Euro Update: Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris on a Roll

This week's Euro Update reports on the 2009 CDI Hagen, the first outdoor competition of the 2009 European international show season. Hosted at Hof Kasselmann in Hagen, Germany, the CDI Hagen also featured the 2009 German Championship for Professional Dressage Riders, which were won by Hartwig Burfeind. Blue Hors Stud came reported the sad news that their prized stallion Le Champ ASK had turned out to be infertile.

Britain’s Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris won the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at Hagen CDI in Germany, 22-26 April 2009, beating Germany’s Matthias Alexander Rath on Sterntaler Unicef  (by Sion) as well as Nadine Capellmann on Elvis VA (by Espri).

The 14-year-old 17hh Danish Trakehner gelding “Alf” won the Grand Prix with 72.681%. The 24-year old Brit put in an impressive ride but  some mistakes kept her from hitting 75% overall. The trot work was rock solid with powerful extensions and steep half passes, but in the canter work some mistakes arose. She also won the Special with 74.375%.

“This was our first outdoor show of the season. He was so relaxed in the grand prix, I was a bit slow to make sure there was enough energy in the canter work. In the special, he was there for me immediately and his work was really expressive and powerful,” said Bechtolsheimer.

Full Text and Photo Report from the CDI Hagen

Hartwig Burfeind Wins 2009 German Championship for Professional Dressage Riders

Hartwig Burfeind has won the 2009 German Championship for Professional Dressage Riders  held at the CDI Hagen, April 24-26, 2009. In the first round, Burfeind took the lead aboard the 15-year old Swiss bred stallion Goofy de Lully (by Gauguin de Lully x USA) owned by the Swiss Anne Marie Sutter. He scored 69.106%. In the second round, they finished second with 69.542% and they won the finals with Horse Change, riding the two best tests with Cockney (72.222%) and Goofy (70.00%). Burfeind initially trained with Willi Schultheis and Herbert Rehbein and more recently with Holger Schmezer and Jean Bemelmans.
Johannes Augustin, who is regularly employed at Hof Kasselmann for the in-hand training of the horses, finished second in the Grand Prix (68.213%) and third in the overall championships. Aboard his own 14-year old Polish warmblood gelding Norblin (by Cezar x Dido) Augustin landed a third place in the Special (68.000%). In the finals with horse change, he scored the highest with his own horse (68.944%) and got 68.722% for his ride on Cockney and 66.833% for his test with Goofy de Lully.

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1,1 Million Euro Champion Stallion "Le Champ ASK" Infertile

Le Champ ASK, the 2008 Oldenburg Show Jumping Licensing Champion and record price selling sire, is infertile. Owner Blue Hors Stud purchased the stallion for a phenomenal 1,100,000 euro at the Oldenburg Stallion Licensing but now the grey proved to be unable to get mares in foal. None of the mares inseminated in Denmark and Germany were in foal. The stallion's semen quality seemed ok when it was tapped directly from the stallion, but mares never caught. The semen was researched by the Danish vet Jesper Møller Nielsen from the Ansager Animal clinic and by professor Sieme from the Equine High School in Hanover, Germany. Their results made Blue Hors decide to pull the stallion off the stud market.

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