When a customer returns
Fine Spirit and Vicky Lavoie.
At Helgstrand Dressage, a lot of our customers return. One of them, is the Canadian Vicky Lavoie from Nexolia Dressage, who just bought Sådan Que by Quaterback/Skovens Royal, and thereby can add horse number 10 to her collection of horses bought from Helgstrand Dressage.
Vicky Lavoie from Nexolia Dressage is constantly investing in the best bloodlines in order to sell more top horses in Canada. The mares continue in the sport and makes good results while getting foals via embryo. In this way, Vicky can add more top horses to Canada while training the horses to be even better, which she emphasises highly for her business.
- Like most amateurs, my goal is to become the best rider I can be and for sure compete at GP. Such high goals require great horses because you are never better than the horse you’re sitting on. An important message, which my long relation with Andreas has taught me. Therefore, I go for the horses which are well-educated and amateur-friendly besides having a great pedigree, says Vicky Lavoie, who values the genes, since the horses are bought with the purpose of breeding through embryo transfer.
- Of course, it has great meaning for us that Vicky returns to us when she wishes to buy another horse. We work very hard on ensuring the best match for the rider we have in front of us, and when it pays off now for the 10th time is it just great, says CEO and founder of Helgstrand Dressage, Andreas Helgstrand.
The latest addition is the 11yo mare, Sådan Que, who since 2016 has been quite successful with Nanna Skodborg Merrald. With Nanna as her rider, Sådan Que quickly advanced from the M-classes to Grand Prix within the first year and had their international debut in U25 the year after and started as seniors with great success in 2019. Sådan Que was on the list of horses who traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to Helgstrand Dressage in Florida at the beginning of December.
- Sådan Que is an amazing horse! She’s my second Grand Prix horse along with Fine Spirit (Fidertanz/De Niro). Besides them, I have Glenn S&S (Ampére/San Brentano), Feodoro (Fürstenball/Rosario), and Fiesta Danza OLD (Fürstenball/Weltmeyer), who currently competes in Prix St. Georges. Therefore, I have 5 FEI horses, whom I can compete with this season in Wellington. All the horses are staying at the Helgstrand Dressage’s farm in Wellington, and Ulf helps me in the daily life, which a appreciate very much, adds Vicky and continues; there are many advantages when you buy a horse from Andreas, you get pushed into the right direction.
- The primary purpose of the mares is breeding since they are a big asset for my business. I’m convinced that the mares continued success in the sport, combined with their amazing submission is paramount in order to make great offspring, says Vicky and adds, that there have already been some requests on the offspring by her mares.
- Andreas always takes his time and listens to my needs. He has an amazing talent for finding the right horses that fit my vision of breeding, training, and selling top horses in Canada. He has even managed to call me sometimes and say: “I have a horse that is perfect for you”, and he is absolutely right. He is great at knowing people, says Vicky.
Vicky has 7 horses at Helgstrand Dressage USA and will compete at PSG level and up in this season.
The story of Maria Claumarch makes Helgstrand establish a grant
Inspired by the sad story of Maria Claumarch, who, based on an accident with a horse, lost her right leg, Helgstrand Dressage has chosen to establish a grant, with the purpose of helping riders realize their goals.
- I know how difficult it would be for me if I wasn’t able to ride every day. For us, the horses are our way of life and it is our great passion, says Andreas Helgstrand, CEO and founder of Helgstrand Dressage.
The touching story about Maria Claumarch has spread like rings in the water, and especially within the horse world since the prosthetic she has been given can’t be used for riding. With this in mind, her friends and family have started a fundraiser for a prosthetic she can use for riding, so Maria hopefully can realize her dreams.
- I get moved by people like Maria and her friends, who fight so much for a cause. It got me thinking about how I got to where I am today. And it is the belief that you will succeed if you just fight for it. Therefore, I have no doubt that this year’s grant goes to Maria, says Andreas.
It is not only because it’s a touching story Helgstrand Dressage has chosen the first grant goes to Maria. No, because the idea behind the grant is to give it to people, who have set a goal and gives it everything to achieve it.
- The help I’ve received in my career has been crucial for where I’m at today, and therefore it is important for me to give something back to the sport. And I fell I can do that with this grant, says Andreas, and adds that the grant will be given once a year.
