5 horses selected for final inspection
Kremlin MD by Governor/Rousseau and Mette Sejbjerg Jensen
The World Championships for Young Horse is fast approaching and although the COVID-19 has changed the selection procedure that we know, we are now proud to announce that the following combinations are selected for the final inspection for the Dutch bred horses in KWPN:
Kremlin MD by Governor/Rousseau and Mette Sejbjerg Jensen
Kardieno by Dante Weltino/Parcival and Thomas Sigtenbjerggaard
Joshua by Sezuan/Voice and Søren Wind
Jovian by Apache/Tango and Andreas Helgstrand
Janeiro Platinum by Sezuan/UB40 and Anne-Mette Strandby Hansen
- We are proud that 4 out of 5 horses selected are breeding stallions. This confirms that we have included some of the world's best stallions in our breeding program, says Andreas.
The selection of the horses was done by each horse riding a program which has been filmed and submitted to the selection committee.
Now we hope the horses will be selected to participate in the prestigious World Championships for Young Horses, which we hope will take place in 2020.
Janeiro Platinum by Sezuan/UB40
Jovian by Apache/Tango
Kardieno by Dante Weltino/Parcival
Helgstrand upgrades team with another very qualified rider
Picture: Michael Grønne Christensen and Holballe's Deeba from the 2018 Danish Dressage Championships.
As Andreas Helgstrand has earlier stated, the horse world never sleeps – and especially not in these times, where it is important to find new strategies that can secure the future. In the light of this Helgstrand can now add another very skilled rider to the team, Danish Michael Grønne Christensen whom many will know from his successful years as a leader for the riding school in Sønderborg.
- The market changes all the time and right now we experience an increasing demand for well-educated horses. When I found out that Michael, whom I know from the education for professional riders, was seeking new opportunities, I immediately contacted him. He has done very well in Sønderborg and has in addition really shown at competitions, that he has the ability to educate horses with great success, Thomas Sigtenbjerggaard tells.
Michael Grønne Christensen comes from Sønderborg and finished his education in 2009. He spent the first 3 years of his education at the riding school in Sønderborg under the training from Lars Ringkær and after that at Mors in training with Per Skærbæk. After Michael finished his education, he returned to the riding school in Sønderborg in position as a leader and here he also trained riders and educated horses with great success.
Among Michaels greatest achievements are the victories in the Young Horse Championships. He has won both the Danish and the Norwegian Championship for the four-year-old horses with the licensed stallion Tailormade Temptation by Tuschinski/Haarlem and other than that, he won the Danish Championship for five-year-old horses with the Gold Medal mare Holballe’s Deeba by De Noir/Resident. Michael educated Deeba with great success and the mare had its debut in Grand Prix at the age of 9 and they participated in the Danish Championship the year after. Michael has a long list of victories at Small Tour-level and has also competed several times in Grand Prix.
In 2019 Michael chose to replace his role as a leader and dedicated himself to be a full-time professional rider in Germany. Unfortunately, the owner of the sales stable had to shut down the company for personal reasons.
- My time at the riding school in Sønderborg has given me much experience into the management of such a place and I felt it was time to dedicate my work to educate horses full-time which I got confirmed in Germany was the right decision. When the opportunity at Helgstrand came I immediately said yes. I look very much forward to be a part of such a strong team of riders and enjoy learning and helping each other on the team, Michael Grønne Christensen tells.
- Helgstrand is to me the centre in the Equestrian World. I look at it this way; if you are a race driver, you want to be a part of the Ferrari team, which is the most successful F1 team – Helgstrand is the Formula 1’s edition of Ferrari. Here I will find the absolute best horses and riders and I look very much forward to dedicate my time and passion 100% to the education of the horses and learn from the great team at Helgstrand, Michael says.
Michael Grønne Christensen will begin his work at Helgstrand Dressage the 1st of May.
Helgstrand offers to produce sales material for your foal - free of charge
COVID-19 has turned our daily lives upside down and we are all facing an unknown situation that comes with several challenges. Here at Helgstrand we wish to help our many breeders through this difficult time and therefore we are now ready to present a new opportunity. Throughout the summer it will be possible to bring your foal(s) to Helgstrand Academy where our breeding consultants are ready to produce professional sales video of your foal(s), of which you are free to use afterwards.
- We are currently facing an uncertain and unsecure time and do not yet know the consequences of COVID-19. A long list of events is being cancelled and in the light of that we chose, last week to present new videos of all our stallions to hopefully make the selection of a stallion easier. We fear that the current situation and the following consequences will influence our breeders regarding the sale of their foal(s). This is the reason why we will now offer our breeders to make sales material for free because we hope that this can facilitate the sales process, Andreas tells.
We invite you to meet us at Helgstrand Academy three afternoons throughout the summer. These days our skilled breeding consultants will be ready to produce professional videos of the foals which shows their quality in the finest way. Dependent on the situation we will take all necessary precautions regarding the COVID-19.
- Some might not have the right equipment or ability to produce efficient sales material of their foals and therefore we wish to provide this service to our customers and of course we hope that many will use this opportunity. Other than that, we will gladly use our network and communicate contact to potential buyers, Andreas tells.
The three afternoons are dated:
18th of May 2020 from 15-17.00 – Sign up before: 11th of May 2020
15th of June 2020 from 15-17.00 – Sign up before: 8th of June 2020
13th of July 2020 from 15-17.00 – Sign up before: 6th of July 2020
The recordings will take place at the outdoor arena at Helgstrand Academy, Grindstedvej 54, 9310 Vodskov. We hope that the situation will be better regarding COVID-19 so that the participants can socialize and talk to other breeders. We will serve sausages with bread and beer/soda.
Helgstrand Dressage postpones the stallion show
It has been a very tough decision for us at Helgstrand, but due to the current COVID-19 virus situation, we have come to the conclusion that we have to cancel our yearly stallion show the 4th of April in order to follow the restrictions from the Danish government.
“We have come to the conclusion that it is necessary to cancel the stallion show held together with our German partner, Paul Schockemöhle. We hope that we will be able to complete the event in May. The date is yet to be determined because we will wait and see how the situation develops in the weeks to come”, Andreas says.
New videos of the stallions with clips from the stables and breeding advices
Because we are not able to show this year’s collection of stallions, we have decided to produce some brand new videos of the stallions that both shows them under rider and will contain clips from the stables, show every stallions finest qualities and any weaknesses and other than that which mares they could match.
“We know that the videos are not the same as seeing the stallions live at the event, but we hope that they will give a fine impression of the stallions especially the young ones. We can’t wait to tell you more about these young talented stallions”, Andreas tells.
For those of you who have already bought tickets to the after party, the money will be returned as soon as possible.
More information’s regarding the horses for sale
New videos of the sales horses will also be produced, to give an even better and updated impression of these horses. If there are any specific wishes or questions regarding these horses, then please let us know. You are welcome to contact us for more information’s:
A championstallion and 4 premium stallions for Helgstrand
Global Player by Kastels Grand Galaxy Win/Don Schufro - breeder HH Hansen.
It has been a couple of very exciting days at this year's stallion licensing in Herning, and here on the final day the tension finally reached its end with which new stallions from Helgstrand, who will be part of the danish breeding. At the same time, this years' premium and champion stallions were announced.
Iron by Asgårds Ibiza/Hohenstein E.H.
The 3-year-old stallions had all showed themselves nicely, both at the showing on solid ground, lunging, as well as showing them free, and today Helgstrand could proudly send a total of 15 3-year-old stallions to the preparation for the 10-day test, which is the admission for a 1-year approval in DWB.
The 15 stallions from Helgstrand approved in Danish Warmblood:
- Dynamic Dream by Glocks Dream Boy/Sir Donnerhall I
- Dremian by Danciano/Sandro Hit
- Floss Dance by For Dance/Quaterback
- Slangerupgårds Flottenheimer by Franklin/Scolari
- Freetown by Fürst Wilhelm/Sir Donnerhall I
- Iron by Asgårds Ibiza/Hohenstein E.H.
- Straight Horse Ramses by Revolution/Zack
- Radius by Revolution/00 Seven
- Rockabye S by Revolution/Belstaff
- So Perfect by Sezuan/Sir Donnerhall I
- HP Valentino by Vitalis/Apache
- My Vitality by Vivaldi/D-Day
- Majestic Taonga by Glocks Toto Jr./Jazz
- Total McLaren by Totilas/De Niro
Rockabye S by Revolution/Belstaff
4 out of 7 premium stallions for Helgstrand
In a very strong field of 3-year-old stallions, the licensing committee pointed out 7 stallions, of which 4 are from Helgstrand Dressage:
- Dynamic Dream by Glocks Dream Boy/Sir Donnerhall I
- My Vitality by Vivaldi/D-Day
- Rockabye S by Revolution/Belstaff
- So Perfect by Sezuan/Sir Donnerhall I
Global Player announced champion stallion
The 4-year-old stallions, who got their final approval in DWB was shown under rider on the last day, the excitement not only came from the licensing committee but also the audience, who clearly saw how well the stallions had developed since last years stallion licensing. It was the Grand Galaxy Win-son, Global Player (breeder HH Horses), who received the title as Champion stallion in Danish Warmblood. A beautiful young stallion with 3 incredible gaits and modern expression. Global Players damsire is the legendary Don Schufro.
Giovanni-Bell by Grand Galaxy Win/Don Romantic
Galaxy-offspring is the best danish bred dressage stallion 2 years in a row
As the best danish bred dressage stallion we find another offspring by Grand Galaxy Win, Giovanny-Bell, whose damsire is Don Romantic. Giovanny-Bell is bred by Tina and Nicolai Jepsen. But not only did a Galaxy offspring win the title this year, but last year was also a Galaxy offspring, Got it by Grand Galaxy Win/Don Schufro.
In general, there have been many impressive offspring presented at this year's stallion licensing, and in particular, Revolution has added 5 newly approved sons to DWB. But also Franklin was represented besides Grand Galaxy Win. In the sport, Galaxy has also been represented, since both the A- and B-finals in the young horses' championship was won by offspring by Galaxy:
- A-final: Grand Galiano by GGW/Don Schufro, ridden by Rikke Dupont.
- B-final: Logos Gaya by GGW/Don Romantic, ridden by Emma Ahlberg.
But in the young horse championship, Helgstrand was not only represented with offspring by Helgstrand stallions or former Helgstrand stallions. Maria Anita Andersen and Atterupgaards Spidermann by Seebach/Stedinger came in 4th in the A-finals and received 10 for trot, 8,5 for canter, 9 for perspective in the gait review, along with 9,5 in submission and 9 for perspective by the test-rider, Daniel Bachman Andersen. Our student master rider, Frederikke Skelmose, came in 2nd in the B-final with Revolution Nobel by Franklin/Solos Landwind, and the Helgstrand rider, Mette Sejbjerg, was placed as number 9 on her own horse, Nobelle by Future Jazz/Negro.
Radius by Revolution/OO Seven og Maria Vasconcelos E Sa - from the inspection for the 10-days observation test
Reunion with the bronze-team and a tribute to the gold-medal mares
Exactly at 7.30 pm, everyone was seated at the grandstands and the expectations for the evenings gala show was without a doubt high, with the exciting theme: Let the games begin! Amongst the highlights of the evening was without a doubt the Olympic bronze-medal team from Hong King, whom at once got us back to 2008 - to the moment we realized that Denmark had won an Olympic bronze medal. The feature started with a humorous interview with the Danish Warmblood chairman, Casper Cassør, before Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Blue Hors Zee Me Blue, Anne Van Olst and Diego, and Andreas Helgstrand and Ferrari OLD entered the arena. The audience was enchanted while the riders performed their show, and the applause would seem to never end when the three riders ended the show in the finest way.
There were gold and glitter beyond imagination at the evenings show, and especially when the 4 gold medal mares and their rider entered the Jyske Bank Box; JJ Filippa and Cecilie Schilbred, Filuca S and Malene Serve, Gørklintgårds Brody and Bettina Laisbo, and Greven’s Sa’ Va’ and Alexander. A well put-together show, that clearly showed the high quality of the mares when they gracefully performed different dressage exercises.
The next performance from Helgstrand was an homage to the World Champion, D'avie, and his rider, Severo, who was wearing a red tanktop and boxing gloves. As a true champion, they danced around the boxing arena with the ring girls riding around them.
