By Jean Llewellyn / press release
Photography: Stefan Lefrantz
In the Holstenhallen in Neumünster, everything revolves around the noble Trakehner horses during the first weekend of Advent: stallion licensing, auctions, and selecting the annual champion mare being just some of the highlights.
The best three-year-old mares of the year were invited to present themselves, and from this group the champion mare of the year was selected. This year, 13 young beauties faced the judging trio: Dr. Felix Austermann, head of the Warendorf State Stud, Roland Metz, marketing manager for the Oldenburg Association, and Frank Bangert from the mare registration commission of the Trakehner Association.
The judges invited six mares to the final ring and ultimately named the outstanding chestnut mare Rose la France as Princess of the Year. The new title holder is a daughter of the stallion Fellini, out of Rihanna (Connery) and was bred and is owned by Michaela Böhn, from Harsefeld. With a confident appearance, correct conformation, and outstanding, powerful trotting mechanics, she was celebrated with a standing ovation from enthusiastic fans.
The first reserve champion was the wonderful Replica (Ivanhoe - Roulette x Summertime) bred and owned by Monica Lindstedt from Stockholm. She won the bronze medal at the Federal Championships in the fall and captured everyone’s hearts that afternoon with her light-footed tact and charm.
The judges selected the extremely harmonious Kalahari (Millennium - Kia Ora x Glücksruf) as the second reserve champion. The Millennium daughter, bred by Ilonka Danowski, Dierstorf, made another appearance in the auction shortly afterwards, where she achieved one of the top prices at €60,000... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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