Cahil is the Holsteiner Champion Stallion of 2019.
The Cornet Obolensky offspring out of Operette III by Contender-Cor de la Bryère-Caretino was bred by Manfred von Allwörden (Grönwohld). The grading commission comprising Michael Gonell (Eckernförde), Wulf-Hinrich Hamann (Ammersbek), Jens Hauschildt (Seester), Horst-Klaus Heleine (Ober-Ramstadt) and breeding director Dr. Thomas Nissen (Kiel), chose the grey as champion of the young stallions presented for grading this year. The mare family 776 has already produced licensed stallions like Livello, Crunch and Landos, while a half sister to Cahil, Vienna Olympic by Cassini I, boasts jumping placings at international S level.
“Holstein has never seen the like of it before“, says auctioneer Hendrik Schulze Rückamp with regard to the reserve champion stallion, Chinchero by Chopin-Clarimo-Cassini I-Caretino, from mare family 7709, being from the very same breeder, Manfred von Allwörden in Grönwohld. Von Allwörden presented as much as nine of the 71 colts inspected at Neumünster. Contrary to Cahil, Chinchero was sold at auction, but will stay available to the Holsteiner breeders: at 400,000 euros, the highest-priced stallion sold to the stable of jumping rider Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann. Young breeder Magnus Redderberg (Ahrensbök) is the breeder of second reserve champion stallion, Milbridge by Million Dollar-Cambridge (mare family 1866), knocked down to Saxony’s Moritzburg state stud at 90,000 euros. Out of 20 stallions licensed, six have been awarded the coveted premium status; other than the three mentioned above, these are Fidano by Fidertanz-Silvano (mare family 776) bred by the breeding partnership Pflügler and Ahrens (Weddingstedt) and owned by the Holsteiner Verband Hengsthaltungs GmbH (Elmshorn), Baloubetto by Balou du Rouet-Diarado (mare family 6848), bred by Klaus-Peter Wiepert (Neuratjensdorf) and exhibited by Johan Ifverson from Sweden as well as Soleto by Somersby-Contender (mare family 741) bred and owned by Witt Pferdezucht GbR, Wellinghusen. Twelve licensed stallions changed hands at an average of 8,416.67 euros, six of them sold abroad (South Africa, Sweden, USA, and Italy). The 30 non-licensed colts sold at an average of 22,283.33 euros, the highest-priced of them, Zoronto (Carsten Schultz, Poggensee) by Zuccero-Stauffenberg, a maternal half brother to Max Kühner’s Cielito Lindo (by Clarimo) was knocked down to the USA at 44,000 euros. All in all, as hinted at by Dr. Thomas Nissen in the run-up to the event, the Neumünster crowd saw the age group deliver a strong jumping performance, even though “only” 20 stallions have been licensed. “Stallion-graded by the Holsteiner Verband is to remain an extraordinary designation, so we have adopted a high standard”, the breeding director said post-grading.
The head of marketing, Roland Metz, was very pleased with the stallion auction as well: “We had super days at Neumünster, starting with perfect conditions and top weather for the triangle presentation in the open, with the crowd already in a great mood and the colts definitely putting their best foot forward. This positive mood was kept up and continued over the following days and the auction.”