Downtown sold to Rosalind and Kristy Oatley
Pictured: Downtown and Jeanna Högberg from winning a silver medal at the World Championships for young horses in Ermelo this year.
He was crowned 2021 World Champion of the 5-year-olds, and this year he won a silver medal at the World Championships for Young Horses in Ermelo under Swedish Jeanna Högberg. Downtown (by Hesselhøj Donkey Boy/Zack) is equipped with a lovely expression, suppleness, and an amazing self-carriage, and now the talented junior rider, Rose Oatley from Germany, will have the honour of taking over the reins and being responsible for the further training of this exceptional young horse.
Rose Oatley is a well-known name internationally having added several championship titles to her resume with the palomino gelding, Daddy Moon, including double and triple European Champion in 2020 and 2021, while this year she earned much success as a junior rider with Rock Revolution and Veneno.
- Rose has made a great start as a junior rider on Rock Revolution and Veneno. But because it takes time to build a new partnership, we have chosen to search for a young horse that she can get to know while continuing to compete with Rocky and Veneno. It's hard to find a well-trained horse, so we decided to look for a promising young horse to move up the levels. There is no doubt that Downtown has the potential to go far in the sport with Rose, and at the same time he also seems to have the right work attitude and a great personality, states Kristy Oatley, mother of Rose, who got in touch with Helgstrand through a good friend, Udo Wagner.
Kristy is an experienced rider herself, earning much success on horses like Wall Street, Quando Quando, Clive and Du Soleil. In her career, she has achieved many victories and participated in the Olympics no less than four times.
- Downtown has just shown that he belongs to the best young horses in the world. With three impressive gaits, fantastic rideability and a great mind, we feel he is a perfect match for Rose. Although he is still a little green due to his age, Rose will get all the necessary help and support from her family and trainer. Therefore, we are very much looking forward to following them - and we are sure that they will one day enter the big arena with great success, says Andreas Helgstrand.
Downtown is sired by the Danish Warmblood elite stallion, Hesselhøj Donkey Boy, who has won the Danish Young Horse Championships four years in a row, won two WCYH medals and is the father of an impressive number of offspring. The damsire, Zack, is also the father of an exceptionally high number of successful offspring who compete at a high level in the sport.
Gold and silver for Helgstrand
Pictured: Global Player - 2022 World Champion of the 6-year-olds under Eva Möller.
This year's World Championships for young dressage horses have come to an end - finishing on top winning one gold medal and one silver medal. We brought 6 horses, and the 5 went straight into the finals. Today, we finished with two medals in the 6-year-old final, with Global Player and Eva Möller claiming the World Championship title, and the 2021 World Champion, Downtown took silver with Jeanna Högberg.
We are heading home after some amazing days in Ermelo, The Netherlands full of great memories. Both Eva onboard Global Player and Jeanna with Downtown delivered top performances, but in the end, Global Player by Helgstrand's former breeding stallion, Grand Galaxy Win (damsire Don Schufro), claimed the title of best 6-year-olds. A fantastic ride today, which earned a total score of 9.76 and two 10s for submission and perspective respectively. In addition, 9.8 for trot, 9.5 for walk, and 9.5 for canter.
Last ride for Jeanna and Downtown
It was an emotional moment as Jeanna and Downtown rode down the centerline for the last time to the sound of cheers and loud applause. But what an amazing way to end a fantastic time by earning a silver medal on one of her favourite horses, Downtown (Hesselhøj Donkey Boy/Zack), after winning the preliminary round. They achieved an overall score of 9.38 with 9.3 for trot, 9.3 for walk, 9.0 for canter, 9.5 for submission and 9.8 for capacity.
From Helgstrand we wish Jeanna all the best for the future!
Pictured: Downtown and Jeanna Högberg - claiming a silver medal at the 2022 World Championships for 6-year-olds.
WCYH silver to Vitalos and Leonie
Pictured: Vitalos and Leonie Richter winning silver in the 5-year-old final at the World Championships for young horses in Ermelo, The Netherlands.
