Bronze to Sir Donnerhall II and Thomas
Some long and tough days at the WCYH in Verden ended with a great result as Sir Donnerhall II and Thomas finished third in the finals, winning bronze for 6-year-old horses. On Friday, the equipage qualified for the finals, as they placed 9th in the preliminary round with a score of 8.42 points. Today, their top-notch performance was rewarded 8.78 points, which resulted in bronze. In addition, Sir Donnerhall II was the best-placed stallion in the finals.
Helgstrand off to WCYH in Verden
This morning at 5 a.m., the five horses qualified for the WCYH in Verden left for Germany in the new Helgstrand truck. Later on today, the 5-year-old Schakiro Pilekær has to go through the vet check and tomorrow, Thursday, Marianne and Schakiro will participate in the preliminary class for 5-year-old horses. Tomorrow afternoon, the three 6-year-old horses: Sir Donnerhall II, Højersminde Rolex and N.O.H's Daijoubo have vet check. Friday morning, Andrea and Thomas will ride the preliminary round for 6-year-old horses. Emma also starts Friday morning in the Championship for Hanoverians with the 4-year-old mare Donna Eden. We are crossing our fingers for good results for all the riders.
The new truck off to Verden this morning.
Three additional horses selected for WCYH in Verden
This weekend the selection show for the World Championship for Young Horses in Verden took place in Middelfart. Two 5-year-old horses and two 6-year-old horses participated from Helgstrand dressage. The 5-year-old Schakiro Pilekær and Marianne, as well as the two 6-year-old horses Højersminde Rolex and N.O.H's Daijoubo with Andrea and Thomas, respectively, were among the 8 equipages selected to represent Denmark at the WCYH in Verden 2012. We are obviously very proud that four of our horses have been selected for the WCYH this year.
Schakiro Pilekær and Marianne.
Another great day with Championships in Aalborg
Yesterday, the Championships for 5- and 6-year-old horses took place at the show in Aalborg. Andrea and Wilkinson participated in the class for 5-year-olds, placing 2nd with a nice score of 8.77 points. After fierce competition in the class for 6-year-olds, Anette Ejlersgaard and Deep Love took first place, obtaining an impressive score of 9.28. The highest score this year in all classes for 6-year-old horses. Andreas and Don Primeur placed 2nd right after Anette, scoring 9.24 points, and Mads and Dark Knight placed 4th with a score of 8.77 points.
A very satisfactory weekend, as all the championship horses went on the last qualification show before the finals. So far, the riders from Helgstrand Dressage have participated in 8 championship classes this year, placing first in seven of these classes and 2nd in one class. A total of 19 horses from Helgstrand Dressage have been started in the championship classes this year, and all 19 horses are on to this year's qualification show!
Zonik wins Championship for 4-year-olds in Aalborg
Today, the Championship for 4-year-old horses took place in Aalborg Sportsrideklub, and Helgstrand Dressage was once again dominating the show. Zonik was in a class of his own. Zonik and Andreas won the class with superiority, scoring 9.66 points; they received e.g. a well-deserved 10 for trot! Simone and the stallion Shiraz Majlund placed 2nd with a score of 8.82 points. Right after Simone, came Mads and the gelding Zig-Zag, placing 3rd with a score of 8.74 points. Andrea and the stallion Dimmagio placed 5th with the same score as Emma and the mare Donna Eden, they both scored 8.54 points. Mads and the stallion Zidane placed 7th, scoring 8.50 points. Emma and the stallion San World scored 8.40 points and placed 9th. Last but not least, Sofia and the mare Delicius placed 12th, scoring 8.14 points.
Helgstrand Dressage was also on the top of the podium in two more classes today. The first class at the show was a MB0, and Mads and Dark Knight made an impressive performance and were rewarded with 73.85%, placing 1st in the class. Marianne and the mare Daylie were also in this class and placed 8th, scoring 64.87%. In MA1, Marianne and the mare Sitana obtained 70.83% and won the class.
From the left: Andreas and Zonik, Emma, Sofia, Mads and Zig-Zag, Andrea, Simone and Donna Eden.
Sir Donnerhall II and Thomas selected for WCYH in Verden
The last two days, Sir Donnerhall II and Thomas have been in the German town Warendorf, for the German selection trial for the World Championship for young horses in Verden. Tuesday, the riders showed daily training for the selectors and Wednesday, the riders performed the finals test for 6-year-olds. Sir Donnerhall II has done really well both days. After performing the test this afternoon, the team was selected, and Sir Donnerhall II and Thomas are on the team set to represent Germany in Verden in August. It is a great and also pretty unusual accomplishment for a Danish rider to qualify for WCYH in Verden for Germany.
This weekend, Helgstrand Dressage is represented with five horses at the final WCYH selection show in Middelfart. The two 5-year-old horses are Møllegårdens Pas Partout and Schakiro Pilekær, and the three 6-year-old horses are N.O.H's Daijoubo, Højersminde Rolex and Vemmetofte Roscoe. We are obviously crossing our fingers that Helgstrand Dressage also will represent Denmark at this year's WCYH in Verden.
Sir Donnerhall II
Helgstrand dominated championship qualification in Middelfart
Today, at the championship show in Middelfart, Helgstrand Dressage totally dominated the classes for 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds. Emma and Rosenkildes Hotstuff were first in the class for 4-year-olds and won the class, scoring 8.56 points. They obtained e.g. 9.0 in both trot and canter.
In the class for 5-year-olds, Andreas and Marianne participated. Andreas and Møllegårdens Pas Partout started out as the first equipage in the class, and they gave a smashing performance, which the judges rewarded with nice points: trot: 9.5, walk: 9.2, canter: 8.8, rideability: 9.5 and capacity: 9.4, adding up to a total score of 9.28. A great performance by Marianne and Shakiro Pilekær resulted in an impressive score of 8.9 points. None of the competitors were able to beat these scores, and therefore, Andreas placed 1st and Marianne 2nd in this class.
In the class for 6-year-olds, Andrea and Thomas participated. This time, Thomas and N.O.H's Daijoubo prevailed and won the class, scoring 8.56 points. Andrea and Højersmindes Rolex achieved 8.14 points, and consequently, all 5 horses have qualified for the semifinals in September.
Video of Floricello
Video of the 4-year-old stallion Floricello, by Florencio and with Dormello as dam sire.
Laetare stays in Denmark
Despite internet rumours to the contrary, the 8-year-old gelding Laetare is not leaving Denmark. It is correct that there have been negotiations regarding the possible sale of Laetare, however, in the end, the negotiators did not reach an agreement, and consequently, Laetare stays at Møgelmosegaard.
We are very pleased to continue to have such a talented horse at our stable.
Victory to Flanagan and Thomas in qualification for 6-year-olds
On Saturday, Thomas and the 6-year-old stallion Flanagan started in the qualification class for the championship for 6-year-olds in Holstebro. Winning the class with a score of 8.34 points means that he is now qualified for the semifinal in September. Flanagan is by Fidertanz and with Rubiloh as damsire.