You’re becoming aware the year 2021 is wearing on at a fast pace not least because the most important event on the Holsteiner calendar is just around the corner. On 28 -30 October the eyes of the international breeding and sport scene will be on Holstein.

Among many things that have stood the test of time, there are some new developments as well. For example the schedule has largely staid the same: Thursday will see the colts presented on hard surface, whereas expectation is rising for the free jumping on Friday. On Saturday the licening status will be announced and the elite riding horses put to auction. The preselection for the licensing took place in early September and Stephan Haarhoff, the new breeding director since early 2021, proved very happy about the colts born in 2019. “We have seen many very modern horses, who performed very good free jumping and have above average movement.” The free jumping rehearsal on Wednesday will see an innovation, with an in-and-out lane used to test the colts for technical skill and speed. “For the first time, there will be no lungeing this year, and no colts born in July or later have been accepted. In addition, the dressage stallions will present themselves in free running following the inspection on hard surface. With the new animal welfare guidelines forming an integral part of the concept, the obstacles in the free jumping lane will be no higher than 1.30m max”, Haarhoff continues.


Photo: Janne Bugtrup