They danced into the hearts of everyone - Leonie Richter and the 5-year-old chestnut by Vitalis out of a De Niro. Vitalos is part of the Helgstrand-Schockemöhle Stallion Collection. He is a stallion with three supreme gaits, no weaknesses, a fantastic willingness to work, and an amazing rideability. Recently, he was crowned Hannoveraner Champion and today, he won a silver medal at the 2022 World Championships for young dressage horses earning a total score of 9.06 with the following marks:
Eric Guardia Martinez and Feine Bella (Fürstenball OLD/Bordeaux) finished 7th scoring 8.68 followed by Jeanna Högberg, who brought her own horse, Be Allex.
Pictured: Leonie Richter and Vitalos.
Pictured: Feine Bella and Eric Guardia Martinez.
Pictured: Feine Bella and Eric Guardia Martinez.
Gold, silver and bronze to Helgstrand
Pictured: Vogue - Bundeschampion of the 3-year-old stallions and Leonie Richter.
The 2022 Bundeschampionate is over, and team Helgstrand Germany managed to bring home three medals - a bronze, a silver and one gold!
We brought 5 horses to Warendorf this week and they all performed so well. Especially our 3-year-old stallions stole the show both in the qualifier and in the final today. The extremely well-moving Vogue (Vitalis/De Niro, bred by ZG Werth) was the supreme winner and was crowned Bundeschampion of the 3-year-old stallions, perfectly shown by Leonie Richter and awarded a total score of 9.1 in the final.
Pictured: Elastic - winning a silver medal at the 2022 Bundeschampionate with Maxi Kira von Platen.
Runner-up in the 3-year-old class and awarded a silver medal was Elastic (Escolar/Dimaggio, bred by Daniela Werheit-Wagemeyer) with Maxi Kira von Platen in the saddle, scoring 9.0 in the final.
Pictured: Total McLaren - claiming a bronze medal at the 2022 Bundeschampionate with Leonie Richter.
In addition, Total McLaren by Totilas/De Niro and Leonie Richter secured a bronze medal in the 5-year-old class with a total score of 8.8. Total McLaren is bred by Ralf Knauf.
Pictured: Former Helgstrand horse Maxi Kraft's Barcelo OLD - Bundeschampion of the 6-year-olds.
Former Helgstrand horse Atterupgaard's Barcelo crowned Bundeschampion of the 6-year-olds
Also, we had the pleasure of watching Tessa Frank and Maxi Kraft’s Barcelo OLD today dancing into the first position of the 6-year-olds and being crowned 2022 Bundeschampion. It was so lovely to watch this duo and to see how far they have come. Congratulations on the massive success to both rider, owner, and breeder of this amazing horse. Barcelo is sired by Bon Coeur and dam is Atterupgaard’s Dicte. Bred by Danish Stud Atterupgaard.
Alexander decides to work full-time with the horses
The first time we saw Alexander was when he rode the pony Adriano B. achieving many victories including several championship titles. Together they finished at the top of the FEI World Ranking for pony, before Alexander switched horses with Grevens Sa'Va' followed by Belantis, on whom he has had a terrific start. Alongside his riding career, he finished high school and has now decided to take a sabbatical year, which he will dedicate to the horses:
- I have really been looking forward to focusing solely on the horses, because it can sometimes be hard giving yourself 100% when you have two very time-consuming things - not to mention competition activities around the world. It's been a great time, but now I'm looking forward to concentrating on the horses, says Alexander, who will now start full-time at Helgstrand in Denmark from September 1st.
But the sabbatical will also offer experiences and different cultures when the journey goes across the Atlantic to live in the beautiful area of Helgstrand Dressage USA in Wellington, Florida in January.
- I've always dreamed of going to the US to ride. And now that Lars Petersen has taken over, there's a lot of activity all year round. And to be honest, the good weather is also a bit tempting compared to the cold winter months here at home. It's going to give me a unique insight into the business, as well as allow me to travel around and experience the US, Alexander adds.
But what will happen after the sabbatical, Alexander has now not fully clarified, but looks positively at the possibility of becoming a permanent part of Helgstrand in one way or another.
- I'll take it one day at a time. Right now, I want to enjoy the fact that I can dedicate 100% of my time to the horses. And then I will spend the next year figuring out what to do next and decide which educational direction to choose. There are so many opportunities at Helgstrand, whether you want to work as a professional rider or want an administrative position in the office. I'm leaving the options open and just looking forward to a year with lots of experiences, where I can also compete Belantis even more, Alexander states.
