Girlpower and Spanish rhythm in Aachen
Riders and horses have just returned from CHIO Aachen. All three riders from Helgstrand Dressage had qualified to participate at the prestigious event, where the world's best riders meet each year to compete.
High level competition
Betina and Victoria were among the first to arrive at the impressive facility and after passing the vet check they were ready to enter the beautiful arena. Despite the fact that the Grand Prix starting list contained highly skilled dressage riders like Isabell Werth and Dorothee Schneider, Betina and Victoria were focussed to do their very best. Betina and Mane Stream Bellstaff ended up scoring 70,457% and Victoria and Ludwig der Sonnenkönig achieved 71,043%.
Results from the Grand Prix
In the Grand Prix Special on Friday Betina and Belstaff had really found the rhythm and got placed 3rd with 71.340%. Victoria and Ludwig started out very well, but unfortunately, they had some difficulties in the piaffe, that did become very expensive in terms of points.
Results from the Grand Prix Special
Deep Impact impresses the judges
After Deep Impact has passed his vet check, Severo and Deep Impact were ready to enter the beautiful CHIO Aachen arena. In the Grand Prix, which was the first part of the Nations Cup, Severo and Deep Impact finished 11th with 74.161%. After a well-deserved rest day on Friday, they were ready to enter the arena in the Grand Prix Special on Saturday, where they got placed 9th with impressive 74.872%.
Results from the Grand Prix
Results from the Grand Prix Special
In the freestyle the level was indeed very high, but this didn't seem to make impact on Severo and Deep Impact as they one once again danced through their technically powerful freestyle, which featured both a fabulous trot and the famous flying changes on the centreline with just one hand. One could hardly wish for a better ending. Severo and Deep improved their personal record and finished 8th with 81.113%.
Results from the Grand Prix Freestyle
11 horses from Helgstrand Dressage selected for the 2018 WCYH
The final selection for the horses to represent Germany at the 2018 WCYH in Ermelo took place this Tuesday in Warendorf. Four horses from Helgstrand got selected and now a total of 11 horses from Helgstrand Dressage are going to participate at the prestigious World Championships for Young Horses from 2nd to 5th of August 2018.
- The candidates for this year's WCYH in Germany were really strong and the fact that we were able to qualify our horses for the 2nd round was a victory in itself. We are incredibly proud that three of our horses were selected and especially because it is three of our breeding stallions, says Andreas Helgstrand.
The following horses got selected to represent Germany at the WCYH:
- Revolution by Rocky Lee/Rouletto - Andreas Helgstrand
- D'Avie by Don Juan de Hus/Londonderry - Severo Jurado López
- Ferrari OLD by Foundation/Hotline - Andreas Helgstrand
In addition, the stallion Devonport by Dancier/Ravallo also got selected. The stallion was recently bought in partnership between Stutteri EVO and Helgstrand Dressage - read the article here.
3 Helgstrand horses selected to represent Australia
Our Australian rider, Simone Pearce, is going to represent Australia with three horses from Helgstrand Dressage at the 2018 WYCH. One of them is the winner of the Danish Equestrian Federation’s qualifier in Billund, Foundator by Foundation/Samarant. In addition, Simone will also participate with the 5yo Lindballe's Just Perfect by Johnson/De Niro and the 7yo gelding, Feodoro by Fürstenball/Rosario, which she also rode at the 2017 WCYH. For Simone it will be the fourth year in a row, that she represents Australia.
4 horses representing Denmark
Among the horses to represent Denmark we find the winner of the Young Horse Championships in Herning, the 5yo Zhaplin Langholt by Zonik/Stedinger with Andreas Helgstrand and the 5yo Straight Horse Ascenzione by BH Zack/BH Don Schufro with Victoria Vallentin. As a reserve for the 5yo we have another horse from Straight Horse, Straight Horse Sezuanna by BH Zack/BH Don Schufro, ridden by Kenneth Damgaard.
