Impressive results across the board
Video: Iron and Mette - winners of the 4-year-old qualification for the Danish Young Horse Championship
It has been a terrific weekend at Vilhelmsborg for this year's Elite Show with national dressage competitions and a number of great results – including the qualification classes for the Danish Equestrian Federation's Young Horse Championships and the selection of this year’s best foals and mares in Danish Warmblood.
Iron is the superior winner of the 4-year-old qualification
Helgstrand presented horses in every age group of the qualification for the Young Horse Championships hosted at Blue Hors, Denmark, in mid October. One, in particular, stood out: the 4-year-old Iron by Asgard’s Ibiza/Hohenstein, who was ridden by Mette Sejbjerg Jensen and scored 93.4 points, including a 10 for the impressive trot.
In the 7-year-old class, another Helgstrand rider claimed the win: Michael Grønne Christensen atop Atterupgaards Miley by Atterupgaards Seebach/Lord Sinclair.
See the other results here.
Video: Camilla and Let's Walk - winners of the unofficial Danish Championship for student Master Riders
Camilla wins the unofficial Danish Championship for student Master Riders
Camilla Stubberup has now won the unofficial Danish Championship for student Master Riders a whopping three times. For the second year in a row, she rode Let’s Walk by L’espoir/Leithen and with great support from Maria Anita Andersen, Camilla claimed yet another championship. Frederikke Skelmose also did a great job atop Luilux, but unfortunately is was not enough for a spot on the podium.
Picture: Vilards Fina by Franklin/Don Romantic - the dressage filly of the year
The foals of the year are sired by Helgstrand stallions
Many magnificent offspring by Helgstrand stallions were presented this year and the very best gathered for this weekend’s Elite Show. Among the fillies, a Franklin offspring claimed the victory: Vilards Fina by Franklin/Don Romantic bred by Stutteri Vilard. A Vivino offspring bred by Stutteri Majlund was awarded the title of colt of the year.
At the Elite Show Auction on Saturday, Helgstrand also acquired yet another future star: a Jovian/Scolari offspring at the price of 540.000 DKK.
Video: The gold medal mare and mare of the year Valerie B, the gold medal mare Faretti DWB and the silver medal mare Fairy.
Helgstrand mare is the dressage mare of the year
The weekend ended with the crowning of the mares and Helgstrand added another two gold medal mares to the collection: Faretti DWB by Franklin/Don Frederico (bred by Henrik Hansen) and Valerie B by Revolution/Zack (bred by Karin and Peer Gudbrandtsen), who was also awarded the title of dressage mare of the year.
At the Elite Show, a total of three mares secured a gold medal, two of which were sired by Revolution and one by Franklin.
In addition, the Franklin offspring Fairy (damsire: Don Romantic, breeder: Lisbeth B. Andersen) and Floriana (damsire: Zack, breeder: Straight Horse) were awarded silver medals, whilst Fellini by Farrel/Jazz (breeder: Straight Horse) and Valencia by For Emotion/San Amour (breeder: Hanni Kasprzak) were awarded bronze.
Video: Patrik Kittel and Fiontini at the show in Grote Brogel, Belgium.
Patrik Kittel and Fiontini win their freestyle debut
Patrik Kittel took over the reins of the three times World Champion only recently, but the new partners managed to score 80% in their freestyle debut at the show in Grote Brogel, Belgium. A few minor mistakes taken into consideration, there is hope for even higher points at the next international show in Aachen, Germany, in just two weeks.
Impressive end to Helgstrand-Schockemöhle's foal auction
What a great way to end this year's online foal auctions. Tonight, three foals were auctioned for more than 30,000 euros, and the beautiful Vitalis offspring topped with a whopping 52,000 euro.
The ambition was to create an auction exclusively with offspring sired by the much-coveted Helgstrand-Schockemöhle sires, which was confirmed by tonight’s great average prices. And once again, bidders from all over the world took part in the auction.
