SWEDEN (by Hillevi Brasch) During an unusually cold and snow-white first week of March, close to 50 stallions showed up for the stallion performance test, traditionally held at Flyinge the Swedish Equestrian Center located in the southernmost part of Sweden. The SWB Association is an open studbook which attracts the interest of breeders from other European associations as well. Typically, there are just as many, if not more, stallions presented from studbooks other than SWB.

This year however, we can gladly report that more Swedish breeders than ever had decided to bring their stallions to Flyinge. Paul Schockemöhle (Germany) has an established venue leased from Flyinge with a few stallions at stud but, most importantly, a profes- sional partner in Helena Torstensson (SWE) who serves as the marketing director of PS Flyinge and Partners in Sweden. The collaboration has proven successful with the availability of the PS stallions at hand and elsewhere in Europe.

Three out of the five approved three-year olds were bred and are owned by Paul Schockemöhle and will be standing in Sweden for the full season. The Casall son C- Future was presented by Evi Bengtsson, owner and spouse of Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE), one of the world’s top showjumping riders. Rolf-Göran has, of course, been the hugely successful partner to the incredible Casall, who is now retired and living the good life of a breeding stallion at the Holsteiner Verband.

The stallion test champion is traditionally a four-year- old and this year’s winners in dressage and showjumping were, respectively: Demand 1344 (SWB: Ampere - Delight (F.2) x Don Schufro) and Point Break (SWB: Action-Breaker - Beretta x Balou du Rouet). Demand’s breeder Per-Arne Persson was awarded the prestigious SWB Breeder of the Year in 2016. However, this was his first stallion test champion.

Demand comes from an extremely successful dam line, out of Delight, who has also produced Quarton (Quaterback), winner of the Breeders Trophy, a competitor at the World Breeding Championship for Young Horses, and now competing at Inter II. Demand’s full sister, Diod, won the national mare championships as a three- year-old...

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