Equitour Aalborg 2018 – more than just a show
Once again Equitour Aalborg has been more than just a show offering lots of evets including a special car auction, a kid's day, the Nordic International Sales Foal Auction, a stallion show and not to forget the clinic with Severo and the three times world champion, Fiontini. The weather has been terrific and so the atmosphere at this year's Equitour hosted by Helgstrand Academy.
Helgstrand Dressage achieves great results
The Helgstrand Dressage team participated at the show too. Victoria and Ludwig der Sonnenkönig placed second in the CDI U25 on Wednesday and Søren got placed fourth on Diego. In CDI3* Prix St. Georg, Marianne achieved a second place on Super Mario and Carina got a 3rd place on Grevens Sa VA. Alexander did a great job too winning both the CDIP on Claire and the CDIOP on Adriano B.
On Thursday Victoria and Ludwig der Sonnenkönig won the CDI U25 achieving 72.137%. Marianne got placed second on Super Mario in the Intermediate I, achieving impressive 71,735%, while Severo and Deep Impact won the Grand Prix with 73,022%. Alexander once again took the lead on Adriano B and this time in the CDIOP with 73,559%.
On Friday, Severo and Deep Impact won the test superbly with 78.6%. Perhaps it was the impressive flying changes with only one hand on the center line that made the change. Alexander also impressed the judges on Friday placing second in the CDIP freestyle with a total of 73.125%. On Friday Betina also won the Grand Prix Special on Mene Stream Belstaff with impressive 71.532%.
Setting the records at this years Nordic International Sales
This year the second Nordic International Sales foal auction has set new records with two foals sold for over 100,000 euros and a higher average price and higher turnover than last year. Buyers from Canada, USA, Poland, Germany, Norway and Denmark invested in the 19 foals which where sold for 763,000 euros at an average price of 40,158 euros.
6 foals by Franklin achieved the highest bids and the unique filly foal Fellini achieved a knock-down price of impressive 115,000 euros. The filly by Franklin is out of the young mare Souvenir that is a daughter of the only two triple world champions for young horses in history, Sezuan og Fiontini.
The second price highlight was the filly foal Faretti II by Franklin/Don Frederico, a fullsister of the price highlight from 2017, sold for 102,000 euros. The most expensive colt foal, Brix Falcon by Franklin/Fürstenball was sold for 80,000 euros.
See all results from the Nordic International Sales here
Fellini by Franklin, sold for 115,000 euro.
Extraordinary stallion show and clinic with Severo
On Sunday Helgstrand Dressage hosted an exclusive stallion show showcasing 10 of the stallions from the 2018 stallion collection, among others Atterupsgaards Botticelli, D'Avie, Quaterhit and of cause the highlight from the foal auction, Franklin. Flemming Schultz commented on the pedigree and Andreas told about the training of the many stallions.
As warm up to the Grand Prix Special Severo showcased the very difficult exercises from the test on the three times world champion, Fionitini. Andreas commented the exercises and told about the training and future plans for Fiontini - and while the spectators were so impressed by the clinic and the applause almost never ended during the show.
Severo showcasing D'Avie.
Only frozen semen available from Ferrari
At Helgstrand Dressage we also consider the sporting career of our stallions very important and thus, we have chosen only to offer frozen semen from Ferrari OLD during the 2018 breeding season.
Our goal is to qualify Ferrari OLD for the World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses in Ermelo this summer. In order to qualify, he needs to participate at competitions in Germany and during this periods it will not be possible to offer fresh semen. For this reason we have chosen only to offer frozen semen from Ferrari OLD this season.
At the 2017 WCYH, Ferrari had great success with Andreas and won silver for the 5yo dressage horses. Andreas has great expectations for Ferrari OLD this year and wants to focus 100% on the preparations for the qualifications in Germany.
Andreas and Ferrari OLD at the 2017 WCYH in Ermelo.
Helgstrand takes precautions against the Herpes virus
The Herpes virus has spread across national borders and is no longer only found abroad, but also in Denmark and some horses have been put down because of the virus. For this reason, Helgstrand Dressage has chosen to take its precautions to prevent the virus from affecting Helgstrands horses as well.
- It is important to understand that at Helgstrand Dressage and Helgstrand Academy we have not seen any signs of the Herpes virus. But we will not take a risk and that is why we have chosen to take these precautions to protect our horses, says Andreas Helgstrand.
Helgstrand Dressage has chosen to restrict access to both Helgstrand Dressage and Helgstrand Academy and access can only be done if the horse is vaccinated against the Herpes virus or if it is possible to document that the horse does not carry the Herpes virus.