In the end, 6 of the breeding stallions from Helgstrand entered the arena wearing skiwear, symbolizing the Winter Olympics. With Anne-Marie and Janeiro Platinum, Mette and Suarez, Eva and Valverde, Severo and Springbank II VH, Søren and Quaterhit, and Thomas and Kardieno, the features from Helgstrand ended in the best way possible.
Besides that, there were costume jumping, equestrian vaulting, gymnastics show, dog racing, and much more.
A Friday in mark of the stallions
Severo and Fiontini from the CDI5* Grand Prix today, where they received 76,283%
Today the licensing of the 3-year-old stallions continued, who at 8 o'clock this morning already entered arena M to be shown in the lunge. The lunging gives the judges an opportunity to see the stallions in a more controlled environment than the later showing where they are loose. It gives a great impression of the stallion's gaits and balance, and therefore an idea of how the stallion will be later under the rider.
After a brief break over lunch, it was time for the 3-year-old stallions to enter the arena again, this time for the loose presentation. All in all, it was a day with stallions, who seemed like they had adjusted to the grand settings and showed themselves very well and well-balanced, both in the lunge and loose presentation. Tomorrow it is time for a resting day before the future of the stallions will be determined on Sunday.
Presentation class with full stands
The coveted presentation classes were with full stands this Friday. True to the tradition, the breeding committee's representative, Bjarne Nielsen, commented on the stallions who were shown in teams of 3. The stallions from Helgstrand did very well but in particular, the two World Champions Jovian by Apache/Tango and Revolution by Rocky Lee/Rouetto, both got storming applauses when Andreas showed how far they've come with their education, amongst other starting the passage and flying changes for Revolution. But also the younger stallions such as the Champion stallions in DWB, Springbank II VH by Skovens Rafael/De Niro along with Kremlin MD by Governor/Rousseau received big applause, just like the 4-year-old Fynch Hatton by Formel Eins/Sir Donnerhall I, seemed to win the audience's heart by his superior gaits. The divine Janeiro Platinum, who turned out to be the breeders favorite in DWB in 2019 also showed he was in top shape when he was shown by Anne-Marie, along with Karideno, who won the DEF 4-year-old championship at Blue Hors last year.
The audience will have the opportunity to see the stallions under rider again on Saturday when the presentation class takes place in arena M starting at 12.15 pm.
Severo and Fiontini top placed in CDI5* GP
Boxen was filled beyond breaking point when the star-studded CDI%* Grand Prix took place earlier today. The class was filled with the best danish dressage riders and it was a tough battle for the top placings. Here we saw world-class dressage and the audience's excitement when amongst others Severo and the three-times world champion entered the centerline was not easy to overlook. Severo delivered yet another top performance with Fiontini, who showed flying changes, piaffe, and passage to top-marks. Severo and Fiontini came in 3rd with an impressive score of 76,283%, and we look forward to seeing them in the CDI5* Grand Prix Special on Saturday.
11 newly licensed stallions for Helgstrand Dressage
Fynch Hatton and Søren Wind.
Today was the day for the stallions when the 3-year-old stallion started their morning with being shown by hand on solid ground. It was an energetic field of young stallions, who was presented to the committee one by one, and who didn't seem to be that marked by the new surroundings.
- It's always hard with the brand new stallions, who aren't that used to being anywhere but home yet. But they accepted the new surroundings with bravado, and I would like to highlight especially Dynamic Dream, Iron, and My Vitality, along with My Toto VDT, as the highlights of the day, says Esben Møller, who look forward to seeing the stallions the next couple of days.
Tomorrow it is the lunging of the young stallions, along with showing them loose, followed by walking on the ring
Later on the day, it was 4-year-old stallions who were shown under the rider. Here it became clear, that the stallions were well-prepared from home because the mistakes were few when they were shown in teams by 2 and 3. The judges expressed their excitement for a very impressive field of young stallions this year, amongst them was the winner of the Danish Warmblood 35-day test, Atterupgaards Barcelo by Bon Coeur/Caprimond E.H.
-We are very proud of the selection of 4-year-old stallions, who already at last autumn did a phenomenal job at their 35-day test. Today the work paid off when all of the stallions from Helgstrand got their final approval and all became licensed stallions in DWB, says Esben.
