Top rider from Sweden to Helgstrand Dressage
Picture: Jeanna Högberg and Astoria at the 2018 World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses in Ermelo.
Even though these last few months have not seemed busy, Helgstrand once again has used the time to its fullest. It is not long ago that Helgstrand could add professional rider Michael Grønne and now the team of riders is expanded again with yet another very strong GP rider, the Swedish national team rider Jeanna Högberg who has a very impressive resume with numerous victories in both World Championship for Young Horses and international top-level dressage.
- It is no secret that I have for some time now, asked Jeanna if she would consider working for Helgstrand. She has a lot of experience with educating horses at all levels. And she has for several years now, been self-employed, which tells me that she really has the motivation and ambitions and knows the ways in having a company such as Helgstrand. I feel that she is a perfect match both in competence and personal and I am very proud that she has finally said yes to work for Helgstrand, Andreas Helgstrand tells.
Jeanna Högberg has won almost everything worth winning. She already made a very positive impression when she was a pony rider by winning two gold medals at the Swedish Championships and team bronze and the European Championships. She has since then won numerous medals such as three gold medals at the Swedish Championships, been a finalist several times at the prestigious World Championships for Young Horses, and also here won a silver medal. She was part of the winning Nations Cup team in Falsterbo and Uggerhalne in 2018. She has won Breeders Trophy no less than 7 times where five of them were with Springbank VH (brother to the breeding stallion Springbank II VH) and is now on the Swedish national team. Other than this Jeanna has educated a large number of GP horses with great success and has filled the shelves with trophies. She is popular in the equestrian world and have several times been nominated to ‘Tomorrows Winner’ by the Swedish Equestrian Federation and has been nominated to ‘Talent of the Year’ by Tidningen Ridesport, which shows her ambition to be among the best riders in the world.
Jeanna has chosen to follow her dream and luckily, she has a supportive family that moves with her from Sweden.
- I have great respect for this decision. It is a very difficult decision to move your whole family – I know this from my own time in Norway. I feel that Jeanna really wants this opportunity and that I am very proud of because she has what it takes to be the next top rider at Helgstrand, Andreas adds.
- I look very much forward to start the work at Helgstrand and with this, start a new chapter in my life. Luckily, I have my family standing behind this decision and we hope that we will thrive here in Denmark. I have never felt better than just now as a self-employee with fantastic horse owners, co-owners, and students, but sometimes you have to take great chances to go even further. It is my ambition to become even better, that has led me to say yes to this fantastic opportunity from Andreas. I look very much forward to be a part of such a large and successful team, develop as a rider and educate some of the best horses in the world, Jeanna Högberg tells.
Jeanna starts at Helgstrand Dressage the 1st of August 2020.
Helgstrand and Schockemöhle ready with the first online auction
Picture: Hedelunds So Pretty by Janeiro Platinum/Tailormade Temptation, bred by Rikke Kvist.
The inspections for the first online auction have been completed and the auction committee has carefully selected the foals that will be on the first auction, which will be online tomorrow, June 5th until June 14th. The auction contains 22 high-quality foals – 7 showjumping foals and 15 dressage foals with absolute top pedigrees.
- There are several auctions already, so it was important to choose a concept that stood out from the others by including foals only by Helgstrand and Schockemöhle's stallions. We have over time selected some of world's best stallions to include in our collection. The many offspring are doing extremely well, says Andreas Helgstrand, who has high expectations for the auction.
Among the dressage foals at the auction, Franklin is well-represented with three foals, which show impressive movements with lots of hind leg auction and in addition to possessing noble looks. Among the offspring by Franklin we have Franklin's Girl with Dimaggio as damsire. With a powerful trot and canter as well as a modern type, she is showing so much talent. Another well-represented Father stallion is Fürstenball, who also has three foals selected, including Feel My Love with Swarovski as damsire, who shows great paces as an upcoming dressage star. The collection of dressage foals also includes one from Danciero's first crop, Dancing Valentine, which features Valentino as the damsire. With harmonious type and large-framed movements, she clearly takes after her father. In addition, Fynch Hatton, Fürst Toto, Totilas, Global Player, Fürst Romancier, Sezuan's Donnerhall, Quaterhit and Janeiro Platinum are also represented with selected foals.
The showjumping foals are represented through Diaron and Conthargos with two foals each in addition to All Star, Chacfly PS and Diarado, which are represented with one each. The performance lines of these amazing foals are not to be underestimated. Among the high-quality show jumping foals we find All for You by Team European Champion All Star out of a very impressive dame line.
Videos, pictures, pedigrees and descriptions of the foals are available on helgstrand.horse24.com from 5-14 June.
How to bid
If you are interested in acquiring one of the foals, please vist helgstrand.horse24.com. Once you have created a profile you are ready to bid.
More info about the bidding process by clicking here
Helgstrand launces a new price segment – are you looking for a dressage horse with the absolute finest bloodlines?
