No. 8 | August 2011
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Franco Jeas and rider Andreas
Ostholt won the three-star event
and with that also the German
Championship title. Photo: Rau
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They must perform miracles
Once again Luhmühlen proved that Hanoverian event horses are on the advance. They celebrated a dual victory in the Westergellerser Moorland. Franco Jeas won the three-star and
Euroridings Butts Leon the four-star competition.
By Rolf Hillmann
uhmühlen 2011 will go down in history as a
‘Hanoverian competition’, at least the threeand four-star competitions in June will do. Two
Hanoverians being Olympic competitor Euroridings
Butts Leon by Heraldik xx/Star Regent xx (breeder:
Friedrich Butt, Bülkau) with his rider Andreas Dibowski and eleven-year old Franco Jeas by Friedenstraum/Lemon xx (breeder: Rudi Seifert, Nordholz) ridden by Andreas Ostholt won both top-level
international events. This victory also meant the
German Champion title for Andreas Ostholt. Julia
Mestern finished forth in the three-star event with
her loyal FRH Schorsch by Sherlock Holmes/Weltmeyer (breeder: Otto-Hans Brandt, Hohenlangenbeck). Last year’s German Champion won the
bronze medal on national level. Only two weeks
earlier event rider Kai Rüder from Holstein, who
rides Hanoverian horses, reported back from England where he had lit up the three stars at Braham’s
event bringing home the victory with his Hanoverian Saaten Unions Charlie Weld by Connery/Spartan (breeder: Dr. Hartmut Schulte-Wiese, Plettenberg).
Andreas Dibowski benefitted from this circumstance as he was one of the last competitors to finish the jumping course after having had a good
dressage test and the fastest time cross-country
even though he selected to ride the time-consuming alternative at the coffin. He was finally award
ed the luck of the experienced completing a faultless course after 22 years of show participation in
Luhmühlen. Euroridings Butts Leon was in true European Championship-form and left no doubt that
his home-victory was well deserved.
Dress rehearsal for
The big event in Luhmühlen in June was a dress
rehearsal for the European Championships that
will take place in Luhmühlen’s new riding stadium
at the end of August. New grandstands, new office
buildings, brand new sand rings as well as a new
sand jumper ring. A feeling of sadness flooded
through those who knew and appreciated
Luhmühlen as it was. The idyllic heath with grass
rings and clusters of birch-trees made room for a
functional and modern riding stadium which led
one visiting fan to comment, “Luhmühlen’s soul
has been sold.” A tough judgment that was countered with high praises by the riders!
It is obvious that more and more Hanoverians have
done everything right in the sport of eventing and
the desire for the almost perfect all-round horse is
consistently growing. Many travelled to Ireland
and England in earlier times to import event horses. Now more and more British, Scottish, Irish,
French, Dutch and other people come to Germany
to pick a horse for this discipline out of the German Warmblood breeding program.
The sand rings had proven their functionality latest
on Sunday at the final jumping class when it rained incessantly. Every rider finished the competition under the same conditions on excellent footing.
Medals for Franco Jeas and FRH Schorsch
The three-star event, the German Championships
and an open competition offered excitement until
the very end. Andreas Ostholt had accepted his
third place and went on to take care of his horse
after a clear round in stadium jumping. Behind the
scene and away from the action he did not realize
that he had just earned the title German Champion for the first time. Full of praise he thanked his
eleven-year old Franco Jeas, “He just does everything right.”
Phillip Bandilla, who used to compete in the most
difficult events, is now Julia Mester’s life-partner.
He was very involved in the sale of Charlie Weld to
Kai Rüder and jumped for joy when he heard of the
pair winning the three-star event in Bramham,
England. “That’s so wonderful; first Charlie Weld
was not good enough for the British and now he
has beaten them on their home turf!” German
event riders have become the greatest fans of German horses. The reason lies in the changed format
Title defendant FRH Schorsch and
Julia Mestern impressed with good
form winning the bronze medal.
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“They are careful, powerful, talented and very athletic; they have technique and when it really counts
they perform miracles.” They have a huge advantage: they still jump when they are tired. “While
other horses may have a fall at the landing these
two still are safe on their feet. They were born with
the attribute to do everything right even in critical
Kai Rüder came to a similar judgment about his
Charlie Weld whose victory in Bramham on an extremely hilly, tiresome course finally proved his
world class. “Charlie has the right mixture of genius and insanity; he is aim-oriented, always focuses
on the task at hand, very ambitious and never lets
his rider down. He will go through fire!” He shows
great talent for dressage and for jumping to the
point that he could have been a top performer in
any sport horse discipline, “he moves phenomenally and jumps so powerfully.” n
Euroridings Butts Leon and Andreas
Dibowski proved their ability at the
Westergellerser Moorland winning
the CCI****. Photo: Rau
of international eventing. The racetrack has been
eliminated. The cross-country courses have become tighter, faster, and trickier. Horse, that can
not only gallop but also jump are enormously in
demand. The rideability is of crucial importance as
the basis for a successful competition is often laid
on the first day in the dressage ring.
Andreas Dibowski for instance says about his two
top Hanoverians FRH Fantasia and Butts Leon,
Andreas Dibowski, “All criteria
needed is combined in a Hanoverian.” Photo: Rau
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Andreas Dibowski and Kai Rüder talk openly in an
interview of THE HANOVERIAN about Germany’s
dominance in the sport of eventing, Hanoverians
going cross-country, the proper attributes of a
cross-country horse and thoughts about breeding.
jumping fault apart from each other before they
entered the jumping competition in Badminton
this year. There are a lot of riders at the top with
very close scores. German breeds are able to produce the proper horses for this sport. “
THE HANOVERIAN: German riders and German horses play a significant role in international eventing when victories and placings are distributed in great championships
– are you surprised?
Kai Rüder, “the blood-influenced Warmblood horse with above average dressage and jumper ability
has a clear advantage since the racetrack has been
eliminated. Toughness and speed must be maintained though. Horses must be rideable as there are
complicated lines to follow on the courses. We
need what the German breeds provide. An allround horse of good quality – not just one that can
do everything a little bit.
Andreas Dibowski, “No, I am not the least bit surprised. The sport of eventing has changed incredibly over the past ten years. The quality demands
on the horses have consistently increased. Horses
from former times could not keep up with today’s
demands. Today the horses have to do well in dressage, be quick and brave and must jump powerfully and carefully. Twelve riders were less than one
THE HANOVERIAN: Mr. Dibowski, you were
one of the first German event riders who
has consistently ridden Hanoverian horses
in this discipline. Ten years ago you had al-
ready advocated our horses with some foresight. What makes the Hanoverian horse so
valuable to you in this discipline?
Andreas Dibowski, “All the criteria that we require
are united in the Hanoverian horse. A noble, lightfooted sport horse that was not bred for just one
specific discipline – a healthy mixture out of a
large gene pool! There are jumpers with complete
dressage pedigrees and dressage horses with pure
jumper pedigrees – Hanoverian breeders are not
as one-sidedly determined. It could result in an
ideally suited event horse in combination with Thoroughbred blood. Fritz Butt demonstrated it to all
of us. It is unimaginable what would have happened if he would still be alive and continuing on his
THE HANOVERIAN: Which attributes must
the versatile Hanoverian have so you can
promote it as a championship horse?
Andreas Dibowski, “In the first place I do not look
for the four-year old future championship-horse
but for an event horse. The decision whether or not
it is a championship horse is made much later. You
cannot select that. A good event horse must have
a good interior, it must be rideable and diligent but
not crazy, it must have a good mind because it
must be able to recuperate quickly; it must have
elastic movement and most of all it must have powerful jumping ability. I accept gaits of lesser quality before accepting only average jumping ability.
