Akeem Foldager now at Helgstrand Dressage
Joachim Thomsen and Akeem Foldager emerged like a comet on the Danish and International dressage scene last summer after winning silver at the Danish Championship at Broholm and only one month later, the equipage won the Grand Prix class in Falsterbo. Akeem Foldager, owned by Patricia Florin, has been for sale ever since Rune Willum and Joachim Thomsen started training him, sparking intense speculations over the future of this talented gelding. The speculations have now come to an end, and fortunately Akeem Foldager will stay on Danish hands as Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak, Patricia Florin and Andreas Helgstrand now jointly own this fantastic Danish gelding. The goal is clear: qualify for the national team and participate in the European Championship this summer in Herning.
I am thrilled!
Andreas Helgstrand beams with excitement over Akeem Foldager, while standing with the impressive gelding out in the sun in front of Møgelmosegaard. – "He is a very talented horse with a unique gift for passage and piaffe", Andreas explains.
- "I received a video of Akeem Foldager from Patricia Florin and Bjarke Laustsen, when Joachim had his debut with him in Grand Prix in Sweden a year ago. Bjarke Laustsen runs the dressage stable, rehab-center and stallion station Gunnarlunda in Sweden, where Patricia has educated Akeem to Grand Prix level. – "At that time, I did not have the financial means to buy him. The next time, I saw him was with Joachim at the Danish Championship; which was indeed very impressive. I did bring some potential customers, however, Bjarke remained firm on the price and consequently, we didn't manage to make a deal", Andreas continues.
However, he has been in ongoing contact with Patricia and Bjarke since then and they agreed that Andreas should try riding Akeem Foldager again. - "It is probably just like an old circus horse", Andreas says jokingly, because when he was back in the saddle, he once again felt the urge to be part of the game. – "I was reminded that it was right here I started riding Grand Prix on a top quality horse. I have a lot of fantastic, young horses, which I really enjoy riding every day, but our business has now reached a point where I once again want to invest time in myself and my sport", Andreas explains. "There are very few horses of this calibre, and since Patricia and Bjarke agreed to be part of this venture together with Hanni, who has been an enormous support for me in many ways through several years, I seized the opportunity to once again ride at this really exciting level.
- "I am looking very much forward to continuing Joachim's good work with this horse and the basis is excellent, and I believe we have a chance to qualify for the European Championship and hopefully become part of the national team. I will do my best to reach the goal, but Akeem and I obviously need some time to get to know each other. If we do not reach our goal this year, we will just have to wait and see how things work out. There is no doubt that this is a very talented horse. However, I must admit that I am a little "rusty" at this level, but when the music plays we will both be ready. It is a huge advantage knowing that I have a horse with high international capacity and a talent to perform even the hardest exercises. Then it is my job to combine the rest of the performance with Akeem’s fantastic piaffe and passage", Andreas Helgstrand finishes.
- "We have been very happy about our co-operation with Joachim concerning Akeem Foldager, and it has been an amazing journey so far, and we are looking very much forward to following Andreas and Akeem in the years to come. It feels a little like selling a member of our family, and therefore, we are so pleased that we will still be able to be part of the whole experience with this horse. It has been very important for us that Akeem could stay on Danish hands, and it would be wonderful if Andreas succeed in qualifying for the team for the European Championship in Herning", Patricia Florin says.
- "I have always had great expectations for this horse and I strongly believe that he is one of the best horses in the world, and this is of course one of the reasons why we are so pleased about this co-operation with Andreas Helgstrand", Bjarke Laustsen explains.
- "We still have some of our horses at Rune and Joachim's stable and we will of course continue to do so, as we are extremely satisfied with the co-operation with Stald Willum Thomsen. We have always intended to sell Akeem when we received the right offer, and the agreement we have now reached together with Andreas and Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak means that we will continue to have a part of this great horse, have some influence and enjoy more great experiences together with this horse".
4 stallions passed 10-day observation test
The 10-day observation test for our four newly approved 3-year-old stallions ended yesterday. All the stallions: Danciano, Bambolero, Vincent Maranello and Franklin passed the test and had really great showings under rider. Now it is time for a well-deserved break for the young stallions at Møgelmosegård. At our stallion show on April 13, the young talented horses will once again be shown under rider.
The Premium stallion Vincent Maranello at the beginning of the 10-day test
Sezuan, Sir Donnerhall II and Donna Silver came, saw and conquered in Herning
Helgstrand dressage enjoyed some very successful days in Herning this year. Sezuan and Eclectisch obtained the final approval in Danish Warmblood. Furthermore, Sezuan received the breeder's medal in silver and Aage Ravn's trophy for best Danish-bred dressage stallion and last but not least, Sezuan became Champion Stallion among the 4-year-old stallions.
Sir Donnerhall II and Thomas won Prix St. George Kür as well as the regular Prix St. George, with impressive scores in both classes; 75.86% and 74.56%. An incredible result for the 7-year-old stallion, who is getting better each day.
The superiority of Donna Silver and Daniel was unquestionable, after victories in Intermediare II and Grand Prix, with scores of 72.19% and 73.33%, respectively.
The 3-year-old stallion Vincent Maranello obtained approval and was in addition nominated Premium Stallion. Franklin, Danciano and Bambolero were also approved and all four stallions have been admitted to the 10-day test at Wilhelmsborg.