Among the 6yo, we find the breeding stallion and 2017 WCYH finalist Atterupgaard's Botticelli by Bennetton Dream/Caprimond E.H. with Severo Jurado López and Stenagers Wyatt Earp by Wilkens/Sandro Hit with Kenneth Damgaard.
The WCYH takes place in Ermelo, Holland from 2nd to 5th of August 2018.
Devonport, which has just been bought in partnership between Helgstrand Dressage and Stutteri EVO.
Two new top horses for Helgstrand Dressage
Germany is known for having high-quality horses and when Helgstrand Dressage was in Warendorf for the final selection for the horses representing Germany at the 2018 WCYH, Helgstrand Dressage has bought two new top horses.
Devonport - Bundeschampionat winner and breeding stallion
The stallion Devonport by Dancier/Ravallo is a well-known name among German breeders and, despite his young age, he has already achieved many great results.
Devonport has just been selected for the 2018 WCYH in Ermelo among the 5yo. In addition, he has won several sports tests, championships with Rieke Schnieder, including winning bronze at the Hanoverian Championships for 3yo and in 2017 he also won the German Bundeschampionat in Warendorf with a total score of 9.1.
Devonport is bred by Christine Miesner from Germany and was bought in partnership between Stutteri EVO and Helgstrand Dressage.
Fiesta Danza - WCYH reserve
Fiesta Danza OLD is the name of the 6yo mare, which Helgstrand Dressage also has bought. She is another great offspring by the magnificent stallion, Fürstenball, who has achieved many impressive results. Fiesta Danza has already proved her worth achieving great results herself, including winner of the Oldenburg Championship for 5yo. Fiesta Danza also participated in the Bundeschampionat final for 5yo in Warendorf, as well as winning this year’s Bundeschampionat qualifier. The mare just continues achieving greats results as she recently got selected as a reserve for the 2018 WCYH in Ermelo.
Fiesta Danza OLD is bred by Johannes Westendarp and was bought in partnership between Stutteri EVO and Helgstrand Dressage.
Waterland and Helgstrand Dressage enter partnership to create the world leader in equestrian sports
Waterland Private Equity (”Waterland”) enters into a partnership with Helgstrand Dressage A/S (”Helgstrand Dressage”), one of the world’s leading equestrian sports companies with modern sales and training centers in Aalborg, Denmark, and Wellington, US, and more than 70 employees. Waterland becomes a majority shareholder in Helgstrand Dressage and completes its first investment in Denmark after the opening of Waterland’s office in Copenhagen in August 2017.
Since its foundation in 2008, Helgstrand Dressage has created a successful international business with sales activities in more than 35 countries and annual revenue exceeds EUR 50 million, corresponding to more than 30% growth compared to last year and an average annual growth rate of more than 25% in the most recent five years. The company sources, develops, trains and sells world-class dressage horses and has achieved a number of international accomplishments, including eight medals at the World Championships and six of 18 horses represented in the finals at the most recent Olympic Games in 2016. The fast growth and positive developments are driven by the company’s renowned brand and structured approach to the entire value chain – from identification and sourcing of the most promising horses over training in new and leading facilities by world-class riders to a professional sales organization and a deep and broad offering of dressage horses at the highest quality level. With Waterland as a co-owner, the strong market position is to be expanded with an ambition of creating the world’s leading equestrian sports company.
“We have created a company, which has more than doubled revenue the last two years and established a unique reputation in an industry with attractive development and growth opportunities. We want to seize these opportunities and accelerate the progress in cooperation with Waterland who will be able to contribute with competencies, capital and extensive experience within the leisure and luxury segment as well as establishing and professionalizing growth companies with global ambitions,” says Andreas Helgstrand, founder and CEO of Helgstrand Dressage.
“It has been a privilege to cooperate with management and the professional employees at Helgstrand Dressage since the company was established ten years ago. The business has developed from an idea to a mature growth company, which is now ready for the next phase and a value-creating partnership with Waterland. The entire team at Helgstrand Dressage can be proud of the impressive development,” says Niels Heering, chairman of Helgstrand Dressage.
