GERMANY (by Anne-Sofie Schou Munk) The 36th Danish Warmblood stallion licensing was a huge success, with more than 51,000 visitors to the MCH Messecenter in Herning. One of the special guests in 2015 was British Olympian Charlotte Dujardin who test-rode 32 young dressage horses, and found a handful of promising youngsters that she admitted she would like to take home. Earlier, the first stallions were approved, while older sires were approved or finally graded

During the renowned Danish Warmblood Stallion Show in Herning, the licensing committee awarded premiums to nine three-year-old stallions, three of them bred for jumping and six from the collection of dressage-bred colts. Contrary to the usual format, this year the owners had to manage without an overall winner of this age- group because the licensing committee wished to avoid the disproportionate use of the winning stallion. “The young stallions can only be recommended for the older mares that have already shown good results. It is not until the young stallions’ off- spring start showing in the sport, that we will be able to confirm the quality of their breeding,” said Karina Christiansen, breeding consultant with Danish Warmblood.

Awarded a gold medal for sport and breeding, Blue Hors Don Schufro, with Andreas Helgstrand at the 2008 Olympic Games
Awarded a gold medal for sport and breeding, Blue Hors Don Schufro, with Andreas Helgstrand at the 2008 Olympic Games

Out of the 25 colts, 16 were bred for dressage and nine for jumping. Nine out of the 16 dressage colts are Danish bred (56.25%), and no fewer than seven out of the nine jumpers are Danish bred (77.78%). “We have seen an excellent collection of jump- ing stallions this year, half of them being approved for the 10-day test. Good proof of the fact that the Danish Warmblood association is well on it’s way into success, even within the breeding program of jumping horses” Christiansen concluded by saying, “All in all a positive sign that the quality of Danish breeding is equally as good, when compared to the other breeding associations”.

Spokesman of the licensing committee, Poul Graugaard, also praised the collection of young stallions at the Danish Warmblood stallion licensing in Herning as the best collection in many years – probably the best collection ever. A total of 23 three-year-olds and two four-year-olds made up the collection of 25 young stallions approved for the 10-day test prior to re- ceiving their full breeding license for this season.

Premium dressage stallions

• Hesselhøj Donkey Boy (ERA Dancing Hit x Milan), owned and bred by Hessel-høj Hestecenter;

• UNO Don Olympic (Blue Hors Don Olymbrio x Del Piero), owned and bred by Stutteri UNO ApS;

• Dreamline Kilen (Blue Hors Don Olymbrio x Blue Hors Hotline), owned by Blue Hors ApS, bred by Åse and Henning Urup;

• Foxtrot (Foundation x Fürst Heinrich), owned by Helgstrand Dressage, bred by Karl Rumpke, Germany;

• Salut Halsnæs (Tailormade Temptation x De Noir), owned by Kristin G. Andresen, Nor way, bred by Vibeke and Søren Juellund

• Blue Hors Zalabaster (Blue Hors Zack x Alabaster), owned by Blue Hors ApS, bred by Zuchthof Bauer Andrea Galland, Germany...

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