Autumn has slowly made itself noticeable at the Hannoveraner Verband in Verden. Not only the weather heralds the golden autumn and the leaves are slowly turning yellow, but also the licensing season is coming soon. After last year in Verden, for the first time, there were separate licensing committees for different disciplines, this year there will be two different licensings of the Hannoveraner Verband. The dressage stallions will gather in Verden on the first weekend of November from November 4 to 6 and the showjumping stallions four weeks later from December 2 to 4. More information about the licensing and ticket sales can be found in this newsletter.
We had already announced it - Dr. Ludwig Christmann will go into his well-deserved retirement at the end of the year. Starting next week, he will only work on certain projects. The team of the Department Breeding International with Tanja Coors, Bo Eitenmüller, Juliana Küspert and me will of course be available for all questions!
Head of Breeding International
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Verden Stallion Licensing and Stallion Sales - Dressage Stallions
The Verden stallion licensing was influenced by stallions with the initial letter E, which again give new impetus to the proven Adeptus xx line. First and foremost was a premium stallion by Escamillo, who achieved the top price of 700,000 Euros. 55 dressage stallions competed, 31 of which were licensed. Six of them left the Niedersachsenhalle as premium stallions. The licensed stallions left the stallion sales for an average of 125,346 euros.
Another premium stallion was discovered and raised as a foal by the Danish stud Blue Hors, Randbol. The handsome bay stallion was not for sale and will be available to breeders as a leased stallion at the Warendorf State Stud.
Two other stallions bred abroad were awarded the prestigious licensing title. Ferdinand and Sandra Hodel from Volken in Switzerland bred the strong-moving dark chestnut stallion by Fidertanz/Bordeaux. He was exhibited by Rothenberger Ventures GmbH, Bad Homburg, and was not for sale. Also presented only for licensing was a British Hanoverian by For Romance/Charmeur (breeder: Sandra Biddlecombe, Newent, GB, exhibitor: William Hopkins, Compton Pauncefot, GB). Already as a foal he was one of the highest graded colts of his crop in Great Britain.
Hannoveraner Stallion of the Year
The excitement was high: On the last day of the Verden stallion licensing, the secret was revealed. The Fidermark/Ravallo son Fidertanz is Stallion of the Year 2021. The dark bay stallion bred by Hermann Schult and owned by Hengststation Böckmann received the very emotional honor in true stallion style and did his lap of honor in front of the enthusiastic audience in the Niedersachsenhalle.
This was the second time this year that the Schult family had reason to celebrate in Verden. In August, three half sisters of Fidertanz had won the Herwart von der Decken Show as the best familiy of mares.
"Cheers, Ludwig!" was the title of the unofficial farewell to Dr. Ludwig Christmann at the breeders' evening on friday of the licensing week. Many companions had come together to give a dignified farewell to Dr. Christmann, who is retiring at the end of the year. The official farewell took place on the next day, during which he was awarded the Golden Badge of Honor of the Hannoveraner Verband as well as the Gustav Rau Medal in bronze of the German Equestrian Federation. A more detailed report will be available in the coming issues.
138th Verden Auction Elite Online - October 23/24
Sedamo K, the Hannoveraner champion and fourth place winner of the Bundeschampionat, achieved the top price of 305,000 Euros at the 138th Elite Auction Online. The average price was just as record-breaking. 40,943 euros had to be invested on average for the 79 top-class riding horses.
With 49 horses, over 60 percent of the collection at the 138th Elite Auction Online achieved prices of over 25,000 euros. 35 auction horses will advertise Hannover and the Rhineland all over the world. France appears six times in the sales statistics, followed by the USA, Canada, Austria and Spain with three purchases each.
Young stallion and foal collection
On the second day of the 138th Elite Auction Online, selected foals and two-and-a-half-year-old stallions with dressage horse pedigrees were in the spotlight. The top price among the foals was achieved by Dynamic in Black, who was auctioned off to Norway for 74,500 euros. The best-paid young stallion was Frankie K, for whom a buyer from the USA invested 55,500 euros.
Verden Stallion Licensing and Stallion Sales - Jumping stallions - December 2 to 4, 2021
After the first time that separate licensing commissions acted according to disciplines in Verden last year, there will even be two different licensings of the Hannoveraner Verband this year. The jumping stallions will meet in Verden on the first weekend of December from December 2 to 4.
The procedures, however, remain basically unchanged. The jumping stallions will be lunged, shown in free-running and jumped. For the first time, the licensing of the showjumping stallions will be integrated into the Hannoveraner Show Jumping Masters, a young horse competition for four- to eight-year-old show jumpers, which celebrated its premiere in Verden in 2020 and in which the final competitions will ride against the clock from the age of five.
