Helgstrand Dressage expands its offer for dressage riders and horse fans in Wellington.
In addition to the sales and training stable acquired in 2019 and continuously expanded, the Helgstrand Academy, which has existed since 2017, will now also open a branch in Wellington.
The objective is the training and further education of horses and riders under absolutely top conditions.
"When you deal with horses, you learn for life. Because every horse has its own character, its own strengths and weaknesses. With our concept of the Helgstrand Academy, we would like to offer all interested Riders, but also Owners, Grooms or simply horse enthusiasts the opportunity to expand their knowledge and continue their education - in and out of the saddle," explains Founder Andreas Helgstrand.
Dressage forums with national and international judges and clinics for all training classes from Young horse to Grand Prix level are planned from November on. World-renowned Trainers and Riders will be on hand to offer advice and assistance to Amateurs and Professionals alike, and will also provide an insight into their training and schooling concepts.
The teaching and training program will be rounded off by a large number of "Learning Days", which will deal with all the important topics relating to the management and health of the horse as a partner in lectures and practical demonstrations.
The Helgstrand Academy will kick off with a two-day course featuring a top-class trainer, which will take place at Helgstrand Dressage's spacious facility in Wellington.
Further dates and opportunities to participate will be announced in September.
3 stallions approved at the Danish Warmblood Second Stallion Licensing
Pictured: Sénégal de Fontaine by Springbank II VH x Sezuan and Mette Sejbjerg Jensen. Picture: Ridehesten/Thomas Bach.
At the second licensing of the Danish Warmblood Society today, additional three 3-year-old stallions from Helgstrand received their 1-year of breeding approval. Like at the Danish Main Stallion Licensing in March 2023, the stallions were presented under saddle today besides being shown on the lunge followed by the free presentation. All stallions showed remarkable qualities and we can’t wait to follow them continuing their positive development.
With the approval, the stallions are allowed to participate at the Danish Warmblood 35-days test in October this year.
The three new approved stallions in Danish Warmblood:
Jagger by Jameson RS2 x Franklin
This stallion is out of the first crop of foals of the highly popular Jameson RS2, who has earned much success under Marieke van der Putten. His dam Verb.Pr.St. Silberniece is the half-sister of our stallion and double German Championship bronze medallist Total McLaren. Damsire is our KWPN Champion Stallion, Danish Warmblood Elite Stallion and Intermediare II successful Franklin. Jagger is bred by Ralf Knauf.
Globall by Global Player x Fürstenball
This young talent is sired by last year’s World Champion of Young Horses, Global Player and with the much-coveted Fürstenball as damsire. Demonstrating top rideability always in great balance and with an eye-catching look. Globall is bred by Arnold Wegbuender.
Sénégal de Fontaine by Springbank II VH x Sezuan
Extreamly well-moving young stallion by the successful Springbank II VH, who among many unmentioned results, took the win in the Swedish Breeders Trophy three times and advanced to S-level dressage with numerous placings under German Yara Reichert. The dam is Danish Warmblood Gold Medal Mare and Grand Prix successful Queenpark’s Wendy and thus damsire the three-time World Champion of young dressage horses Sezuan. Sénégal is bred by Chateau De Fontaine.
Video from the presentation under the saddle with first Jagger, then Globall and finishing with Sénégal:
Pictured: Jagger by Jameson RS2 x Franklin and Mette Sejbjerg Jensen. Picture: Ridehesten/Thomas Bach.
Pictured: Globall by Global Player x Fürstenball and Pia Thomsen. Picture: Ridehesten/Thomas Bach.
Helgstrand repeats success with online foal auctions
Pictured: Valuable sired by Helgstrand's former breeding stallion Valverde. Sold at the Helgstrand-Schockemöhle Online Foal Auction for 79,000 euro.