Full-brother of the 2020 Borgmann Online Auction Price Highlight secured by Helgstrand for 1.35 million euros
Video: We can’t get enough of this amazing stallion; About Me by AC-DC/Estobar NRW/Popcorn. Acquired by Helgstrand for 1.35 million euros at the 2022 Borgmann Online Auction. Enjoy the video made by the Borgmann Auction team.
- This youngster convinced me from the moment I saw him on the auction video. Although he only turned 4 this year, he shows so much talent for the future top sport. He possesses three extraordinary gaits always showing himself in a beautiful frame. Expressive and top modern type - a complete stallion, that will fit many mares. He for sure will bring interesting new bloodlines into the breeding and we can’t wait to get him home to have a closer look, states Andreas.
The extremely talented About Me by AC-DC out of Estobar was yesterday secured by Helgstrand at the 2022 Borgmann Online Auction hosted by Stefan Borgmann. An interesting collection made the way to the auction, including this extraordinary mover, full brother of the 2020 Borgmann Online Auction, About You, who was acquired for 1.65 million euros.
- When having a look at the video, I think you would also expect much when seeing this kind of quality already in a 4-year-old. And we can’t wait to offer him as part of our 2023 Stallion Collection. He is an exceptionally good horse, and his bloodlines make him very interesting for breeding, Andreas adds.
A stallion for the future!
24 out of 40 medal mares sired by Helgstrand stallions at the 2022 DWB Elite Mare Show
Pictured: Danish Warmblood Mare of the Year and Gold Medal Mare Dina Holmklit by Hesselhøj Donkey Boy/De Noir, bred by Trine Udklit Sørensen and owned by Kristin Andresen.
Today, the Danish Warmblood Elite Mare Show was held during the 2022 ECCO FEI World Championships Herning with all the best mares from the regional shows. And an impressive number of mares sired by stallions from our collection had made it to the show. From Helgstrand, we would like to congratulate breeders and owners on the amazing results! We are sure, they represent a great number of future top horses or high-quality breeding mares, which will be interesting to follow.
Gold medal mare and DWB Mare of the Year 2022 went to:
• Dina Holmklit by Hesselhøj Donkey Boy/De Noir, bred by Trine Udklit Sørensen and owned by Kristin Andresen.
Additional two gold medal mares were appointed:
• Brandtbjerg’s Divya by Hesselhøj Donkey Boy/Don Olymbrio, bred by Brandtbjerggard/family Buhl and owned by Agnet Holmsted
• Sparkletiní by Springbank II VH/Franklin, bred and owned by Henrik Hansen
9 Silver Medal Mares:
• Lumiere Unik by Franklin/Don Romantic, bred and owned by Stutteri Unik
• Beatrix-DN by Franklin/Zack, bred by Jørn Damm and Jens Aage Nielsen, co-owned by Søren Grønborg and Helgstrand
• Tré’s Magnifique Horsebo by Hesselhøj Donkey Boy/Romanov, bred and owned by Helle Kristiansen
• Florida Pilekær by Jovian/Florestan, bred and owned by Stutteri Pilekær
• Kastaniegården’s Mónclair by Quaterhit/Fürstenball, bred and owned by Maria Hindkjær
• Springborg’s Essie by Quaterhit/Jazz, bred by Stutteri Springborg and owned by Jurado Dressage
• Nordstrands Quinoa by Quaterhit/Hertug, bred and owned by Gitte Nordstrand Larsen
• Greven’s Saga by Springbank II VH/Charmeur, bred and owned by Stutteri Greven
• Franklini DWB by Franklin/Don Schufro, bred by Mette Madsen and owned by Bregnerødgård
12 Bronze Medal Mares:
• Hera A Fenris DWB by Grand Galaxy Win/Gribaldi, bred by Søren Bjerre and owned by Anne Lyngbye Melsen
• Festina by Franklin/Charmeur, bred by Henrik Hansen and co-owned by Henrik Hansen and Helgstrand
• Brix Gazall by Grand Galaxy Win/Fürstenball, bred and owned by Stutteri Brix
• Baunehøjen’s New Jersey by Jovian/Sezuan, bred and owned by Stald Baunehøj
• Lindballe’s Miss Perfect by Quaterhit/De Noir, bred and owned by Stutteri Lindballe
• Spring by Springbank II VH/JJ Rayban, bred and owned by Kristin G. Andresen
• O.L.’s Savannah by Springbank II VH/Era Dancing Hit, bred and owned by OL Hestecenter
• Spring-Rose-Ø DWB by Springbank II VH/Farrell, bred by Bente and Jens Møller Hansen, owned by Helgstrand
• Holt’s Zauberin by Revolution/Zack, bred by Marianne Væver, owned by Kirsten and Børge Holt Rasmussen
• Aagaarden’s Litha by Hesselhøj Donkey Boy/Jazz, bred and owned by Stutteri Aagaarden
• Gloria by Revolution/Apache, bred and owned by Jurado Dressage and Anne Marchant
• Siena by Springbank II VH/Hotline, bred and owned by Malene Helleberg
And then we also brought silver medal mare For Time by For Dance/Solos Carex, bred by HH Horses and co-owned by HH Horses and Helgstrand as well as bronze medal mare Zamfira Tek by Zackerey/Farrell, bred by Hanseberg, co-owned by Chateau de Fontaine and Helgstrand.
