This past weekend saw Rolf-Göran Bengtsson competing at the Opglabbeek horse show in Belgium. He had also taken with him Zuccero and Catch, two Holsteiner Verband stallion keeping GmbH owned stallions. Both stallions took home placings and important experiences from Sentow Park.
Zuccero by Zirocco Blue (Hanno Köhncke, Badendorf) appears on the result lists in jumping classes to 1.40m level two times. “Zuccero has an awesome attitude, so I tried to ride faster in one of the classes, as he has to learn this as well”, says his trainer, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson. “He always conveys confidence when negotiating a course and his convincing results in the youngster tours have shown that you can ask him to do anything to be expected from an eight-year-old.” In the coming season Zuccero will turn nine and is scheduled for the medium tour and jumping classes to 1.45m level.
Zuccero’s stable mate is Catch by Colman (Hans-Peter Löding-Hasenkamp, Quarnstedt) who also put up a good performance in Opglabbeek. “Catch is getting more and more reliable with every course“, says Bengtsson. “These past months I have done a lot of schooling on his jumping technique and he is jumping with a much better curve now, which is very favourable in particular for upright fences and combinations.“ At now seven-year-old, Catch is still eligible for next season’s youngster tour, with Rolf-Göran Bengtsson planning to give the young stallion some faster rides as well. Catch is quite experienced and reliable by now, resulting in a more dynamic overall performance, according to his Swedish rider. “Both stallions – Zuccero and Catch – have definitely been developing in the right direction. Now all we can do is hoping our showing plans for the upcoming season will not be thwarted by the Corona pandemic again“, says Rolf-Göran Bengtsson.
The news about Quintero-son Quibery (Hobe Magens, Ottenbüttel) are on a less positive note. Unfortunately the expectations raised by this stallion’s past performance could not be fulfilled due to an injury to the thoracic spine most likely caused by trauma resulting in ossification and preventing Quibery’s future use as a sport horse.