We have organised several foal auctions in collaboration with our German partner, Deckstation Schockemöhle, with great success for the breeders. We have travelled around Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands to inspect foals, and it has been a pleasure to see so many high-quality offspring sired by Helgstrand or Schockemöhle stallions and to meet the breeders in person. Maintaining a close relationship to our breeders is very important to us.
- We want to provide the best service to our customers throughout the entire process, which is why we have decided to organise the auctions once again giving the breeders the perfect opportunity to reach out to potential buyers. At the same time, the inspections provide an opportunity to maintain a close dialogue, so that we can always stay on top of what our customers want, said Esben Møller, auction manager at Helgstrand Dressage.
The only requirement for participating in the inspections is that it must be an offspring of a current or former breeding stallion from one of the two stations. You can easily show more than one.
Among the many successful offspring sold at the Helgstrand-Schockemöhle auctions is Valuable, pictured here. An offspring of Helgstrand's former breeding stallion Valverde, who has achieved great success up to Intermediare II with his new rider, German Yara Reichert. Valuable was bought by Vicky Lavorie for 79,000 euros at Helgstrand-Schockemöhle's online foal auction in 2020. Valuable, bred by Lena and Rasmus Dalsgaard, has since been licensed in the Danish Warmblood Society.
Two online foal auctions with inspections in Denmark and Germany
This year there will be inspections in Denmark as in previous years, and we will also organise an inspection at Schockemöhle in Mühlen, Germany.
The first auction is in mid-June, with the inspections in Denmark on May 8th and 9th and in Germany on May 15th.
The second auction is in August, with the inspection in Germany on June 30th and in Denmark on July 3rd and 4th.
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Pavo announced as partner for Helgstrand Dressage and Helgstrand Event
We are pleased to announce that Pavo, a renowned horse feed and supplement brand, has partnered with both Helgstrand Dressage and Helgstrand Event. Our partnership with Pavo is a continuation of our longstanding relationship, based on the consistent positive impact their products have had on the well-being of our horses. We have observed exceptional results in terms of nutrition and health when using Pavo's products, which is why we are proud to continue this partnership and offer the best for our horses.
Pavo's extensive range of horse feed and supplements cater to all types of horses, from performance horses to leisure horses and ponies. Their products are developed with the latest scientific research and tested in cooperation with top riders, trainers, and veterinarians to ensure the best possible results.
Pavo is the new title sponsor for the Danish Dressage Championships which will be called ‘Pavo Danish Dressage Championships’. For the past three years, Helgstrand Event has held the Danish Dressage Championships on their grounds, and due to its success, the Danish Equestrian Federation has granted Helgstrand Event another three years of hosting the Championships.
Pavo will also be the main partner at a Danish amateur event, which will be called ‘National Event for Horses & Ponies Presented by Pavo’
"We are excited to have Pavo as our preferred feeding partner and main partner for Helgstrand Event," said Thomas Sigtenbjerggaard, General Manager at Helgstrand Dressage. "Their commitment to providing exceptional horse nutrition aligns perfectly with our values, and we look forward to working together to promote the health and well-being of our horses."
"At Pavo, we are thrilled to be partnering with Helgstrand Dressage and Helgstrand Event," said Morten Dueholm Larsen, CEO at Pavo Denmark. "We are committed to providing horses and ponies with the best possible nutrition. Through this partnership, we have a unique opportunity to nourish and strengthen horses from foals to high-level sport horses. We also believe that our collaboration with Helgstrand will enable us to reach more riders and horses in need of high-quality feed and supplements."
As our feeding partner and main sponsor, Pavo will showcase their range of products at Helgstrand's events, where customers can try samples and learn more about Pavo's high-quality horse feed. Pavo representatives will be present at the events to answer any questions and provide expert advice on feeding and nutrition.
Quinn G. winner of the 2023 Danish Warmblood Young Horse Championship, Valerie B second and Alkaline 3rd
Pictured: Winner of the 2023 Danish Young Horse Championship, Quinn G. (Quaterhit/Fassbinder) and Betina Jæger.