Legend by H-Ekwador/Voice
Helgstrand Dressage has throughout the years become an important asset towards the market for young horses and have today some of the greatest dressage horses, which the numerous medals won at the World Championships for Young Horses tells all about. With the desire to still be able to offer customers the absolute best horses, Helgstrand has employed Dr. Ulf Möller and Esben Møller. Their job is to buy the foals and young horses at the very best quality, the stars of the future so to speak. These young horses with top bloodlines now fill the stables at Ny Ravnstrup. The inspection of foals and young horses is done over time and sometimes some of the horses does not fit the main requests we get from our customers, but they will for sure make it as very qualified competition horses. It is therefore now possible to acquire a dressage horse with some of the finest bloodlines in Europe.
These horses vary in prices from 200-375.000 DKK excl VAT.
Here is an overview of the horses that are currently for sale in this price segment:
Jazzmine by jazz/Midt-West Ibi Light – mare, born 2015
Kate-Linn D by Franklin/Jazz – mare, born 2015
La Vie by Vivaldi/Gribaldi – mare, born 2016
Libelle by Best of Gold/Fürst Romancier – mare, born 2016
Rocco by Rockfeller/Sorento – gelding, born 2016
Legend by H-Ekwador/Voice – gelding, born 2016
Video from the daily training incl interview with the riders, where they tell about the horses and how they are when riding and in the stable, can be seen here.
If you would like more information or would like to make an appointment to try out one or several of the horses, then you are welcome to contact:
Tel: +45 21 29 13 82
Helgstrand and Schockemöhle are presenting new online auction
Picture: Faretti II by Franklin/Don Frederico, breeder: HH Horses - sold for 102,000 euro at the 2018 Nordic International Sales during Equitour.
Hosting an online auction has for some time now been a dream and the current situation has really pushed this plan ahead and we are therefore now ready to present the Helgstrand-Schockemöhle International Online Auction in cooperation with one of the leading German online auction hosts, horse24.com, that hosts the auctions for some of the largest German breeding associations.
- We know that the current situation leads to some challenges regarding selling foals and it is with this knowledge that we want to expand our opportunities for our breeders. The online auction will only be represented by foals that are bred with Helgstrand and Paul Schockemöhle stallions and we hereby feel that we create a unique auction that gives the breeders an advantage, Esben Møller tells and adds that the auction will be represented by foals from all over the world.
Helgstrand and Schockemöhle’s stallions represent some of the strongest performance bloodlines in the world in which their impressive results confirm. In the collection of stallions, we find World Champions, performance test winners, Champion Stallions and championships winners. This shows that these stallions have the right quality and will lead it on to their offspring, which are very popular around the world.
- We now witness an unfamiliar situation and therefore we want to help our breeders in the best way we can throughout this time. We are very much dependent on the breeders to keep going because we experience a large demand for quality horses. Therefore, we have chosen to offer several inspection locations and we really hope that some of our breeders have an interest in addressing the fantastic audience that horse24.com provides, Andreas Helgstrand adds and tells that he has great expectations to the online auction.
Helgstrand-Schockemöhle International Online Auction is for the breeders that have bred foals by Helgstrand and Schockemöhle’s stallions, and which they want to sell. The auction committee selects 25 foals.
The inspections for the first auction take place:
Vodskov/Denmark - Monday the 18th of May
Vallensbæk/Denmark - Tuesday the 19th of May
Middelfart/Denmark - Tuesday the 19th of May
Mühlen/Germany - Saturday the 23rd of May
Mühlen/Germany - Sunday the 24th of May
The auction will be online from 5th of June to the 14th of June at 7:30 pm at helgstrand.horse24.com.
We are planning an inspection in Weert/Holland as well on May 20th – more info to come.
Foals for the first auction have to be born before April 16th the latest. Please notice that we are going to announce several more inspection days and auctions in order to include foals born later this year - more info to come.
Helgstrand hires Emile Faurie
The media did already reveal some details about our new employment, but we think now is the time to get a deeper look into the new and very strong profile at Helgstrand, the English top rider and international trainer Emile Faurie.
- Through the years we have seen an increasing request from the English market which has led us to this new corporation with one of Great Britain’s finest dressage riders. It is a privilege to welcome Emile to our team, Andreas says and is very pleased to be able to offer this exceptional service to the English clients.
Emile has represented Great Britain at both the World and the European Championships and at the Olympics. He started out at the internationally known P.S.I-auction that really lead the way to his career and in 1993 Emile had his international breakthrough with the horse Virtu. They won an individual Bronze Medal and a Team Silver Medal at the European Championship in Hippica. Since then he has won a number of medals that shows his unique ability as a dressage rider. After two years at Hoff Kasselmann, where Emile participated in the World Championship in Tryon and the European Championship in Gothenburg with Lollipop, which is now ridden by Marianne Helgstrand, Emile has now chosen to become a part of Helgstrand Dressage.
- There can be no doubt about the quality that Emile represents. He has led riders to numerous victories, judged competitions at a high level and has due to his achievements a broad network which Helgstrand can benefit from. We are therefore really pleased that Emile educates several of our horses and present these at the English market, Andreas tells.
