By Thomas Bach Jensen/DWB Photography: ridehesten.com
The breeder of the only triple world champion dressage mare is breeding with Fiontini’s grand- dam, dam, daughter and her sisters. At the end of April, the first full sibling to the incredibly successful mares, Fiontini and Fiontina was born; and it is a black colt.
Danish entrepreneur Henrik Hansen runs one of the most successful private stud farms in Europe producing both dressage and showjumping horses, but with a majority oriented towards dressage. His dressage horses are based on various dam lines and all are based on mares with very high scores in rideability and gaits in their mare performance test. One of the dam lines produced the 2018 Oldenburg champion stallion, Global Player (Grand Galaxy Win x Don Schufro), who was awarded a breeding premium at the 2019 Danish Warmblood stallion licensing. Another dam line produced one of the most expensive fillies at auction in 2017, Faretti (Franklin x Don Frederico) who sold for €150,000.
Breeding based on performances
The most influential mare family in Hansen’s breeding programme is the dam line that produced the two embryo transfer sisters, Fiontina and Fiontini (Fassbinder x Romanov) in 2010. These siblings wrote headlines and went down in history at the FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Championship for Young Horses in Verden, Germany in 2015, where Fiontini won gold, ridden by Spanish Severo Jurado Lopez, and Fiontina won silver under the saddle of Denmark’s Andreas Helgstrand. Both mares were already highly decorated as three-year-olds at the Danish Warmblood elite show and at the DWB young horse championships in March 2015, where Charlotte Dujardin scored them top marks for rideability and capacity. Unfortunately, an injury put an end to Fiontina’s sport career, but her full sister went on to win the world championships again at the age of six and seven, then made her national Grand Prix debut at the age of eight...To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber