/water will be served. Helgstrand Dressage will serve æbleskiver and gløgg (Danish doughnuts and glögg).
Højgaard Hesteklinik will give a lecture on embryo transfer, based on Helgstrand Dressage, and share their valuable knowledge about the typical injuries on foals and young horses, and how to prevent them.
We’ve also invited our feed supplier; Pavo, Nobel Food, and Krafft, to participate this evening, so you’ll be able to get great advice about feed selection for your horses.
Inspiration for Christmas gifts
This evening you’ll see the new jewelry design from Helgstrand Denmark, as well as the brand-new collection, Dufour by Helgstrand Denmark. The well-known interior company, Adamsbro, will also be joining us this evening, with their luxurious products inspired by the horse world.
Do not miss out this outstanding event!
Kind regards, Marianne and Andreas.
12 stallions at the 35-day test
12 stallions from Helgstrand Dressage ready for the DWB 35-day test 2019.
Monday the 21st of October, 12 of the stallions from Helgstrand went to Tørring for the Danish Warmblood 35-day test. Upon their arrival, the horses went through a vet check by the veterinarian as well as the training manager and master rider, Torben Frandsen. Afterward, they were shown in the ring by their own rider.
The 35-day test ends in November on Saturday the 24th 2019.
The following stallions have been registered for the test:
Atterupgaards Barcelo by Bon Coeur/Caprimond E.H.
Don Amore by Don Romano/San Amour
Tophøjs Falchetto by Floriscount/Solos Landtinus
Fürst Highlight by Fürstenball/His Highness
Giovanni-Bell by Grand Galaxy Win/Don Romantic
Global Player by Grand Galaxy Win/Don Schufro
Lord Europe by Lord Leatherdale/Boston
Vendòme by Veneno/Fidertanz
Vivino by Vivaldi/Dancier
Knock-Out by Expression/Ferro
Fynch Hatton by Formel Eins/Sir Donnerhall I
Fürst Highlight and Christian Springborg
What a weekend!!
Already at the qualifiers, the riders, and horses from Helgstrand Dressage dominated the arenas. And again, at the championship at Blue Hors, which took place last weekend, was it the equipages from Helgstrand Dressage and horses by our stallions who were at the top.
In the first rounds last Friday and Saturday – almost all the horses qualified for the finals. The finals took place on Sunday, and especially in the 4yo and 5yo classes, we had a lot of horses competing.
Andreas’ goal for the company has always been to have the best horses in Denmark as well as the rest of the world – which we can say to have proven again.
In the 4yo class, Thomas Sigtenbjerggaard and the breeding stallion, Kardieno, showed great perspective and submission and was a sure winner with a total score of 9,22.
Thomas and Kardieno were not the only one of our equipages in the 4yo class who did well. Also, Rikke Dupont with Nova, and certainly also Mette Sejbjerg Jensen with Kremlin MD, Nobelle, and Suarez were placed in the competition.
Thomas Sigtenbjerggaard and Kardieno
Mette Sejbjerg Jensen and Kremlin MD
Helgstrand Dressage had 5 out of 11 placings in the 4yo class. Furthermore, 3 offspring by our lovely stallion Kastel's Grand Galaxy Win was placed.
Even though we greatly dominated the 4yo class, it was nothing compared to what happened in the 5yo class.
In the 5yo class, Helgstrand Dressage took all the placings from 1st to 7th, and also as number 11 in the class.
In this class, it was Andreas Helgstrand and the DWB gold medal mare, Queenparks Wendy, who won the class with a total score of 9,60. Close after them was 5yo World Champion the breeding stallion, Jovian, also with Andreas as his rider, who had a total score of 9,48. Thereafter was Severo Jurado Lopez and Springbank II VH, Cathrine Dufour and Straight Horse Don Zuan, Meike Lang and Elverhøjs Raccolto, Cathrine Dufour and Eternity 75, and Søren Wind and Joshua.
Andreas Helgstrand and Queenparks Wendy
Helgstrand Dressage is known for being one of the leading training stables for young horses. Often, the horses are purchased very early, broken in, educated, shown to the public, and then sold before they become 6 yo and is ready for the bigger classes. It’s also the reason for the massive difference between the number of starting horses in the 4yo and 5yo, and the 6yo and 7yo.
In the 6yo class, we had 2 horses competing this year. Andreas Helgstrand and Revolution, and Mette Sejbjerg Jensen and Mio. Also, in this class were both equipages placed. And last year’s world champion and this year’s 2nd place at the WCYH, Revolution, showed his competitors no mercy and received no less than three 10’s and a total score of 9,6. It was an incredible ride, where Andreas and Revolution had a standing ovation while going down the last centerline.
