By Jean Llewellyn / press release
The first two days of the Westfalian Main Licensing, focused on dressage stallions, recently concluded. A total of 35 stallions from the overall high-quality licensing lot were approved, with 14 being awarded a premium title.
As a prelude, the 53 promising licensing candidates presented themselves to the commission and the expert audience on the triangular track. This was followed by the presentation of the stallions on the lunge. On the second day, the event started with free running.
The presented stallions of the 2019 vintage certainly convinced the five-member licensing commission with their consistently good quality during the various presentations: “There hasn’t been a vintage with such top-quality density like this one for a long time,” summarised breeding director Thomas Münch.
The champion stallion is a son of Escolar NRW out of a dam by Apache. The dam of this stallion is none other than the State Premium mare Aweih – a daughter of the successful mare Weihegold. He was bred and is owned by Bettina Hinnemann from Voerde. In addition to numerous licensed stallions, his damline also includes sport horses that have been successful in dressage up to advanced level. Particularly noteworthy is Weihegold, granddam of the champion stallion, who was successful in international dressage competitions under the saddle of Isabell Werth. Among other successes, the pair became team Olympic champions in Rio 2016.
The winning stallion was convincing in all areas: Already on the first day of licensing on the triangle he presented his three outstanding basic gaits. On the lunge it was his looseness and superb working attitude. “Impression, freedom of shoulder, and type of the stallion leave nothing to be desired,” was Thomas Münch’s conclusion.
The most successful stallion sire of this generation is the exceptional dressage sire Escolar with four licensed stallions. Besides this year’s champion stallion, he also sired another premium stallion... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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