You can find the schedule and more info about the ticket sale here.
Verden Auction Online - Riding horses and two-year-old stallions (jumping) on November 20, 2021
The auction collection on November 20 holds 27 selected dressage and 18 showjumping horses. The auction horses can be inspected daily in training from November 10 to 20 and can be tried out by appointment.
A fine selection of two-year-old stallions completes the collection of the Verden Auction Online in November. The collection of selected stallions with jumping pedigrees will be available for international customers from November 18 to 20 in the live presentation on Friday morning, November 19, and for personal inspection. The auction horses will be sold online athttps://link.edgepilot.com/s/219f6064/h3t6gXFSPk6CHkUPFxd3uA?u=http://www.verdener-auktion-online.com/.
Spain elects champions
The young horses in Spain competed in Las Cadenas (Madrid) at the end of September. Hannoveraner and Rhinelanders were best represented in terms of numbers. A total of 23 finalists carried the Hannoveraner or Rhineland brand.
The silver medal in the four-year-old class was won by Flanell by Flanell/Hohenstein (breeder: Horst Hestermann, Walsrode) and Antonio José Vazquez Quintero. The dark bay was in 14th place in the qualification and excelled in the final with an outstanding performance, thus securing second place in the overall standings.
Other placed horses were the Londontime/Sir Dinnerhall I daughter Little by Little (breeder: Dr. Heinrich Aretz, Heinsberg) and Tiana 2M2 by Totilas/San Amour I (breeder: 2M2 Horses, SWE). Both made the journey to Spain together as foals after the Verden auction and both were under the saddle of Rubén Costa Giner.
Also competing in the final were Fairplay by Fürstenball/Sandro Hit (breeder: Rolf Eggerking, Brinkum) with Ramón Navarro Parra, Flynn by Finnigan/Showstar (breeder: Dr. Christina Beuke, Lilienthal) with Victor López Pérez and Rock Island by Rubin-Royal/Fürstenball (breeder: Günter Lindwehr, Alfhausen), who was sold at the Elite Auction last fall to Spanish ownership, with Cristina Khamidoulin.
The outstanding champion in the five-year-old class was L'Avion SN by Livaldon/Longchamp (breeder: Katharina Oltmann-Heemke, Kirchlinteln). The dark bay stallion, who is particularly impressive with his uphill canter, placed third at the Bundeschampionat two years ago, then was the top priced horse at the Elite Auction and then started his journey to Spain.
Also delighting in the finals were the former Verden auction foal Mohikaner by Morricone I/Rouletto (breeder: Kai Baumgartner, Wulkau) under Rosendo Delas Llorens and Drago (Rhld.) by Don Romanov/Londonderry (breeder: Walter Lilje, Obernholz) under Alfonso Expósito Santiso. Other finalists were the Lord Loxley/Rocket Star son Lord Sunshine (breeder: Gestüt Sonnenhof/BEL) with Lucas Elias Lara and Fraggle Rock by Floriscount/De Niro (breeder: Jürgen Kötter, Rullstorf) under Juan Francisco Fernández Muñoz.
In the six-year-old class, places four to eight were occupied by Hannoveraner. The best representative of his breed was Semino SN, who moved to the Iberian peninsula via the Riding Horse Auction. The chestnut stallion by Scolari/Fürstenreich (breeder: Michaela Pridöhl, Grethem) was presented by Manuel Pérez Valle. He was followed by Danburry (VA) by Don Index/Hohenstein (breeder: Anette and Detlef Schelhas, Lage) with Carlos Bayo Calvo, Dimancier SN (VA) by Dancier/Warkant (breeder: Heinrich Poppe, Neustadt) under Manuel Pérez Valle, Fenicia SN (VA) by Fürstbischof/Lauries Crusador xx also under Manuel Pérez Valle and Hann.Pr.St. Dehli by Don Frederico/Fürst Heinrich (breeder: Hof Brüning, Ochtmannien) with Agustin García Garrido.
In the seven-year-old class, Qautar (VA) by Quantensprung/Laurentio with Alejandro Oliva Lázaro and Sarokki (VA) by Sarotti Mokka Sahne/Falsterbo (breeder: Jürgen Geffken, Lilienthal) under Carlos Bayo Calvo represented their breeding area in the final.
Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Hungary and Portugal
After the elegant bay mare had already represented her home country Hungary's colors at the 2021 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, she was able to show off at the Hungarian Championships for Young Dressage Horses in mid-October. The Sarotti Mokka Sahne/Fürst Heinrich daughter Brilliant Mokka Sahne (breeder: Hinrich Engelke, Dörverden) won the seven-year-old class under her rider Antonia Galfi and was able to defend her last year's title.
