Verden. Some mares display incredible hereditary qualities. The impressive breeding account of state premium mare Sarah by Sherlock Holmes/Calypso II features three licensed stallions and twice as much internationally successful jumpers. The specialty: All horses descend from the same sire: Stakkato. It is the first time that the award “Hanoverian Mare of the Year” is given on the occasion of an event that is normally reserved to stallions. However, the importance of mares can never be over-estimated, neither in this context.
State premium mare Sarah was born at Adolf Feldmann’s in Hänigsen in 1995. Her dam had already produced advanced level jumpers in a row, and state premium mare Sarah impressively continues this tradition. The dam line of Adda is one of the most successful Hanoverian show jumping lines, also thanks to this mare. State premium mare Sarah already impressed as young mare when she won Ia-prize at the mare show in Schillerslage at the age of two, three and four. She completed her mare performance test with a score of 8 for rideability, 9 for jumping style and the highest mark of 10 for scope. She was of course entered into the Hanoverian Jumper Breeding Program with this super result.
State premium mare Sarah gave birth to 13 foals at the breeding site of Adolf and Christa Feldmann, all of them descending from the Celle state stud stallion Stakkato, such as for example the licensed stallions Saint Amour, Spartakhus and Saint Amour II. They are breeding in Sweden, France, Monaco and Belgium. Saint Amour competed in the Final of the Bundeschampionat with Eva Bitter in 2004 and 2005. His victory at the 2009 World Cup Show Jumping Championships in Gothenburg and his participation at the European Championships in Windsor with the Swedish rider Svante Johannsen are certainly his most important successes. Saint Amour was the first foal out of state premium mare Sarah. Sarah Bella is one year younger and was sold to Italy at the 2003 Verden Elite Auction. She was successfully placed in international jumper classes with Laura Baiguera. The same applied for Scaglietta with Martina Wrede, Sina Qua Non with Frederik Knorren, Salut D’Amour with Jennifer Fogh Pedersen and Sofia Westborg and Saint Christina with Tobias Clar.
State premium mare Sarah’s progeny were sold to eight different countries. Christa Feldmann accepted the award in the Niedersachsenhalle. Her husband who was deeply enthusiastic about the offspring of state premium mare Sarah, did not live to see the success of his breeding work.