By Jean Llewellyn
Photography: Janne Bugtrup
The premiere of the Holstein Autumn Event is now history and, in the end, everyone involved agreed it had been a complete success, with 20 stallions passing their short aptitude test and four leaving the Fritz-Thiedemann-Halle with a positive verdict.
Summing up on behalf of the Holsteiner Verband following the licensing announcements, breeding director Stephan Haarhoff exclaimed: “The concept worked perfectly. This pilot project is a win for the horses and the breeders alike. The stallions have one less test date to complete, and the breeders get more important impressions from the sires.”
Four stallions licensed
Four stallions received their coveted approval, including the three-year-old Cultino (Casaltino x Colman), bred and owned by Evi Bengtsson, who convinced the commission with limitless jumping potential, lots of modernity, and great lines. A sport horse who was also able to shine in the short ability test with a weighted final mark of 8.58 and an emphasis on jumping. The charming chestnut gelding, whose mother is the breeder’s successful mare, Kuschel’s Ulika, comes from line 6786.
Quivisto (Quim CL x Leovisto), bred and owned by Carsten Lauck, was also licensed. The grey from line 6691 has a very special great-granddam, namely Zivia (1985: Calypso II [Cor de la Bryère] - Nachtbluete x Maestoso xx), one of the most successful broodmares ever.
The other two licensed stallions were exhibited by the Witt family from Wellinghusen. Firstly, the four-year-old Dunkirk (Dinken x Catoki) – line 741 – who was born to Sönke Petersen in Behrendorf. Alexandra Witt presented this powerful youngster, who not only knew how to please with three good basic gaits, but also very good rideability values and a lot of scope.
And then there was Candid (Casall x Cardento), whom Stephan Haarhoff described as the “highlight of the day”. With increasing relaxation, the four-year-old was able to improve significantly during the test days, so that he completed his short VA with a score of 8.38 and was also licensed.
Bred by Hans-Hermann Gericke, Deventer (Denver [Dinken] x Caretino), who was licensed in November 2021, received the highest weighted final score for jumping in the short VA, presented by Dirk Ahlmann. With a 9.2 for rideability and 9.0 for willingness to perform, he averaged a weighted final jumping score of 8.63... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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