Euro Update: Ride One of Andreas Helgstrand's Horses in Herning!

Perhaps you will become one of the fortunate few  who will get the opportunity to ride one of Andreas Helgstrand or Andreas Schou’s Grand Prix prospects! The two reigning Danish Dressage and Jumping Champions have joined forces to deliver tremendous entertainment in a special event Thursday night at the 2009 Danish Warmblood Stallion Show in Herning.
Bring your riding clothes!
Thursday night a joint clinic with two of Denmark's national team members, Andreas Helgstrand and Andreas Schou, will present true X-factor in a presumably crammed arena B in Herning. The two leading riders of the equestrian disciplines dressage and show jumping will perform a different and quite entertaining programme for the audience. Four persons in the audience will be given the opportunity of riding our horses, explains Andreas Helgstrand with enthusiasm and continues, - we believe this to become very challenging and entertaining.

The selected spectators, who are fortunate to get this opportunity of jumping one of Schou's show jumpers or performing dressage exercises on one of Helgstrand's dressage horses, will at the same time receive help and guidance riding the horses just like a regular jumping or dressage lesson.

In order to audition with Andreas Schou or Andreas Helgstrand it is important to register at the entrance and also wear riding clothes.
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Sunliner, Champion of the 2009 NRPS Stallion Licensing

The dressage bred Sunliner became the champion of the 2009 NRPS Stallion Licensing held in Ermelo, The Netherlands on January 31, 2009. Sixteen stallions in total were licensed after the third round of the approval.

The NRPS (Dutch Riding Horse and Pony Society) does not really proclaim a licensing champion but honours the stallion "with the best trot". The title is based on the enthusiasm of the audience and the stallion which receives the most applause wins it. Sunliner, by Sandreo x Goodtimes, was the favourite this year. Previously named Alexander, this stallion beat show jumping bred Cappuchino van de Helle (by Casall x Corrado I). The third stallion really standing out was Travolta's Nieuwmoed, an Olivi x Havidoff x Akzent II colt.

Travolta's Nieuwmoed has quite a history, being an older stallion was was approved by the KWPN in 2003 but failed on his stallion performance test because the judges believed he didn't jump well enough for a dressage stallion. Very shortly afterwards, the KWPN society decided that dressage stallion no longer have to jump.
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Sir Donnerhall Colt, Champion of the 2009 Suddeutsche Stallion Licensing

A Sir Donnerhall x Lanciano colt was proclaimed champion of the 2009 Stallion Licensing of the South German Breed Societies held in Munich, Germany, January 29 - 31, 2009. Sixty-four of seventy selection stallions appeared at the licensing and thirty-three were approved. Eleven stallions made it into the premium ring.

The Sir Donnerhall x Lanciano was not only the champion of the dressage stallions but also the favourite of the public. With his lightfeeted gaits and radiant appearance, the colt outclassed the pack. Owner Georg Albert had purchased him three years ago at the Munich Foal Auction. After the licensing, the stallion sold at auction for 210,000 euro to the Landgestut Zweibrucken and Kurt Gravemeier.

The champion of the show jumping colts was a Cornet Obolensky x Acorado offspring. The talented jumper scored 10 for potential. He is owned by jumping rider Daniel Dassler and will be standing at stud at the Landgestut Schwaiganger.

The Dr. Jackson x Heraldik xx colt was proclaimed reserve champion. The gorgeous black stallion moved with much dynamic and excelled in trot. He is owned by Dr. Heribert Dammer and will stand at stud at Ferienhof Stucker.
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