By Adriana van Tilburg photography: Janne Bugtrup
The Holsteiner horse days are, together with the stallion approvals in November, two important highlights that return every year. Sport and breeding is seamlessly combined during the Holsteiner horse days. The most important change for 2018 was the conversion of the grass arena to sand, and that the event took place over three days instead of two.
In the Landeschampionat for four-year-old jumping horses, the Holsteiner Verband stallion Castle Creek (Casall - Orchidee 32 x Carthago, Stamm 18A2, bred by Silke Zuba) jumped convincingly on the first day, winning the opening class with an 8.80 under the saddle of Ebba Johansson. This stallion also received an 8.80 for jumping manners during his 14-day test. Second was Douglas 258 (Dinken - Cinderella x Cormint, Stamm 4, bred by Andre Martens) under the saddle of Marieke Reimers, with an 8.40. Douglas 258 comes from the first foal crop of Dinken (Diarado - Inken I x Cassini I, Stamm 2294, bred by Stal Molenaers B.V.B.A.) who was himself champion of the Landeschampionat for six-year-olds in 2016.
During the final on the second day, several horses made good progress. On day one, the Holsteiner Verband stallion Unlimited (Uriko - Utopia V x Casall, Stamm 2543, bred by Klaus Thiedemann) had shown a lot of tension, but the next day he was much more relaxed, receiving a score of 8.50 to become four-year-old champion. In 2016, Unlimited was the champion of the stallion approvals, and his roder, Pashalis Ballas was delighted with her victory: “I am very pleased that I could win the four-year-old championship with Unlimited. He is an amazing jumping horse, very ambitious and has a lot of scope. On the first day he lacked a bit of power and we have to keep working on his responsiveness. That is why I am so happy with the progress he made in these two days and could prove his potential once again.”
Unlimited’s sire, (Uriko (Untouchable - Wizzard x Lavito, Stamm 4172, bred by Aaldering/Swelheim), also sired the stallion Uston (out of Comtess x Clarimo, Stamm 2137, bred by Otto Boje Schoof), who finished third under the saddle of Takashi Haase with an 8.30. Douglas was also placed once again with an 8.10.
Chaka Chaka – five-year-old winner
Cahla (Catoo - Rialta I x Quinar, Stamm 2067, bred by Witt Pferdezucht GbR) knew how to convince the judges on the first day and received an 9.00. Her sire Catoo (Con Air - Flair I x Caletto I, Stamm 2027, bred by Adelbert Sporn) is successful at Grand Prix dressage level. His oldest offspring are now seven and are successful as a jumper or dressage horse...