Pictured: HP Vinho Verde by Vitalis/Fürst Romancier.
The most expensive foal became the Danish-bred HP Vinho Verde by Vitalis out of a Fürst Romancier dam, who with outstanding gaits was secured on Danish hands for impressive 52,000 euro. There is no doubt that the Burg Cup winner Vitalis has produced an impressive number of offspring, which time and time again prove to be dressage horses of the highest rank and much-coveted breeding stallions with HP Vinho Verde as no exception.
Pictured: Vie Unique by Valverde/For Romance I.
Sold for 32,000 euro and second most expensive foal, Vie Unique is by Valverde with For Romance I as damsire. Valverde has recently been sold to German Yara Reichert and was competed at the World Championships for Young Horses with great success. Unique as the name indicates, this magnificent foal has been secured by a German bidder and is going to stay in Germany.
Pictured: Dream to Be by Dynamic Dream/Follow Me.
With bidders from several countries, this outstanding stallion prospect was secured by a bidder from Denmark. Dream to Be out of Dynamic Dreams' first crop of foals out of a Follow Me dam. Despite his young age, Dynamic Dream has already produced an exceptional number of high-quality foals inclusive several auction top prices.
See all results from the auction here.
Jovian is a 2 times World Champion with Andreas Helgstrand
Pictured: Jovian and Andreas Helgstrand winning the World Championship for 7-year-old horses
Jovian and Andreas Helgstrand capture yet another World Championship
Our breeding stallion (by Apache/Tango) won the World Championship as a 5-year-old in 2019 – and following last year's cancellation due to the coronavirus, Jovian is now back with a much deserved second World Championship!
Bringing tears to the judges’ eyes, Jovian scored a 10 for his huge trot, a 9.8 for his powerful canter and a clear 10 for perspective. With a technical score of 83.143% and a whopping 89.136% in total, Jovian set the new world record.
Pictured: Eternity 75 and Anne-Mette Strandby Hansen winning bronze at the World Championship for 7-year-old horses
Eternity claims bronze
In addition to Jovian’s emphatic win, Eternity 75 delivered an amazing performance with Anne-Mette Strandby Hansen, scoring 83.407% and the bronze medal.
Eternity was previously ridden by Cathrine Dufour, who handed over the reins to Anne-Mette during her preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Building on Cathrine’s amazing work, Anne-Mette has done a beautiful job with the 7-year-old gelding, also reflected by the outstanding remarks from the judges.
Pictured: Elverhøjs Raccolto and Marianne Helgstrand placing 5th in the World Championship for 7-year-old horses
4 Helgstrand horses in the top 6
Following their beautiful ride on Friday, which put them in 2nd place, Elverhøjs Raccolto and Marianne Helgstrand scored an impressive 82.272% and a 5th place in the pouring rain today. The mare of the day was Queenparks Wendy, who placed 6th with Andreas Helgstrand, scoring 80.915%.
What a day and what incredible horses we are surrounded by.
We wish to thank our breeders, riders, grooms and the entire team of professionals, who made this happen once again!
See the result of the 7-year-old World Championship here.
Pictured: Queenparks Wendy and Andreas Helgstrand placing 6th in the World Championship for 7-year-old horses
Gold and silver for Helgstrand stallions at the World Championship for 5-year-old horses
Pictured: Hesselhøj Downtown and Jeanna Högberg winning the World Championship for 5-year-old horses
Hesselhøj Downtown is the new World Champion
Hesselhøj Downtown is the new World Champion for 5-year-old horses! Ridden beautifully by Jeanna Högberg, our breeding stallion (by Donkey Boy/Zack) scored a whopping 97.000% in total, including 10 for trot and perspective and no score below 9.5.
