Euro Update: Ulla Salzgeber and Herzruf's Erbe Win 2008 Otto-Lörke Prize

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

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Ulla Salzgeber and her rising Grand Prix horse Herzruf's Erbe have won the 2008 Otto-Lörke Prize handed to her at the CDI Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany, on Saturday night November 22, 2008. The award is donated by the German Olympic Equestrian Committee (DOKR) to the rider, trainer and owner of the most successful German Gand Prix horse of the year younger than ten years old.

Herzruf's Erbe is a 9-year old Rhinelander bred gelding by Herzruf von Königspark x Caletto I and is owned, ridden and trained by Ulla Salzgeber. In 2008, the gelding competed his first year at Grand Prix level and booked ten victories of which winning the CDIO Grand Prix in Mondorf Les Bains was the first highlight of his blooming career. Read More

Photo courtesy: Stuttgart German Masters

Furstenball, Champion of the 2008 Oldenburg Stallion Licensing

The dark bay stallion Furstenball became the champion of the 2008 Oldenburg Stallion Licensing in Vechta, Germany, November 22, 2008. Owned by the Danish Lone Boegh Henriksen, Furstenball (by Furst Heinrich x Donnerhall x Classiker) was the only stallion which impressed all three days of the licensing.

Furstenball is bred by Georg Sieverding, who also bred last year's licensing champion Sieger Hit. Two years ago, the Danish Henriksen purchased the young colt at the Vechta Elite Foal auction for the record price of 110,000 euro. A bold enterprise which clearly paid off as Henriksen sold half-ownership to Paul Schockemohle on the final day of the licensing for a rumoured gigantic amount of money.

Reared and prepared for the licensing by Henriksen's steady trainer Johannes Westendarp, Furstenball dazzled the judges on the hard surface and lunge line with powerful, engaged and elegant gaits. In freedom he moved with much expression and for a dressage stallion, he made an ok jump. In the premium ring, Furstenball was the only stallion to show such a ground covering, clear walk while maintaining a perfectly calm attitude in the testosterone filled stallion ring.

The reserve champion of the licensing was Xavier Marie's dark bay Sir Donnerhall x Rubin Royal x In Extenso colt. Some expected this super moving stallion to become Champion as owner and breed Marie of Haras de Hus is one of Vechta's foremost customers, but the colt landed a well earned second place. The bay with four small socks had a very good walk and a powerful trot with tons of flexion in the hocks and lots of knee action. At times he moved a bit Hackney-like, loosing throughness in the back, but in the premium ring and especially in the auction, he showed himself at his best. The colt sold for 130,000 euro to Spain. Read More

Le Champ ASK Sells for Record Price of 1,100,000 euro to Blue Hors Stud

The sensation of the auction was the sale of the Show Jumping Licensing Champion Le Champ Ask, a grey colt by Last Man Standing x Contender x Lorenz. In a tough bidding duel between the Danish Blue Hors Stud and Tailormade Horses, Esben Moller of Blue Hors secured the deal stopping the hammer at a price of 1,100,000 euro, the absolute record ever achieved at a German Breed Society auction. Bred by Reinhard Mahnel, this grey colt impressed with his astronomical jumping potential. Read More

Composition of Anti-Doping and Medication Commission Announced

The membership of the Anti-Doping and Medication Commission was announced as follows: Chairman: Dr. Arne Ljungqvist (SWE) representing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA)

Other members are:

  • Peter Wylde (USA), representing the Jumping Athletes
  • Carl Bouckaert (BEL), representing the Eventing Athletes
  • Wayne Channon (GBR), representing the Dressage Athletes
  • Kristin Kloster Asasen (NOR), representing the National Federations
  • John McEwen (GBR), Chairman of the FEI Veterinary Committee
  • Ken Lalo (ISR), chairman of the FEI Tribunal
  • Tim Ober (USA), Athlete veterinary
  • Alex McLin (SUI/USA), FEI Secretary General
  • Sven Holmberg (SWE), FEI First Vice President

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