- I have achieved some of the goals that I had regarding competitions and championships around the world. To me, it is very important to be able to help new talents on their way to success and therefore teaching has become an essential role in my work life. Andreas’s talent for spotting and buying the right horses is really something we can benefit from here in the UK and it can add the quality needed in Great Britain. I experience an increasing demand for these horses and are therefore very pleased with this corporation. I decided to join Andreas and his team because of his integrity as a person and his drive to ensure every rider that buys a horse from Helgstrand Dressage gets the right and most suitable one for them. Emile Faurie tells. He still maintains his own riding in the daily training and education of the horses.
Emile Faurie lives at Heath Farm in Oxfordshire which is located only an hour from London. From here we now offer four horses to the English market and in the near future, we expect the number of horses will increase.
New CFO for Helgstrand
The COVID19-virus has cast a large shadow over the Danish business and economy. Here at Helgstrand Dressage, the time is now spent on strengthening the organization further by employing Morten Bradsted Nielsen as the new CFO. Morten has a very impressive CV which counts several senior management positions in internationally acknowledged companies. The new CFO shall contribute to expanding Helgstrand both on the position in the market and with the positive expansion the company experience.
Helgstrand Dressage is still a rather new company, but it belongs to some of the leading equestrian companies in the world. One by one Helgstrand adds some of the largest profiles to the organization, which already counts several prominent employees, such as Dr. Ulf Möller from Hof Kasselmann and Esben Møller from Blue Hors. Now Helgstrand can proudly present the newest employment a CFO with great international experience that can guide Helgstrand Dressage through the next step in the company’s development and expansion.
- We want the very best, to secure us being the very best we can. When Waterland Private Equity bought a part of Helgstrand the ambitions grew in becoming the leading equestrian company, but this demands skilled employees in order to fulfil the ambition. I am very pleased to welcome Morten, who can contribute with his analytical and financial experience due to his position as a chief financial officer in international acknowledge companies, Andreas tells.
Morten Bradsted Nielsen’s experience includes senior management positions in various business’ from advertising to dairy companies and to a SaaS company. In all of these positions, his key assignment has been as a strategic partner for the management of the companies, to provide the necessary analytic insight and prioritize the commercial expansion opportunities in the light of a profitable and sustainable perspective.
- I must admit that I am not particularly familiar with the equestrian world, but I look very much forward to become a part of it and especially together with this very passionate team, that strives Helgstrand. I am very impressed with all of what the company has already achieved and I look forward to diving into the business model of Helgstrand and contribute with my experience in order to honour the ambitious expansion plan, Morten Bradsted Nielsen says.
Morten Bradsted Nielsen has his first day at Helgstrand on the 1st of May 2020.
Severo leaves for new adventures
The Spanish dressage talent Severo Jurado Lopez has won us all over with his magnificent achievements in the dressage arena and with his charming personality. But now an era has come to an end at Helgstrand Dressage, and they have to say goodbye – or very luckily only partly goodbye to Severo, who has chosen to dedicate his time to a new and exciting project.
- The last 7 years has truly been an adventure for both Severo and Helgstrand, but we know that everything has an ending and a number of our riders start up on their own when they have got the experience and reputation that it takes. It is with a heavy heart that we have to say goodbye to such a talented and skilled rider but luckily we have had the pleasure of working with Severo for many years and are therefore very happy for him, Andreas Helgstrand tells.
Many people will surely remember it like it was yesterday, where Severo danced his way up the centerline and spellbound the audience at the Olympic Games in Rio together with Lorenzo in 2016. We were for sure many sitting with goosebumps when the characters for Severo and Lorenzo came on and it was inedible that they placed on an impressive 5th place. At that moment he won us all over and we felt like it was a victory for Denmark. Until this day, it is the most unique moment that stands out in Severo’s mind, when we ask him.
- I felt that the time was right to start a new chapter after having built up my experience and great network through Helgstrand. I am deeply grateful for the trust that Andreas has given me and the many opportunities I have had here. In particular, the many international competitions where the Olympic Games with Lorenzo is among one of the biggest moments of my life and then of course the three gold medals with Fiontini and two gold medals with D’avie at the World Championships for Young Horses, Severo tells.
- I will miss the team and the unique spirit that we have here at Helgstrand and of course the many great horses. There is no doubt that especially D’avie and Fiontini has a special place in my heart and I am very pleased to hear that Andreas will take over the reins and continue the education of these two horses, Severo adds with a smile.
Some probably wonder if Severo will go back to sunshine and Spanish rhythms but luckily, we will still be able to meet him at the Danish competitions.
- Fortunately, we do only say partly goodbye to Severo, since we have started a corporation regarding the training of some of our horses, Andreas tells - this is an opportunity that only a few people get.
- Helgstrand has always had the pleasure of working with the best riders and fortunately, we have a strong team and some new talented riders on the way, Andreas tells and he is looking very much forward to the competitions starting again.
Severo Jurado Lopez has his last day at Helgstrand the 30st of April 2020.
Helgstrand offers to produce sales material for your foal - free of charge
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 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.
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.
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.