Extended by one day, the Holsteiner Horse Days are held at the Holsteiner Verband Elmhorn facility from 11 to 13 June 2018.
Elite Mare Show
51 three-year-old fillies have qualified for the Elmshorn elite mare show on 13 June at the mare inspections held those past weeks in the various breeding districts. “I am very pleased about these fillies’ genetic diversity“, says breed director Dr. Thomas Nissen, “ as the results of selective breeding to outside blood improvement stallions have been quite convincing at the mare inspections, 13 daughters of these stallions – most of them proven at international level – have qualified. This provides Holsteins proven mare families with “fresh air” and new performance genes. The 51 selected mares are by 31 stallions. Casall is the most frequent sire at this year’s mare show, as he is represented by 8 daughters at Elmshorn; three fillies are by his son, Cascadello I. The dressage sector is well represented as well with Ampère, Rock Forever and Zhivago daughters demonstrating outstanding movement. Contrary to last year, the mares will not be free jumped. “Due to the opening ceremony of the new sand surface arena we are running on a very tight schedule on Tuesday with no adequate slot for the free jumping”, says breed director Dr. Thomas Nissen, but it is to be continued next year. In order to allow for an adequate time frame for classes, championships, the auction and all other events on the schedule, the Holsteiner Horse Days will kick off as early as Monday for the first time.
The Holsteiner studbook’s best 3-year-old fillies are presented on the triangle on 13 June in the morning, with the champion mare to be selected and announced after the foal auction.
She won the 3-year-old crown last year: Graziella BB by Casall
26 Foals in the Auction Ring
Wednesday, 13 June will see 26 promising Holsteiner youngsters go under the hammer. Six of them are by our studbook’s currently most iconic sire, Caretino son Casall. But now five-year-old Catch by Colman, for example, is also represented by three offspring. Catch was part of the Holsteiner foal auction himself and has embarked on a picture book career since: second reserve champion at the stallion grading, two-time winner of his stallion sport test and winner of young horse jumping classes, for example last year at the Holsteiner Horse days. Anticipation is running high for his foals, same as for two foals each by Livello and Kannan, or offspring by Central Park, Dinken, Diarado, Million Dollar, Uriko and Zinedream. Anybody looking for “international blood” may look forward to foals by Comme il faut, Van Gogh and Clarimo. And we have got something for Holsteiner dressage horse enthusiasts also, as young Quaterback and For Romance daughters will also go under the hammer of auctioneer Dr. Günther Friemel.
A filly foal by Catch out of a Casall dam to be auctioned at Elmshorn.
Time for new Champions
The Holsteiner Horse Days will not only see fillies being awarded titles and foals put to auction but also the selection of the State Dressage and show jumping Champion. Due to the new schedule, the four- and seven-year-old jumping horses are to perform their first rounds at the new sand arena already on Monday afternoon with the new champions of these age groups to be established on Tuesday. The five- and six-year-old jumping horse as well as the three-and four-year old riding horse classes are scheduled for Tuesday, as well. On Wednesday, the dressage horse classes are held in the Fritz-Thiedemann hall with the outdoor arena hosting the five- and six-year-old jumping horse finals.
As always, some special prizes will be awarded, as well. The partner and business circle Holsteiner Masters, involved in promoting young Holsteiner jumping horses, will again reward the breeders of the show jumping champions with a cheque which must be accepted in person, though. The same accounts for the breeders of the dressage horse champions. Moreover, dressage riders may again collect points towards the Holsteiner Dressage Horse Cup, with the final held at the Bad Segeberg State Horse Show.
Sand Surface Arena Opening
12 June is to see the grand opening of the Holsteiner Verband Elmshorn facility’s long planned sand surface arena. At 90 x 60m, with a warming-up arena measuring 50 x 60 m and state-of-the-art surface, the arenas meet the highest requirements for competition and training. Holsteiner Verband chairman Thies Beuck will open the arena after the State 7-year-old Show Jumping Championship.