- We have many visitors at Helgstrand Dressage, and because we want to continue to run our business we have chosen - in collaboration with our veterinarians - to restrict access to Helgstrand Dressage and as far as possible, maintain the control of the virus, says Andreas.
Most expensive foal by Revolution
This weekend the Excellent Dressage Sales auction was held in Hooge Mierde, Holland for the fifth time. More than 500 guests participated in the auction with 41 horses and 9 foals, which resulted in a small 2 million euros.
For the first time the auction also contained foals, which was very much appreciated by the numerous of guests, of which many were coming all the way from America, England, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark. The filly by Revolution was sold for 28,000 euro and thus the most expensive foal of the auction. A telephone bidder from America bought the foal.
Nobelwood Tarpania is by Revolution/Fürst Romancier/Johnson.
Impressive results this weekend
This weekend the Aalborg Dressage Event in Denmark and the Horses & Dreams in Hagen, Germany took place and at both shows horses from Helgstrand turned out very successful.
Severo went to Hagen to participate at the show, Horses & Dreams. With Deep Impact by De Niro/Rubinstein I he placed second achieving 75.13% in the Grand Prix. In the freestyle Severo and Deep Impact broke their record achieving impressive 80.025%. The following prize giving was a bit unusual as it took place on camels. A very fun thing that Severo never had tried before.
Severo also placed second at Sir Schiwago by Sir Donnerhall I/Lanciano in Grand Prix. The two have just started their partnership, but are already finding the rhythm.
Alexander had international debut
Alexander went to his first international show, Aalborg Dressage Event with Claire and Adriano with great success. Despite some butterflies in the stomach, Alexander and Adriano won scoring 73.476% and placed second on Claire with 72.762% - and at the end he also won the freestyle with Adriano scoring impressive 75.758%. What a debut!
Victoria and Ludwig der Sonnenkönig won the Intermediate I followed by Betina and Belstaff and Anne-Marie placed 3rd with Diva Unik. In addition, Betina and Nørregårds Denzel placed second in the PSG.
Simone and Santiago also went to start and got placed 5th in the Grand Prix freestyle. In addition, Søren placed 5th with Diego in the U25 Grand Prix, Betina and Nørregaårds Denzel won the MA1 and in the Grand Prix Thomas and Scout S just took the lead in front of Betina and Belstaff. Anne-Marie ended up winning Intermediate I with Diva Unik.
In the U25 Grand Prix freestyle, Søren and Diego placed 3rd achieving 72.2%, while Thomas and Scout S once again won their class, this time the Grand Prix Special, a big congratulation to all of them.
Søren and Diego at Aalborg Dressage Event, Denmark.
Bengtsson and Helgstrand establish a sales stable for elite show jumping horses in Germany
Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Helgstrand Dressage have started a new partnership named Bengtsson & Helgstrand GmbH.
The new company will focus on elite jumping horses. The sales stable will be based in Germany, where Rolf-Göran and his wife Evi will run the new company from their current premises in Itzehoe, Germany.
Rolf-Göran Bengtsson is recognised as one of the best show jumpers in the world, having won two Olympic medals (2004, 2008), four European Championship medals, including a gold in 2011 and winner of the Global Championship Tour in 2016. He will be responsible for training and developing the horses in Bengtsson & Helgstrand GmbH.
Helgstrand Dressage was founded in 2008 by 2008 Olympic rider Andreas Helgstrand and is today one of the largest sales stables in the World within elite dressage horses, located in Denmark, USA and Germany.
- We are very excited about the partnership with Rolf-Göran and Evi whom we have known for many years, says Andreas Helgstrand. By combining our experience in building a successful sales stable and Rolf-Göran’s unique talent within show jumping we believe this would be a fantastic opportunity to offer something special for customers, riders and breeders.
- Our aim is to build a show jumping sales stable with the same emphasis on quality, customer focus and (eventually) inventory depth that Helgstrand has created within the dressage world, says Rolf-Göran. In that regard Helgstrand Dressage is the ideal partner for us.
Foals for this year's Nordic International Sales
This year's exclusive foal auction, Nordic International Sales sponsored by Stutteri EVO, is approaching and we are looking for elite dressage foals to take part in the auction. Also, this year the auction will take place during the international show, Equitour Aalborg, at Helgstrand Academy.
The collection will contain app. 20 foals. To be considered for the auction, the foal must have a pedigree consisting of four generations of licensed individuals.
How to register your foal
The auction committee will, together with Helgstrand Dressage, review the foals, after which the owner will get informed, whether the foal must attend one of the inspections.