Pictured: Danciero 7 and Eva Möller winning silver at the World Championship for 5-year-old horses
Danciero captured the silver medal
Following their win in the preliminary test on Thursday, Danciero 7 captured the silver medal with Eva Möller scoring 96.600% and a clear 10 for perspective. Danciero is by Dancier/Floriscount and co-owned with Deckstation Schockemöhle.
Pictured: Global Player and Eva Möller placing 4th in the World Championship for 5-year-old horses
4 Helgstrand horses in the top 8
Another two Helgstrand horses made it to the top 8 in today’s World Championship for 5-year-old horses: Global Player and Eva Möller in 4th place and Francis Drake and Leonie Richter in 8th place.
We are incredibly proud of the entire team Helgstrand and wish to thank everyone who contributed to these outstanding results!
See the result of the 5-year-old World Championship here.
Pictured: Francis Drake and Leonie Richter placing 8th in the World Championship for 5-year-old horses
Jovian is one step closer to the gold medal
Pictured: Jovian and Andreas winning the 7-year-old preliminary test
And no less than 4 Helgstrand horses are in the top 5 following the preliminary test at the 2021 World Championships for Young Horses in Verden, Germany.
Finally, we got to see the 7-year-old horses in action and what powerful performances we witnessed today. The clear favorite was the 2019 gold winner Jovian by Apache/Tango, who once again delivered a phenomenal ride with Andreas Helgstrand. They are doing well in the more difficult exercises which today’s achievement also reflected.
Pictured: Elverhøjs Raccolto and Marianne - placing 2nd in the preliminary test
Marianne was right behind Andreas
Lately, Elverhøjs Raccolto (Sezuan/Sandro Hit) has developed wonderfully with Marianne Helgstrand, which the pair also showed today. In the pouring rain, they scored great points in a near flawless ride and placed 2nd.
Pictured: Queenparks Wendy and Andreas - the best mare of the preliminary test
Queenparks Wendy was the best mare
Andreas also competed the gold medal mare Queenparks Wendy (Sezuan/Soprano), whose gaits and perspective secured a fourth place and the honour of being the best mare of the day. She was closely followed by Eternity (Escolar/Sir Donnerhall) and his new rider Anne-Mette, who has taken over the reins from Cathrine Dufour. Eternity was a bit bothered by the rain and got a little tense during the otherwise impressive ride they delivered today.
Queenparks Wendy and Andreas:
Anne-Mette and Eternity:
1. Andreas and Jovian – 87,145%
2. Marianne and Elverhøjs Raccolto – 81,886%
3. Simone Pearce and Quando Unico – 81,709%
4. Andreas and Queenparks Wendy – 81,240%
5. Anne-Mette and Eternity – 80,849%
See the result of the test her.
Pictured: Eternity and Anne-Mette - placing 5th in the preliminary test
Danciero the superior winner of the 5-year-old preliminary test at WCYH
Yesterday, the 2021 World Championships for Young Horses were kicked off with world-class riding. At the show, the world's best 5-, 6- and 7-year-old horses compete for the prestigious titles. On Wednesday, Mette Sejbjerg Jensen and the breeding stallion Suarez by Sezuan / Desperados entered the arena and placed 3rd in the 6-year-old preliminary test. Today, we once again enjoyed one phenomenal performance after another.
Pictured: Danciero and Eva Möller.
Eva Möller competed Danciero (Dancier/Floriscount) and Global Player (Kastel's Grand Galaxy Win/Don Schufro) in the 5-year-old preliminary test, both of whom showing enormous potential and near flawless rides. Danciero took the victory with no less than 9.66 points in total, including a 10 for canter and no score below 9.
Pictured: Global Player and Eva Möller.
Eva also delivered a smooth ride with Global Player who placed 3rd with 9.50 points in total - only 0.02 from the 2nd place. They received the following scores:
Pictured: Hesselhøj Downtown and Jeanna Högberg.
In 4th place came Jeanna Högberg and Hesselhøj Downtown (by Donkey Boy/Zack. Once again, they presented themselves in the best possible way which the scores also reflected.
