By Jean Llewellyn/Press release
Photography: Hanoverian Verband/Ernst
A grand vintage impressed at the Herwart von der Decken Show in Verden recently. “Congratulations to the Hanoverian breeders on such top mares”, guest judge Johann Knaap from the Netherlands said. The dressage champion mare was Vanity Fair, while FS Darcos Diva was the dressage champion, and Belle Nobless was awarded as the best half-bred mare.
The Herwart von der Decken Show, saw 18 three-year-olds with jumping genes in their pedigrees competing, while 49 mares had valuable dressage bloodlines. Hann.Pr.A. FS Darcos Diva (Darco de Revel x Cassini Boy Junior), bred and exhibited by Hengststation Ferienhof Stücker, Weeze, was the best showjumping mare. The expressive bay impressed not only with her boundless ability over the fences, but also on the triangular course. According to Dr. Werner Schade, breeding and business manager of the Hanoverian Verband; “She could also have competed in the group of dressage mares”. Reserve champion mare was the Cornet Obolensky x Lordanos daughter Hann.Pr.A. Casablanca (bred and exhibited by Heinrich Ramsbrock, Menslage), who was only marginally inferior to her predecessor.
Among the dressage mares Hann.Pr.A Vanity Fair by Vivaldi x Sandro Hit (bred by ZG Wencek, Moers, exhibited by Rhenania Pferde Andrea Klüfers, Alpen) was crowned the winner. Unbeatable in type and impression, she enthused with spectacular movements.
The celebrated reserve champion mare in the top-class final ring was the Fürstenball x Farewell III daughter Hann.Pr.A. Feingefühl (bred and exhibited by Gaby Heye-Hammerlage, Belm). Flawless in conformation and a modern dressage horse from head to toe, she was awarded her well-deserved sash. “We have seen the top of the top today,” Knaap said. “It is impressive that many breeders still own the mares. You can be very happy if these mares go into breeding.”..
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