By Adriana van Tilburg
Photography: Peter Llewellyn
The German young-horse championships, the Bundeschampionat, celebrated their 25th edition in 2018, welcoming around 880 horses and ponies to Warendorf. The Bundeschampionat is also a reflection of the current breeding scene in Germany. It should be said that there were fewer entries this year: If we look at showjumping, there were 69 starters in the five-year-old first qualifier (115 in 2011), and 117 (131 in 2011) in the qualifier for six-year-olds.
Many breeders and spectators were complaining this year that the best young horses are staying home. Despite the negative comments it is always very interesting to see the horses, because you always learn something about different bloodlines.
Jumping bloodlines: Cornet Obolensky
Taking a look at the offspring from certain stallions who are influencing young jumping horses, we can’t ignore the BWP-bred Cornet Obolensky (Clinton - Rabanna vh Costersveld x Heartbreaker, bred by Thierry Degraeve). In the first of the five-year-old qualifiers he appeared twice as a damsire. But he is also represented by his sons: Colestus (out of Spice Girl R x Stakkato, bred by Hartwig Rellensmann);v Comme Il Faut (Ratina Z x Ramiro, Stamm 8145, bred by B&S Sportpferde GmbH); Cristallo (Cassie x Cassini I, bred by Ivo Auer); and Coronas 2 (Frau Antje x Calypo Ask, bred by Angelika Rutten). In the qualifier for six-year-olds, there were five Cornet Obolensky offspring plus two maternal grandchildren – one by his son Cornet’s Balou (out of Georgia x Continue, bred by Paul Schockemöhle).
Comme Il Faut
In the first five- and six-year-old qualifiers, Comme Il Faut had, respectively, three and six offspring – whittled down to two five-year-olds in the final, including the Rheinland-bred mare Chao Lee (out of Cobain Z x Chacco-Blue, bred by Otmar Eckermann). She, in fact, went on to win the final under the saddle of the breeder’s daughter, Katrin Eckermann...
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