They all qualified last year for the Danish Warmblood Young Horse Championship. The 47 best 5-year-old dressage horses have competed for the prestigious title. In the first and second rounds presented by their own rider and in the third round, Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour was responsible for the test riding.
Quinn G. has developed remarkably over the three days! She is one of a kind. A world-class dressage horse. Sired by former Helgstrand stallion Quaterhit out of Fassbinder and bred by Helene Geervliet. She received two-time the dream score of 10 from Cathrine. Quinn G. was presented by Betina Jæger.
Also, our Danish Warmblood Gold Medal Mare and winner of DEF’s Dressage Championship last year, Valerie B (Revolution/Zack, bred by Karin and Peer Guldbrandsen) received high marks and finished 2nd, presented by Anne-Mette Strandby Hansen. Moreover, Alkaline sired by Secret out of Zalmiak Firfod (bred by Anette Blangsted) came 3rd in the Danish Warmblood Young Horse Championship, presented by Merita Hagrén.
In the field of young horses, we have seen several horses sired by current or former Helgstrand stallions – and it just makes us proud to see, how they have developed into being fantastic dressage horses. And we are sure many will continue their positive development and one day enters the big sport.
Congratulations to the riders, breeders and owners of those lovely young horses!
Find the results here
Pictured: Valerie B and Anne-Mette Strandby Hansen came 2nd in the 2023 Danish Young Horse Championship. Here with the breeders, Karian and Peer Guldbrandsen.
Pictured: Alkaline and Merita Hagrén came 3rd in the 2023 Danish Young Horse Championship.
Helgstrand ads 5 Premium Stallions, 14 stallons with one year of breeding approval
Pictured: Straight Horse Leonardo - 2023 Danish Warmblood Premium Stallion.
It has been five exciting days at this year's Danish Warmblood Stallion Licensing in Herning, Denmark. A selection of the best stallions has been invited to the show this year, some of which have made it through the eye of the needle and will make a positive impact on the Danish Warmblood Society in the coming years.
On Thursday, six of our 4-year-old stallions were accepted in Danish Warmblood - Feinsten, Elastic, About You II, Value, Åtoftens Springtime, Fifty-Fifty, while Opoque was given a one-year breeding approval.
We brought nineteen 3-year-old candidates representing different performance lines and exciting pedigrees. The Danish Warmblood Society has changed the procedure this year so that the 3-year-olds were shown under saddle on the first day, which usually happens on the last day of the licensing, which is today. The 1-day test is mandatory in order to obtain 1-year of breeding approval, but can be postponed to the second licensing in April. All our stallions performed very well and were allowed to continue. In the following days, the stallions were shown on hard surface, on the lunge followed by the free presentation this morning.
With the result of the licensing this afternoon, we are proud to add 14 new stallions to the collection. They have all received one year of breeding approval from the Danish Warmblood Society.
Feel Good by Felissimo, bred by Marion Nordhoff
For Royalty by For Romance I, bred by Berthold Schoemaker
Parero by Glock's Toto Jr., bred by T. Bergmans
Galaxico by Grand Galaxy Win, bred by Willem Klausing
Baunehøjens Jackson by Jovian, bred by Stald Baunehøj
Javani by Jovian, bred by Lena og Rasmus Dalsgaard
Just Diamond by Jovian, bred by S.R. Holtwiesche GBR
Straight Horse Leonardo by Lord Europe, bred by Straight Horse
Specter by San Amour, bred by Anke Schulze Henne
Stay Cool by Secret, bred by Johann og Dorothea Schröder
Valverdos by Valverde, bred by ZG Schmidt
Viva Vegas by Viva Gold, bred by ZG Bürgers
Venturini by Vivino, bred by Arndt Schwierking
Proud James by Jameson RS2, bred by Y.M.M. van Maasacker
5 Premium Stallions for Helgstrand
Among the approved 3-year-old stallions, 5 were named 2023 Premium Stallion in Danish Warmblood as the best of the year:
Straight Horse Leonardo
Pictured: For Royalty - 2023 Danish Warmblood Premium Stallion.
