Breeders from near and far gathered in the sold-out Holstenhall in Neumünster for the pre-breeding season presentation of the Holsteiner Verband stallion keeping GmbH sires.
They were spoilt for choice as all of the 32 stallions shown under saddle, jumping, or, in case of the older stallions, in hand, put their best foot forward and performed very impressively.
The three-year-olds licensed at the same venue in November demonstrated their readiness to undergo mandatory 14-day testing in a few weeks, above all the 2018 second reserve champion stallin, Keaton by Kannan: not only did he jump exceptionally well, but he also revealed his quality of movement already under the saddle of Kimberly Hinrich.
For many of the spectators the course jumping was the main attraction, with expert commentary on the stallions provided by international jumping rider Holger Wulschner along with Carsten Sostmeier and Norbert Boley, managing director of the Holsteiner Verband stallion keeping GmbH. While the four-year-old stallions jumped an age-appropriate short course, the older stallions performed a proper show course. The 2016 champion stallion, Unlimited by Uriko (ridden by Jesse Luther), Castle Creek by Casall (Ebba Johansson) and Catch by Colman (Maximilian Gräfe) all aim for the National Championship in Warendorf, whereas awesome jumping Million Dollar by Plot Blue, Barcley by Baloubet du Rouet and Zuccero by Zirocco Blue suggest themselves for the seven- and eight-year-old youngster tours. While Million Dollar is being produced by Ebba Johansson at the Elmshorn stallion stable, Barcley and Zuccero have moved to the yards of Christian Hess and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson respectively. The Casall rider had taken two other stallions to Neumünster as well: 2013 champion stallion Casaltino by Casall, and Crunch by Clarimo. Casaltino is to compete at international youngster level this season whereas Crunch – having already chalked up several Global Champions Tour placings - has already made it to the top.
Holstein is also known to produce interesting dressage horses every now and then. Ridden by Mareike Peckholt, four-year-old Goldball by Goldberg, co-owned by Paul Schockemöhle and the Holsteiner Verband stallion keeping GmbH, boasts great movement and is emerging as a likely candidate for the Warendorf National Championship where Clarksville by Cascadello I had been the talk of the town last year. Now commentator Christoph Hess pointed out this stallion’s considerable development, as he demonstrated he is definitely going to have his say in young horse dressage classes this year. Rainer Schwiebert had arrived from Helenenhof for a Grand Prix freestyle presentation of former National Champion, Catoo by Con Air.
And last but not least the two sporting heroes Casall by Caretino and Clarimo by Clearway, both looking fantastic, fresh and sprightly, as they were presented to the audience in hand by Marc Horns and Uwe Benzin. “Unfortunately, we did fall behind schedule somewhat“, Norbert Boley said after the presentation. However, he was very happy about the stallions. “They performed excellently almost without exception“.