The young-showjumper championships in Elmshorn are eagerly awaited every year. Ridden by Maximilian Gräfe, Verband stallion Castle Creek competed in last year’s state championships

By Desirée Dahn / Holsteiner Verband
Photography: Holsteiner Verband

Who would have thought one year ago that the Holsteiner Pferdetage 2021 – Holsteiner Horse Days – would still be influenced this much by the corona pandemic. Nevertheless, the organizers are motivated and confident of staging stage the Holsteiner Pferdetage in the best possible way at Elmshorn from June 10-13.

The elite mare show, foal auction, and the state championships, are the highlights of Holstein’s breeding and sports calendar for many breeders, buyers, and riders from Holstein and the world. “That is why we are determined to keep this important event by all possible means,” says Roland Metz, managing director of the Holsteiner Verband. At the time of this editorial deadline it had not been decided how exactly the Holsteiner Pferdetage will be hosted this year, and whether spectators can be admitted. We’re in a similar situation regarding the candidates for the title of winning mare. The registration tour for three-year-old mares will only finish in the licensing districts of North Frisia and Schleswig-Flensburg on May 26.

Twenty-seven foals in the catalogue

According to Roland Metz, “There are various options in holding this foal auction, which is firmly attached within the calendar, and therefore the possibility for marketing will be guaranteed.” He continued by saying; During the past 15 months the pandemic has forced us to develop ideas and find new ways. We have been able to gain valuable experience regarding online and hybrid auctions which we want to continue using.”
A total of 27 Holsteiner foals have made it into the lot. Proven sires like Colman, Conthargos, and Diarado are represented next to numerous rising young stallions. Two sons of Cornet Obolensky – Crack and Cornet’s Quaprice – will each have three foals. And for dressage enthusiasts Roland Metz was able to identify three offers. They are by Franziskus and Fidano. “We notice very often that our customers have a high demand for valuable and interesting genetics – on both sides – in the paternal as well as the maternal lines. Therefore, we put a lot of value on this aspect when compiling our collection,” Metz explained in describing the background of the selected foals... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber

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