Iron: a world-class horse acquired by Sarah Pidgley
Pictured: Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour has taken over the reins of Iron by Ibiza/Hohenstein. Picture by Photographybyhall.
As a youngster, the gorgeous Iron by Ibiza/Hohenstein made a positive impression earning the Champion Stallion title in Danish Warmblood. Since then, he has proven himself in the dressage world with impressive results and is now ready to take the next step in his career together with Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour.
The Pidgley family already have several horses from Helgstrand in their stables; Sultan des Paluds by Soliman/De Niro, Espe by Escolar/Dimaggio and not least Vamos Amigos by Vivaldi/Hotline, who was part of the Danish gold-winning team at the 2022 World Equestrian Games in Herning under Helgstrand team rider, Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour. Annabella, daughter of Sarah Pidgley has started her new partnership with Vamos Amigos while long-term trainer, Cathrine now looks ahead to the further training of Iron, who moves to her stables.
- Together with Annabella, I tried Iron, and from the first ride, we were both in love with him. This amazing stallion holds endless power, balance and rideability and I feel extremely lucky that I will be responsible for the further training of Iron and hope that together we will go on a long journey and one day enter the big arena. He is one of the best young horses I have ridden, states Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour.
This summer, the 5-year-old Iron won the Danish Young Horse Championship qualifier scoring a massive 94.6 and thus top marks across the board, which is a testament to his impressive movements, amazing rideability and promising future. Later this year, he showed his huge potential at the prestigious World Young Horse Championship selection, but he, unfortunately, did not go despite his superior qualities.
- It was of course a great disappointment that Iron was not selected for the WCYH. But the fact that one of the world's best riders, together with her student, chose this young horse says it all. Iron has exceptional potential, just waiting to be released. The Pidgleys, through their long-term partnership, are grateful to have Cathrine to build on the great foundation that Mette Sejbjerg has created. He is a unique horse who just needs time to develop and become even stronger. I'm looking forward to seeing what Cathrine and Annabella can achieve together because this horse has no weaknesses, that's for sure, states Andreas Helgstrand.
Iron will be available with frozen semen from Helgstrand Dressage.
Top results for the Helgstrand team in the 5yp preliminary round
Pictured: Feine Bella NRW and Eric Martinez runner-up in the 5-year-old preliminary round at the 2022 Danish Young Horse Championship Finals.
The gorgeous mare Feine Bella NRW by Fürstenball/Bordeaux (bred by ZG Artmeier/Becker/ Delling/Wibbecke) and Eric Guardia Martinez went straight to the top of the leaderboard to finish second in the strong field of competitors earning a massive 88.8 in the 5-year-old preliminary round at this year's Danish Young Horse Championship Finals.
The third best was the amazing Franklin daughter Francisca-D (damsire Romanov, bred by Jørn Damm and owned by Louise Grønhøj) with a solid 87.0. She was beautifully presented by Helgstrand's rider, Lovisa Wessblad.
And the magnificent breeding stallion So Perfect sired by the three-time World Champion Sezuan out of the legendary Sir Donnerhall I (bred by Frank Nordhausen) finished 4th with Betina Jæger Jensen scoring a massive 86.8.
Moreover, the beautiful Vestermarken’s Shakira by Sezuan/Tailormade Temptation with a total score of 85.4 qualified directly for the final on Sunday as well. Shakira is bred by Kirsten Buus and presented today by Michael Grønne Christensen.
We cross our fingers for some extra tickets in the 5-year-old small final tomorrow!
Pictured: Betina Jæger Jensen and So Perfect finished 4th in the 5-year-old preliminary test.
Be Sure supreme winner of the 4yo preliminary test and all 10 combinations directly qualified for the final
Pictured: Mette Sejbjerg Jensen and Be Sure winner of the 4-year-old preliminary test at the 2022 Danish Young Horse Championship Finals.
It has been an exciting first day at the 2022 Danish Young Horse Championship finals. 10 combinations from Helgstrand entered the arena in the 4-year-old preliminary round and all 10 are directly qualified for the final on Sunday!
All horses performed so well and enjoyed the nice atmosphere at Blue Hors. One horse stood out from the crowd - our 2022 Danish Warmblood Champion Stallion Be Sure by Benicio/Scuderia (bred by Ludwig Fuchs) - and became the favourite with his extraordinary gaits and wonderful rideability. Earned a total of 95.0 with 9.7 for trot, 8.5 for walk, 9.8 for canter, 10 for rideability and 9.5 for perspective. Presented by Mette Sejbjerg Jensen.
Runner-up was the outstanding mare Rosée de Fontaine by the World Champion Revolution and out of Desperados (bred by Chateau de Fontaine) scoring a total of 92.2 with 9.2 for trot, 8.7 for walk, 9.4 for canter, 9.5 for rideability and 9.3 for perspective. Beautifully presented by Maria Anita Andersen.
Massive congratulations to riders, co-owners and breeders.
You find all individual scores on Equipe here
Pictured: Maria Anita Andersen and Rosée de Fontaine runner-up in the 4-year-old preliminary test at the 2022 Danish Young Horse Championship Finals.
