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European stallion finale and five-star dressage

Olympic rider Cathrine Dufour will be competing at the 5-star dressage show in Herning

By Thomas Bach Jensen / DWB
Photography: Ridehesten.com

The Danish Warmblood Stallion Show 2020 takes place in the Jyske Bank Boxen of MCH Messecenter Herning, March 5-8. The stallion licensing is known as the finale where some of the best dressage premium stallions from Europe meet to compete. The immense and unique show attracted more than 67,000 visitors last year, and with the addition of a five-star dressage competition the number could well be exceeded this year

Many renowned dressage stallions have taken their first steps of fame at the Danish Warmblood stallion show inHerning such as Zonik, Sezuan and Hesselhøj Donkey Boy, and other stallions born outside Denmark have also become celebrated heroes in Herning. Just think of Blue Hors Don Schufro and Blue Hors Zack that were already superstars in their home countries before they were purchased into Denmark at a young age.
The very expensive auction stallion, as well as the gold and silver medal winner at the World Young Horse Championships in Ermelo, Revolution is another foreign top stallion who is now making an impact on Danish and international breeding. In Herning his first crop of foals will be represented by seven young stallion prospects.
New top stallions have also been purchased abroad and Blue Hors as well Helgstrand Dressage are presenting a handful of premium stallions from the German licensings in Oldenburg and Westfalia to meet and compete with the best of Danish breeding.
Along with the stallion licensing many breeding enthusiasts watch the dressage and show jumping classes exclusively with licensed stallions which allows them to get a more complete picture of the stallions in sport and breeding.

Let the Games begin

In addition to the stallion licensing this highly popular event offers young horse championships, show clinics, gala shows, tack fair and, not least, an international show in dressage and showjumping which combines sport and breeding at the absolute top level. Year after year, new elements have been added to the event that is one of a kind in the world.
In recent years, a consistent theme has characterized the event, not least being the great gala shows on Friday and Saturday evenings. This year, the theme during the Danish Warmblood Stallion Show will, of course, be the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Denmark will be participating with a showjumping rider and a team of dressage riders competing for Olympic medals. Hence the title of this year’s event: Let the Games begin... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber


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