Andreas Helgstrand had no doubt about who should receive the first grant.
- This year we haven’t had the possibility of an application round, and therefore we had no doubt about the first grant should go to Maria. She has set up some great goals, which I respect tremendously. She wants to participate at the World Championships in 2022 in Herning, to show that you can do what you want. So here in the last few days of 2019, I only wish Maria good luck. I look forward to following you in the sidelines, adds Andreas.
About the Helgstrand grant
The Helgstrand grant is awarded once a year based on an application round. In order to apply for the grant, you must be a rider and have a riding goal you are aiming for. Big, as well as small goals, are welcome no matter if it is jumping or dressage riders. In order to be a candidate, the applicant must make a video in English in which the applicant presents themselves and their goal and describes how the grant will help the applicant achieve their goal. It is possible for both Danish and foreign riders to be considered for the grant.
The deadline for applying is between April 1st and May 1st every year, and the grant will be given during Equitour Denmark, which is held at Helgstrand Academy in May. The grant has a value of 10.000 DKK. In order to be able to select the right recipient amongst the applicants, a jury has been founded, consisting of General Manager and rider, Thomas Sigtenbjerggaard, Manager of Helgstrand Academy and rider, Maria Anita Andersen, and CEO and founder, Andreas Helgstrand.
New semen distributor in the Netherlands and Belgium
The last stallion licensing shows abroad have taken place, which is a sign that this year is ending. New young stallions have been bought, and the stallion collection for 2020 already has a lot of new promising talent. The cooperation with one of the world’s leading stallion stations, Deckstation Schockemöhle, has led to a lot of positive changes and at this moment, Helgstrand faces another one.
After many years of cooperation with the Dutch Reesink Horses, which is also known as Helgstrand Holland, Helgstrand Dressage has in cooperation with Schockemöhle decided to achieve synergy between both companies by using a common distributor in the Netherlands. The new distributor is De IJzeren Man, which is located in the city Weert by the border between the Netherlands and Belgium.
- It has always been our goal to find common ground with Schockemöhle, and here I don’t only think of our vision to offer our customers some of the absolute best stallions. It’s also about having the same covering conditions, the same distributors, etc., says Andreas Helgstrand, owner of Helgstrand Dressage, and ads; We’ve had an amazing cooperation with Reesink Horses regarding the promotion of our stallions in the Netherlands, which we would like to thank them for.
- Björn van Kessel, who owns De IJzeren Man, has many years of experience and a huge network, which we look forward to benefiting from. The new cooperation will also make ordering semen more manageable for our breeders in the area, as well as reinforce our service in the Netherlands. At the same time, De IJzeren Man, not only covers the Netherlands but also Belgium, where we see a huge potential for our stallions, says Andreas Helgstrand.
As well as Andreas Helgstrand is pleased with the new cooperation, Björn van Kessel is also looking forward to the new cooperation.
- The question from Helgstrand Dressage regarding, if we were interested in offering the Schockemöhle-Helgstrand stallion collection in the Netherlands and Belgium, gives us a unique possibility as a stallion station to offer our breeders the best stallions in the future, including exclusive bloodlines from all over Europe. Since the breeding season in 2000, we’ve distributed stallions from Paul Schockemöhle in both the Netherlands and Belgium and in the same way, we expect a long cooperation with Schockemöhle-Helgstrand, says Björn van Kessel, owner of De IJzeren Man.
The new season will start off with a stallion show in the Netherlands on April 17th in the city Weert, where De IJzeren Man is located.
Picture: Björn van Kessel, owner of De IJzeren Man.
16 horses from Helgstrand Dressage will travel across the Atlantic Ocean
Ballando by Benicio/Le Primeur is one of the horses, who is going to the United States. Among many great results, he got a top placing at the 2019 German Bundeschampionat with Eva - picture: Equitaris.
The competition season in Wellington, USA, is fast approaching and soon, 16 horses will travel across the Atlantic Ocean to Helgstrand Dressage’s sales stable. Dr. Ulf Möller, who is in charge of the stable in Wellington, has been by to select prospects for the new season based on his experience from the first two seasons.
