By Jean Llewellyn / press release
Photography: Peter Richterich
On December 18, an additional Trakehner licensing meeting at the Holsteiner Verband facility in Elmshorn took place, with two of the seven candidate stallions leaving the hall with a coveted licensing title for the coming breeding season.
The four-year-old Lilienthal (Lücke) was already the winner of his 50-day stallion performance test in the Austrian Stadl Paura, and with this positive licensing decision acquired the right to a lifelong entry in the Trakehner Stallion Book I. The colorful chestnut is a son of jumping stallion Lücke, who already has two Licensed Trakehner sons: Tecumseh, who has already been successful around advanced level courses, and Tempelhof, the best jumping stallion of the 2019 licensing. Lilienthal's dam line is also prominent: Rheinklang as well as her mother Loa Loa (Ivernel) represent the reigning Trakehner national winner family.
Bred and exhibited by Dr. Kristina Gremmes from Jühnde in Lower Saxony, Lilienthal was described by the licensing committee as having excellent basic rideability and good basic gaits, with a very good walk and exceptional free jumping. "A stallion who embodies stability, has large hooves, large joints, with the body and behaviour to match – a very appealing stallion."
The bay Dreivierteltakt, a son of champion stallion Kentucky at the time, was licensed in 2019. A grandson of Gribaldi x Arogno, the large-framed, well-developed stallion was accepted for the licensing in October, but was not allowed to compete there for reasons of age, but has now fulfilled all the hopes of his breeder and owner Hilmar Schmidtke from Vienna as an early Christmas present.
Neel-Heinrich Schoof emphasized the advantages of the young stallion: "A large-lined stallion with striking masculine charm, good trot movement, especially his upright position, and a very confident performance in free jumping. Overall, an exemplary interior."
The licensing committee included deputy breeding director Neel-Heinrich Schoof, Leonie Bramall, Elmar Lesch, Peter Kunath, and Frank Ostholt. The tried and tested team of helpers from the Trakehner breeding district of Schleswig-Holstein ensured that everything ran smoothly and in a good atmosphere.