Uricas v/d Kattevennen (Cassini I) has been in the stable of Dutch championship rider Harrie Smolders since March 2021

By Desirée Dahn / Holsteiner Verband
Photography: Holsteiner Verband

For some time now, Uriko (Untouchable - Wizzard x Lavito) had been considered an insider tip among breeders. But these times are long gone as, by now, a number of top (international) showjumping riders already have an offspring by Uriko in their stable.

The KWPN-registered Untouchable son – tracing back to Holsteiner mare family 4172 through Lavito, Corrado I, and Ronald – has developed into a sought-after jumping horse sire. Under the saddle of Thomas Konle, Maximilian Gräfe, and later Ebba Johansson, the just 14-year-old Holsteiner Verband stallion had been collecting his own jumping results up to 1m50 level for around 18 months, while attending to stud duties, and for good reason. Quite a few of his offspring are well on their way to arriving at the international show jumping scene.
Having attracted already a lot of attention, the stallion Uricas vd Kattevennen (damsire Cassini I) bred by Otto Boje Schoof (Hedwigenkoog), has been at the stable of Dutch championship rider Harrie Smolders since March this year. Under young Belgian Alexander Housen, this Uriko son had already made a name for himself for example at the World Breeding Championship for Young Horses in Lanaken.
In early May 2021, the now nine-year-old Zangersheide-licensed stallion, whose second dam is no other than Caretino daughter Chika’s Way (Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann), negotiated his first international course with Harrie Smolders as the combination competed in classes up to 1m40 level in Valkenswaard. According Harrie Smolders; “I’m very happy I’ve been given the ride of a horse like Urikas, and proud to see him through the next steps of his career. He is very special horse, very careful and light on his feet, with loads of ability and super motivated when performing around a course. I’m really looking forward to things to come.”
Since August 2020, Uniquo (damsire Cancara) bred by Günther Schüder (Barenfleth), has been the stablemate of Jerome Guery’s European champion Quel Homme de Hus. The eight-year-old stallion arrived at the Belgian championship rider’s stable through Bertrand Masneri. This spring the combination collected promising results up to 1m45 level during the Sunshine tour in Oliva, Spain, and recently in St. Tropez, France. “Besides his very good technique, Uniquo also has the right attitude for our sport, and his training is progressing steadily. I have high hopes for his future and look upon him as a potential championship contender,” Jerome Guery said about his up-and-coming talent.

The just 14-year-old Holsteiner Verband stallion Uriko (Untouchable) had been collecting jumping results himself and has produced many promising top jumpers

For some time now, Richard Vogel has taken over the training of Uriko daughter Charisma HS for her owner Hugo Simon: “Like so many other high-achieving sport horses, Charisma HS has a special personality – in a positive way.” According to Vogel, the now seven-year-old chestnut mare bred by Christoph Schmidt (Ober-Mörlen) is not only an absolute fighter, but he also attests to her cleverness and exceptional ability. “Charisma competed in her first overnight horse show ever, when she won the national championship at the age of five. In a way, she was still lacking in strength and experience for such a challenge – and actually, when saddling her for the final on Sunday, we noticed that she was a bit tired. But when the bell sounded she summoned all her strength and outdid herself. This has not changed; she fights like a lioness when jumping a course,” her rider said... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber

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