Find all the results here
Helgstrand enters collaboration with Academy Bartels in the Netherlands
Picture: Imke Schellekens-Bartels and Straight Horse Sezuanna (Zack/Don Schufro).
Helgstrand has just entered a new collaboration with Academy Bartels based in the Dutch city of Hooge Mierde in order to offer quality horses closer to customers.
- There is no doubt that the Netherlands is one of the largest markets for selling and breeding of horses. We are constantly looking for new collaboration opportunities as the potential is far greater when we are closer to the customers. Therefore, we welcome the opportunity – in collaboration with Academy Bartels – to offer our Dutch customers an easier way of seeing our exclusive collection of horses, Andreas Helgstrand states.
Andreas and Imke Schellekens-Bartels have known each other for many years from competitions around the world and have worked together on different projects on multiple occasions.
- Andreas and I have known each other for many years. Back when I rode Lancet and Sunrise, we often met at international shows around the world. In the years since, we have always kept in touch and worked together several times. This collaboration will now intensify. The horses, who already arrived at our stables, have a lot of talent and I am looking forward to educating them for future top sport alongside our Academy team.
You can learn much more about Academy Bartels by visiting their website at www.academybartels.com or visit Helgstrand Dressage’s website to find further sales horses at www.helgstranddressage.com.
The winners found in Helgstrand & Zibrasport Equest Online Tour part 3
Picture: Helgstrand rider Anne-Mette Strandby Hansen, who was one of the two judges from Helgstrand Dressage.
We have found the winners in our latest ZyberRide event in Helgstrand & Zibrasport Equest Online Tour, where Anne-Mette Strandby Hansen and Moisés Jover Azuar have judged the tests.
Congratulations to the winners
The participants in Helgstrand & Zibrasport Equest Online Tour part 3 have been able to compete in two horse classes and two pony classes. It was Christina Karlsson on Treldegaards Sariccio, who with a nice result of 69,103 %, won the class and a Kingsland Relief Pad in Helgstrand Medium Tour1* (Horse), while it was Eva Kaersaa on Max Light, who made 69,444 % and won in Helgstrand Small Tour1* (Horse) and also got a Kingsland Relief Pad.
In Helgstrand Small Tour1 (pony) it was Mathilde Kragh Thaysen at Nørlunds Fergie who snatched the victory as well as a Kingsland haybag, socks and a pocket belt with 70,517 %. Mathilde Lill on the pony Noerlund's Lady Daniella won with 66,591 % in Helgstrand Micro Tour2* (pony), where the 1st prize is a Kingsland groom bag.
Congratulations to the placed riders
In addition to the cool prizes from Kingsland for the winners, there are also ZyberRide ribbons for Top 3, which you can see below - congratulations.
Helgstrand Medium Tour1* Hest
1st place: Christina Karlsson on Treldegaards Sariccio
2nd place: Tine Thrane on Zackery 3rd place: Tenna Bjoern Sillasen on Royalist K
3rd place: Christina Karlsson on Dillian Bellahöj
Helgstrand Small Tour1* Horse
1st place: Eva Kaersaa on Max Light
2nd place: Mia Hofstedt Holst Nielsen on Mace The Ace Nobel W
3rd place: Zoe Löschner on Fredendals Brillant
Helgstrand Small Tour1 (pony)
1st place: Mathilde Kragh Thaysen on Noerlunds Fergie
2nd place: Silje Moesby Ovesen on Hesselbjerges Aston Martin
3rd place: Freya Vad Winther on Marlow H
Helgstrand Micro Tour2* (pony)
1st place: Mathilde Lill on Noerlunds Lady Daniella
2nd place: Laerke Borregaard on Soegaard Lucky Punch
See all results at zyberride.com. Prizes and ribbons will be sent directly to the winners once we have received their addresses.
