By Desiree Dahn / Holsteiner Verband
Photography: Janne Bugtrup
In the beginning, Uriko was considered an insider tip amongst breeders. But these times are long gone, with the Holsteiner Verband (Elmshorn)-owned stallion having produced show-jumping offspring attracting attention at international level for some time now.
The 15-year-old Uriko is by Untouchable out of a Lavaletto x Carthago dam from Holsteiner mare familiy 4172 and was licensed for breeding at Elmshorn in May 2011. He was approved to undergo licensing based on the breeding committee’s decision to accept the 30-day test as a positive performance test, and he underwent stallion performance testing the very same year. The judges’ verdict confirmed the talents the stallion had previously been demonstrating, with his canter graded 9.25 and his jumping ability 8.83. Overall, Uriko’s stallion testing based breeding value was 130.
The KWPN stallion totally embodies modern show jumping type. Standing 1m72 at the withers, he complies with breeding stallion requirements. His face is expressive, his well-proportioned neck ties perfectly into the body. His back is excellently constructed and with a well-muscled connection to powerful hindquarters.
Uriko was first shown in competition by Thomas Konle. At eight-years-old the ride was given to Maximilian Gräfe, with the combination boasting an impressive track record in competition, winning numerous jumping classes at S* level and finishing near the top in jumping classes through S**. Uriko continued his success story with Ebba Johansson with placings to S*** level in 2018. Now the bay’s total focus is on his breeding career.
But Uriko not only enjoyed success as a sport horse, first and foremost he has earned himself an excellent reputation as a sire. From his first crops he has had state premium mares and licensed stallions, including Uno I, reserve champion of the 2017 stallion grading, and United Way, who is out of Derby winner Carassina (by Concerto II). A son of United Way again, Update, presented perfectly modern and athletic at the 2021 Holsteiner main grading... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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