In the class of the six-year-olds, Dillinger by Diacontinus/Sion (breeder: Stall Wacholderheide, Himbergen) was able to lead the lap of honor at the Championships of Young Dressage Horses in Portugal, which took place at the same time. The gray horse bred for jumping with Joao Faustino in the saddle was also able to repeat his previous year's victory.
Hannoveraner Ibiza sons impressed in the USA
After a one-year break due to corona, it was a compelling necessity to offer sport tests for stallions again this year for breeders in the USA and Canada. The proven locations Pollyrich Farm in California and Hilltop Farm on the East Coast in the US state of Maryland were once again available for this purpose. Eight stallions were presented at Pollyrich Farm, five dressage and three show jumping stallions. The best result with a final score of 8.75 was achieved by the Hannoveraner Ibiza/De Niro son Influencer EDI, bred by Thomas Heuer, Bienenbüttel, and purchased by Exclusive Dressage Imports at the licensing in Verden. His outstanding walk was awarded the highest score of 10.0. He was followed by the Bon Coeur/ Freudenprinz son Bodo, bred by Franz-Josef Scharafin, Viersen, with a score of 8.6. The three other dressage stallions had KWPN papers and were by Toto Junior and twice by Bordeaux. They also achieved final scores of over 8, so this was a small but high quality dressage group.
Two of the three jumping stallions finished the test. The U.S.-bred Holsteiner Lakota WT by Liocalyon was presented superiorly, scoring a final score of 8.37. The U.S.-bred Hannoveraner Escher DFEN finished the test with a final score of 6.7, a son of Escudo II out of the Thoroughbred mare Pleasant Tap.
At Hilltop Farm in Maryland, 21 stallions competed, twelve in dressage, eight in show jumping. Again, the two highest-scoring dressage horses had Hannoveraner paper, and again it was a son of Ibiza who earned the highest final score of 8.75. Maximus was his name, bred by Ad Valk, Netherlands, out of the KWPN mare Goldfever by Apache. Talent, high rideability values and of course very good basic gaits, among which his canter ( score 9.5) was outstanding, distinguish this four-year-old hopeful. The second highest score was 8.35 for the Lord Leatherdale/Negro son Louisville HTF, bred by Hilltop Farm. His canter and rideability were excellent (both 9.0). Final scores above 8.0 were achieved by the Oldenburg stallions Epic Eastwood by Escolar (8.25), Marcario MW by Morricone I (8.25) and Fellini CF by Finest (8.15). Traveling from Canada was the Royal Canadian Mounted Police-bred Don Index/Sinatra Song son De Nouveau, who scored a final score of 7.2.
A Hannoveraner was also among the top group in the jumping stallions. This was the big-lined five-year-old Clinton I son Copernicus WF, bred in Canada by Windswept Farm in the Greater Toronto Area. His dam, the elite mare Flower Song, is by the For Pleasure son Federalist out of a dam by Evergreen. The highest score (9.13) was given to the Westphalian, already licensed for Hannover, Calisto (Coconut Macaroon), who was also the highest-scoring jumper stallion at his first sport test two years ago. The Belgian Warmblood stallion Obi Wan B by Nabab de Reve/Jus de Pomme also impressed with great ability, achieving a final score of 9.05. Another Canadian-bred Hannoveraner stallion was the chestnut Beau Balou by Bon Balou/Calypso de Moyon bred by Louise Masek, Ontario, final score 7.85. This was his second sport test, which means he has now achieved final approval.
Licensing of the British Hanoverian Horse Society
The licensing of the British Hanoverian Horse Society (BHHS) took place at the end of October. The British Hanoverian Timolin by Totilas/Sion is now licensed for the BHHS and the Hannoveraner Verband. Also licensed were Da Marco by Danone/Spörcken and Voyage DRD by Vitalis/Flammengold.
Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Hanoverian Society
The meeting was a watershed moment thanks to Covid 19 making it impossible to gather in person, but it went rather well all things considered. The time set for the meeting meant that it was possible for the first time to have members of the Verband present to join in and help with advice where required. Namely Dr. Ludwig Christmann – soon to retire as head of Breeding in foreign countries – and over many years’ worth of direction and advice and three Stud tour visits to New Zealand it was an opportune time for breeders to say thank you and farewell. Also joining in was Juliana Küspert – the new liaison person at the Verband head office in Verden It was good to meet Juliana and to put a face to the name.
There was a changing of the guard with the election of new officers:
- President: Judith Matthews. Judith needs no introduction – being one of the Society’s foremost and longer standing breeders
- Vice President: Angela Miller. Angela is well known in Show jumping circles. She lives in Hastings, is a qualified accountant and runs a demanding business as well as a busy yard of jumping horses.