Our stallions were also represented in the field of 2-year-old mares. And out of 7 finalists, 4 were sired by Helgstrand’s stallions:
• Daviné by D’Avie/Sezuan, bred by Henrik Hansen
• Åtoften’s Farina by Franklin/Zalando, bred by Stutteri Åtoften
• Garrus by Global Player/Come Back II, bred by Anette and Christian Gjørup
• Treldegård’s Sinéad by Revolution/Hotline, bred by Kirsten and Niels Madsen.
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Dynamic Dream offspring Best Colt in DWB 2022
During the World Championships, the Danish Warmblood Elite Foal Show also took place. And among the fillies, three foals sired by our stallions went to the premium ring:
• Triple A’s Daphne by Hesselhøj Donkey Boy/Stedinger, bred by Amira Aasted Jespersen
• Springborg’s Guatemala by Dynamic Dream/Diamond Hit, bred by Stutteri Springborg)
• Francetta by Franklin/Sezuan, bred by Henrik Hansen
Among the colts, another top offspring by Dynamic Dream went to the premium ring and was appointed best colt in Danish Warmblood; Dream Catcher A. by Dynamic Dream/Sunny-Boy, bred by Dorte Andersen.
Moreover, the following colts went to the premium ring:
• Maskedal’s Remee by Revolution/Sezuan, bred by Helle Møller Andersen and Per Christensen
• Strauss by So Perfect/Tailormade Temptation, bred by Hanne Hertzberg, Lena and Ulrik Kristensen
• Marquis Lightfoot by So Unique/Franklin, bred by Annette Lyngs and Torben Damsbo
• Björklund Valentino by Valverde/Sir Donnerhall I, bred by Stutteri Björklund
Congratulations on the amazing results!
Pictured: Dream Catcher A. by Dynamic Dream/Sunny-Boy was appointed best colt in Danish Warmblood 2022.
Infrapower and ActivoMed from Broholm.Biz improve the performance of our horses
Pictured: the Infrapower Poll Cap from Broholm.biz.
With a history of great collaboration, it was very easy for Helgstrand to welcome Broholm.biz as an official partner at the beginning of this year. Focusing on high-quality and innovative products for the equestrian industry. Broholm.biz has a great offering of products to support the health and welfare of horses.
Helgstrand Dressage CEO Andreas Helgstrand is excited about the partnership.: “At Helgstrand Dressage we train our horses for optimal performance, optimizing their performance, and securing the welfare of the horses with the products from Broholm.Biz is a fantastic addition in keeping them happy and healthy.”
The Infrapower products from Broholm.biz are of great use in the daily work with the horses at Helgstrand, securing and maintaining their wellbeing to maximise performance; especially the Infrapower Poll Cap is of great use in our daily work. Furthermore, the ActivoMed treatment blankets are a fantastic addition to the work around the horses, especially around competitions and shows around the world.
CEO of Broholm.biz Trine Schonning states: “The well-being and performance improvement of horses is our passion. We’re proud and happy that a successful stable like Helgstrand trusts in us. Infrapower and ActivoMed products are very effective, easy to use, and of the best quality.”
