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State premiums for three successful Marbach mares

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Champion jumping mare Quirine was presented by Lukas Maier. Breeding Association President Karl-Heinz Eckerlin presents the FN silver medal to Landoberstallmeisterin Dr. Astrid von Velsen-Zerweck

By Jean Llewellyn / press release
Photography: Rutschek

On October 3, the best mares in Germany presented themselves during the 21st Franz-Strahl-Schäfter mare show in Weilheim at which the Marbach State Stud participated with three entries, all of whom were awarded State premiums. Their own Quirine (Quiwitino) was also celebrated as the jumping champion mare.

The judging panel alongside breeding director Dr. Carina Krumbiegel was full of praise, especially for the broad quality of these young mares.
The three mares who were presented from the main stud in Marbach, and who were awarded the state premiums included: Quirine, who won her class and was also awarded as the overall jumping champion 2020; Her Majesty (Helium T) was the successful winner of the class for three-year-old dressage mares; while Damona (Damon) was also awarded a first prize.
Quirine (Quiwitino - St.Pr. Smilla x Stanton) was the clear winner of the three-year-old jumping class having impressed the judges with her imposing forward and upward trot, vigorous footing behind, and rangy forward movement with good shoulder freedom.
The sporty mare has already participated in her performance test in Herbertingen with an overall grade of 8.58, partial grade for jumping 8.95 (jumping manner 9.0/ability 9.5) and partial grade dressage 8.5 (walk 9.0/trot 8.5/canter 9.0) finishing as the winner and gaining placements in riding horse tests.

Quirine (Quiwitino - St.Pr. Smilla x Stanton)

Quirine’s dam, St.Pr. Smilla (Stanton) was also born at the Marbach State Stud and is a daughter of Estella (Escudo I), who has already produced six successful offspring up to advanced level in showjumping. Quirine's sire, the former Marbach state stud stallion Quiwitino, is one of the great young hopes in the Felix Haßmann stable. The son of Quiwi Dream, bred by Sören von Rönne, was approved during the Holstein licensing in 2014 and became the property of Wolfgang Zipperle, who leased him to the main and state stud in Marbach for two breeding seasons. Felix Haßmann has been in the saddle of the stallion since 2016 and has so far celebrated international victories in one- and two-star ‘S’ classes.

Her Majesty, three-year-old dressage class winner

With Her Majesty (Helium T x Bordeaux x Welt Hit I) the Marbach State Stud also celebrated a class win for three-year-old mares. Dr. Carina Krumbiegel, alongside guest judge Jens Meyer, noted that the large-framed mare had an expansive trot with energetic impression in her hindquarters.
Her Majesty was bred by Matthias Schönenberger, Hohentengen, and came into the possession of the main and state stud Marbach via the Riedlinger foal market. She has already passed her performance test with an overall grade of 8.10, whereby she received a grade of 9.0 from the foreign rider for her enormous rideability. Her Majesty was also placed in the top ranks in riding horse tests.
Her sire, Helium T’s name is currently on everyone’s lips as a sought-after Trakehner sire, and in addition to becoming champion stallion of the 2019 Trakehner licensing, has also produced numerous highly rated mares and high-priced auction foals. The Millenium T son is currently stationed at Gestüt Staffelde. He has recorded victories at two-star M-level dressage in his age group. Helium T semen is also available from the Marbach State Stud.

State premium for Damona

A state premium was also awarded to the third member of the Marbach team: Damona (Damon - Matrix). This charming, shapely mare with an elastic trot and active hind leg demonstrates a hard-working and consistent walk with a good step over.
Damona comes from the main stud mare Matrix, who has already produced many sport horses and young broodmares for the stud. Damona has also been performance-tested with an overall grade of 7.68 and, like her stable colleagues, has been placed in riding horse tests. Her full sister, Demonin, received the state premium rating last year and has since been integrated into the stud herd. Damona will be for sale in November 2020 during the Marbach weekend event.

Class winner of three-year old-dressage mares: Her Majesty
(Helium T x Bordeaux)

Broad quality from breeders

Several of the offspring of Marbach state stud stallions presented by their breeders were also awarded state premiums (see list below).
“The Franz-Strahl-Schäfer Show is very important to the breeders in Baden-Württemberg as it is a great showcase for high-quality horse breeding. It allows me to look positively into the future due to the outstanding quality of the young mares in particular,” said Landoberstallmeisterin Dr . Astrid von Velsen-Zerweck. “Together with the mare master I am very happy about the success of our three main stud mares, which were exceptionally presented by our team, and I congratulate all the breeders for their excellent mares.”

Successful Marbach mares

Two-year-old Warmblood dressage mares:
Association award
Sweet Suzie (Sir Sandro x Londonderry)
Owner: Astrid Kaip

Association award
Donata (Danube Evening x T-Loving Dancer)
Breeder: ZG Robert and Thomas Kern

Two-year-old Warmblood jumping mares
Association award
Ayane (Asagao xx x Prince Piccolo
Owner: Edgar Vogler

Four- and five-year-old Warmblood dressage mares
State Prize
Riva (Rock My Soul x Tambour T)
Owner: Hans Schneider

Four- and five-year-old Warmblood jumping mares
State Prize
Quadriga (Quiwitino x Rothenburg)
Owner: Franz Josef Brüstle

State Prize
Linda (Loving Dancer x Jordaan Z)
Breeder: Helmut Brand . n

For detailed information about the oldest state stud in Germany on the website: www.gestuet-marbach.de