- It is now the third time we’re traveling to the United States, and with the experience we’ve achieved in the past seasons, the selection of the horses going to the USA has been easier this year, says Dr. Ulf Möller and ads; We mainly see a demand for the horses who are a bit older, which either compete at Grand Prix level or has started working on the exercises for it. Not as much the younger horses, which we are used to in Europe. The Americans go for the horses with whom they can start competing and be successful with, within a short period of time.
Before the selected horses can start their journey to Wellington, they must first be checked by an official veterinarian, have taken blood samples, and the mares must furthermore have taken a swap sample as well. When all of this is ok, they’ll drive to Guido Klatte in Lastrup, Germany, with takeoff from Vodskov on November 30th. After 24 hours, they’ll go to Lufthansa in Frankfurt who will fly them to Miami. Here follow 2 days with quarantine (a bit longer for the mares), where after they’ll drive the last part to the farm in Wellington.
- Amongst the horses going to Wellington, we see very exciting pedigrees with, among others, some of the biggest dressage horse producers in the world, such as Foundation, Sir Donnerhall and Skovens Rafael. With the impressive performance pedigrees also follow many great results, and therefore we have horses that have participated in the Bundeschampionat, the World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in the Netherlands and horses, which are placed up to international Grand Prix level, says Ulf.
Besides Ulf, the American team consists of two experienced riders, Danish Carina Nevermann Torup and German Madeleine Bendfeldt. Carina is raised in a riding family, where her mother, Jette Nevermann Torup, has been coaching the Danish national team for ponies through several years. Carina has a long list of top placings behind her, amongst others are gold-medals at the Nordic Championships, DEF Championships, and medals at the European Championships, and latest a top placing in the Bundgaard Byg Cup at the Blue Hors dressage festival. Madeleine also has a long carrier behind her with numerous top placings up to international Intermediate level. But she can also draw on her many years of experience with youngsters, where she has educated several horses who have participated in the prestigious Bundeschampionat in Germany, and amongst them several finalists.
The following 16 are going to Helgstrand Dressage USA:
• 5-year-old mare by Dancier/Lauries Crusador
• 10-year-old mare by Fineliner/Upan la Jarthe AA
• 11-year-old mare by Quaterback/Royal
• 6-year-old gelding by Benicio/Le Primeur
• 6-year-old gelding by Jazz/Florestan
• 6-year-old gelding by Foundation/Fürst Heinrich
• 6-year-old gelding by Floricello/Hertug
• 7-year-old gelding by Franziskus/Florestan I
• 7-year-old gelding by Foundation/Fürst Heinrich
• 8-year-old gelding by Bøgegårdens Boney M/De Noir
• 9-year-old gelding by Lugato/Fürst Piccolo • 9-year-old gelding by Sir Donnerhall I/Bonheur
• 10-year-old gelding by Quaterback/Rubin Royal
• 10-year-old gelding by Skovens Rafael/Castro
• 11-year-old gelding by Sir Donnerhall/Jazz
• 12-year-old gelding by Fidertanz/Welt Hit II
New Champion Stallion for Helgstrand and Kasprzak
Today, at the auction at the 2019 Westphalien Stallion Licensing, Helgstrand has together with the Family Kasprzak bought the Champion Stallion no. 40 by Dream Boy/Sir Donnerhall I.
The Dream Boy/Sir Donnerhall I colt was for sure the highlight of the auction. He is an impressive young stallion, that just have what we are looking for at a modern sport horse! Expression, top gaits and great temper.
We are looking so much forward to offer this talented young stallion to our breeders as part of the 2020 stallion collection.
The stallion has been acquired for 1,9 million euro.
Bred by C. van der Laan from Oude Pekela, the Netherlands, and former co-owned by BG Gießelmann & Van der Laan
Watch video of the stallion here
Reserve Champion for Helgstrand Dressage
Today, no. 63 by Sir Heinrich/Floresco/De Niro was approved at the 2019 Westphalien Stallion Licensing and got awarded Reserve Champion and made it to the final top 4 and got awarded Reserve Champion as well.
Bred by Gisela and Jan Dag Wilms-Ruck from Unna, Germany. Co-owned by Helgstrand and Caroline Breck.
Watch video of the stallion here
Atterupgaard's Barcelo winner of DWB 35-days performance test
Today was the final day of the 2019 Danish Warmblood 35-days performance test, and although it was a very close run between Atterupgaard’s Barcelo, Danciero and Global Player, it ended up with a victory for Atterupgaard’s Barcelo by Bon Coeur/Caprimond E.H. with a total score of 914.5 points. Atterupgaard’s Barcelo is bred by Stud Atterupgaard and co-owned by Stud Atterupgaard and Helgstrand Dressage.
All stallions showed great power and expression today both under daily trainers, Marie Witt Poulsen and Nana Christensen, as well as with test rider, Allan Grøn. The score reflects rideability, gaits and capacity and with three stallions above 900 points just shows a very high level of stallions at this year’s stallion performance test. But with almost entire 9s and 9.5s, the victory went to Atterupgaard’s Barcelo.
Results of the 11 stallions from Helgstrand Dressage:
- Atterupgaards Barcelo by Bon Coeur/Caprimond E.H. – 914,5 point
- Danciero by Dancier/Floriscount - 911 point
- Tophøjs Falchetto by Floriscount/Solos Landtinus – 804 point
- Fürst Highlight by Fürstenball/His Highness – 831,5 point
- Giovanni-Bell by Grand Galaxy Win/Don Romantic – 827,5 point
- Global Player by Grand Galaxy Win/Don Schufro – 904,5 point
- Lord Europe by Lord Leatherdale/Boston – 813,5 point
- Vendòme by Veneno/Fidertanz – 879,5 point
- Vivino by Vivaldi/Dancier – 880 point
- Knock-Out by Expression/Ferro – 828,5 point
- Fynch Hatton by Formel Eins/Sir Donnerhall I – 848,5 point
All stallions have passed their test and are ready to be presented at the 2020 Danish Warmblood Stallion Show to get their final approval in DWB.
The results of the day you find here.
Reserve Champion from Helgstrand Dressage
The licensing committee has just pointed out the Champion Stallion and Reserve Champions at this year’s Oldenburg Stallion Licensing, and as first Reserve Champion you find the Sezuan/Sir Donnerhall I/Rohdiamant colt (picture above), bred by Dr. Frank Nordhausen and co-owned by Klausing GbR and Helgstrand Dressage.
4 out of 5 licensed in OLD
This year Helgstrand Dressage brought five stallions to the Oldenburg Stallion Licensing in Vechta:
No. 54 by For Dance/Quaterback (breeder: Volker Steenken)
No. 59 by Foundation/San Amour I/Caprimond (breeder: Marin Schönfeld)
No. 75 by Revolution/Belstaff (breeder: Sally Hjort Schultz)
No. 76 by Sezuan/Sir Donnerhall I (breeder: Dr. Frank Nordhausen)
No. 79 by Vitalis/Apache (breeder: HP Horses)
The licensing started on Thursday with showcasing the stallions on hard surface followed by lunging in the afternoon. All stallions did a great job, although the environment is difficult and there is a lot of pressure. And also at the free presentation on Friday, which normally is the highlight of a licensing, all stallions moved with power and great expression.
All stallions except no. 59 by Foundation/San Amour I got approved in Oldenburg, and in addition, the very impressive no. 76 by the three times World Champion, Sezuan with damsire Sir Donnerhall I got awarded Premium Stallion on Friday. Also the licensing committee appointed the Sezuan/Sir Donnerhall I colt as first Champion Stallion on Saturday. This stallion is bred by Dr. Frank Nordhausen and co-owned by Klausing GbR and Helgstrand.
Eva and So Unique at the 2019 Oldenburg Stallion Gala
Every year Oldenburg invites for the Oldenburg Stallion Gala. This year also a Helgstrand stallion is part of the show as So Unique and Eva is joining the show. So Unique by Sezuan/Donnerhall won the competition for 4-year-olds in Ermelo this summer, and haven’t been presented in public since. So Eva has been looking forward to showing how positive he has developed since he got his title in Ermelo in August:
"Seid August in Ermelo ist er nicht mehr öffentlich präsentiert worden und ich hoffe, dass ich die positive Entwicklung, die er seit dem gemacht hat, den Besuchern der Hengstgala zeigen kann."
Picture by Equitaris.
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