The inspection will take place at three locations, after which the auction committee will make the final selection for the auction, which will take place on Saturday May 26th.
On Monday May 7th at 10:00-12:00 at Vilhelmsborg, Aarhus, Denmark
On Monday May 7th at 16.00-18.00 at Atterupgaard, Jystrup, Denmark
On Tuesday May 8th at 12.00-14.00 at Helgstrand Dressage, Aalborg, Denmark
If you have any questions, feel free to contact:
Louise Ringsbo, Danish Warmblood: tel. +45 61 67 94 93
Per Jensen, Helgstrand Dressage: tel. +45 22 87 60 00
Faretti DWB by Franklin/Don Frederico sold at the 2017 Nordic International Sales for 150.000 euro.
Successful Helgstrand horses in Wellington
Last weekend at the prestigious Adequan Global Dressage Festival in the sunny Wellington, two horses purchased at Helgstrand competed for impressive scores and won both Grand Prix and Prix St. Georges.
In the sunny Wellington, which is also the hometown of Helgstrand Dressage USA, the 2012 London Olympic Games rider David Marcus from Canada, has just won Saturday's Grand Prix with impressive 69.348% on his 10yo gelding by Dimaggio/Weltmeyer, named Dean Martin. This was the horse's third victory in the Grand Prix only competing three times until now.
- I purchased the horse this past summer at Helgstrand’s in Denmark, so it’s a fairly new partnership, says David Marcus and continues; I felt he was a really complete horse in general, with a very good work ethic and three really good gaits.
The same weekend our recently sold Brizard (Romanov/Dunhill H) went to start in the Prix St. Georges with the Australian rider, Kelly Layne, riding the horse for his owner, John McGinty. Kelly and Brizard won the class superbly with impressive 73,235%.
- We had been searching for a horse for John for a long time. He’s 6’4”, so it was hard to find a horse big enough but good enough to be competitive, says Kelly Layne.
John McGinty purchased the horse Brizard at Helgstrand Dressage USA in January this year.
Fiontini sold to Stutteri Evo and Helgstrand Dressage
The three times world champion, Fiontini has just returned from participating in the prestigious gala show during Herning Horse Show. She was honoured together with Helgstrand's Spanish top rider, Severo Jurado López, for their winnings at the World Championships for Young Horses in Ermelo. The successful mare will continue to stay at Helgstrands, but now changes the owner to Stutteri Evo and Helgstrand Dressage.
The three times world champion and 8yo old Danish Warmblood mare, Fiontini by Fassbinder/Blue Hors Romanov, who in October 2016 was bought by the Swedish rider Beata Söderberg, has now been bought in partnership by Stutteri Evo in Vejen, Denmark and Helgstrand Dressage in Vodskov, to ensure a horse towards Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.
- There is hardly any doubt that Fiontini is a special horse and that she has all the qualities needed to compete internationally. For three years, she has shown her great capacity at the World Championships for Young Horses and we are sure she has what it takes to get in the top when it comes to the Olympics in the summer of 2020, says Andreas Helgstrand.
Most people know this special mare, who have had a unique partnership with Spanish, Severo Jurado López, in recent years.
- We are delighted that Fiontini is staying at our place and for now the plan is that Severo will continue her training. The two are a fantastic match and we have great expectations for their common future, says Andreas Helgstrand.
Fiontini is bred by Hanne Lund and Henrik Hansen.
Open House at Helgstrand Dressage with stallion show on April 7th
This April we are having our Open House and we are really excited about showing you our top stallion collection, which already consist of many new promising young stallions.
The Open House will take place on Saturday, April 7th at 3:00 pm at Helgstrand Dressage, Uggerhalnevej 80, DK-9310 Vodskov. As always admission is free.
Tent with TV screens
To make sure there is plenty of room for everyone this year we are having a big tent next to the arena with TV screens.
After Party – SOLD OUT!
A new tradition was born last year with an After Party – due to this success we are going to continue. You will be able to buy delicious food for 175 DKK per person or 25 Euro, which includes beverages. We hope you stay to join us for this special evening.
Sign up for Helgstrand Dressages After Party below by March 28th - registration for attending the stallion show is not necessary. Payment for food is made directly on the day in cash. We hope that there will be a lot of people this year, so we can have another great party.
The menu consists of:
Cold-smoked salmon with apples, horseradish and soured cream. Served with bread
Air-dried fennel salami with rich salad of beetroot and balsamic vinaigrette. Served with bread
Roasted "Italian style" Porcetta with rosemary potatoes and sauce
Panna Cotta with rhubarb compote and almond crumble.