Sir Donnerhall II and Donna Silver today's winners
Daniel and Donna Silver participated in Intermediare II today. They made an impressive performance and received 72% for the ride. The elegant equipage finished as winner of the class. Tomorrow, Daniel and Donna Silver will start in the Grand Prix class.
Today, Thomas and Sir Donnerhall II had their debut in kür in Prix St. George. They delivered a superb ride and the stallion, who is only 7 years old, finished with an impressive score of 75.8%, leaving all the competitors behind.
Tomorrow, which is the last day in Herning this year, Donna Silver and Daniel will start in the Grand Prix, Thomas and Sir Donnerhall II will start in the Prix St. George, and Sezuan and Andreas will start in the gaits class. So far, riders from Helgstrand Dressage have been on top of the podium in all dressage classes, which is obviously a very satisfying result.
4 young stallions licensed
Today was the moment of truth for the 3-year-old stallion candidates, as the licensing commission selected the young stallions who had obtain approval for further evaluation in Danish Warmblood. Four of our 3-year-old young stallions got through the eye of the needle; Franklin by Ampere, Bambolero by Bordeaux, Danciano by Dancier and Vincent Marinello by Blue Hors Zack. Vincent Marinello was in addition invited to the awarding of prizes tomorrow, and therefore, he still stands a chance of winning the title as this year's 3-year-old champion stallion.
The championship for young horses finished today, and Delicious and Andrea finished 9th with a score of 837 points.
Sezuan is in a league of his own and really stands out among the young stallions at this year's stallion licensing. Friday afternoon, he entered arena B completely unimpressed, showing his exceptional gaits in front of the judges and the audience. Once again, the judges awarded Sezuan impressive scores: Trot 10, walk 9.5, canter 10, rideability 10, capacity 10, resulting in a total score of 9.90 points.
Eclectisch was also shown in this class and even though he was affected by the intense atmosphere in the arena; he managed to show his abilities quite well, scoring e.g. 9.5 for trot and receiving a total score of 8.40 points.
Time for stallion licensing and championship for young horses
This year's stallion licensing began Thursday morning with the presentation of all 3-year-old stallions on hard surface and later on, presentation of the older stallions. All our stallions made a good impression and were full of energy and vigour. Sezuan, Eclectisch and Qasanova were shown under rider for the licensing commission, and the three young stallions were quite unimpressed by the surroundings and did really well in front of the judges. Our fantastic Sezuan obtained the final licensing and so did Eclectisch, and they are, therefore, both on to the gaits classes. Consequently, they have the possibility of winning the title as this year's champion stallion on Sunday. Qasanova has to be presented again for the licensing commission, before we know whether he will receive his licensing.
Andrea and Delicious were the first of our two equipages in this year's championship for young horses. They made an almost flawless performance and obtained e.g. 9 for walk and trot, placing 9th before Friday's ride with a test rider. Daniel and Zidane made a great performance as well, however, the impressive surroundings affected Zidane a little, and they are placing 13th, so far.
Today, the day starts with the test rider test and the first round of the championship for young horses. Andrea and Delicious will start today, whereas Daniel and Zidane will not start again until tomorrow Saturday. The young stallions will be shown in longe in front of the judges, and later on during the afternoon, Sezuan and Eclectisch will participate in the gaits class. Anna and Boney M will participate in the MB-exercise class. The day ends with appearance in this year's gala show.
First foal by Sezuan
We have been waiting anxiously for the first foal by Sezuan. On March 1, his first foal was born. Below, you will see a few pictures.
Herning is fast approaching
One of the biggest events of the year is approaching within a few days; Danish Warmblood's Stallion Licensing in Herning. We are obviously quite busy with the last preparations before heading towards Herning on Wednesday. Among other things, pictures and videos of some of the stallions elected for the licensing have been prepared. We hope you will take a few minutes to enjoy the pictures of Sezuan, Tørveslettens Fifty-fifty, Eclectisch, Peterborgs Qasanova, Floricello and Vincent Marinello.
Press release concerning Donna Unique
More than a year ago, the mare Donna Unique was sold through Helgstrand Dressage A/S to Arlette and Edwin Kohl, Gestüt Peterhof, Germany.
As many people will remember, the mare won the world championship for 6-year-old horses with Andreas at the WCYH in Verden in 2010 scoring e.g. 10 for trot.
Lately, a number of articles regarding the contents of the agreement and the circumstances in connection with the transaction have been published in various Danish and international medias. These articles are based on an article in a Dutch internet media.
In order to summarise comments to the article, Helgstrand Dressage A/S and Andreas Helgstrand have made the following statement to the Dutch media and other medias asking for interviews or statements in regards to the article:
"Helgstrand Dressage A/S deals with a lot of domestic and international riders, horse breeders and horse owners on high level every day.
We take pride in treating our business partners to the best of our ability and in absolute commercial confidentiality.
This also applies in the case of Donna Unique, which was a horse that I actually did not want to sell because she was my personal ace as dressage star for the future.
Every aspect of the eventual transaction was covered by written agreements negotiated between parties all represented by their own lawyers.
Helgstrand Dressage A/S respects and fulfills these agreements.
We are very upset to learn that information from a specific and confidential commercial agreement regarding a very special horse has ended up in public, in this way and without the knowledge of any of the parties involved in the transaction.
It is very important for us to emphasise that the parties entered the agreement with legal assistance on all sides, and all aspects of the agreement have been fully met.
We sincerely hope that all parties in this transaction are satisfied and that Donna Unique will obtain the success in future, which this mare's special talent deserves.