Röwer & Rüb enters strategic partnership with Global Equestrian Group
Since 2018, Global Equestrian Group (GEG) has entered strategic partnerships with exclusive equestrian brands to ensure progress in the horse world and to exploit the synergies created between the companies. Acknowledged brands such as Kingsland Equestrian, KASK and Aviar Saddles already benefit from the new collaboration, and now GEG can welcome another partner, the esteemed brand Röwer & Rüb, which designs and manufactures the best-quality products for equestrian facilities across the world.
- Röwer & Rüb has always been our preferred supplier of stable equipment due to their premium quality, ensuring the best conditions for our horses. Safety and healthcare of horses are always a top priority for them, which we also value highly. The partnership is a natural extension of our good cooperation over many years, and we look forward to officially welcoming them as a partner, says CEO of Global Equestrian Group, Andreas Helgstrand, and adds: with GEG, we can offer Röwer & Rüb new opportunities within the equestrian world, and they can benefit from our presence in Europe and the US.
- Röwer & Rüb is the epitome of quality, which is why you already see their products in many stables, because they are the equestrian community's preferred supplier. Both riders, grooms and our stable workers are highly satisfied, both in terms of quality, safety, and longevity. Moreover, the service is always first class, which means a lot with the renovation and expansion of our facilities, says Ludger Beerbaum, CEO of Beerbaum Stables, having the expansion of Riesenbeck International in mind, where Röwer & Rüb supplied permanent boxes for the European Championships in 2021, which will of course be used for the many events planned, including the European Dressage and Para-Dressage Championships in 2023.
Partnership opens for even more success
It all started in a small blacksmith shop in Germany more than 150 years ago. The passion for horses and the constant pursuit of perfection have placed Röwer & Rüb at the top of their class. They already supply to large parts of the world due to their long-standing expertise, but see great benefits in the new partnership, which should contribute positively to the company's future development.
- We are delighted with the new partnership. We have supplied stable equipment to a large part of GEG's facilities and through the partnership, we have significantly developed our products and services. However, we are pleased that the cooperation will now become even closer, which will consequently help to understand our customers' needs even better, says Jörn Gaudeck, CEO of Röwer & Rüb.
Röwer & Rüb sees great potential, especially in the horse mecca of Wellington, Florida, where the new partnership can make a positive contribution to future growth.
- GEG is already massively present in Wellington with both Helgstrand Dressage USA and Wellington International. GEG is planning an increased focus on events in the near future, and therefore I see a unique opportunity for us to help each other to even greater success, says partner of Röwer & Rüb, Dr. Andreas Jacobs.
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NDS Equine Nutrition new partner Helgstrand Dressage
NDS Equine is a Danish family-run health food company. NDS, meaning Nutrient-Delivery-System was founded in 1987 and formed to manufacture and supply products with the best natural supplements available. Besides supplements for humans, NDS also produces supplements for horses, dogs and cats.
NDS has grown massively over the recent years, and their products know many success stories in both humans and horses. NDS Equine Nutrition is a leader in the field of effective and documented collagen products, which all have been approved at a laboratory recognised by the FEI. The products have no fillers, no allergens, no chemical ingredients, no synthetic ingredients, no sugars, no colourings and no flavourings.
Managers, grooms and riders at Helgstrand Dressage have had the opportunity to try NDS products over the past months. At Helgstrand Dressage elite dressage horses are trained at the highest levels by some of the world’s best riders. It is of utmost importance that both horse and rider stay healthy and fit to participate in high-level sport. Getting support for the joints and ligaments of the horses is so important to maintain them as happy and healthy athletes.
- Horses do not tell us exactly what is happening inside their body. As we want to perform with them it is our responsibility of maintaining the horses happy and healthy, preventing injuries as much as we can. Good management of rider and groom is important as well as providing our horses with the right nutrition and supplements. NDS Equine products have already shown great results for our horses, and we are happy with them as a new partner, says Thomas Sigtenbjerggaard, General Manager at Helgstrand Dressage in Denmark.
For more information about NDS Equine please visit here, or download their Equine Collagen Supplements brochure here. For questions please contact, please contact NDS directly.
Dynamic Dream offspring price highlight at the last foal auction
Pictured: Dance For Me by Dynamic Dream/De Niro - price highlight at the last Helgstrand-Schockemöhle foal auction and sold for 21,000 euros.
The last Helgstrand-Schockemöhle online foal auction of the year was concluded with 20 hand-picked foals deriving from strong performance lines and exclusively sired by stallions from the two stations. The collection had once again attracted potential buyers from all over the world, which made it even more exciting to follow the auction.
The 20 foals, of both dressage and show jumping pedigrees, were selected at foal inspections in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.
The price highlight of the evening was the gorgeous colt by Dynamic Dream/De Niro, who was a fantastic representative of the sire's own movement potential. Three sublime gaits and great masculine expression. Out of one of the most renowned Holstein dame lines with several licensed stallions and successful sport horses. Dance For Me was sold to Sweden for 21,000 euros. The colt is bred by Sigrid Schmidt from Germany.
The second most expensive foal of the auction was another dressage foal, Tiny Diamond out of the first foal crop of Total Diamond PS, which unites the stallions Totilas and Sir Donnerhall I (damsire Fürst Romancier). An exciting filly with qualities that show a promising future. Bred by Beate Wedermann from Germany. Tiny Diamond achieved a sale price of 16,500 euros and will stay in Germany.
Find an overview of the auctioned foals here
Pictured: Tiny Diamond by Total Diamond PS/Fürst Romancier, which was sold for 16,500 euros.
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.