Andreas Helgstrand and Revolution
In the 7yo class, Helgstrand Dressage also had two equipages ready to start. Severo Jurado Lopez with the double world champion, D’avie, and Meike Lang with the WCYH finalist, Icing for U.
With an oversensitive Icing for U, Meike Lang was just outside of the placings in a competition filled with great horses and riders.
As always it came down between the two world-class breeding stallions, Hesselhøj Donkey Boy and D’avie.
At the world championship, it was D’avie who was the better, but unfortunately at the DEF championship, it was Hesselhøj Donkey Boy who won by only a margin of 0,323%.
Severo Jurado Lopez and D'avie
- It is absolutely incredible what we’ve been able to achieve this season. 2 new world champions, one vice world champion, and now 3 gold medals and 1 silver medal at the DEF championships for young horses. I couldn’t be any prouder. Not only do I have some of the best young horses in the world in my stable, but I also have the best team of grooms and riders, says Andreas Helgstrand.
Prestigious award for Helgstrand Dressage
The new business award ”Succesvirksomhed 2019” is a tribute to successful companies, who’s created impressive financial results. The prize is awarded by Spar Nord and BDO, who are also behind the initiative.
The business award is a recognition of small and medium-sized companies, who in particular contributes to the commonwealth and growth in the local and national economy.
At Helgstrand Dressage we’re incredibly proud to have received the prestigious new award.
- It’s always a great honor to receive awards, though we’re especially proud and happy to receive business awards – where the comparison and selection happen across different professions. Therefore, it’s great to be recognized by Spar Nord and BDO for the work we do. I’m proud of Helgstrand Dressage, and not least the entire team behind, says Andreas Helgstrand.
Helgstrand Dressage will be busy at the Pavo and DEF Championships for young horses
In week 41, our riders and grooms will be busy once again at Blue Hors, where Helgstrand Dressage has no less than 28 horses qualified for the finals in various classes.
We have 7 horses qualified in the 4yo class – and what makes this exciting is, they are all either stallions and part of our stallion collection or offspring by our own stallions. It will be very exciting to see how they perform. The qualified are:
Kardieno (by Dante Weltino/Parcival) - Thomas Sigtenberggaard
Kremlin MD (by Governor/Rousseau) - Mette Sejbjerg Jensen
Nova (by Grand Galaxy Win/BH Romanov) - Rikke Dupont
Ferdades (by Fürstenball/Donnerhall) - Anne-Mette Strandby Hansen
Got It (by Grand Galaxy Win/BH Don Schufro) - Mette Sejbjerg Jensen
Kavira (by Franklin/Sorento) - Meike Lang
Suarez (by Sezuan/Desperados) - Mette Sejbjerg Jensen
In the class for 5yo Helgstrand Dressage has no less than 9 horses participating, who have been selected at the qualifications all over the country. Beyond the qualifications, 3 horses have been qualified due to their results at the WCYH in Ermelo and 1 horse from Helgstrand Dressage has even been given a Wild Card. The qualified are:
Elverhøjs Raccolto (by Sezuan/Sandro Hit) - Meike Lang
Queenparks Wendy (by Sezuan(BH Soprano) - Andreas Helgstrand
Skovens Tzarina (by BH Zack/BH Don Schufro) - Betina Jæger
Jovian (by Apache/Tango) - Andreas Helgstrand
Springbank II VH (by Skovens Rafael/De Niro) - Severo Jurado Lôpez
Florist Enshøj (by Floricello/Midt-West Ibi-Light) - Anne-Marie Hosbond
Join Me de Massa (by Everdale/Rieto) - Eric Guardia Martinez
Straight Horse Don Zuan (by BH Zack/BH Don Schufro) - Cathrine Dufour
Janeiro Platinum (by Sezuan/UB 40) - Anne-Marie Hosbond
Joshua (by Sezuan/Voice) - Søren Wind
Eternity 75 (by Escolar/Sir Donnerhall I) - Cathrine Dufour
Sky-Man (by Surprice/Samarant) - Frederikke Lundgren Skelmose
Arogato (by Antango Du Feuillard/Sandro Hit) - Rikke Dupont
In the class for 6yo Helgstrand Dressage has also been given a Wild Card. Furthermore, we have a WCYH participant amongst the qualified horses. The qualified are:
Zhaplin Langholt (by Zonik/Stedinger) - Andreas Helgstrand
Revolution (by Rocky Lee/Rouletto) - Andreas Helgstrand
Azett Lynghøjgård (by BH Zack/Schwadroneur) - Kenneth Damgaard
Samuel (by Ampére/Stedinger) - Cathrine Dufour
Mio FS (by Floricello/BH Hertug) - Mette Sejbjerg Jensen
Dionysos de Massa (by Special Agent Amour/Xaquiro) - Eric Guardia Martinez
In the class for 7yo, Helgstrand Dressage also has 2 horses qualified. Both participated at WCYH in Ermelo this summer, and one of them came home with his second gold medal. The qualified are:
D’avie (by Don Juan de Hus/Londonderry) - Severo Jurado Lôpez
Icing for U (by Ampère/Bocelli) - Meike Lang*
- We’re really looking forward to competing at Blue Hors with all the youngsters. This competition is one of the highlights of the year for us here at Helgstrand Dressage. Next year we hope to see a better standardization in the evaluation of the horses so that we’ll be able to see the absolute best young horses in the final. We really look forward to showing our great horses and riders to the audience, says Andreas Helgstrand.
