Crosiadore Farm's Solar Eclipse and Huntington Farm's Roundabout are invited to the Oldenburg Elite Mare Show in Rastede, Germany! Two North American OHBS breeders have just been bestowed with the great honor of having the mares they bred and own be invited to the most prestigious Oldenburg mare show in Germany! Nancy Holowesko of Crosiadore Farm in Maryland, and Ann Kitchel of Huntington Farm in Vermont will be sending their mares to the historic grounds of the Royal Stud of the Graf Anton Gunther von Oldenburg in Rastede, Germany to the Oldenburg Elite Mare Show to be held on July 21st, 2011.
Out of hundreds of 3 and 4-year-old mares that are inspected by the Oldenburg Verband in Germany every year, only a select group are invited to go on to the Mare Performance Test. Out of those mares, around 100 are awarded the States Premium Candidate title, and then out of these States Premium Candidates, approximately 60 are invited to the Mare Show in Rastede. These figures can obviously vary from year to year based on the quality of the mares presented, and this year 55 have been invited. Once in Rastede, the mares are presented in hand on the triangle to the judging committee. Approximately 15 (judges discretion) will be invited to what is called the "Brilliant Ring" where each mare is trotted in hand into the main stadium of the grounds, and then they are all asked to walk in a large circle around the judges who then rank the top 10 and name the Champion.
Remarkably, Nancy's mare, Solar Eclipse, was bred and born in the United States at Crosiadore Farm. Nancy shipped the now three year old over to Germany this past winter to be started by Johannes Westendarp. Solar Eclipse is sired by Sir Donnerhall (Sandro Hit x Contenance by Donnerhall) and out of Eclipse (Espri x Lagostina by Lemon xx). As a filly, Solar Eclipse was awarded the Alain Seheut Award by the Oldenburg Horse Breeders' Society for being the most outstanding foal of the 2008 North American Inspection season. In the Mare Performance Test held in Germany in early June, she was awarded excellent scores including a 9.5 for her canter, and was given the States Premium Candidate title!
Ann Kitchel on the other hand, has for years kept one foot in Germany and the other in the US. She has her own breeding facility and farm in Vermont, and keeps a few mares with Andrea and Clemens v. Merveldt at their breeding and training stables, Gut Füchtel in Vechta, Germany. Ann has had tremendous success with her breeding program having bred the Bundeschampionate bronze medalist and price record breaking stallion, Statesman OLD (Stedinger x St.Pr.St. Weissendra by Donnerschwee) and the top priced auction foal, Future Star (Floriscount x Frieda by Dormello).
Just recently, another stallion that Ann bred, Don Massimo (Don Larino x St.Pr.St. Little Star by Santander H) won the 6-year-old tests at the CDN Zandhoven, the CDN Schilde, the CDN Flemalle, and made it a quadrouple win at the CDN Herentals in Belgium! This essentially secured the stallion a spot to represent Belgium at the World Championships for the Young Horses in Verden with his rider Larissa Pauluis.
Amazingly, Ann had three mares invited to the Mare Performance Test where they were presented by Andrea and Clemens. Don Massimo's half sister, Little Sue (Dimaggio x St.Pr.St. Little Star by Santander H) was awarded the States Premium Candidate title, and Statesman's half sister, Westend (Status Quo x St.Pr.St. Weissandra by Donnerschwee) was awarded the Verband Premium title. Ann's third mare, Roundabout (Fidertanz x Rudonja by Don Schufro) not only was awarded the State Premium Candidate title, but was also invited to compete at Rastede!
The Oldenburg Horse Breeders’ Society sends out a huge congratulations to both Nancy and Ann, and we'll keep our thumbs pressed and fingers crossed for Rastede! Please visit www.oldenburghorse.com for full coverage of that event on July 21st!