Goldfinger passed his performance test
Goldfinger has just passed his 35-day performance test in Danish Warmblood. He obtained a total result of 836.50 points, and he is now ready for the final licensing at Danish Warmblood's stallion licensing 2015.
Andreas nominated for Future Winner 2014
Andreas has been nominated for the prize Future Winner 2014; three selected entrepreneurs are now left in the competition for the prize. In the next few weeks, you can read about the competition in Jyllandsposten and on finans.dk.
You can help Andreas by voting for him in the competition on the link below.
Read more about the prize on the links below (in Danish):
Most expensive Hanoverian stallion to Helgstrand Dressage
This year's stallion licensing in the German Hanoverian Society started last Thursday. Andreas could be found among the audiences from Thursday morning, when the stallions were presented on hard surface. One horse immediately caught Andreas's attention; it was catalogue no. 30. An expressive stallion with amazing gaits by Don Juan De Hus, with Londonderry as dam sire and Walt Disney in third generation. Throughout the licensing, the stallion showed lots of energy and self-confidence as well as fantastic gaits. Andreas was, therefore, extremely happy to end up as the owner of this gorgeous young stallion after a long bidding duel.
We cannot wait to get this stallion to our stable at Helgstrand Dressage.
Severo will stay in Denmark
During the recent championship finals at the JBK-show in Odense, it became obvious to everyone that the Spanish rider, Severo Jurado Lopez, is a rider in a league of his own.
Severo is not a person attracting a lot of attention when he is competing at shows in Denmark with horses from Helgstrand Dressage. The calm Spaniard is minding his own business, however, as soon as he starts riding, you cannot help noticing him. He sits perfectly and influences the horse in the correct manner; and the horses look comfortable and at ease under him.
As announced on our homepage on October 3, it was quite a loss for Helgstrand Dressage that Severo had chosen to quit his position and go back to Van Olst Horses in Holland.
However, Severo has now reconsidered his decision to move back to Holland. He enjoys being part of the team at Helgstrand Dressage, and loves working with the talented horses. He has, therefore, decided to say no to the job in Holland and stay with Helgstrand Dressage.
- I am, of course, very happy that Severo has decided to stay with us. We are very pleased with Severo as a rider and a trainer of our horses, moreover, we appreciate his personal qualifications, and the energy and positivity he brings to the team, says Andreas Helgstrand.
Impressive results at championship finals
Helgstrand Dressage put a significant mark on this year's championship finals. Especially, in the class for 4-year-olds, as 10 out of 16 horses represented Helgstrand Dressage. Severo and Fiontina won a clear victory with 9.50 points with e.g. remarkable 9.8 for trot and 9.5 for walk and canter. Rikke and Romanova placed 2nd with 8.88 points with e.g. 9.7 for trot and 9.6 for rideability. Ditte and Zermillo came third with 8.86 points, e.g. impressive 9.5 for rideability. Emma and Tørveslettens Fifty-Fifty finished 4th with 8.74 points.
In the class for 5-year-olds, our riders also made a very good impression, placing 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Once again, Severo finished in the top, this time he was 2nd with Hot Shot W with 8.84 points, and in addition he placed 4th with Zgander with a score of 8.52 points. Marianne and Super Mario Finished 3rd with 8.60 points.
In the class for 6-year-olds, Daniel and Prima Donna finished third, scoring 8.70 points
2 X 10 to Severo and Zgander
Yet another day with terrific results. Severo and Zgander delivered an almost flawless performance, and the judges awarded them 9.66 points, and consequently, they earned the victory in the class. Marianne and Super Mario obtained 9.0 points for everything. Severo and Hot Shot W placed 6th with 8.28 points. All our three 5-year-old horses are, therefore, on to the finals on Friday.
In the class for 6-year-olds, Daniel and Prima Donna placed 6th with 8.54 points, and they are, therefore, also on to the finals on Friday. Emma and Delicious received 7.22 points, and they will start the 2nd qualifier tomorrow.
Danciano has been sold
Our 4-year-old stallion Danciano, whom we own together with Schockemöhle, has been sold to France. Danciano won his performance test last year, and this year as a 4-year-old, he has also obtained very good results, e.g. at the Hanoverian Championship in Verden for 4-year-olds, where he won the class with 9.10 points.
Danciano will still be available for breeding through Schockemöhle.
Impressive results in the class for 4-year-olds
Today, our eleven 4-year-old horses started the qualifier for the finals at this year's dressage championship. We have 8 out of 12 equipages, who have qualified directly to the finals on Friday. Severo and Fiontina won the class with an impressive score of 9.52 points. The placings were as follows:
1. Fiontina and Severo 9.52 points
3. Franklin and Andreas 9.40 points
4. Romanova and Rikke 9.28 points
5. Tørveslettens Fifty-Fifty and Emma 9.24 points
6. Fleetwood and Andreas 9.14 points
7. Vincent Maranello and Thomas 9.08 points
8. Forlan and Daniel 8.80 points
10. Straight Horse Zackonik and Emma 8.62 points
We are extremely proud of the great results. So far, it looks like more than 50% of the horses and riders in the finals for 4-year-olds on Friday will be from Helgstrand Dressage. Quite an exceptional achievement.
Young stallion selected for Oldenburger stallion licensing
Today, one of our young stallions was selected at the preselection for the German Oldenburger Verband. It is catalogue number 86; he is sired by Foundation, has Fürst Heinrich as dam sire and Verdenas/T in 3rd generation. He did really well at the presentation, showing superior quality in type as well as gaits.
We look forward to seeing him again at the licensing, which takes place on 19 november in Vechta.
We are ready in Odense
Tomorrow is the first day of this year's JBK show, and we have 16 horses in the championship finals. At 9 o'clock tomorrow morning, our eleven 4-year-old horses will have vet check. At 3 p.m., the 4-year-olds will start the competition, and all 5- and 6-year-old horses will have vet check tomorrow evening, so that they are ready for the show Wednesday afternoon.
We are very excited about the competitions tomorrow; and the majority of our 4-year-old horses have been inside the arena tonight to familiarize themselves with the new surroundings.
Unfortunately, Evander, who won the second round for 5-year-olds in Middelfart with 9.16 points, will not compete in Odense. He has been sold to the USA in the intervening period. It would have been great to participate with him at the JBK show, however, we are obviously also pleased that we have sold yet another talented horse.
We are looking forward to an exciting week in Odense, with lots of great young horses and good sport.