The first Holsteiner State Champions have been ascertained: the best dressage horses in the five- and six-year-old age group have been determined and put a long-established Holsteiner breeder family in the focus, as both winners are bred by the Ellerbrock family of Kayhude.

Lissara by Lissaro-Aljano (mare family 7126) under the saddle of Christina Ellendt had excelled already the day before by winning the qualifier and danced to victory outperforming the other five-year-olds on the final day in the young dressage horse class at L level. The jury awarded the chestnut mare subscores as high as 8.5 and a total mark of 8.2. The sisters Nina and Sonja Ellerbrock of Kayhude answer for her breeding, and usually Sonja Ellerbrock sits in the saddle of the Lissaro daughter herself. Being at the Future Champions Show in Hagen over the weekend in her capacity as a trainer, her long-time pupil and rider Christina Ellendt filled in for her. “As I have been riding Lissara just a few times now, I’m the more happy it worked out so well for us right away”, the happy winner said after the ride.  On second position was the versatile Diarado-Heraldik/TB son Duplexx (Hans-Peter Petersen, Tating), mare family 3317, with Katja Bulgrin, scoring a total mark of 7.9. The black stallion is currently also attracting attention at show jumping venues across the state as well as in cross country tests. Last year’s champion, Oldenburg-registered Bella Rouge H by Bordeaux-Don Primero, ridden by Kimberly Kühl (total mark 7.7) took the bronze.

Yet Another Champion
The champion of the six-year-old dressage horses, De Coeur by De Niro-Exorbitant/TB is bred by the Ellerbrock family, as well. He also comes from mare family 7126, with his dam Ornella Muti being second dam to Lissara. For about three years now, the dark bay has been owned by his rider Jillian Maria Rüpcke, who has been training at the Ellerbrocks’ since her pony years. “I have been training and producing him along with Sonja and I’m over the moon we have been able to perform to our best advantage here at Elmshorn“, says the student who scored 8.4 overall for their performance. Markus von Holdt placed Quiraz ABN by Quaterback-Carpaccio (Anja Nygaard, Logumkloster), mare family 2290, on second position scoring 8.1 overall. Some years ago, the von Holdt family had bought the silver medallist as non-licensed colt at the Holsteiner Verband auction sale. Hanoverian-registered Sola Diva by Sarotti Mocca-Sahne-De Niro bred by ZG Redderberg, a breeding partnership recognized in Schleswig-Holstein for their jumping horses and Kira Goerens-Ripphoff (7.4) took bronze.

Up to and including Sunday, 13 June, the about 250 visitors permitted under the state ordinance can look forward to an exciting breed and sport programme. Saturday will see the finals of the state championships for the four- and seven-year-old jumping horses, along with top sport in the form of an S**level jumping class with jump off.  Moreover, 27 rigorously selected foals will be put to auction in a hybrid auction sale. Sunday’s celebrated highlight is to be the Verband mare show, crowned by the Holsteiner Future Cup for riding horses and the state championships of the five-and six-year-old jumping horses.

How to access
The current state ordinance allows for 250 visitors at a time in the open on the premises of the Elmshorn Holsteiner Verband facility (Westerstraße 93). This number does NOT include persons already vaccinated or recovered. All visitors are requested to fill in the record of attendance (available for download on to be handed over at the entrance. All visitors not in the vaccinated/ recovered group are requested to fill in an additional test certificate.

 Photo Janne Bugtrup: De Coeur and Jillian Maria Rüpcke