Tripple victory at middle round West
Yet another great and successful weekend for team Helgstrand. This weekend has been devoted to the young horses. We participated in the middle round West at DRF's championship. The class for 5-year-olds started Saturday; in this class Severo and Andreas showed high class with their 5-year-old horses. Severo and Franklin won the class with high-quality performance and impressive 9.46 points. They were awarded two 10's for canter and capacity, and 9.50 for trot, 9.00 for walk, and 8.80 for rideability. Andreas and Bellmeier placed third with 9.16 points; they received the following marks: 8.80 for trot, 9.50 for walk and canter, 9.00 for rideability, and 9.50 for capacity. In addition, Simone and Atterupgaards Mifune finished 7th with 8.36 points, and Maik and Forlan placed 10th with 8.26 points.
In the class for 6-year-olds, Helgstrand Dressage once again finished on top of the podium. This time Betina and Esperance received the best result. They won a clear victory, scoring 8.64 points and the following separate marks: 9.00 for trot, 7.80 for walk, 9.00 for canter, 8.60 for rideability and 8.80 for capacity.
Sunday, the 4-year-old horses competed most of the day. Again, Helgstrand Dressage turned out to be invincible; Severo and Grand Galaxy Win won the class, obtaining 8.96 points with the following separate marks: 9.00 for trot, 8.50 for walk, 9.50 for canter, 8.80 for rideability, and 9.00 for capacity. Emma finished 2nd, 3rd and 7th in this class! She placed second with Finetime; they received 8.76 point. She placed third with Grandine, obtaining 8.64 points. Emma's third horse Liva Enshøj placed 7th with 8.46 points. Betina and Goldfinger V.D.T finished right after as 8th with 8.44 points. Finally, Maik and Daytona placed 12th with 8.30 points.
A terrific weekend with fantastic results, thanks to an outstanding team.
Franklin - second to none in Holland
Today, Franklin and Severo were in Holland, participating in the stallion class for 5-year-olds. The equipage won the class with the impressive score 88.50%, and with a 6% lead down to number 2. The judges rewarded his fantastic trot with a 10!!
Franklin is now ready for the finals for 5-year-old stallions, taking place at the beginning of February. We look forward to the finals and are of course hoping for a good result. Severo and Franklin have improved each time at the last three stallion competitions in Holland; and Franklin has become more experienced and is showing more power when presented in the tests.
Zarastro selected for stallion licensing
Yesterday at Danish Warmblood's pre-selection, Straigt Horse Zarastro was selected for Danish Warmblood's stallion licensing in March. Zarastro is by Zack and with Romanov as dam sire, and he is a full brother to Zonik.
We are looking very much forward to showing Zarastro again at Danish Warmblood's stallion show in Herning; here we will also be presenting other young stallion who have already been approved in foreign societies.
Franklin placed in stallion class
Yesterday, Franklin and Severo participated in a stallion class in Roosendaal in Holland in KWPN. The equipage placed 2nd, scoring 85.00 points. The class was different from the gaits classes held in Denmark for 4-year-olds. In this class, the stallions were presented in a programme corresponding to LA level.
Franklin and Severo will start the stallion class again at KWPN's stallion licensing at the beginning of February.
Acquittal of Andreas Helgstrand
On November 28 2014, the court in Aalborg announced the verdict in the case against Andreas Helgstrand. The verdict was acquittal.
Back in the spring, Andreas Helgstrand was reported to the police, accused of animal cruelty, however, the court has now acquitted him of all charges.
”I am very happy about the ruling of the court; it is important for me personally, but also for the sport in general. It has been quite tough to have these accusations hovering, but my family and I are now focusing on the future instead," says Andreas Helgstrand.
The verdict reads acquittal of Andreas Helgstrand based on the fact that the prosecutor did not prove that Akeem suffered any harm on April 12 2014 according to the animal protection laws § 1, 2 and 17. The verdict was based on anonymous photos and the results of the veterinarian examination of Akeem Foldager carried out on April 19 2014 as required by Dansk Ride Forbund (the Danish Equestrian Federation).
Great show in Aalborg
The great results continued throughout the weekend at the national show in Aalborg Sportsrideklub. Saturday morning, Ditte and Unicorns Delicious started the MB2, continuing the nice trend from Friday, which resulted in a clear victory and an impressive score of 73.42%.
In Prix St. George, Maik was unstoppable, taking 1st place with Vladimir and a score of 72.14% and 2nd place with Pas Partout and a score of 71.79%. Thomas and Hertzregent finished 4th with 70.83%.
Sunday morning, Maik and Vladimir participated in MA2; they made yet another great performance and finished 1st with 73.24%.
In Grand Prix, Maik and Hilltop Douglas placed 2nd with 69.56%.
Good start at show in Aalborg
This weekend, a national show takes place in Aalborg Rideklub. Our riders had a good start; two victories on the first day. Ditte and Unicorns Delicious were responsible for the first victory in MB1 with 71.93%. Maik and Møllegårdens Pas Partout made a superb performance in MA1, winning the class with 73.00%.
Both equipages and a few other riders from Helgstrand will start again Saturday and Sunday.
Top-notch stallion purchased at Oldenburger auction
At the stallion auction at the German Olderburger licensing, we acquired an extremely interesting young stallion. It is catalogue 81, a 3-year-old stallion by Vitalis - Diamond Hit and Landadel. In addtion to a very exciting pedigree, he has exceptional gaits.
Audience favourite licensed in Oldenburg
During the licensing the last couple of days in the German Oldenburger Verband it became quite obvious, which stallion the audience favoured. Our stallion, catalogue 64 by Foundation and with Fürst Heinrich as dam sire clearly won the the hearts of the audience; and he received tremendous applaus during the presentation. He was licensed, however, due to the fact that he is registered in the Hanoveranian Verband he did not finish in the top.
We are looking forward to training this great stallion.
Galaxy Win T finished third in performance test
Galaxy Win T has just finished his 50-day performance test in Holland. He scored 84 points; resulting in a shared third place.