A bad jumper will never be a good event horse.”
Kai Rüder, “An event horse must be tough and
quick as we pursue an endurance sport. The horse
must move well and jump powerfully. Hanoverian
horses often have enough toughness and perseverance even without a large share of Thoroughbred
blood. The Hanoverian breeding area possesses an
enormous genetic diversity that constitutes a huge
plus and greatly benefits the breeding of event
THE HANOVERIAN: Do you believe it is advantageous for breeders to specialize on
breeding event horses?
Andreas Dibowski, “Yes, more and more. It becomes more and more interesting. One has to realize
though that it takes longer to produce an event
horse than it is to produce dressage or jumper horses. The customer is looking for a horse with some
experience. One can sell horses well at five- or sixyears of age and have successes in elementary
classes. A qualification to or participation at a Bundeschampionat is always very helpful. The sale pri-
ce jumps up again once the adult horse has indicated its potential. Then the investment is certainly
worthwhile. The problem is that we do not have
enough trainers in this discipline as we have for
dressage and jumping.”
Kai Rüder, “If the emphasis lies on specialization
then I believe that there is a benefit. The breeder
must have enough knowledge about our sport and
have his own ideas; even about training ideas. The
training system for and the marketing of event horses vary greatly from dressage horses and jumpers.
They are very specialized and incomparable. The
breeder has a long road ahead of him at least until
the horse is five years old. Appropriate show successes are a matter of course. It is always helpful if
the breeder is associated with a rider or has an interesting party which will take the horses later – an
early cooperation, so to say.”
The Hanoverian breeding area
possesses an enormous genetic diversity that constitutes a huge plus
and greatly benefits the breeding of
event horses.“ Photo: Rau
THE HANOVERIAN: Which advice would you
give to Hanoverian breeders who are concidering to breed their mares with eventing in
Andreas Dibowski, “A high percentage of Thoroughbred blood is still of importance to me. The
breeder must realize that it may take two or three
generations before he starts to produce appropriate horses. The first generation is often a flop when
a Thoroughbred sire breeds a pure Hanoverian
mare! It becomes interesting once a Halfbred mare
meets a Thoroughbred sire. That is exactly what
Fritz Butt showed us to do. You have to think in
generations. I know that you often do not look well
at all with Halfbred horses on mare and foal shows.
It requires idealism and perseverance. Furthermore
you have to accept the fact that Thoroughbred-influenced horses are late developers. In other words
they usually are not marketable as three-year
Zero faults in the jumping stadium:
Andreas Ostholt is overjoyed.
Kai Rüder, “The breeder must carefully evaluate his
mare and cautiously select a stallion. He needs to
breed to a blood-influenced stallion if blood is missing. He needs to find a jumper if there is a lack of
jumping ability. A sire with dressage genes must be
the choice If the movement is missing. If the mare’s
pedigree shows no Thoroughbred blood, the breeder must select a Thoroughbred sire. Even though
there are Hanoverian lines that produce toughness
and perseverance without Thoroughbred blood.”
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Young riders are convincing
Next to the classic shows of the outdoor season the stations of the Global Champions
Tour take center stage with jumper riders. With respect to dressage the CDIOJ in Hagen
was one of the highlights for the rising generation of riders.
By Britta Züngel
Gary van der Ploeg placed forth in the Grand
Prix Special at the CDI in Milton/Canada.
The German junior team in dressage won the
Nation Prize in Hagen. Cipollini by Compliment/Western Star (breeder: Dr. Dieter Schüle, Ansbach) and Vivien Niemann finished the
FEI-team test with the third-best result substantially contributing to earning the gold medal. The pair finished in second place in the
individual test as well as in freestyle.
Cipollini and Vivien Niemann were members of
the winning German junior team Photo: Rau
The Swedish junior-team placed third at the
CDIOJ in Hagen/Germany. Acanto by Abanos/
Grenadier (breeder: Dr. Frank Nordhausen,
Schlieckau) and rider Nina Rademaekers
were members of the successful team.
Andretti by Aarking xx/Cavalier (breeder:
Gunda Hinrichs-Heinemann, Lengenbostel)
participated in the freestyle-tour in front of
the picturesque backdrop of Wiesbaden’s
castle. He placed second in the Grand Prix
and in the freestyle with rider Laura Bechtolsheimer.
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Caballero by Condor M/Dynamo (breeder:
Breeding Farm Reinsehlen, Schneverdingen)
found his way to Japan via Italy. The 14-year
old won the Grand Prix and the freestyle at
the CDI in Gotemba/Japan with his rider Hiroyuki Kitahara.
Anna Zibrandtsen rode Capriciella by Cordoba/Wenzel (breeder: Friedrich Lührs-Behnke,
Verden-Borstel) for Denmark at the international show for the rising generation of riders
in Hagen called Future Champions. The StPr
aspirant had the highest score of her team
which finished in second place in the Nation
Prize for Juniors. The mare showed off her
abilities and placed in third position in the
Cezanne by Alabaster/Glorieux (breeder: Wilhelm Kreibaum, Coppenbrügge) and rider
Devon L by De Niro/Wolkenstein II (breeder:
Hans-Henning v. d. Decken, Stade) was unbeatable at the CDI in Milton. The eleven-year
old won the Grand Prix and the Special with
his rider Diana Creech. The pair repeated these successes the following week at the same
Lena Schütte won with the just seven-year
old Eloy by Earl/Wendenburg (breeder: Johann Fuseler, Schiffdorf) the team test for juniors in Hagen. The chestnut had participated
twice with rider Christin Schütte at the Federal Championships and represented Germany
at the World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden.
Faberge by Falkland/Akzent (breeder: Wilfried Meyer, Weyhe) placed fifth in the freestyle with Beatriz Ferrer-Salat after a forth
place in the Grand Prix at Fritzens/Austria.
Fatinitza by Friedensfürst/Colambo (breeder:
Jörn Merzdorf, Ettenbüttel) and Tatyana Makarova won the Grand Prix freestyle in Nizhny
Flamenco Girl by Fielmann/Weltmeyer (breed
er: Eberhard Hennings, Petershagen) and
Maxi Kira von Platen were a member of the
German junior team in Hagen for the first
time. The debut was certainly successful as
the team was victorious. Flamenco Girl finished in third place in the following individual
Golden Choice DC
A new name appeared in the international
result tabulations: Golden Choice DC by
Grand Cru/Westbury (breeder: Hermann
Stemmann, Lengenbostel) participated in the
Milton International Classic CDI and placed
third in the Grand Prix Special with rider Susan Dutta.
Lancet by Wenzel/Shogun xx (breeder: Jürgen
Clasen, Hiddestorf) successfully competed
again at the CDI on the ‘Schindlhof’ in Fritzens after an almost two-year show break.
The eighteen-year old finished in second
place in the Grand Prix and in the freestyle
with his rider Emma Hindle.
Rocelli by Rohdiamant/Maraschino (breeder:
Hermann Sur, Geeste) placed with his rider
Inna Tzydrenkova at the CDI in Zhaskov/Russia. The pair had the forth-best ride in the
Active Walero by Wanderer/Matcho AA (breeder: Otto Johannes, Wildeshausen) and Susannah Coleridge Smith were members of
the Dutch team of young riders in Hagen. This
Nation Prize-quartet finished in third place.
MD Waterford (VA)
Waterford by Wolkenstein II/Matcho AA
(breeder: Wilfried Schlichting, Wingst) and
Alexandra Malmstroem took fifth place in the
Grand Prix-freestyle at a CDI in Ypäjä/Finland.