Improve your skills
ZyberRide is created by Helgstrand Dressage and Zibrasport Equest, and the purpose of the online dressage platform is to give you the opportunity to supplement your training and physical competition activity with new online options. By participating in online events, you get qualified and constructive feedback of you and your horse/pony’s performance, without having to go to a show venue.
ZyberRide offers dressage programs at different levels, where you will be judged and get good advice and feedback from some of the dressage sport’s great profiles. ZyberRide is not meant to replace physical event participation but should be seen as a supplement to your training, development, and event participation.
Last year’s grant winner has been to training camp with his role model
Picture: Lucas Virum and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson.
Last year, showjumper Lucas Virum was awarded the Helgstrand Grant. In his application video, he mentioned what the grant should be used for if he was to be the lucky winner: a training camp with our partner, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson.
From here, we will let Lucas describe the experience in his own words:
- I finally managed to go to a training camp in Germany with Rolf-Göran Bengtsson. Training with him was my big dream and luckily, I was able to go with the money I received from the Helgstrand Grant.
The experience was unforgettable in regard to riding, not to mention on a personal level. One has to look long and hard for a more passionate trainer. Rolf has such a positive energy and approach to horses and riders. He is most professional and really good at communicating his knowledge.
During my time there, I already experienced an improvement in my horse and myself. Now, I just have to continue working on the things we learned.
In addition to the experiences in the arena, it felt great to be a part of their entire setup. I was lucky to greet Peder and Malin’s Olympic horses from Sweden, when they stopped by for a rest and a little celebration with their grooms.
I wanted to make the most of my stay and decided to sign up for stable duties early in the morning. That way, I became a part of the team early on and had some really nice times with the staff.
Everyone at Stall Bengtsson is incredibly hospitable and friendly. We already agreed that I have to come back for more training. First, I just have to continue practicing what I learned there – at home in Denmark.
Once again, I want to thank Helgstrand Dressage for awarding me the Helgstrand Grant and for this incredible opportunity. THANK YOU!
Devonport and Quaterhit reunited
Video: Devonport and Stephanie Brieussel.
Last year, Dominique Degueldre of France acquired two horses at Helgstrand Dressage and she has now added another horse to the collection, the 8-year-old Devonport by Dancier and Ravallo. He is stabled side by side with 7-year-old Quaterhit (Quatergold/Sandro Hit) and 7-year-old Don Vito De Hus (Don Juan de Hus/De Niro).
Dominique has a great partnership with her trainer, Stephanie Brieussel, who educates Quaterhit and Don Vito De Hus. Therefore, Devonport is intended for Dominique herself.
- I was looking for a Grand Prix horse for myself and I fell for Devonport right away as he has potential to get far in the sport but also has a temperament that suits me perfectly. He is incredibly uncomplicated to ride and already feels comfortable in the difficult Grand Prix exercises, which is perfect for me as I was looking for a horse to support my own development, Dominique Degueldre says.
Devonport has already settled in nicely in his new French home and Dominique will spend the next few months getting to know him better.
- You can feel that Devonport is an experienced gentleman. He did the trip in exalted calm and has already found himself at ease. Now, I will spend the next few months getting to know him and then we might have our show debut at the end of the year, Dominique adds.
During Dominique’s visit here at Helgstrand, we had to ask how things are going with Quaterhit. Last year, Dominique told us they had plans to debut him in small tour this year.
- I love that horse. He is so spectacular and he loves to show off when we bring him to competitions. My trainer recently competed him, scoring more than 70% in the Prix St. George, and at home he makes a good 15 tempies in a row. He's getting more and more cool and I'm just looking forward to the future with him, says Dominique, who also rides him a couple of times a week.
- My goal is to buy some of the world's best horses and educate them for Grand Prix in close collaboration with my trainer. Last time, I found exactly what I was looking for at Helgstrand, so I decided to inquire there once again.
Video: Quaterhit and Stephanie Brieussel.