By Adriana van Tilburg

This year’s championships arrived earlier than normal, partly due to the Olympic Games (from 2020), scheduling of the European Championships, and also the COVID-19 situation that is still playing a role. Likewise, the showjumping championship saw fewer horses than usual as the young horse finals in the Netherlands and Belgium were taking place at the same time.

In the youngest age group for five-year-olds, 66 horses lined up, with the Holsteiner studbook having 15 represwentatives, one ahead of OS (14 – although had the one Oldenburger been included this would have brought their total to 15), Westfalian (14), Hanoverian (12), DSP (six), plus one apiece for Mecklenburg and Deutsches Pferd.
There was quite some diversity in the bloodlines, although one special BWP-bred stallion put his mark on the class: Cornet Obolensky (Clinton - Rabanna van Costersveld x Heartbreaker, bred by Thierry Degraeve). He was represented by four direct offspring, plus one grandson via Comme il faut (out of a Ramiro mare, bred by B&S Sportpferde GmbH), two by Sir Obolensky (dam by Stakkato Gold, bred by Jan Sprehe), and one by Cornet Colbert (out of a Colbert GTI dam, bred by Heinrich Ramsbrock). Cornet Obolensky also appeared one time as a damsire, while his son, Cornet’s Balou (Balou du Reventon) also appeared once as a damsire.
The most popular combination of the first day was the winner, the OS-bred stallion Meganus PS (Messenger - Whizz Kid x Carthago, bred by Paul Schockemöhle/Gestüt Lewitz) under the saddle of Patrick Stühlmeyer. He was a horse who jumped with great elasticity and scope, and his fourth mother is a Thoroughbred mare coming from family 17. Meganus was also the favorite of many for the championship on Sunday, although it was a Cornet Obolensky son who had been improving through every round and came through to win the final.
The very interesting Westfalian-bred stallion Corolando 3 (out of Curioza van den Bosrand x Orlando, bred by Zhashkiv Equestrian Sport School) was ridden by Kathrin Eckermann. Via Cornet Obolensky and Orlando, Heartbreaker appears twice in his pedigree in his third generation, while Clinton is grandsire, and also great-grandsire via Curioza’s dam, Viljana. In the fourth generation we find the BWP ambassador Lys de Darmen.
I had the honor of seeing this stallion in training some eight weeks ago, showing a lot of willingness to learn and perform under the saddle of Franke Sloothaak, so see him winning the five-year-old class was very special. According to his owner, Christian Glanemann, he is not approved because he wasn’t ready as a two-year-old, but this might change after this recent success.
Kannan (Voltaire - Cemeta x Nimmerdor: M.G. Kramer van der Meer) had three direct offspring in this class. His approved Holsteiner son Keaton (out of Zahara II x Contendro I, Stamm 4847: Rudolf Schmitt) showed a very good performance under the new rider of the Holsteiner Verband stallion stable, Massimo Bonomi, and finished sixth
Diamant de Semilly (Le Tot de Semilly - Venise des Cresles x Elf III: Jules Mesnildrey) had two direct offspring, plus one though his grandson Diacontinus (Diarado - Carentina x Contendro I: Klaus Jürgens). One of his direct offspring is Diamant de Casall (out of D-Casalina x Caretino, Stamm 890: Manfred von Allwöhrden). D-Casalina is a full sister to Casall who had a top international career under the saddle of Rolf-Göran Bengtsson... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber

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