The global market for dressage horses totals several billion euro, and dressage is developing rapidly. The majority of Helgstrand Dressage’s revenue is generated in Europe today, and the company’s strong global position and brand will be leveraged to expand the presence into other attractive markets in the coming years to win market shares and become a global leader.
“Helgstrand Dressage is a fantastic company with exciting growth opportunities, which we are looking forward to pursuing in the coming years in partnership with management and employees. In a short period of time, Helgstrand Dressage has created a well-run, respected and profitable business, which makes out a strong platform for further development and consolidation in a fragmented and highly attractive market. We look forward to contributing with our practical experience and targeted investments in the existing business as well as driving new markets and interesting acquisition opportunities in line with our strategy of accelerating growth organically and through acquisitions,” says Kaspar Kristiansen, Managing Director, Waterland Nordic.
Helgstrand Dressage’s day-to-day management is unchanged. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
From left: Marianne Helgstrand, Andreas Helgstrand, Kaspar Kristiansen
From left: Andreas Helgstrand, Kaspar Kristiansen
4 horses and one reserve selected for WCYH
It has been a great day at Vilhelmsborg, Denmark, where the second and final selection for the prestigious World Championships in Ermelo took place.
Today was the final selection for the Danish Warmblood horses representing Denmark and alle horses delievered great performances despite the warm weather. One by one the horses came through FEI's program. The excitement was overwhelming as it came to the final results of the day.
From Helgstrand Dressage the following horses were selected for WCYH:
Zhaplin Langholt and Andreas Helgstrand
Straight Horse Ascenzione and Victoria Vallentin
Straight Horse Sezuanna and Kenneth Damgaard
Atterupgaard’s Botticelli and Severo Jurado López
Stenager’s Wyatt Earp and Kenneth Damgaard
Also this year, it looks very promising for Helgstrands participation at the WCYH. Last year a total of 10 Danish horses went on to the finals, of which Helgstrand got 3 medals:
Severo and Fiontini won gold
Andreas and Ferrari OLD won silver
Severo and Quel Filou won bronze
On July 3rd the final selection in Germany will take place.
3 horses representing Australia
The horses from Helgstrand will not only represent Denmark and Germany during WCYH. Simone has been selected to represent her home country, Australia with three horses from Helgstrand; Feodoro by Fürstenball/Rosario, Lindballe's Just Perfect by Johnson/De Niro and Foundator by Foundation/Samarant, with whom she has just won the DRF's qualifier in Billund with.
Many great results for Helgstrand Dressage
At Helgstrand Dressage, the focus is not only at the qualification for WCYH in Ermelo this summer, but also qualifying for the finals for the 2018 Danish Equestrian Federation’s Championships for young horses in week 41.
The aim of the Danish Equestrian Federation’s Championships for young horses is to find the best 4, 5 and 6yo horses in both dressage and jumping. This weekend the qualifier took place in Billund and Helgstrand participated with several horses.
4yo qualifier dominated by Sezuan offsprings
All horses delivered top performances in the 4yo qualifier on Saturday, 8 out of the 10 best places went to Helgstrand. Eric and Helgstrand’s breeding stallion Tørveslettens Sylvester by Sezuan/Stedinger took the lead. The dam of Sylvester is the Danish Warmblood Gold medal mare and former International Grand Prix mare, Tørveslettens Stamina. The class was in general dominated by Sezuan’s, because also Elverhøj’s Raccolto and Queenpark’s Wendy are by the impressive stallion.
The results in the 4yo qualifier:
1. Eric and Tørveslettens Sylvester
2. Thomas and Flashdance TN
3. Meike and Elverhøjs Raccolto
4. Søren and Queenparks Wendy
5. Mette and Skovens Tzarina
6. Cristian and Shakespeare Fly
7. Mette and Atterupgaards Miley
9. Søren and Fleur Royal
Find the results here
Victory for Simone and Foundator
On Sunday Simone and Foundator won the 5yo qualifier with among others, 9.4 in canter, 9.2 in capacity and 9 in trot. Thomas and Silverstone Melody got a 3rd place and the 4th place went to Eric and I'Actrice VDL.
