Queenparks Wendy and Jovian are facing an exciting sporting year as both top dressage horses will have a new rider in the saddle. Helgstrand Dressage, in collaboration with Wendy's owner Bolette Wandt from Château de Fontaine, has entered into a partnership with the world-renowned German dressage rider Isabell Werth and Madeleine Winter-Schulze for the talented gold medal mare Queenparks Wendy. Additionally, a partnership has been formed with the Swedish top rider Patrik Kittel for the fantastic breeding stallion and Grand Prix horse Jovian.
Both horses are at the peak of their careers, so it only makes sense that they should have optimal conditions to develop their sporting potential while Andreas Helgstrand is out of competition in 2024.
"Both Wendy and Jovian are two absolutely fantastic horses, and it's, of course, a bit sad to say goodbye to them. However, I am most of all happy and proud that we have made agreements with two of the world's absolute best dressage riders, allowing both horses to showcase their worth and continue on their journey towards the stars," says Andreas Helgstrand.
Wendy was bought as a foal from Annette Bugge. From the beginning, her talent was undeniable, as she fully proved as a 5-year-old by winning the Blue Hors Young Horse Championship with one of the highest scores ever, along with a bronze medal at the World Championship for young dressage horses. Since then, Wendy has continued to develop positively, achieving numerous placements in international Grand Prix competitions.
Isabell Werth undoubtedly belongs to the world's best dressage riders. Her achievements include twelve medals at the Olympics, making her the record holder for the most Olympic medals won by a rider. Additionally, she has earned nine medals at the World Championships, among other achievements.
"I am very proud and grateful to welcome this outstanding horse as a new addition to my stall. I would like to give special thanks to Madeleine Winter-Schulze, Bolette Wandt, and Andreas Helgstrand for facilitating this partnership,” says Isabell Werth.
Wendy's owner Bolette Wandt is very pleased that Isabell Werth will continue to work with Wendy and realize her great potential.
"Wendy and Isabell are the perfect match. They are both true power girls. Wendy has a real 'here-I-come' charisma, talent, and power – the entire package required to reach the top. Moreover, she is still a young horse, and I have no doubt that there is a lot more to come in the future. Wendy is in very good hands with Isabell," says Bolette Wandt.
Jovian doesn't lack talent or results either. Andreas Helgstrand spotted his talent when he bought Jovian at the age of 3. From there, things progressed quickly, and in 2019 and 2021, Jovian won the World Championships for young dressage horses. By the age of 8, Jovian was already an internationally successful Grand Prix horse with a series of top international placements, including a bronze medal at the European Championships with the Danish national team in 2023. With these achievements, it's entirely understandable that Patrik Kittel is looking forward to getting in Jovian’s saddle.
"I admire Jovian. He is an absolutely fantastic horse, and I am honored to have the opportunity to ride him. I have been a fan of his since Andreas bought him. He has qualities beyond this world – when he trots, it's like he's trotting on clouds. I will do everything I can to do him justice and hope that we develop a good and fruitful partnership together," says Patrik Kittel.
Patrik Kittel is one of the world's most successful dressage riders, having won more than most during his career. He has participated in everything from European Championships and World Championships to the Olympic Games three times.
At Helgstrand Dressage, we look forward to following the two new partnerships closely - there is no doubt that it will be an exciting journey full of success.