(l-r) Heiko Meinen, R+V VTV, Robert Conredel from Gestüt Bonhomme, breeder Heinrich Vahle, Morricone with Lena Waldmann in the saddle, Oldenburg president Dr. Wolfgang Schulze-Schleppinghoff, Marco Pundsack

By Jean Llewellyn / press release
Photography: Feldhaus

At this year’s Oldenburg Stallion Days, a dressage stallion and a showjumping stallion were traditionally decorated with the VTV sash at the Oldenburg Horse Centre in Vechta. This year, the two stallions, Morricone and Checkter, received this highly endowed award for their top performances in both sport and breeding.

The R+V VTV General Agency Heiko Meinen, which specialises in animal insurance, did not miss the opportunity to reward the breeders and owners Heinrich Vahle, Friesoythe, and Gestüt Bonhomme GmbH & Co., Werder, as well as Böckmann Pferde GmbH from Lastrup, with generous cheques of €1,000 for their outstanding breeding performances.

VTV dressage stallion: Morricone

Whether his own competition successes, price highlights at auctions, licensed stallions, champion foals, or brilliant ring mares: Morricone, born in 2012, by Millennium/Trak out of Hartima (Rubin-Royal x De Niro x Rubinstein I), bred by Heinrich Vahle, Friesoythe, owned by Gestüt Bonhomme GmbH & Co., had already achieved almost everything by the age of nine and has advanced to become a famous star sire in past years.
Already on the occasion of his licensing in the Oldenburg Horse Centre Vechta in 2014, the beautiful black stallion was awarded as Champion Stallion. In 2015 Morricone was celebrated as the outstanding dressage winner of his 30-day test in Adelheidsdorf with a final score of 9.33. Due to his outstanding hereditary power paired with his outstanding own performance, the black beauty, who provided several price toppers at various elite foal auctions all over the world, was named the main premium winner in Vechta in 2016 and produced three licensed sons in his debut year, including a premium stallion in Vechta.
At the age of seven, Morricone then led his first lap of honour in an advanced-level class. Last year, his sons Mister Universe, born 2016, (Morricone I x San Amour I x Fürst Heinrich, bred by Dr. Gisa Löwe, Meyenburg) was sold at the 3rd Oldenburg Online Special Edition for €340,000, and the licensed Movie Star, born 2016, (Morricone I x Bentley xRubinstein I, bred by Ines Lohmann, Extertal), found a new owner at the 92nd Spring Elite Auction for €250,000 – both causing a sensation... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber

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