From 9 to 23 February, the first station test for three-year-old mares took place in Elmshorn this year.

From 9 to 23 February, the first station test for three-year-old mares took place in Elmshorn this year. Besides the evaluation of the basic gaits, the rideability and the free jumping, also interior characteristics, which are summarised as a mark for the characteristic "willingness to perform and handling", are part of the test. One of the 18 mares that participated in this test received the highest score of 10 for her willingness to perform and handling.
 
Namely a Cascadello I-Chicago Z-daughter (Manfred Birchler, Bilten), Stamm 3697, who also shone with top marks in the other parts of the test and finished with an overall score of 9.18. Four other representatives of the 2018 mare crop received an overall score of 8.5 or better: these were an Uriko-Newton daughter, Stamm 2657, (Wolfgang Heller, Hennef), an Armand xx-Diarado mare, Stamm 8914, (Thomas Visser, Dentlein), a daughter of Casall out of a Contender dam (Katja Claußen-Brühe, Seeth-Ekholt), Stamm 1859, and a mare by. Del Arko d'Henvet-Uriko, Stamm 1907, (ZG Thorsten und Andrea Andresen, Norddorf). 

"We are very satisfied with this result and are looking forward to the next station test, where a four-year-old will also participate for the first time," said breeding manager Stephan Haarhoff. The 2nd test will take place from 28 April to 12 May.

Here you can find more information on the station tests and here you can go to the registration for the one-day field tests for mares, where five-year-olds can also be entered for the first time.
 
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Photos: Janne Bugtrup