Euro Update: Dr. Schlotmann, First Woman on Oldenburg Stallion Licensing Committee

The first woman has been appointed by the Oldenburg state as member of the Oldenburg Stallion Licensing Committee since 1820.  will join the five breeding judge board that will consist of her, Dr. Schulze Schleppinghof, Ulrich Henschke, Sören Pedersen, and Wolfram Wittig.

Dr. Schlotmann was born in Schleswig-Holstein and graduated from the University of Kiel in agriculture. She worked for years as the gestuet assistant for the Niedersachsen Landgestuet Celle and was the representative for the director, Dr. Burchard Bade. In 1997 she came to work for the Oldenburg Verband where she was not only responsible for the registration and inspection process of the foals, mares, and stallions in Germany, she also was the Breeding Director for the foreign breeding programs such as the Oldenburg Horse Breeders' Society in North America.

At the end of 2005 she left the Oldenburg Verband to help her husband, Günter Schlotmann, in their own firm which supported the research of renewable energy. Schlotmann remained actively involved with the Oldenburg society and now returns in function.

Anky van Grunsven Cancells Entry for the 2009 CDI-W Gothenburg

Anky van Grunsven has cancelled her entry for the 2009 CDI-W Gothenburg which is set to take place this weekend in Sweden. Van Grunsven is suffering from back pain again which also caused her to withdraw from the London World Cup Qualifier. Salinero was already on his way to Sweden, but the lorry driver had to turn round and drive back home to Holland.

Van Grunsven had planned to make her post-Olympic come back with Salinero (by Salieri x Lungau) in Gothenburg. As the Dutch Olympic champion needs to ride Salinero in two World Cup Qualifiers in order to be eligible to compete in the 2009 World Cup Finals, Anky scheduled in Gothenburg and 's Hertogenbosch to meet the criteria.

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Damino SD Wins 2009 Swedish Warmblood Performance Test

Damino SD became the winner of the 2009 Swedish Warmblood Stallion Performance Test in Flyinge, Sweden, on February 14, 2009. Three, four, and five-year old stallions from several breed societies in Europe were up for inspection to be approved by the Swedish warmblood society. The three highlights of this year's testing were the 3-year old JJ Rayban, the 4-year old Damino SD and the 5-year old Dalwhinnie.

Nineteen young horses in total were approved of which seven were dressage stallions. Members of the licensing committee are Christina Olsson (chairman), Elisabeth Lundholm and Jan Ove Olsson  (gaits) Leif Nilsson and Maria Gretzer in jumping. The guest judges were Reinhard Baumgart (Dressage) and Rob Ehrens (Jumping). The Swedish Stallion Testing is defferent from other countries, as it lasts for nine days and the criteria differ per age category.

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