Why Me (VA)
The renowned Spanish dressage rider and
trainer Juan Matute acquired the not-approved stallion Why Me by Westerland/Askan on
Verden’s stallion sales. Now Why Me is one
of the top horses in Japan. Kazuki Sado rode
the chestnut into second place in the Grand
Prix-freestyle after a fifth position in the
Grand Prix in Gotemba.
Elena Zhaivoronskaya saddled Wildrose by
Weltmeyer/Bolero (breeder: Hermann Meyer,
Allwörden) for the first CDI in Zhaskov. The
pair won the Grand Prix-freestyle, after placing second in the Grand Prix. They did well
Wolke Sieben by Wolkenstein II/Hitchcock
(breeder: Kurt Griemsmann, Bülkau) ridden
by Sanneke Rothenberger won the team test
for young riders at the CDIOY in Hagen with
a clear lead. The pair laid the foundation for
the German victory in the Nation Prize with
this result. The pair was unbeatable in the
individual test and the freestyle, too.
World Performance Washington
World Performance Washington by Wolkenstein II/Windhuk (breeder: Helga Schirrmacher, Hemmoor) took forth place in the Grand
Prix-freestyle in Pompadour/France with Luis
Principe from Portugal.
Wunder Ein by Wolkenstein II/Maat (breeder:
Hans-Hermann Stegmann, Osten) and Simone Williams finished in fifth place in the
A crazy spirit
“Future Champions in Hagen“ was the name
of a first-rate horse show for the rising generation of riders. The German junior team won
the Nation Prize. A crazy spirit by Acorado/
Picard (breeder: ZG Bormann, Hüddesum)
was one of the team members with rider Friso Bormann.
Future Champions met at the CDIOY in Hagen. Rolex by Rodgau/Matterhorn (breeder:
Karl-Heinz und Reinhard Geitz, Allendorf)
and rider Marc Lingelbach had the secondbest result in the FEI-team test. The Hessian
pair took third place in the individual test and
second place in the freestyle final.
Acorte by Acorado/Stakkato (breeder: Heinrich Bremer, Nöpke) and Rolf Moormann had
a faultless round and placed in second position in the final of the Intermediate Tour at the
CSI in Spangenberg, Germany .
The Hessian mare Rubiosa by Rubin Star N/
Furioso II (breeder: Ewald Hau, Dipperz-Wisselsrod) finished on a great second place in
the Grand Prix Special at Ponte de Lima in
Portugal with rider Viola von Lazar.
Stelina by Sherwood/Wanderer (breeder: Michael Petrowski, Oberndorf) finished in second place with rider Daniela Groenke in the
Intermediaire II at Brno/Czech Republic. The
pair took a fifth place in the Grand Prix as
well as in the freestyle.
again taking second place in the Grand Prix
on the second weekend.
Only Hessian horses placed in the front at the
final of the international Amateur Tour in
Spangenberg, Hessen. Three of the top five
horses were bred in Hessen. Anthony by Araconit/Lordon (breeder: Volker Klös, Münzenberg) and Heiner Kohrock finished in fifth
Lena Schütte and Eloy won a junior class in
Eurocommerce Callahan (VA)
Gerco Schröder on Callahan by Contendro/
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For Pleasure (breeder: Joachim Tobaben, Buxtehude) took a close second place in the
‘Small Grand Prix’ in Aalst/Belgium.
Roman Roszkiewicz bred Cargo by Cashman/
Gletscher in Duszniki/Poland. The now sixyear old finished third in the final for rising
youngsters with his rider Slawomir Uchwat at
the CSIO in Sopot/Poland.
Mid June the CSI “Continental” took place in
Calgary/Canada. Jenna Thompson rode Cathleen by Contendro/For Pleasure (breeder:
Hinrich Martfeld, Bederkesa) into second
place in a jumper class of 1,40 m with a
faultless jump-off round. John Thompson discovered and bought the bay for Euro
120,000.00 on Verden’s elite auction in the
fall of 2007.
A Hessian dual victory in the final of the
Grand Tour for Amateurs in Spangenberg.
Curacao by Calido/Landgraf (breeder: Ralf
Litz, Eiterfeld) won with Jessica Litz the twophase jumper class ahead of La Strada and
Constantin B (VA)
Constantin B by Contendro/Espri (breeder:
Helmut Bischof, Börgershausen) and HansDieter Dreher started out at the CSI Balve
Optimum with a victory in a jumper class of
the Grand Tour. The pair finished the jump-off
in the championship class in the fastest time.
In the end they finished in fifth place with
one jumping fault.
nal Amateur Tour in Wiesbaden/Germany.
The pair completed an accumulator class
with the same result. They enjoyed a third
place in a two-phase class.
Julia Henning rode Davinia by Dartagnan/Rubin Star N (breeder: ZG Döll, Hungen) into
second place in a speed class at the international show for riders under 25 years of age
His first victory at the S-level was an international one: Eight-year old El Bond by El Bundy/Cuvee Charlie xx (breeder: Willi Detjen,
Hamersen) won the final of the Youngster
Tour at the CSI in Spangenberg with his rider
El Gaucho by El Bundy/Noble Roi xx (breeder:
Reinhard Wilms GbR, Hinte) earned his first
international merits with her Dutch rider Kimberley Winsingh at the CSI in Sandillon/
France. The seven-year old placed third in a
two-phase class of the Youngster Tour.
Thomas Weinberg rode Escobar by Escudo/
Grundsee (breeder: Hans-Heinrich Lochte,
Ohe) to victory in the opening jumper class at
the CSI in Fontainebleau/France.
Esquire by Escudo/Fabriano (breeder: Erich
Lemke, Aerzen) and his rider Frederick Knorren finished a speed class in fifth place at the
CSI in Bethune/France.
Even to Heaven (VA)
Even to Heaven by Espri/Freedom (breeder:
Heiko Wiechert, Loxstedt-Nesse) celebrated
his biggest success so far at the CSIO in Sopot. Roland Grimm from Switzerland had a
faultless jump-off in the Grand Prix with the
ten-year old to finish in forth place.
Evita by Escudo II/Windhuk (breeder: Michael
Grund, Fahrland) under rider Sven Kruse won
a jumper class with jump-off at the CSIJY
U25 (under 25 years of age) in Neubeeren.
Ex escudo orior
Ex escudo orior by Escudo/Calypso II (breeder: Hinrich Bartels, Wittingen) and Udo Klötzel finished a two-phase class in third place
on the Amateur Tour in Wiesbaden.
Daniel Bluman from Columbia riding Fatalis
Fatum by For Pleasure/Espri (breeder: Lüder
Tienken, Loxstedt) won an S-level jumper
class at Spruce Meadows.
Just eight years old and already very successful: Fermosa by For Feeling/Wachmann (breeder: Olaf Altenberg, Garbsen) placed third in
the second qualifying class of the Intermediate Tour at the CSI in Spangenberg with Dieter Schmitz in the saddle.
Fidji Island by For Feeling/Wanderer (breeder:
Hinrich Löhden, Kohlenhausen) and Timo
Beck just lost against Hollerith and Andre Sakakini finishing in second place in
Wiesbaden’s prestigious Championship.
Grit Schulze Wierling rode Cover Girl by
Champion For Pleasure/Cantus (breeder: Karl
Hartmann, Emmerhausen) into second place
in a speed class as well as a two-phase class.
Cranthago by Cranach/Ravallo (breeder: Wilhelm Cording, Wagenfeld) was discovered on
the stallion sales. He placed forth with rider
Ewa Mazurowska in the final of the Youngster Tour at the CSIO in Sopot.
