Gold medal awarded Donkey Boy (ERA Dancing Hit x Milan) Photo: Schou-Munk

DENMARK (by Anne-Sofie Schou-Munk) More 60.000 spectators walked through the doors at this year’s Danish Warmblood Show in Herning, thanks to the addition of boxes that increased the arena capacity by 15,000, making it the biggest show in history hosted by this studbook. It wasn’t only the show that proved to be a huge success, the breeding committee was also extremely satisfied with the quality of the stallions presented.

On the final day, the eagerly awaited verdict fell on the young stallions that have been evaluated by the Danish Warmblood licensing committee for three days. The list included 12 threeyear- old and two four-yearold dressage stallions, plus nine three-year-old jumping stallions who qualify for testing prior to possible breeding approval.

Danish Warmblood breeders can be rightly proud of the Danish-bred stallions, selected for testing. A beautiful collection of youngsters who now have access to the 10-day test. The audience also warmed their hands with rhythmic applause that followed several of the colts out of the arena. An impressive

collection that embraced a good mix of well-chosen foreign entries, as well as Danish- bred. Danish Warmblood breeding consultant Karina Christiansen said that the quality among the stallions was high, and even those who did not obtain approval probably have a great future ahead of them as sport horses.

Although the volume of jumping colts was not huge, the quality was certainly top notch. After assessing the colts in free jumping during the pre-selection, at the special training session in Vilhemlsborg in February, and twice during the selection in Herning, the breeding committee was very happy with the nine approved jumping stallions.

In order to be allowed to breed this year, all 23 of the approved colts must pass a 10-day observation test during which their riding ability and temperament are assessed, as well as an observance of their behaviour in the stable which has to be recorded. The following colts are all afforded access to testing...

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