By Carolin Tassius-Diederich / Holsteiner Verband
Photography: Janne Bugtrup
From December 14-16, the grading of the Holsteiner young stallions will be held for the first time ever at the Elmshorn Verband facility. The pre-selections took place in late October (see pg. 26), with around 50 colts receiving their ticket to the event, previously always held in Neumünster.
The list of colts makes for a very promising read, with anticipation being especially high for the first crops by Cahil (2017/ET: Cornet Obolensky - Operette III x Contender) and Chinchero (2017: Chopin VA - Camara VA x Clarimo) – the celebrated champion and reserve champion, respectively, of their own gradings.
Cahil and Chinchero will both be represented by three sons who will be presented before the eyes of the grading committee in the week before the third Sunday in Advent.
Other stallions with three or more sons apiece are:
• Casall (1999: Caretino - Kira XVII x Lavall I, bred by Wilfried Thömann)
• Cascadello I (2009: Casall - Viviana x Clearway, bred by Detlef Hennings)
• Chopin (2011: Clearway - Tinka’s Corona x Coronado I, bred by Markus Hanssen)
• Clarimo (2003: Clearway - Wisma x Caletto II, bred by Johann Hermann Claussen)
• Corniolo (Cornet Obolensky - Dora x Quadros 3, bred by Witt Pferdezucht)
• Keaton (2016: Kannan GFE - Zahara II x Contendro I).
Not only is the venue new, but the format for the grading has also changed. According to breeding director Stephan Haarhoff, “To ensure the colts’ optimal evaluation and selection, the free jumping is held on Thursday as well as on Friday for the first time.” Both free jumping efforts will form part of the grading in equal measure and follow the same pattern: The colts are not being led into the jumping chute but run in at liberty. Before the colts are free jumped, they have to undergo the traditional inspection on hard ground on the Thursday of the event. With the entire grading procedure stream-lined, the grading decisions will already be announced on Friday evening, after the presentation of the riding horse collection... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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