BMC Floreen SFN
Floreen by Fly High/Gletscher (breeder: Gert
Scholten, Nortrup) has arrived at the international level of competitions. The eight-year
old ridden by Ben Schröder placed fifth in an
accumulator class at the CSI in De Steeg/The
Chill Bill by Catano/Calgary (breeder: Rainer
Drommershausen, Wetzlar-Münchholzhausen) and Christian Götz finished in fifth place
in the opening jumper class of the internatio-
G and C Flash
Flash by Forrester/Grannus (breeder: Bernd
Meyer-Siemer and Annette Siemer, Bassen)
placed forth in a speed class at the CSI in
Cannes/France with Pablo Barrios.
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Forth place in Aalst for King Kolibri and Jos
G’Narino by Graf Top/Landkaiser (breeder:
Eva und Axel Hartmann, Schortens) attracted
attention at the international level for the
first time in Vidauban/France. The seven-year
old won a two-phase class with his rider
Francesco Turturiello from Italy, .
Moosbachhofs Goldwing by Goldfever/Lucarlo (breeder: Manfred Gerken, Oyten) and rider Sandor Szasz had a convincing performance resulting in a forth place in the first
qualification for the Grand Prix of Spangenberg, .
Ludger Beerbaum rode Gotha FRH by Goldfever/Prestige (breeder: Jan Minners, Jork) without jumping faults into third place in the
Grand Prix of Cannes being the forth station
of the Global Champions Tour.
Graf Perron Graf Perron by Graf Top/Lauries Crusador xx
(breeder: Heiner Ahrenshop, Mellinghausen)
and rider Sebastian Bolse won the first international jumper class at the S-level for riders
under 25 in Neubeeren.
GTI by Go on Top/Colani (breeder: Werner
Noll, Bad Soden) celebrated a dual victory at
the CSI in Röser/Luxembourg. He won the
two-phase class and the speed class of the
Young Horse Trophy-division with rider Sebastian Haas. GTI continued his series of successes winning the first qualification of the
Youngster Tour in Spangenberg.
Gulliver K by Graf Top/Diskus (breeder: Herbert Meyer, Wehrbleck) and Dominique Hendrickx finished in second place in a speed
class over 1,50 m in Bethune.
sink earned international top placings at the
CSI in Aalst/Belgium. The pair finished a class
with two rounds in forth place.
La Campo (VA)
Marcus Ehning and La Campo by Landclassic/Athletico (breeder: Olaf Altenberg, Garbsen) took fifth place in a speed class at the
‘Balve Optimum’. So far La Campo’s dam has
produced four offspring by different sires all
of which successfully compete at the S-level.
La Strada (Hess.)
The final of the Grand Tour for Amateurs in
Spangenberg was a two-phase jumper class.
La Strada by Lucky Luke/Furioso (breeder:
Thomas and Claudia Weier, Brechen) and
Bettina Eufinger finished in second place.
Lantinus by Landkönig/Argentinus (breeder:
Henning Müller-Rulfs, RItterhude) and Denis
Lynch had a fast four-fault round and became
fifth at the Cannes Grand Prix.
Sonate and Willem Grever placed at the international level in Spangenberg.
four horses were Hanoverians in a jumper
class with jump off. Lyon by Levisto/Crazy
Classic (breeder: Adolf Schulze, Luesen) and
rider Max-Hilmar Borchert enjoyed a third
The international rising-generation of jumper
riders hosted a CSIO in Lamprechtshausen/
Austria. Mama Mia by Drosselklang II/Sao
Paulo (breeder: Kurt Bolte, Syke) finished in
fifth position with his rider Borbala Burucs
from Hungry in the Grand Prix of the young
Marjolaine by Preußenprinz/Aarking xx
(breeder: Henk Dumoulin, Nienstädt) and rider Jose Thiry finished a speed class in fifth
place at the CSI in Centeleu/France.
Let‘s Fly (VA)
Monaco hosted the Global Champions Tour
just one week before to the grand wedding.
Let’ s Fly by Lordanos/Forrest xx (breeder:
Uwe Dreesmann, Hesel) and Rodrigo Pessoa
finished in third place after completing two
rounds with only one jumping fault in this
Lucie by Landadel/Gralsritter (breeder: Alfred-Hans Feißel, Messdorf) and Lars Nieberg
placed well at the CSI in Balve. The now already 18-year old mare took a third place in
the first class of the Grand Tour. Lucie was in
the ribbons in Spangenberg, too. She became
fifth in the second qualification of the Intermediate Tour.
Remedi D by Rouletto/Forrest xx (breeder:
Uwe Dreesmann, Hesel) is Famm’s third son
to be featured on the international pages of
the same issue of DER HANNOVERANER
(THE HANOVERIAN). Sensational! The 17year old half-brother to Shutterfly and Let’s
Fly finished a two-phase class at the CSI in
Parlermo/Italy in forth place with his rider Rachele Reina.
King Kolibri (VA)
King Kolibri by Kolibri/Achill-Libero H (breeder: Arend Kamphorst, Prieros) and Jos Lan-
Neebeeren invited the riders under 25 to an
international competition. Three of the top
Satisfaction FRH by Staccato/Calypso II (breeder: Rainer Schulz, Burgdorf) and Marco Kut-
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scher had their second joint show performance in Estoril/Portugal. The pair took a fifth
place in the opening jumper class.
Pius by Piano II/Anis (breeder: Manfred Triebs,
Vöhl-Marienhagen) joined the ranks of successful Hessian horses at the CSI in Spangenberg. Sebastian Hass rode him into third
place in the Grand Prix. Only three of ten participants were faultless in the jump-off.
Make Believe Salina
Make Believe Salina by Salvano/Grannus
(breeder: Erich Cassens, Emden-Uphusen)
was one of the highly successful Hanoverians
in Neubeeren. Catharina Neubert rode the
fourteen-year old into forth place in a jumper
class at the S-level.
Hunter‘s Scendix (VA)
Scendix by Stakkato/Dinar (breeder: Gudrun
Wenzel, Bad Gandersheim) and rider Brecht
Bille finished in third position after a fast
round in the jump-off of an international
competition in Aalst.
Sea Wolf (VA)
Jörg Witte rode Sea Wolf by Stakkato/Zeus
(breeder: Hermann Meyer, Allwörden) into
forth place in the first class of the Grand Tour
in the international Amateur Tour in Spangenberg.
Estoril was the sixth station of the Global
Champions Tour. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum rode her Shutterfly by Silvio/Forrest xx
(breeder: Uwe Dresemann, Hesel) into forth
position in an exciting jump-off for victory.
Skatman by Stakkato/Gralsritter (breeder:
Erika Tielke, Lemgo) finished a jumper class
at the S-level in fifth place with rider Jessica
Freye at a competition for the rising generation of riders in Neubeeren.
Willem Greve had the best experiences with
Ukato. He rode another descendant of Stakkato: Sonate by Stakkato/Calypso II (breeder:
Gabriele Schliffka, Burgdorf) with whom he
took forth place in the second qualification
for the Grand Prix in Spangenfeld.
Philipp Weishaupt rode Souvenir by Stakkato/Lemon xx (breeder: Rainer Schulz, Burgdorf) into a top placing in Estoril. The pair remained faultless finishing in fifth place in a
jumper class with jump-off.
Eva Bitter was not only incredibly successful
with Stakkato, she had also bred the black
Spatakus by Stakkato/Killer xx that earned
his first international merits in Palermo. Gio-
vanni Gioe rode him into forth place in the
final for six-year olds.