Find the results here
Springbank successful in Hjallerup
Also at the show in Hjallerup they had a great start. Anne-Marie and Diva Unik won the Intermediate II scoring 69.43%, followed by Carina and Springbank VH, who won the PSG test with impressive 72.41%. Springbank VH, who has also been very successful with Andreas and is the full-brother to the very successful breeding stallion, Springbank II VH.
In the PSG on Sunday, the test was also won by Carina and Springbank VH with impressive 71.228%. Also Severo and the three times world champion, Fiontini participated at the show, as they had to qualify for starting at bigger shows achieving impressive marks more than 80% in both MB0’s.
Find the results here
Severo and Fiontini together with Carina and Springbank VH
Stallions tested for WFFS in Germany
Modern technology makes it possible to test for more diseases, and recently the focus has been on the very rare genetic disorder, Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome - also known as WFFS.
Because we find that our breeders want knowledge about whether our stallions are carrying the WFFS, we have already got our stallions in Denmark tested and now also our stallions at Helgstrand Germany in Hagen have been tested with the following results.
The following stallions are not carrier of WFFS:
The following are carrier of WFFS:
There are already breeds like Friesian and Quarter horses, where genetic disorders have been registered and therefore it is not unusual that a genetic disorder now has been found in Warmbloods. Therefore, horses with the WFFS gene should not be considered ill, but as owner you just have to focus on not to combine two horses in the breed, both carrying the gene.
It is all about keeping the best horses in the breed and that is why we just recommend mare-owners to test their mares for the WFFS gene, and if the mare is a carrier, we recommend not to use a stallion which is also a carrier.
Please do not hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions.
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Alexander selected for the Nordic and European Championships
Alexander has managed to make a very positive impression at competitions, recently at the international show, Future Champions in Hagen, Germany with both Røgild's Claire and Adriano B. and now he can also add a selection for this year's Nordic Baltic Championship and the European Championship to the results of this weekend.
It has been an eventful weekend at the Future Champions in Hagen with many young talents as the name indicates, including Alexander, who was represented with both Røgild's Claire by Notre Bac/Julio Mariner XX and Adriano B. by De Angelo B/Flying Dream.
Alexander brought both Marianne and Andreas, but it was a confident rider who made very good performances all weekend. Among others, Alexander placed 9 with Claire in the CDIP test, won silver in the team competition and got a 3rd place in the freestyle achieving impressive 75.1% with Adriano B.
Video from Alexander and Adriano B.'s freestyle in Hagen.
You can find all the results here
For sure it was a great weekend, also as Alexander was selected for both the Nordic Baltic Championship in Norway and the European Championship by national coach, Jette Nevermann Torup.
Selected for the Nordic Baltic Championship
Alexander Yde Helgstrand / Adriano B (res: Claire)
Dagmar Sofie Oxlund / Campari W
Silke Andersen / Nyholts Dundee
Sophia Winther Andersen / Der Harlekin B
Selected for the European Championship
Currently, three out of four riders have been selected - the fourth rider and the reserve will be selected after the Nordic Baltic Championships:
Alexander Yde Helgstrand / Adriano B (res: Claire)
Frederikke Gram Jacobsen / Gee Gee
Maja Emilie Leth / Goldfevers Hella Bella.
Alexander and Adriano B.
Amazing weekend at Broholm Horseshow 2018
This weekend has been terrific with lots of great results for Helgstrand Dressage. A combination of warm weather, great atmosphere and many top riders resulted in many spectators during the weekend, especially in the Bundgaard Byg Cup, DRF Championship for U25 and in the Danish Championships for seniors.
6 Helgstrand horses selected for the 2018 WBFSH
This year's WBFSH World Championships for Young Horses takes place from 2-5 August in Ermelo and this weekend the first selection for Denmark took place. The final selection will be at Vilhelmsborg on May 26th.
Among the young horses participating were many talented high quality horses and after the judge Dennis Fisker had commented on the horses, the following horses from Helgstrand Dressage went on to the final selection:
• Simone Pearce and Lindballe’s Just Perfect by Johnson/De Niro
• Victoria E. Vallentin and Straight Horse Ascenzione by BH Zack/BH Don Schufro
• Andreas Helgstrand and Zhaplin Langholt by Zonik/Stedinger
• Kenneth Damgaard and Straight Horse Sezuanna by BH Zack/BH Don Schufro
• Severo Jurado Lopez and Atterupgaards Botticelli by Bennetton Dream/Caprimond
• Kenneth Damgaard and Stenagers Wyatt Earp by Wilkens/Sandro Hit
Severo and Atterupgaards Botticelli.
Carina won Bundgaard Byg Cup
Clearly it was a very proud Carina who returned home after another victory in the Bundgaard Byg Cup on Grevens Sa Va at Broholm Horseshow. For the second time Carina won the competition, but this year not many points were separating the 1st and 2nd place. In the first test, Carina won on Grevens Sa Va with 74.8% followed by Marianne and Super Mario scoring 74.3%. In the second test Carina won achieving 77.167% and Marianne once again placed second with 76.583%.
Søren placed second in the U25 Championships
The DRF's championship was characterised by many talented young riders and great performances and thus not many percentages where separating the riders. Søren has recently started to compete on Diego and despite the fact that they are not yet familiar with each other, they won the U25 Grand Prix by 69.1% and finished 2nd in the championship after achieving 71.225% in the Grand Prix freestyle.
5 of the 6 best placed horses in the Danish Championships from Helgstrand
The excitement was high as the only 20-year-old Victoria placed fourth in the Danish Championships for seniors together with Ludwig der Sonnenkönig, followed by Betina and Belstaff on a 6th place.
But not only two of the placed horses come from Helgstrand – 5 of the 6 best placed horses for seniors are in some way related to Helgstrand Dressage. They have either been trained at or sold from Helgstrand.
- It is a great pleasure to see when horses trained or sold by Helgstrand achieve so much success at shows, especially when ridden by Danish riders. It makes us proud, Andreas says, referring to Cathrine and Cassidy's freestyle, where they once again broke the magic 80% limit and achieved a total of 86.925%.
Both Atterupgaard's Cassidy, Arlando, Rock Star, Ludwig der Sonnenkönig and Belstaff show us, that at Helgstrand they manage to select quality horses that also show great performances with their riders.
- We are doing our very best to find the perfect match between rider and horse, and seeing the great results of this weekend makes us very proud, Andreas adds.
Betina and Victoria named for the long list for WEG
On Saturday the Danish national team coach Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein has named the long list for WEG in Tryon including two Helgstrand riders, Betina and Victoria.
Not surprisingly, we find Cathrine Dufour and Atterupgaard's Cassidy on the team, Daniel Bachmann Andersen with Blue Hors Zack and Blue Hors Zepter, Anna Zibrandtsen and Arlando, Rikke Svane and Finckenstein, and Anders Dahl and Selten. In addition, two Helgstrand riders, Betina (Belstaff) and Victoria (Ludwig der Sonnenkönig) as well as Anna Kasprzak (Rock Star) have also been named for the long list for WEG.
Six riders will be on the starting lists at CHIO in Aachen in July and then the final national team will be selected. We cross our fingers for Betina and Victoria, both of which must have their international qualification in place in the near feature in order to join the team.
Victoria and Ludwig der Sonnenkönig
Now we have received the results of the WFFS for our stallions
Following stallions are free for WFFS:
Grand Galaxy Win
Straight Horse Sir Romance
Following are carrier of WFFS:
Springbank II VH
We recommend mare-owners to test their mares for the WFFS gene, if the mare is a carrier we recommend not to use a stallion which is also a carrier