Pictured: Baunehøjens Jackson - 2023 Danish Warmblood Premium Stallion.
Pictured: Stay Cool - 2023 Danish Warmblood Premium Stallion.
Pictured: Proud James - 2023 Danish Warmblood Premium Stallion.
Wendy and Andreas finished 2nd in the GPS scoring 75.056%
Pictured: Andreas Helgstrand and Queenpark's Wendy by Sezuan/Soprano finished 2nd in the Grand Prix Special at the 2023 CDI Herning.
The dancing queen, our Wendy made another beautiful performance at the 2023 CDI Herning ✨ After an almost flawless test yet again, the duo was awarded 75.064% to finish second in the strong field of competitors in the CDI3* Grand Prix Special. In the Grand Prix on Thursday, they earned 73.196% to finish 3rd.
“Wendy felt very comfortable in the arena today. And that's what we need - good experiences and when she is ready to give even more, we will be very hard to beat,” said Andreas with a smile after his test.
Queenpark’s Wendy is sired by the triple World Champion Sezuan out of Soprano. Bred by Kurt Gosmer and co-owned by Bolette Wandt and Helgstrand Dressage.
A Sky Full of Stars
Pictured: Leonie Richter with Global Player and Betina Jæger with So Perfect from the 2023 Danish Warmblood Gala Show.
With the headline A Sky Full of Stars, we finished a perfect day with the Danish Warmblood Gala Show.
Zodiacs, starry night, stars in every way. Tonight, we celebrated significant people of the past as well as stars of today.
Once again we had the pleasure of participating in the show. First, we showcased four breeding stallions; Our Danish Warmblood Champion Stallion Be Sure presented by Thomas Sigtenbjerggaard, the amazing Sezuan son So Perfect presented by Betina Jæger, Eric Guardia with For Real and Leonie Richter brought our new World Champion Global Player.
In the second show of tonight, Revolution was honoured together with his talented daughter, Rosée de Fontaine presented by Maria Anita Andersen.
Pictured: Maria Anita Andersen with the Revolution offspring Rosée de Fontaine and Andreas Helgstrand with Revolution from the 2023 Danish Warmblood Gala Show.
Jovian 3rd in his first 5* Grand Prix
Pictured: Andreas Helgstrand and Jovian by Apache/Tango in their 5-star Grand Prix debut.
The applause was overwhelming as Andreas finished the last centerline! After an almost flawless test, our two-time World Champion Jovian by Apache out of Tango earned himself 76% in his first-ever 5-star competition. Shown by his long-time partner Andreas Helgstrand.
Pictured: Andreas Helgstrand and Jovian by Apache/Tango in their 5-star Grand Prix debut.
Betina and Quinn G. winner of the 2nd round with 2 x 10
Pictured: Betina Jæger Jensen and the mare Quinn G. by Quaterhit/Fassbinder.
The second round of the Danish Warmblood Young Horse Championship was led by two amazing mares. The Danish Warmblood Gold Medal Mare Valerie B took the victory in the first round and Quinn G. today felt even more comfortable in the beautiful arena to show her full potential receiving two-time the dream score of 10 for rideability and perspective and winning the class. Besides earning 10 for rideability and perspective, the couple was awarded 9 for walk, and 9.5 for trot and canter. Quinn G. is sired by former Helgstrand stallion Quaterhit out of Fassbinder, bred by Helene Geervliet.
Valerie B is sired by our World Champion and Grand Prix successful Revolution out of Zack, bred by Karin and Peer Guldbrandsen. Today presented by Anne-Mette Strandby Hansen. Together, they received 10 for perspective, 8.5 for walk, and 9.5 for trot, canter and rideability.
Find all results of the class here
Pictured: Anne-Mette Strandby Hansen and Valerie B.
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