Walerio by Wolkentanz/Amerigo Vespucci xx
(breeder: Hilltrud Meyer-Mäcken, Filsum) and
Armin Schaefer had only one time fault finishing in forth place in the Grand Prix of
Andreas Dibowski traveled to the World Cup
in Strzegom/Poland just one week after his
four-star victory in Luhmühlen. He won the
CIC* with the just six-year old Eskadia by Escudo/Groom Dancer xx (breeder: Ulrike Sybrecht, Isernhagen).
Andreas Dibowski rode FRH Fantasia by Federweißer/Quasi Roi (breeder: Klaus Cohrs,
Oldendorf) in the World Cup at Strzegom. The
pair finished the CIC*** in forth place.
Lanzelot by Lauries Crusador xx/Ramiro’s Son
II (breeder: Günther Hahl, Osterbruch) proved
his international class in Strzegom. Elmar
Lesch rode the nine-year old into third place
in this three-star competition. It was
Lanzelot’s best result to date of his young career.
Mrs. Medicott by Rabino/Prince Thatch xx
(breeder: Hans Brüning, Garbsen) won her
first two-star in her first international competition season. Sara Algotsson rode the World
Champion of six-year old event horses into
first place at the CIC** in Bielefeld/Germany.
Michael Jung dominated the CIC *** in
Wiesbaden/Germany. Rutherglen by Ramires/Roncalli xx (breeder: Gerhard Oestmann,
Lübbecke) took forth place with his rider Andrew Hoy being in the middle of three ‘Junghorses’. n
Forth place for Rutherglen and Andrew Hoy at
the CIC*** in Wiesbaden. Photo: Rau
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Big farewell to Weltmeyer
The foundation sire of the Hanoverian breed had to be euthanized at the age of 27.
Weltmeyer wrote history with 108 licensed sons.
By Maria Hansen
eltmeyer – a name that received international fame! If you have anything to do with
the breeding of dressage horses you will know
Weltmeyer. An aura of invincibility surrounded the
medium-framed chestnut with his impressive presence. He had to be released from the pain of a
terrible colic at the proud age of 27 at the end of
Weltmeyer by World Cup/Absatz was born at the
barn of Hermann Meyer in Allwörden. His breeder
still remembers today, “I immediately knew that
he was special the first time I saw the colt. You
only get one like him once in a lifetime!” Hermann
Meyer could not possibly suspect the level of fame
Weltmeyer was to bestow upon him. He rejected
every offer he received for the colt. At the time he
Foundation sire Weltmeyer. Photo:
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was named Weltwunder. The colt’s career path proved him right. In 1986 the then magnificent young
sire left Verden’s licensing as the unchallenged
winner and as a state stud sire. Former state stud
manager Dr. Burchard Bade had secured the selfconfident moving artist in Celle’s first lot. It was Dr.
Bade who renamed the stallion appropriately to
Weltmeyer. The beginning of a legend was born.
The licensing victory was followed by a stallion
performance test victory in 1987. Weltmeyer was
one of the very few stallions in Germany to achieve
more than 140 points in all indices. He was just
unbeatable! As the first state stud sire from Celle
Weltmeyer won the Bundeschampionat‘s title in
Vechta in the same year under Hans-Peter Klaus
being one of the main state stud riders. The series
of victories continued: He earned the Freiherr von
Stenglin-Prize in 1988. He was awarded the title
Best Stallion Of The Year 1988. In 1989 he brought
the DLG-victory home from Frankfurt/Main. It really was never in question that Weltmeyer would be
proclaimed Hanoverian Stallion of the Year one
day. This honor followed in 1998.
Weltmeyer also had an impressive career as a producer. He bred a huge number of mares due to his
success record. He passed on an outstanding dressage predisposition to his offspring. His offspring
not only had or still has the required amount of
spirit and intelligence but also above average moIn 1989 Weltmeyer became DLG-Champion Stallion in
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vement and an excellently functioning hind leg.
That became Weltmeyer’s trademark. Figures like a
breed value in dressage of 148 points, life-earnings
by the offspring in the amount of 2,3 Mill. Euro as
well as 2,200 registered sport horses including
400 with successes at the M-level and 175 with
successes at the S-level speak a clear language. He
produced Olympic competitors like Wie Weltmeyer/
Emma Hindle, Weltall VA/Martin Schaudt and Vincent/Bernadette Pujals. We would like to mention
his son Warum nicht FRH/Isabell Werth as a representative for all international championship horses.
Weltmeyer sired eleven Bundeschampions including Celle’s state stud sires Wolkentanz and Wolkenstein II; countless is the number of those who
have him as the grandsire in their pedigrees. Many
of his108 licensed sons followed in his footsteps
and became champion sires. His daughters are in
no way inferior to his sons. Numerous Weltmeyerdaughters dominated mare shows. Many represent
ed Weltmeyer’s colors and the Hanoverian ‘W’ on
shows beyond the regional level like the champion
at the Federal Mare Show in Neustadt/Dosse in
2002, St.Pr. mare Weltina. Or even at the international level like StPr mare Windrose the Reserve
Champion at the Europa Show in Brussels in 1992.
Weltmeyer’s legacy will live on in his 1300 daughters. There is hardly another stallion that has had
such a strong influence on his mare base as this
son of World Cup. n
Wolkenstein II passed away
It was the year’s darkest week at the State Stud
Celle. Only three days after sire Weltmeyer had
died of colic his son Wolkenstein II passed away,
too. Wolkenstein II stood at stud in Oberndorf his
whole life. The chestnut died very suddenly, totally
unexpected and without any signs. It is assumed
that a torn aorta was the cause of death.
Wolkenstein II by Weltmeyer/Wendekreis is one of
the most influential sons of Weltmeyer. He is out of
the highly successful damline of Alferate that came
to fame at the farm of Dr. Max Schulz-Stellenfleth,
Stellenfleth. Garibaldi I and II and Brentano I and II
are all important sires that were bred in Stellenfleth. Beauvalais was one of the most successful
dressage horses of his time. He won the bronze
medal at the Olympic Games in Athens with his
Spanish rider Beatriz Ferrer-Salat.
Wolkenstein II’s career began in 1992 as reserve
champion at his licensing in Verden. He fulfilled all
expectations after becoming Bundeschampion of
German Riding Horses in 1993 in Mannheim under
And now Warkant!
The 27-year old state stud sire Warkant by World
Cup/Grande had to be euthanized on July 10,
2011. After a critical weekend the caring team had
to relieve the sire of his pain. The reason for
Warkant’s condition was a large tumor on his
Warkant was a product of Helga Axthausen’s breeding program in Schiffdorf. Next to Weltmeyer,
Warkant was the only direct son of World Cup I at
the State Stud Celle. He grew up in Hunnesrück
under the watchful eye of the State Stud Celle. An
injury did not allow him to participate at the final
days of his stallion performance test. His final result was projected at 119,20 index points. He left
the approval of the young stallions from Hunnesrück as champion and was stationed at stud in
Beedenbostel in 1987. Warkant changed to the
breeding station Grethem in 1992 where he was in
service until a few days before his death.
Warkant’s main focus as a producer was clearly on
the dressage sector. He was quickly called Verden’s
elite auction producer. Thirty-six descendants became top sellers including the Bundeschampion from
Munich 1991, Wanessa (DM 130,000.00), the international dressage competitors Wansuela suerte
(DM 135,000.00) and Wahajama (DM 510,000.00)
as well as the licensed sire Wilberforce (DM
his rider Ole Köhler, one of the top riders at the
state stud. He won his stallion performance test
with phenomenal performances in the same year.