“We are very excited to bring Broholm.biz onboard as a partner for Helgstrand, securing their presence in the equestrian industry and supporting their growth of infrared products all over the world. The quality of their products speaks for itself, and we look enjoy using it at our daily work around the horses” states Thomas Sightenbjergaard.
You can meet both Helgstrand and Broholm.biz at the upcoming World Championships in Herning from the 6th – the 14th of August. Find us at the exhibition area; Broholm.biz stand 1036 and Helgstrand at stand 1205.
Jeanna Högberg: I’m going to miss Helgstrand
Pictured: Jeanna Högberg and Downtown from winning the World Championship for 5-year-olds in 2021.
Swedish Jeanna Högberg has just secured another World Championship qualifier onboard the now 6-year-old Downtown, on which she became World Champion last year. But unfortunately, it will be her last championship as part of the Helgstrand team. After 2 fantastic years, she has made the difficult decision to go back to Sweden for family reasons.
- It has not been an easy decision as I love working here. It has been two amazing years and I’m beyond thankful that I got the opportunity to work together with passionate horse people like myself and to train some of the best dressage horses in the world. My husband and I agreed to move here so I could live my dream while the kids were young - and I am very grateful to him. The plan was always to move back to Sweden when the children started school, but unfortunately, my father became seriously ill recently, so that has pushed the process forward as I want to be close to him. But looking back, I have got a lot of great memories and my time here has given me so much. Not just professionally - I've also got to know a lot of wonderful new people whom I'm going to miss. It will be sad when I enter the arena for the last time as part of the team at the World Championships in Ermelo, but last year's win with Downtown is one of the greatest moments for me, and it means a lot to me that I will have that experience too, says Jeanna.
- With great pride, we welcomed Jeanna to the team in 2020. She had made a name for herself, both on the national and international scene, training several horses up to Grand Prix level. It has been a pleasure to work with Jeanna, because not only has she represented Helgstrand in the best possible way with her many impressive results, but she also has an amazing personality, a great sense of humour and has given so much to the team. We of course understand and respect her decision, but we are extremely sad that she is leaving. However, we will continue our collaboration which makes us very happy, says Andreas.
During her time at Helgstrand, Jeanna has trained many successful horses. Among others, our World Champion for young dressage horses, Downtown as well as Freetown, Devonport, and her own horse Astoria, which she has qualified for the World Championship in Herning representing her home country this August. In addition, she has earned lots of success with Lorenzo. Many great memories, which all remind us of what amazing results she has achieved in the past two years.
Jeanna and her family are moving back to their farm outside Enköping in Sweden and she is looking forward to continuing to train quality horses together with Gabriella Grewin Bramberg at Herfsta Dressage. We wish Jeanna and her family all the best and thank you for everything you have done for Helgstrand.
Downtown and Flottenheimer to represent Denmark at the WCYH
Pictured: Downtown and Jeanna Högberg - selected for the 2022 WCYH.
As the prestigious World Young Horse Championships are fast approaching, the selection trials take place to find the horses that will represent the different countries. In 30 degrees sunshine, the second and final selection was concluded in Danish Warmblood at Vilhelmsborg near Aarhus today. All of the horses from Helgstrand showed themselves very well despite the hot weather. Only four horses for each age group are allowed, and we are proud to announce, that both Slangerupgaard's Flottenheimer by Franklin/Scolari (5 years old) and last year's World Champion of the 5-year-olds, Downtown by Hesselhøj Donkey Boy/Zack got a ticket to the championship, where the world's best young horses are going to compete for the prestigious titles in the age group 5- to 7-years-olds.
Both Franklin and Hesselhøj Donkey Boy are part of Helgstrand's much-coveted stallion collection, and both have been appointed elite stallions due to their own and their offspring's achievements. And Downtown and Flottenheimer are both examples of the high quality, that the offspring represent. Moreover, Figaro-D was named reserve among the 6-year-olds. He is also by Franklin with Laurino as damsire. Figaro-D was presented by Maria Vasconcelos, while Downtown was ridden by Jeanna Högberg and Flottenheimer was presented by Eric Guardia Martinez.
Pictured: Slangerupgaard's Flottenheimer and Eric Martinez - selected for the 2022 WCYH.
Pictured: Figaro-D and Maria Vasconcelos - reserve of the 6-year-olds.