Euro Update: Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg Launches his eQuestrian Online Training Academy

Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Posted by Contractor


Internationally renowned dressage trainer Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg has founded the eQuestrian Online Training Academy at, his website links to a learning management system that will help to develop a rider’s knowledge and skills of dressage and other areas of equestrian discipline. Kottas will be utilising the techniques he has mastered over his 40 year career, which culminated in his appointment as First Chief Rider of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

Arthur’s aim in the creation of the Kottas-Academy is to formalise an internationally-recognised accreditation scheme for riders or instructors to his standard. The use of e-learning media has made the academy ideally qualified to provide this new service by making access available to all rather than just those that can attend his riding clinics.

Via Kottas ensures the continual passing on of the benefits of his knowledge even though he may not be directly working with the rider. The academy’s aim is to set up a single point of contact where users can find any information they need; from basic horse management, to dressage riding and instructors’ techniques. It will cater for those who have little or no experience straight through to those who ride at international level. (Read More)

Diamond Hit Colt Champion of 2007 South German Stallion Licensing

Among a large number of showjumpers a comparative small number of dressage prospects were presented at the Southern German Stallion Days, the approval of German breeding federations from Baden Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Zweibruecken, Saxony, and Thuringia. If there was one eyecatcher than it was a liver chestnut by former runner up in the world championships of young dressage horses Brookhouse Stud's Diamond Hit. The colt, looking like his famous grandsire Don Schufro, was bred out of a Carolus (Holst.) x Wenzel-mare and is branded Wuerttemberg. Excellent basic paces, a groundcovering picture perfect rhythmical walk, tremendous trot work with a very active hindquarter and lots of impulsion, plus a very good uphill canter are the characteristic features of the champion stallion.

Runner up was a big framed chestnut from the first crop of former Trakehner champion stallion Elfengeist out of an Oldenburg dam by Figaro-Aktuell. The dam performed successfully to Intermediaire 1 level. Very good trot and uphill canter make this Wuerttermberg stallion a true prospect for the coming Bundechampionate. He was presented by Schlossaecker stud and will start his career there.

Zagreb, Champion of the 2007 KWPN Stallion Licensing

For the second year in a row, a Rousseau offspring took the title of Champion of the 2007 KWPN Stallion Licensing. Last year, Wamberto took the spotlight, this year Zagreb stood out with his super active basic gaits and claimed the champion's sash at the end of four days of KWPN stallion licensing in the Brabanthallen of 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.

The champion Zagreb is by Rousseau out of Ibop mare test winner Orona (Jazz x Belisar). He is bred by B. Wilschut and presented by W.L. Plaizier. After the licensing, Zagreb sold in the KWPN Select Sale auction for a record amount of 430,000 euro to Blue Hors Stud in Denmark.

The reserve champion of the licensing was Zhivago, a delightful Krack C x Jazz offspring bred by Pegasus Stables and presented by Pegasus and Joop van Uytert.

Zagreb achieved the new record selling price at the KWPN Select Sale, the auction of licensed and non-licensed stallion following the licensing in 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. In a tough bidding duel between buyers from Denmark and the U.S., it was stable manager Esben Möller of the Danish Blue Hors Stud who ended up with the horse. The knock down price for Zagreb was 430,000 euro.

Second most expensive horse was Zidane (Jazz x Voltaire) who sold for 120,000 euro to Tim Coomans. Jan Schep purchased Zoltan (Rousseau x Sultan) for 90,000 euro. Craig Rawlins and Kebie van der Heyden of Stal Korenbloem purchased Zoïst Utopia (Jazz x Krack C) for 80,000 euro.

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