With 139,60 points he won against 40 other contestants; he showed a similarly well-balanced predisposition as Weltmeyer with 139,89 points in the
dressage index and 124,90 points in the jumper
He was awarded the Freiherr von Stenglin-Prize
and he was exhibited as the best sire of his vintage
in 1994. Almost 50 licensed sons and more than
150 state’s premium mares go back to Wolkenstein II. His most famous sons are Welser, Wolkenhit, Weltano, Welthall and Wildest Dream who became Bundeschampion of the Riding Horses and
Reserve Bundeschampion of the Dressage Horses
in 2001. Numerous competition horses belong to
Wolkenstein’s descendants that successfully compete in dressage, jumping and also in the sport of
driving in classes at the S-level. Once again we can
draw parallels to the sire as the majority of his descendants are successful in the dressage arena. His
offspring present Wolkenstein II with an integrated
breed value of 137 points.
Wolkenstein II Photo: Schwöbel
400,000.00). These representatives brought true
credibility to his name. So far 162 offspring have
sold through Verden’s auction program. Warkant
produced 18 licensed sons in Hanover and 51
state’s premium mares. He became Hanoverian
Stallion Of The Year in 2002.
His descendants honor his name in the show
ring,too. 7,000 successfully compete in dressage
and jumping from the A- to the S-level. 6,000 alone compete in dressage, 24 percent of these compete at the S-level. Wansuela suerte is certainly
one of the most famous. She won numerous Nation Prizes and World Cup qualifications with her
rider Hubertus Schmidt. It is hard to imagine this
pair has not earned a medal at the German Championships but won team gold at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen in 2006. Life-earnings of
just over Euro 300,000 have been recorded for this
chestnut mare. And she was not an exception!
Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff also greatly enjoyed her
Warkant-daughter Wahajama-Unicef. Victories and
placings in international dressage competitions up
to World Cup-qualifications were part of her resume. We also want to mention two additional successful descendants, World Congress with rider
Heiner Schiergen and Wunschtraum with Holga
Finken, as representatives for all the successful offspring of Warkant who has a lasting influence on
the breeding of dressage horses.
Dr. Axel Brockmann
Warkant. Photo: Ernst
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Strong family cohesion: Pepo and Michelle Puch.
Photo: Pferd Plus
A severe accident at the CCI*** in Schenefeld
changed his life. Pepo Puch’s passion for the sport of
riding has remained.
By Britta Züngel
epo Puch from Austria was an internationally
successful event rider until 2008. He competed
at the Olympic Games in Athens and at the World
Equestrian Games in Aachen for Croatia. The now
45-year old participated in the European Championships three times and competed at Badminton.
He became an incomplete paraplegic after a severe accident in Schenefeld in 2008. His fighting spirit, discipline and willpower to make the very best
out of the situation allowed for a small miracle to
happen: Only two years later Pepo Puch is competing again internationally in para-equestrian competitions, grade level Ib.
“In earlier times I exercised horses, now they exercise me.” Pepo Puch views his riding as extended
hippo-therapy through which he has greatly improved the coordination and mobility of the musculature in his torso. The thought to give up riding
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after the accident, never crossed his mind, “For me
the accident is a result of a technical defect of the
airbag of my protective vest. Therefore I do not fear
getting back in the saddle. The sport of riding has
always been an essential part of my life.” In the
Austrian magazine ‘Pferd Plus’, he describes why
he competes again, “I needed a goal. I was not
sure at my first competition if my participation
would cause me to become depressed. On the contrary; you clearly feel a positive spirit at the shows.
Everybody has a goal that he consistently pursues
and everybody has to carry his share of pain and
grief. But everyone tries hard to make the best out
of the situation. This results in a high level of
sportsmanship. One tries hard to identify oneself
with this sporting behavior. It has nothing to do
with allowing some cripples to ride around. The
standard of performance is very high – Competitors from Scandinavia and Great Britain lead the
In the meantime Pepo Puch has won a series of
international para-dressage competitions with
both his Hanoverian horses Fine Feeling S and
Good Boy Feeling. Kathrin Stumpf from Switzerland trained Fine Feeling S by Fabriano/Trapper
(breeder: Heidi Müller, Bad Harzburg) in dressage
to Grand Prix. “I knew the horse for a while whilst
he was still with his previous owner. I also knew
that Fine Feeling S had gone through an excellent
basic-training program. She had also been to jumper shows and appeared very quiet in the warm-up
area. ‘Fifi‘ is a stroke of luck. Working with her is so
enjoyable. Again and again every day,” Pepo Puch
raves. Her high rideability is one of her strongest
traits. Fine Feeling S would also be a great broodmare. She became a state’s premium aspirant in
Bodenstein as a three-year old. A guest rider gave
her a 10,0 for rideability at the mare performance
test. Fine Feeling S participated in Verden’s summer auction in July 2000 and sold to a female
dressage rider from Hamburg who won riding horse classes with the elegant liver chestnut before
the mare found a home in Switzerland. An injury
hindered her from participating at the World
Equestrian Games in Kentucky last year.
Showgirl Fine Feeling S
Pepo Puch owes Good Boy’s Feeling to a report on
Suisse television. The owner of the black gelding
was so impressed that she immediately contacted
the Austrian to offer him the 12-year old. Claudia
Roehrs successfully competed this son of Grand
Cru/World Cup (breeder: Sönke Tobaben, Niederhöchstadt) at M-level until 2010. “Fine Feeling S is
a show girl who loves to present herself in the
freestyle. Good Boy’s Feeling on the other hand is
more the introvert. Sometimes he appears to think,
‘Oh, there must be something wrong I better go
slower so that nothing happens to my rider,” Pepo
Puch narrates. The word ‘Feeling’ is part of both
horses’ names being pure coincidence but fitting
Para-dressage places high demands on the horses.
“They have to be very forgiving but also very sensible,” Pepo Puch explains who almost exclusively
uses his voice as the aid, “these horses have my
highest respect.” A positive attitude in the horses
is of utmost importance, “You cannot force a horse
in the long run if he does not have a positive attitude towards his rider.”
The sport further developed
In the past few years the para-equestrians has
come to the forefront more and more. The paraOlympics have existenced for some time now and
since last year they are a permanent discipline in
the World Equestrian Games. Participants must
ride two individual tests and a musical freestyle.
Pepo Puch has been classified as grade Ib. He uses
stirrups with clips as aids so his boots do not slide
out of the stirrups, slide-proof reins and a short
whip, “the horse must compensate for the disability of the rider.” The sport has developed. Differences exist especially in the correct execution of the
movements and in the quality of horses as only a
few movements will be performed. “We need horses with good basic gaits and extremely high rideability. The basic training is of utmost importance
and makes the difference,” so Pepo Puch. “My experience has taught me that it is easier for horses
with a good exterior.”
Pepo Puch tries to sit in the saddle every day, “It is
very important to me to ride daily.” The business of
the certified independent chimneysweeper however does not always allow for enough time even
though he has a wonderful and reliable staff. An
industrial plant was converted into a small riding
facility. He lives with his wife Michelle and his fouryear old daughter Lou. Michelle Puch, who was
born in Switzerland, is an event and jumper rider
herself and is her husband’s best coach. Both descend from passionate riding families. “We help
each other. We worked together with the event
horses so I know her training methods,” Pepo Puch
says with a smirk. “The whole family is engaged in
the sport. You are permitted to have another rider
work your horse for 20 minutes during the preparation phase on shows – Michelle does that.” In
addition to training, daily turnout and regular trail
riding are important to Pepo Puch.
A panel of the FEI determines
the classification of the riders.
