Euro Update: Andreas Helgstrand and Matine, Danish Dressage Champions

Andreas Helgstrand, Denmark's undisputed number one Grand Prix rider, won the 2006 Danish Dressage Championships in Broholm aboard the 9-year old Danish warmblood mare Matine. Winning the Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Kur to Music, Helgstrand and Matine scored 70.71%, 77.16% and 79.9% and stayed far ahead of the 14 other competitors for the national title.

International dressage judge Susanne Baarup Christensen revelled in Matine's performances. "She's a fantastic horse. She is an outstanding complete horse without any weaknesses. Her piaffe and passage are of extraordinary power and in short, it's a horse with an excellent moving mechanism."

The silver medal went to Lone Jorgensen and Ludewig. Jorgensen has been a consistent member of the Danish dressage team the past decade and is certain of a place on the Danish team for the 2006 World Equestrian Games. The bronze medal went deservedly to Joachim Thomsen, the shooting star on the Danish scene this year. Already proving his value by qualifying for the Kur to Music at the CDIO Aachen, Thomsen and his Danish warmblood Mikado Engvang are able to continue to improve show after show, which culminated in a bronze medal at the Danish Championships

Brookhouse Stud's Con Amore Passed Away

It is with great sadness that Brookhouse Stud has to report the untimely passing of their young stallion Con Amore (Conteur x Pik Bube I x Wendekreis). The 3-year old licensed Hanoverian stallion had to be humanely put down on 3rd July 2006 due to mysterious complications following colic surgery last week.

On Tuesday 27th June 2006, Con Amore was transported to the equine clinic of Dr. Siebert in Karben for surgery after a severe colic attack. During the operation, a malign intestinal lymphoma on the small intestine was discovered and removed. Con Amore recovered well from the general anaesthetics, but in the next few days his immunity system collapsed. On 3rd July, Con Amore went into kidney failure. In agreement with the veterinarians, Brookhouse Stud unfortunately had to decide that it was in the horse’s best interest to put him down.

“We will greatly miss Con Amore. Even though he was still very young, he was the source of much joy and happiness in our stable. ‘Charlie’ charmed everyone with his fantastic personality,” said Emma Hindle and Thomas Hoffmann.

Ralao Duarte and Cruces Fernandez Sparkle at CDI Lisbon

At the CDI Lisbon in Portugal, Portuguese Miguel Ralao Duarte and Spanish Enrique Cruces Fernandez battled for the victory in the big tour. Ralao Duarte won the Grand Prix (69,458 %) and Kur (71.300 %) on Oxalis while Cruces Fernandez reigned in the Grand Prix Special (67,400 %) aboard RMS Keops. The Prix St Georges and Intermediaire I were an easy prey for Daniel Pinto and his Hanoverian World Flash. The pair won both tests with 69.300% and 70.600%

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Photo copyrighted: Klaus Sletting Jensen - courtesy: DRF

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