- Vice President: Isabella Dalrymple- Gorringe. Isabella is a lawyer, recently returned from work experience in the UK – and is starting work with a law firm in Christchurch. She is the grand daughter of founding member and Anamour syndicate head. Patricia Dalrymple so she is well versed with Hanoverian matters.
- Secretary: David Woolley. David is an up-and-coming breeder who is becoming well known in dressage circles now with the success of his young horses out there with some of the best riders in New Zealand
- Julianne Flyger stays on as Treasurer for a second term.
Three people were recognized for their contributions over the past years.
- Julian Aaron – was rewarded for his selfless work to manage and promote the Hanoverian Sash Awards scheme – since 2008. It was an amazing effort of those years – and the product is highly regarded at the Dress Premier League Shows all over New Zealand. Julian was awarded Honorary membership of the Society. Thank you, Julian.
- Renai Hart and Angela Smith were thanked and applauded for their contributions over many years.
Although not retiring completely, both ladies have stepped aside from management – but will continue in other roles for some time to come. Renai as our delegate to Hanoverian International – and as Vice President of the WBSFH and Angela as Studbook judge.
- Robin Potter, NZHS
WebSeminar on Bloodlines in Canada
Interesting educational opportunity for Canadian breeders: The Canadian Hanoverian Society offers the well-known WebSeminar on bloodlines with Dr. Ludwig Christmann. Information on how to register can be found here.
Breed Orientation Course 2021
For a long time it was unclear whether it would be possible to take the step of again offering a Breed Orientation Course for those internationally interested in the Hanoverian horse. The team at Studbook International took the plunge and was rewarded with consistently positive feedback. "The course was so educational, we definitely have to come back next time!" was a sentence the team heard many times.
In the week before the dressage stallion licensing, the 20 participants were offered a mixture of basics on the breeding program, the evaluation of horses as well as the Hanoverian bloodlines and visits to stallion owners, breeders and rearers. The highlight was the visit to the stallion licensing. On all days, the participants were accompanied by Maren Schlender, Juliana Küspert, Bo Eitenmüller and Dr. Ludwig Christmann, to whom the participants owed special thanks. No question remained unanswered, no chance to expand the knowledge was missed. In the end, two participants were able to purchase a promising stallion at the auction on Saturday. "This was truly a life-changing course and we thank the organizing team," the buyer reported.
The Studbook International team would like to thank the amazing group of participants and is very excited to continue to be in contact with everyone and to see one or the other face again soon!
- The Assembly of Delegates announced for November 1 in the members' magazine DER HANNOVERANER is postponed to January 26, 2022.
- World Championships of Young Carriage Horses-Dream Catcher becomes World Champion in the class of five-year-old carriage horses: In Szilvásvárad/HUN, Dream Catcher by De Niro/Epernay bred by Rudolf Temporini, Westergellersen, became World Champion of young carriage horses. The reigning Bundeschampion of five-year-old carriage horses won both dressage and obstacle course competitions and took a commanding lead with Jessica Wächter.
- Dressage World Cup - Ferdinand BB and Jessica von Bredow-Werndl win the World Cup in Zakrzów/POL: The World Cup Freestyle in Zakrzów, Poland, ended with a Hannoveraner double victory. In his first World Cup appearance, Ferdinand BB by Florencio/Lanciano (breeder: Bernhard Sieverding, Twistringen) won with Jessica von Bredow-Werndl ahead of the De Niro/Caprimond son Du Soleil (breeder: Sven Kahrens, Dedelstorf) with Kristy Oatley in the saddle.
- Falco and Tim Price win CCI5* Pau/FRA: With a sovereign start-finish victory, the Cardenio/Weinberg son Falco (breeder: Norbert Nowak, Haren) and Tim Price from New Zealand won the CCI5*-L in Pau. This makes the twelve-year-old the second Hannoveraner five-star winner of the year.
- Upcoming changes in veterinary auction services: After ten years of cooperation, Dr. Frank Reimann will end his work as auction veterinarian of the Hannoveraner Verband and in the practice rooms at the Niedersachsenhalle at his own request by the end of the year. He will continue to be available to the Hannoveraner Verband in an advisory capacity in veterinary matters as well as in the supervision of the licensing. Dr. Frank Reimann will continue to be available for the examinations of riding horses as part of the selection journey for the January 2022 auction. The Hannoveraner Verband would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Frank Reimann for his good, reliable and constructive work as auction veterinarian.
- The Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board, Ernestine Zwingmann, has announced that she will not run again for the Chairmanship of the Supervisory Board at the Assembly of Delegates in January. [More]