Corresponding with the division
into five different categories
(grade levels), the performance
requirements are then determined. Walk is the only gait in grade Ia. Trot is allowed in grade Ib.
Grade IV corresponds approximately with M-level. Criteria like
correct riding, accurate lines, the
rider’s influence and the relaxedness of the horse are of utmost
importance when judging the
”The basis for every riding discipline – no matter if
it is eventing, dressage, jumping, Western riding or
para-dressage – is that the horse must be on the
aids. This basis must be met,” Pepo Puch is convinced. “This makes the difference with Fine Feeling S and Good Boy’s Feeling.” He does not hesitate when asked for his plans for the future, “I
want to continue riding and say ‘Thank You’ to my
Pepo Puch and Fine Feeling S are
unbeatable during the current international show season. Photo: Rau
Pepo Puch preferred Thoroughbreds while riding
eventing, “My horses were always very well-behaved and honest. I always rode using my voice a lot
and handled my horses with great care. This is now
an advantage as I no longer have strength in my
legs.” He is convinced of the qualities of his Hanoverians. “Toughness and reliability are fully established in Hanoverian horses because of the long
and successful breeding program. It is wonderful
to see how my horses always work with me. That is
fantastic,” he raves. Pepo Puch is not thinking of
breeding even though he owns a Thoroughbred
foal that is growing up in Northern Germany and
with Fine Feeling S he certainly has a very interesting mare in his barn. “Breeding horses has become a rather professional task and should be left
to professionals. First and foremost I am a rider. To
be a rider and a breeder simultaneously is very difficult.”
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Passion high up
in the north
Carla and Rolf Beckmann-Ihnen are passionate
horse breeders. They consider the successes
with their Hanoverian horses to be the “most
beautiful moments of their lives”.
By Julia Martin
t is the sparkle in their eyes when they talk about
their Hanoverian horses - this short moment
when the smile becomes just a bit brighter, while
showing photos of their horses, when the proud
chest becomes even more pronounced or while
showing off their breeding books that have been
conducted with utmost precision. In short: The passion within Carla and Rolf Beckmann-Ihnen immediately becomes obvious when you visit the sympathetic couple in Emden-Uphusen in East Frisia.
The farm with its 67 hectares of grazing fields and
21 hectares of agricultural land has been in ownership of this family for 100 years this year. Milk
production is one branch of the business. Rolf
Beckmann-Ihnen also successfully produces milk
sheep. And on average 25 to 30 Hanoverian horses
live in the spacious, light box stalls.
Carla Beckmann-Ihnen with her
three-year old State’s Premium
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Living along the coast is healthy. Father Mimke
Beckmann-Ihnen lived to see his 102nd birthday
and worked the farm with his sons Rolf and KarlWilhelm until 2001. The next generation Beckmann-Ihnen is also devoted to farming. Son Jan
works with his dad Rolf on the farm while his
younger brother Imko is an engineer for agricultural equipment. Karl-Wilhelm Beckmann-Ihnen now
takes care of mother Johanna who has just turned
100 years of age. In the 1930s the senior chef used
the horses for farming as well as for breeding - at
that time mainly East Frisian horses. Their job was
to help work the land. “Recreational riding meant
nothing to him. He did not understand why a horse
had to trot on a circle in an indoor arena,” 60-year
old Rolf Beckmann-Ihnen remembers with a smile.
“I had to ride before milking, if I wanted to ride.
There was no more time after work!” This much
devotion proves equine passion.
Carla Beckmann-Ihnen came to the farm in 1966.
The wedding took place in 1975. “I have always
been crazy about horses even though I did not
grow up on a farm,” the ambitious 61-year old explains. She used to successfully compete in dressage, jumping and eventing. She participated at
the Weser-Ems-Championships with her mare Sumatra which she brought with her to the farm in
1966. This mare by Senior/Goldmann became one
of the pillars of the breeding program. “Sumatra
rendered us the best services by producing only
state’s premium mares and very good sport horses,” so the owner.
The breeders from East Frisia joined the Hanoverian Association in 1975/76. The couple BeckmannIhnen changed over as well. Eroika by Ebenfalls II/
Fermor III moved into the barn, too. Both mares
were bred to the Arab Mersuch. “The results were
good products but just a little too light because of
the Arab.” Two fillies were born: Marina out of Sumatra and Monte out of Eroika. Both became
state’s premium mares and became the foundation
of the breeding program. Carla and Rolf Beckmann-Ihnen visited an auction in Verden in 1982
in search for a foal. “Breeder Hans Bahr showed us
a two-year old filly by Woermann/Makoni. She had
slightly injured herself while unloading that made
many prospective customers turn away. When the
filly entered the auction ring I was so inspired that
I raised my hand - just once. And she was mine! So
instead of buying a foal I came home with a mare,”
Carla Beckmann-Ihnen says laughingly. Husband
Rolf adds, “She was the best thing that could have
happened to us!” Bred to Bergkristall, Wolga delivered Bella. She was very special, even as a foal;
then she received the state’s premium award, be-
came show champion several times and developed
into a broodmare which produces success.
Commitment is an affair of honor for the family:
The Central Mare Show in East Frisia has taken
place now for 27 years. Family Beckmann-Ihnen
has participated every year and have returned
home with a Ia-prize each year. The past three
years have been especially successful: They have
presented the champion family in three consecutive years; in 2009 and 2011 they also received the
elite title. It always revolves around StPr mare Bella. Dam Bella won with her daughters StPr mare
Wiebella by Wanderbusch II and StPr mare Herzogin Bella by Hochadel in 2009. 2010 the champions were grand-dam StPr mare Bella, dam StPr
mare Wiebella and daughter StPr aspirant Quintabella by Quaterback. 2011 Carla Beckmann-Ihnen
decided that now 19-year old Bella was to be allowed to enjoy her older age. After all she had always presented herself exceptionally on mare
shows. It was time for the younger generation to
do well. Bella is in foal to Don Frederico. Her three
daughters represented the farm colors StPr mare
Wiebella, StPr mare Herzogin Bella and two-year
old Sarabella by Soliman de Hus and they won!
“These three successes are part of the most beautiful experiences in my whole life,” Carla Beckmann-Ihnen says with joy. The family cultivates a
jumper line next to dressage lines. Ludwig Decker
Sen. from Bierbergen gave the family 20-year old
Wera by Wettstreit. Her daughter Fortuna by For
Feeling is in the Hanoverian Program for Jumper
Horses. Carla Beckmann-Ihnen clearly defines the
differences between breeding dressage and jumper mares, “I must be taken by dressage sires
when I look at them. The appearance is important
as well as an active engine behind. My focus clearly lies on performance with jumper producers.” The
interior stands above all - it is of utmost importance. “After all we mainly breed for recreational
riders who need reliable partners. We only allow
mares into our breeding program that have a good
disposition and I only use stallions that have proved their good interior qualities at the stallion performance test.” The Beckmann-Ihnens try to find a
good mixture when selecting a sire. They use
youngsters as well as proven sires. During the last
two years offspring of Comte, Escudo I, Soliman de
Hus and Fürst Nymphenburg have been born in
Hanoverian horses from Beckmann-Ihnen’s breeding program have made a name for themselves.
The family is in the fortunate position to market
almost all horses while they are still on the farm.
They have also sent some youngsters to participate
in Verden’s auction program. Happy and satisfied
buyers do not just send notes at Christmas time.