Andreas Helgstrand and Queenparks Wendy
New Bundeschampion for Helgstrand Dressage, Valverde
We can look back at a weekend with great results at the Bundeschampionat. Especially the test for 5-year-olds where our breeding stallion, Valverde, won gold.
In the test for 3-year-olds, Danciero and Eva Möller were placed 4th with a total score of 8.7. They received 8.5 for walk, 8.5 for trot, 9 for canter, 9 for submission and 8.5 for perspective.
The breeding stallion, Valverde, delivered fantastic results at this year’s Bundeschampionat with Eva Möller in the saddle. They impressed the judges who honored the equipage with a total score of 9.3 and a gold medal. They received 9.5 for walk, 9 for trot, 9.5 for canter, 9.0 for submission and 9.5 for perspective. Espe and Eva Möller were placed 7th also in the 5-year-olds with a total score of 8.2.
Furthermore, Eva Möller and Ballando were placed 4th in the test for 6-year-olds and got a total score of 8.4. They received 9 for walk, 8 for trot, 9 for canter, 7.5 for submission and 8.5 for perspective.
Eva Möller and the breeding stallion Valverde
Qualification at Sportsrideklubben Aalborg
This weekend, the qualification for Pavo and DEF’s championat took place at Sportsrideklubben Aalborg. Helgstrand Dressage had several equipages participating in the competition for 4-, 5-, 6- and 7-year-olds, and they delivered one great ride after another.
In the test for 4-year-olds, Helgstrand Dressage had 6 equipages placed. Mette Sejbjerg Jensen and the stallion, Kremlin MD, were placed 1st and received 8 for walk, 9 for trot, 9.2 for canter, 9 for submission and 9 for perspective which resulted in a total score of 88.4.
Rikke Dupont and the mare, Nova, was placed 2th and received 7.5 for walk, 9.5 for trot, 9.8 for canter, 8 for submission and 9 for perspective which gave the equipage a total score of 87.6
The third place was shared between Meike Lang with Kavira and Mette Sejbjerg Jensen with the stallion, Got It. Meike and Kavira received 8.3 for walk, 9 for trot, 9 for canter, 8.5 for submission and 8.8 for perspective. Mette and Got It received 7.7 for walk, 8.8 for trot, 9 for canter, 9.3 for submission and 8.8 for perspective. Both equipages received a total score of 87.2.
Placed as number 6 was the black breeding stallion Suarez, yet again with Mette Sejbjerg Jensen in the saddle. The equipage got a total score of 84.8 and received 8 for walk, 9 for trot, 9 for canter, 7.8 for submission and 8.6 for perspective.
In the class for 5-year-olds, it was our student master rider, Frederikke Lundgren Skelmose, and the stallion Sky-man who won. The equipage received 8.5 for walk, 9 for trot, 8.7 for canter, 8.2 for submission, and 8.8 for perspective and ended with a total score of 86.4.
In second place was Rikke Dupont and Arogato, who got a total score of 84.6. They received the characters 7.6 for walk, 9 for trot, 9 for canter, 8.2 for submission, and 8.5 for perspective.
Manuel Springhetti and Hannes Lütt were placed very closely with only 0.2 points after each other. Manuel Springhetti and the stallion, Jaristo, were placed as number 3 who a total score of 83.8. They received 7.8 for walk, 8.5 for trot, 8.7 for canter, 8.4 for submission, and 8.5 for perspective. In fourth place was Hannes Lüth and the stallion, Milione, who received 7.7 for walk, 8.9 for trot, 8.5 for canter, 8.2 for submission and 8.5 for perspective. The equipage ended with a final score of 83.6.
In the class for 6-year-olds, Helgstrand Dressage had one equipage ready to start, which was Manuel Springhetti and Indian Jones. They delivered a great result with a total score of 78 and got the characters 7.8 for walk, 7.5 for trot, 8.5 for canter, 7 for submission and 8.2 for perspective.
Meike Lang and Icing for U, who also competed at this year’s WCYH in Ermelo, delivered a great ride which placed them as number one in the class for 7-year-olds. They received 8.1 for walk, 8.6 for trot, 8.4 for canter and 8.5 for perspective.
Frederikke Lundgren Skelmose and the stallion, Sky-man
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