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Best of breed: New Zealand Hanoverian Society awards

Uma (Untouchable 27 x Centrico) Best Jumping-bred Rheinlander with her breeder Ike Baker

By Sally Reid
Photography: Take The Moment

The New Zealand Hanoverian Society, which is also the official administrator of the NZ Rheinland Studbook, recently announced its 2023 award winners. Included in the categories were Best Mares, Best Foals and the prestigious Exceptional Performance awards.

The line-up of Exceptional Performance champions, although dominated by dressage horses, includes a purpose-bred eventer… and a human! All of the equine award winners have international bloodlines; three of them are by Fürstenball, and two are by the German-bred NZ legend, Anamour (Aalborg x Lombard) who died in 2015.
Fanciful MH (Fürstenball - Saphira Prämienstute x Soliman de Hus) is a five-year-old mare and was bred by Judith Matthews of Matthews Hanoverians. She is from Stamm 4194001, Schridde 196, and won the National Preliminary title at the NZ Dressage Championships earlier this year, and was reserve four-year-old champion. Owned by Judith Matthews, she is ridden by Casey Burton. Her gorgeous Prämienstute dam Saphira was purchased by Matthews from the Elite Foal and Broodmare Auction in Verden in 2014, and is the daughter of a Staatsprämie mare, Wisconsin (Wesley Defilee Staatsprämie x Duerkheim).
Falcon O (Fürstenball OLD - Vollrath Latika x Lessing). This seven-year-old Rheinland gelding was bred by Dr. Anne Stewart of Ohuatahi Warmbloods. His bloodlines include Fürst Heinrich, Londonderry, Lauries Crusador, and Donnerhall (twice), as well as two of New Zealand’s Hanoverian supersires: the D-line Dynamit (Dynamo) and G-line Genius (Garibaldi). Falcon O was the winner of the Medium title at the National Dressage Championships and champion six-year-old. He is owned and ridden by Candice Nichol.
HP Fürst Welcome (Fürstenball OLD - Parkridge Welcome x Wolkentanz I), an eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding bred by Stacey McCoy and ridden by his owner, young Amy Sage. This horse was the winner of the Youth Festival Medium Championship. His dam is proving to be a very successful broodmare and also produced Parkridge Disco (Dancier), another Exceptional Performance award winner (see below). Both mother and son were bred by Carol Eivers at Parkridge Stud; Parkridge Welcome now belongs to Raosini Stud, where her broodmare career is continuing.
Kinnordy Golda (Gymnastik Star - Dancing x Daktylus). This 15-year-old mare won the National Small Tour Championship and YR Small Tour Championship with her owner Madison Schollum. Bred by the late NZ Olympian Julie Brougham and her husband Dr. David Brougham, she has been wonderfully consistent all season. She also finished third in the FEI CDI1* Intermediate Freestyle with 71.005% at the Sydney CDI in Australia in April. Her dam, Dancing, is out of a Thoroughbred mare, Linlithgow xx (Exiled xx). Her sire is a German-bred, Australian-owned Prämienhengst Hanoverian from Stamm 3192409, Schridde 382.
Ardmore (Anamour - KH Delay x Dynamit). The 2023 NZ Young Rider Big Tour Champion is a 15-year-old gelding with a lovely, harmonious way of going. He is a son of the great Anamour (Aalborg x Lombard) and grandson of another very influential German-bred Hanoverian, Dynamit (Dynamo x Eger II). Ardmore was bred by Justine Parker, is owned by Tina Dolle,y and ridden by Lucarne Dolley, who has trained him since his earliest days and they have won five consecutive U25 titles. His dam, KH Delay, was bred by Karaka Hills Sport Horses; her own dam is not recorded... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber