Elmshorn hosted a weekend packed with first-time events focusing on Holsteiner foals: the elite foal auction featuring musical performances by Stefan Mross, Marc Terenzi and Safiya under the title “Auction ‘n Concert“ on Saturday and the R+V Holsteiner foal championship attracting the crème of the 2023 age group to the Herbert-Blöcker-outdoor arena on Sonday.
A Conthalou daughter out of a Lavall I dam trotted to the top in the championship of the fillies. The trio of judges comprising Dr. Thomas Nissen, Heinrich Behrmann and Cor Loeffen awarded top marks to the filly bred by Max Boje. “An absolutely correct and athletic foal with awesome and feather-light movement”, Dr. Thomas Nissen said, speaking for the panel. A Clarimo-Casall daughter, with Uwe Pahl responsible as breeder, was ranked second in the foal championship sponsored by the R+V general agency Birte Stapelfeldt. “Definitely a top foal performing with impressive moments”, the former Holsteiner Verband breeding director said. The third placed filly is by Esmeraldo out of a Cassilano dam and was bred by Udo Verworner. Agile and ideally conformed, Dr. Nissen called her a bright prospect for a future sport career. The colt category was won by an impressive Conrad de Hus-Cassilano son bred by Hans Dollen. “This stallion prospect embodies perfect type with a very well-structured back and shoulder area, and always gives a very elegant impression“, Cor Loeffen, a former senior KWPN grading inspector explained. And he went on to state that “this is most likely the best Conrad de Hus son I’ve ever seen in my live!” A son by United Way-Casall bred by Katja Claußen-Brühe took second place. According to Loeffen, this colt out of the 2021 Holsteiner champion mare, La Perla, was judged to be very charming, well-developed and with ground-covering movement. Third place went to a Cornet’s Quaprice-Casall offspring exhibited by Hans-Joachim Gerken. “The colt has a very correct foundation and is always very balanced”, said Dutchman Cor Loeffen.
Filly by Conthalou-Lavall I
The championship of the foals bred from dressage bloodlines was dominated by a Raven son out of a dam by Rock Forever. The proud breeder, Elisabet Wiemann, was given a € 2,000 cheque by the R+V general agency Birte Stapelfeldt, as were the breeders of the two other champion foals. Heinrich Behrmann called the colt exceptional and flawless and congratulated Elisabeth Wiemann, who only breeds one single mare, on the successful mating. A filly by Secret-Lorentin bred by Dierk Groth was ranked on silver position. “A filly with good body proportions and always balanced movement“, according to Behrmann, a two-time winner of the Fritz-von-der-Decken award. A colt boasting “very good mechanics” was ranked on third position, a colt by Fynch Hatton-Krack C, Gerd Ohlsen had arrived with from the island of Föhr. The winners and the placed foals received high-quality non-cash prizes given by the companies Bense&Eicke, ClipMyHorse.tv, LKD Hauke Ahsbahs and Salvana horse feed, as well as stallion keeping GmbH stud fee vouchers.
Sebastian Rohde, executive director of the Holsteiner Verband stallion keeping GmbH, gave a positive recap of the event. “Relocating to Elmshorn, the youngster classes held in the morning and the combination with the elite foal auction sale on the previous day have contributed to create a great and individual atmosphere for the foal championship”, he said. “The colt class was particularly impressive, which has also been rewarded by the judges.”
Colt by Raven-Rock Forever
Photos: Janne Bugtrup