The young of 4- and 5-year old stallions who got their final approval today in DWB are:
Atterupgaard’s Barcelo by Bon Coeur/Caprimond E.H.
Danciero by Dancier/Floriscount
Tophøjs Falchetto by Floriscount/Solos Landtinus
Fynch Hatton by Formel Eins/Sir Donnerhall I
Fürst Highlight by Fürstenball/His Highness
Giovanni-Bell by Kastel's Grand Galaxy Win/Don Romantic
Lord Europe by Lord Leatherdale/Boston
Vendòme by Veneno/Fidertanz
Vivino by Vivaldi/Dancier
Global Player by Kastel's Grand Galaxy Win/Don Schufro
Knock-Out by Expression/Ferro
Furthermore, the stallion Special Blend by Sezuan/Hotline got approved and will be ready for the 10-day test starting Sunday afternoon.
Franklin and Betina Jæger.
Franklin 3rd in CDI3* PSG
It is not that long ago Franklin had his debut in small tour with his regular rider, Betina Jæger, but today they came in 3rd in a very strong field. It was a great stable program with many highlights, and even though there is room for small adjustments, the pair received a total score of 71.735%.
Donkey Boy to Helgstrand Dressage
Hesselhøj Donkey Boy and Jan Møller Christensen winning a silver medal at the 2019 WCYH in Ermelo.
Hesselhøj Donkey Boy has had an extraordinary career with Jan Møller Christensen until now, where the stallion is turning 8 years old.
Since the stallion was awarded premium stallion at the Danish Warmblood in 2015, the equipage has won the DEF championships for 4-, 5-, 6-, and 7-year-old horses through the years 2016-2019 and additionally won medals at the WCYH.
The stallion has also had an amazing career as breeding stallion along with his education. The collecting from the stallion has been taken care of by Jan Møller Christensen at Noagaard.
Jan Møller Christensen daily rides and educates a big number of talented young and older horses and will continue to have many horses in training for Alexandra Andresen and Equi Stallion ApS. This work doesn’t harmonize well with continuing collecting semen from Hesselhøj Donkey Boy.
In order to continue the education of the stallion towards Grand Prix along with ensuring he’ll be available for the breeders, it has been decided that the stallion after the stallion licensing in Herning – where Donkey Boy will be ridden by Jan Møller Christensen – changes rider to Betina Jæger from Helgstrand Dressage and will be stationed at Helgstrand Dressage in Vodskov.
At the same time, the stallion will be available for the Danish and international breeders through the stallion station at Helgstrand Dressage.
Alexandra Andreasen, Equi Stallion ApS and Helgstrand Dressage ApS.
Open house and stallion show
Upholding our annual tradition, we are hosting the Open House with stallion presentation in April, and we are very excited to show you our collection of top stallions, which already has many new promising young stallions. On the same day, our German business partner, Deckstation Paul Schockemöhle, will bring some of their best jumping stallions as well.
Our Open House takes place on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 at 3 pm.
On Helgstrand Dressage, Uggerhalnevej 80, 9310 Vodskov.
As usual, there’s free entry for the Open House and registration is not necessary.
During the Open House, it will be possible to buy something to drink and eat.
We can already say, that Marianne will be displaying some of the beautiful designs from Helgstrand Denmark and Dufour by Helgstrand Denmark, just like Adamsbro also will be joining the event with his exclusive pillows, plaids, ponchos, etc., inspired by the horse world. Again this year, we will be giving away some great prizes.
In case you’re not able to participate this day, the entire show will be broadcasted live on ClipMyHorse, just like the stallion show can be streamed from their archive after the show.
After the great stallion show, we would like to invite you to an after party in the Helgstrand Dressage VIP-lounge. Delivering the food again this year, we have the pleasure of presenting Musikkens Spisehus, who will be serving a delicious menu at only DKK 175. Pr. Person, including beverages.
We hope that many of you will stay, so that we may have another blazing party.
Tickets for the Helgstrand Dressage after party can be bought through the link below until the 21st of March or as long as tickets are available. The ticket can be printed and brought on the day or shown on the phone.
Order you after party tickets HERE