“In earlier times we started the youngsters under
saddle. We cannot do that today any more,” Carla
Beckmann-Ihnen explains. “It is hard to find a
good training facility close-by. The young horses
need time when they get started under saddle. “I
do not want the young horses to be put together
with force and then asking them to perform.” Carla Beckmann-Ihnen is whole-heartedly committed
to working with the young breeders. She has held
the position of the delegate for young breeders in
the area for 20 years. She raves, “I greatly enjoy
working with the youth and children. I enjoy when
they learn and hope that they will become successful Hanoverian breeders one day.” n
Rolf Beckmann-Ihnen attends to the
milk production as well as the sheep
and horse-breeding program. Photos:
Rolf Beckmann-Ihnen and his father
Mimke, who celebrated his 102nd
birthday with brood mare Biene and
her foal by Wishing Luck.
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The Hanoverian Breeding Association Denmark
has organized a central show for mares and foals
for the second time.
Hanoverian riding horses and foals
October 27 to 29
Stallion Licensing and
Licensed and non licensed stallions
Hanoverian riding horses
3rd Alsfelder Advent
Hanoverian riding horses
Hannoveraner Verband e. V.
Lindhooper Str. 92
Phone +49 42 31/67 37 0
Fax +49 42 31/67 37 67
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mare performance test, a mare inspection, a small mare and a foal show with
foal registration are all parts of the central
shows. There was one central show for entire
Denmark in 2010. This year a second show
was added which proved to have been a
good idea as both were well received and
attended by the breeders.
The trip started in Ringsted on the island Seeland. Seven mares completed the performance test – interesting horses that received
good results. Dafni Thatchers by Don Romantic/Prince Thatch xx surprised all. Breeder Brita Stenpil brought her from Sweden to participate in the event. Almost unpretentious
in-hand she turned out to be an outstanding
sport horse with a versatile predisposition
once she performed in the free-jumping chute and under saddle. She proved to be an
8-mare in all three disciplines and with that
became the best mare in the performance
test. Her very good test added to the decision
to award the elite mare-status to Dafni Thatchers. A daughter of Fidertanz/Tanzmeister
out of the breeding program of Pia WolffSneedorff from Tappernoeje became champion mare in this class for three-year old mares.
Solbakkens Raphaella by Hofrat/Regazzoni
Rose Wild CBS by Roosevelt/Wittinger won the
show in Ringsted. Photos: Dr. Christmann
out of the breeding program of Mog Klestrup,
Herlufmagle was awarded the elite mare status because her under-saddle performance
was also very convincing.
The final show champion led the way in the
division for four-year old and older mares:
Rose Wild CBS by Roosevelt/Wittinger out of
the breeding program of Jens Aggesen, Sommersted and exhibited by Charlotte Olsen
from St. Heddinge. This very typy mare showed true highlights in her trot movement. Hekla by Hochadel/Arogno also received a Iaprize. This mare that descends from the
proven breeding station Schulz-Stellenfleth
in Freiburg and was exhibited by Bente Nielsen from Klippinge is five years of age and
therefore could not receive the elite mare title.
A chestnut colt by Quaterback/Lancier (breeder: Anne and Thomas Larsen, Smorum) became the unchallenged champion in the foal
show. Being Impeccable in type and conformation this colt exhibited the best movement
by far and was accepted to Verden’s foal auction. A two-year old sister was classified Ia on
the mare show. A daughter of Don Schufro/
Lauries Crusador xx (breeder: Iben Kamp, Fredensborg) was selected as the best filly of the
The journey continued passing over many
bridges and through a beautiful countryside
to Jutland. The second show took place in
Randers the following day. The level of quality was notable even though only four mares
participated in the mare performance test. A
purely Hanoverian bred mare with Dansk
Varmblod-papers was the winner of the performance test. Merete Laursen, Friborg pre-
been sold on Verden’s foal auction. Two Iaprizes were awarded in the class for two-year
olds. A very important daughter of Lauries
Crusador xx/De Niro with beautiful lines
(breeder: Jens Berthelsen, Aarslev) was in the
lead in this small division.
Queen by Quaterback/Donnerhall became champion mare in Randers .
sented the eight-year old Dicentra Kloverpris
by De Niro/Argentan very well. Queen by
Quaterback/Donnerhall became champion
mare and best three-year old. Her owner
Niels Madsen had bought her many years
ago on Verden’s foal auction from breeder
Karl Heinz Finkler from Groß Derschau.
Queen is a very elegant, typy and important
chestnut mare that moved beautifully inhand on the day. A second elite mare-title
was awarded to the best four-year old being
a daughter of Royal Blend/Weltmeyer out of
the proven breeding program of Gerd Lühr,
Borgholzhausen, presented by Johannes Sondergaard from Glejbjerg. This mare had also
The foal show was well attended with 19
participants. A filly by Fiorano/Del Piero
(breeder: Leif Andreasen, Kjellerup) became
champion foal. She impressed with her beautiful type and good frame and her good movement. A colt by Hendrix/Lauries Crusador
xx (breeder: Bjarne Berling, Randers) became
reserve champion. He attracted attention especially with his rhythmical movement.
Both days showed that the breeders in Denmark are on the right track. Quality and secure dam lines were clearly of utmost importance in the selection of their mares. There
was a noticeable improvement in the preparation and the presentation of the mares in
the performance test in comparison to last
year. Test rider Lena Groennemose needs to
be especially commended on a job well
Breed judges from all round the world
The participants in the seminar “Hanoverian
breed judges” came from all around the
world. The Hanoverian Association had organized this seminar for the second time. Libby
Welch and Kevin Lewis (Australia), Lorenz Linnet (Denmark), Marina Politova (Russia) and
Fabrizio Boirivant (Italy) spent one week of
intense training in the Hanoverian breeding
area. The participants were introduced to all
the tools they would need to become a breed
judge in their home country in both classroom
sessions and in a hands-on approach. They
pose in good spirits with champion mare Doreen by Don Henrico in Fehrenbötel. n
Dr. Günther Friemel is
leaving the association
Dr. Günther Friemel will hand over his responsibilities as auction manager of the Hanoverian Association after three years of service. The situation came as a
surprise to the executive
board who is responsible for
the decision making process
in this type of personnel
question. Dr. Friemel has
been seriously considering
pursuing a different career
path for the past few
months. All options were considered in indepth conversations and negotiations with
the executive board. Dr. Friemel and the executive board came to the conclusion to part
ways on friendly terms under the present circumstances. The position of auction manager
is a long-term employment. It is the only way
to maintain a certain desirable level of confidence between sellers as well as buyers and
auction organizer Verden. Arrangements for
his successor have not yet been made as the
Hanoverian Association was not prepared for
this situation. Verden’s auction team however consists of a very experienced staff with
sufficient and well-trained personnel for every area.
The auction program will continue in the
same fashion as we all know and appreciate
it - without any interruptions. Therefore JörgWilhelm Wegener was appointed assistant
auction manager a while ago. The association greatly regrets loosing Dr. Friemel who
started his career at the Hanoverian Association in 1999 after the completion of his doctorate degree at the university in Kiel. Dr.
Friemel has bred Hanoverians on his farm
near Verden together with his wife Meike
over the past years. He had a very successful
beginning as auction manager due to his
energetic, goal oriented and diligent work
ethics. Dr. Friemel has personal reasons for
changing his career direction. We cannot just
limit his performances to his time as auction
manager but must include the prior nine years when he as assistant auction manager
already held a position with a great number
Manfred Schäfer, Dr. Werner Schade
Editorial: THE HANOVERIAN is published by Hannoveraner Verband e. V., Lindhooper Str. 92, D-27283 Verden, Germany, e-mail: [email protected]
hannoveraner.com. Editor: Britta Züngel, translations: Yvonne Zuther, Paul Kershaw
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