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Baden-Württemberg HÖVELER State Championships

State Champion of 4yo Jumping horses Zanetti (Zacharov), bred by Verena Karle Costa, ridden by Ricardo Benzinho Karle Costa

By Jean Llewellyn / press release
Photography: Doris Matthaes

The HÖVELER State Championships of the Horse Breeding Association of Baden-Württemberg e.V. in Weilheim/Teck are being further developed year after year, so there were a few innovations once again in 2022.

For example, the Golden Ribbon, which was being held for the first time, and the Youngster Tour for seven- and eight-year-old showjumpers. Another new idea was the ‘breeder bonus’ whereby all breeders of the horses placed in the final received a bonus of 30% of the prize money paid to the rider or owner. With this gesture, which is unique in Germany, the breeders could participate in the success of their breeding products, even if in many cases they are no longer the owners. (The system of breeder premiums, which was very successfully practiced by the FN in the past, has diminished and can no longer afford the necessary integration of breeders into tournament sport!)
A third new idea was the wildcards for the €150,000 Youngster Championships held by Holger Hetzel at the beginning of August, which were awarded to the best five-, six-, and seven-year-old sho jumpers from the state breed in addition to Bundeschampionat tickets.
The four-year-old championship which saw numerous entries was won by Zanetti (Zacharov x Concetto) with a score of 8.6. The gelding, bred and owned by Verena Karle Costa, was optimally staged by her husband Ricardo. Miriam Grötzinger was second with Charly Brown (Casall x Contender), ahead of Hanna Borst with Vision Impossible (Van Gogh x Chambertin). In this test, winners and runners-up also collected points for the final of the mid-September PSA Tour, which takes place in Winterlingen.
Quincy HH (Quasimodo x Sanssouci), with a strong performance under the saddle of Helmut Schönstetter became the five-year-old champion with a well-deserved 8.8 rating. The dam of this powerful gelding, the chestnut mare Elisa, was Edwin Schmuck’s most successful horse for a long time and was able to win numerous tough classes. Second place went to the very safe and convincing jumper Million Dollar x Escudo daughter, Mata Hari, rating 8.6 with Eileen Meier. She was bred by the Marbach State Stud.
Among the six-year-old show jumpers, Forever Pleasure HH (For Pleasure x Clinton), a mare from the successful breeding of Dr. Wolf Dieter Wagner, scored a victorious 8.3 piloted by Rossen Raitchev. Her dam has already produced several successful showjumpers, including the licensed and internationally successful Kannan son King of Queens. Second place with 8.0 went to Cora (Contenaro x Coronado), who was bred by the rider Yvonne Ott’s family.

The three State Champions of riding horses (l-r) 3yo mares/geldings – Selected (Secret) ridden by Lisa Horler; 4yo stallion – Delite (Danone I) ridden by Anna-Lisa Schepper; 4yo mares/geldings – Fürst Fabuloso (Fürstenball ) with Christina Winkler

Meanwhile, the Kannan x Cartani son Kara Ben Nemsi ridden by Markus Kölz won the Golden Ribbon for the seven- and eight-year-old showjumpers from a small field of just nine starters. The grey has almost limitless jumping abiulity, is clearly a very comfortable ride, and was the only one to complete the advanced level jumping test with a clear round, thereby eliminating the need for a jump-off. With one down apiece, Cataya PB (Cornet de Luxe x Corlago) with Michael Pfisterer in her saddle, and Championesse M (Coupiex Landor S) with Jörd Widmaier ranked second and third, respectively, in the championship.
In the riding and dressage horse championships, the winner of the three-year-old mares and geldings category was Selected (Secret xGardez), who was bred by Carina Zincke and exceptionally well presented by Lisa Horler. Bastian Horler discovered this black horse with the mighty trot and gallop at the foal show in Zöbingen. The silver medal went to Irina Oberthür, who presented Eternal Flame (Escolar x Belissimo M), bred by her partner Christian Heideker, with perfectly balanced movements and excellent rideability. Bronze went to the black Vityna HK (Vitalis x Don Frederico) of Hans Kraft, under the saddle of Nicole Hofmann... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber