By Sally Reid
Photography: Cornege Photography
It was an unprecedented World Cup win – a New Zealand first, and maybe a global first: the battle for victory between a mother and daughter, Holsteiner ares from Sta, 2067, in te CSI1*-W at Takapoto last month. Coincidentally, the mother beat the daughter into a close second.
The winner was LT Holst Andrea (Casall - Palaune x Lavaletto), who was bred in Germany by Hans-Joachim Gerken, and imported to New Zealand by Ewen Mackintosh when he founded his now very successful Lake Taupo Holsteiners stud.
The runner-up, with clear jumping in both rounds but a single time fault, was Andrea’s gorgeous grey daughter by Colman, LT Holst Freda. Freda was a 2014 ET foal and is a twin: her full sister, LT Holst Francis, has an exciting daughter of her own by Emerald.
LT Holst Andrea is now 15 and, based on Southern Hemisphere equine ages, she was born in 2008, and came into the 2023-24 competition season looking superb in the hands of Brooke Edgecombe, who rides and owns her. Andrea has been the VDL-Equibreed top-ranking mare every year since 2018, and is the reigning NZ Horse of the Year, which she won in 2020. The HOY title has not be contested since then, due to Covid and weather-enforced cancellations, but all being well should be held again this coming March 2024.
Incidentally, LT Holst Andrea was in foal to Clinton when she arrived in New Zealand. That foal – LT Holst Elizabeth – later travelled back to Europe with her owner/rider Annabel Francis and had good placings both there and in the United States. She was sold to European owners earlier this year.
Freda’s multiple awards
LT Holst Freda, who is now nine, won the National Seven-year-old Young Horse Championship in 2021, with the only double clear in the final class and faultless jumping throughout the three days of competition. She also won the style prize. She finished fourth in her six-year-old championship, was the five-year-old champion in 2019, and was a real standout as a four-year-old: once again the only horse of her age to finish three days of jumping without a single fault, winning the national title and the style prize. She is owned and ridden by Julie Davey, who has had Freda since the age of two... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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