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Holsteiner genes for success, and interesting blood alternatives

Untouchable son Uriko (2007: out of Wizzard x Lavito) – about to found his own sire line, confirmed by his international showjumping offspring such as United Way, and United Way’s son, Update

By Desirée Dahn / Holsteiner Verband
Photography: Courtesy Holsteiner Verband

The Holsteiner Verband stallion parade is normally an event drawing several thousand visitors from Germany and abroad to the Neumünster Holtenhalls, but for the second time now, the Coronavirus pandemic forced those in charge around executive director Norbert Boley to present the stallions exclusively online.

To ensure as realistic and honest a presentation as possible, they were shown on February 5 via live-streaming on ClipMyHorse.TV from the Fritz-Thiedemann-indoor arena at Elmshorn. “In times of Covid it is rather difficult for the breeders to see the stallions in real life. That is why we believe this additional service with videos of the stallions shown in-hand, in the stable, and in side view might be helpful in deciding with which of the younger stallions to breed,” says executive director Norbert Boley. To achieve this, the sequences as well as the free jumping were recorded in advance in order to avoid longer breaks. The same applied to thetwo dressage sires, Fidano (Fidertanz) and Goldball (Goldberg), who presented together with a commentary by trainer Kimberly Kühl.
The Thoroughbred stallion Innenminister xx (Masterstroke xx) opened the programme and was judged to be “above average in jumping” by Tjark Nagel in his commentary. Boley promoted the seven-year-old stallion by saying; “I do hope that Innenminister will be frequented by our breeders and sent some of the very best mares. We need Thoroughbreds to maintain the hardiness in our breed, and we need new lines.”.
Anticipation was running high for the free jumping and the development of the three-year-olds. Alongside the two Neumünster-licensed stallions, Zuccarello (Zuccero) and Update (United Way), Nohoval Z (Nixon van’t Meulenhof) performed impressively. Discovered at the Westfalian licensing, Nohoval comes from one of the best female lines in the world, the damline of Narcotique de Muze, and is a very good addition to the stallions stood by the Verband. “Nohoval has a very good top-line, is modern, good-sized, and very scopey. Virtually the picture of a modern jumping horse,” was how Norbert Boley described his new recruit.
The four-year-olds and older stallions were presented jumping a course under saddle. Such as, for example, Camino Royal (Clarimo), a half-brother to Keaton with very good hooves and correct legs. Likewise, the Dominator Z offspring Daikon, presented by Mascha Krause. “He is showing good judgement and does a long jump, but is still in the early training stages and quite playful, which is absolutely normal for a four-year-old,” said Tjark Nagel, who has a long-standing tradition in providing commentary for the stallion parade... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber