On 3 February, starting at 2.30 pm, the stallions intended for breeding by the Holsteiner Verband stallion keeping GmbH this year are presented at the Neumünster Holstenhall. For this reason, we have talked to Norbert Boley, managing director of the stallion keeping GmbH.
How many stallions are presented in Neumünster?
The breeders can expect about 40 3-year-old and older stallions on parade.
What about the schedule of events?
We did not change much about our well-tried approach. We kick off with the free jumping of the young stallions. The 3-year-olds have just been started under saddle and will be shown under the rider as well, but as we don’t want to put too much strain on them they will not be jumped under saddle. About 25 four-year-old and older stallions are to demonstrate their quality jumping a course. And just to mix it up a little bit, the mature stallion and Thoroughbreds will be shown in hand.
Past years have always included a special “treat“ for the audience. Successful sport stallions approved for Holsteiner breeding have come to Neumünster for the breeders to get their own impression. Which stallion can they look forward to this year?
I am very happy that we will be able to present the French stallion Qlassic Bois Margot in Neumünster. Under Simon Delestre he is one of the very best jumping horses in the world and was part of the gold winning French team at the Caen WEG four years ago. His first offspring in France are now 8-year-old and very promising. I think this stallion should be ideally suited for Holsteiner breeding.
Last year, the Holsteiner studbook’s current figurehead, Casall by Caretino, has been retired from his awesome jumping career. Do you already have a successor waiting in the wings?
As you know, we have some stallions at the yard of Casall’s rider, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson. Unfortunately, Clarimo, a stallion with numerous international level showjumping offspring, sustained an injury at a show in the run-up to the Europeans with his return to sport still uncertain. His son Crunch is now 10-year-old and this past season he has demonstrated at international 2 and 3-star-level that he has got what it takes to follow in the “hoof steps“ of his sire or Casall. We have high hopes for now seven-year-old Quibery by Quintero, he is from one of the very best Holsteiner mare families (the Bühne stem bred by the Magens family) and has been right on track as yet. Another stallion deserving mention is Uriko by Untouchable. He has sport results to S level and has already produced four stallion-graded Holsteiner sons, including the 2016 champion stallion, Unlimited, which is also stationed with us and will be shown at the stallion presentation as well.
Following years of decline, the number of foals born and registered in Schleswig-Holstein has increased by 6.55 per cent in 2017 for the first time again. Has the stallion keeping GmbH been profiting from this trend, as well?
Yes, definitely. The number of mares bred by “our” stallions last year has increased by 9 per cent to 2016 and we expect that this trend will continue this breeding season.
So you are looking forward to the up-coming covering season?
Yes, we are. We have made a great number of top stallions available to our breeders for the 2018 breeding season, highly promising young stallions like for the example the reigning State 3-year-old riding horse Champion, Clarksville by Cascadello I, Catch by Colman, the undisputed winner of last year’s stallion sport tests, Million Dollar by Plot Blue, a serial winner of young horse jumping classes or already proven stallions like Dinken by Diarado and Casaltino by Casall. These are only some few examples from a wide range of stallions available to the breeders for their mares this year.