49 3-year-old fillies competed for 2018 Supreme Champion Mare at Elmshorn.
Out of 12 mares having made it to the next round, the panel of judges comprising Heino Kracht (Hamburg), Friedrich Wettberg (Despetal) and breed director Dr. Thomas Nissen, ranked Hevita by Quick Fire-Carthago-Lavall I (stem 2666) first. The harmonious bay mare bred and owned by Reimer Detlef Hennings, Bendorf, stood out for overall correctness, perfect frame and exceptional movement. The winner of the Rendsburg-Eckernförde mare inspection put up a brilliant performance whenever she was presented.
The first reserve champion mare announced by the judging panel was a filly by Contendro I out of a Caretino-Kilian dam (stem 2951) bred and owned by Norbert Schmuck, of Henstedt-Ulzburg. Helena II had been performance tested with excellent marks several weeks earlier and stood out for her exceptional athleticism and dynamic movement at Elmshorn as well.
Boasting tremendous movement, the perfectly turned out second reserve champion mare, Himmel MCF by Chin Champ-Corrado I-Cassini II (stem 8751), has American owners.
And she was named the mare with the best movement: Heaven M by Ampère-Quite Capitol-Corrado I (stem 2151) bred and owned by Heike Magens, Elskop.
The Holsteiner Verband board had invited Dr. Eberhard Senckenberg to comment about this event, with the outgoing director of Schwaiganger main and state stud emphasizing in particular the athleticism and modernity of the Holsteiner mares born in 2015 in his commentary.
Photos: Janne Bugtrup