And again the 365 days of the year 2015 are nearly gone and the contemplative Christmas time is omnipresent. My team looks back to a very successful year 2015, which was shaped by several moments of achievements and happiness. These moments will stay in our minds forever. My silver medal at the German Championships in Balve, Laura’s bronze medal at the German Junior Championships, our 2. winter indoor series and of course our successful 11th sport horse sales are just a few examples for emotional moments we really enjoyed. A very Merry Christmas and the all the best wishes, good health, luck and success for you-my friends, clients and equestrian friends- for the New Year. Yours Holger Hetzel and team
The now traditional public demonstration of all auction horses takes place on Sunday 29 November 2015 at 10 a.m. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to ride the horses and enjoy the typical Hetzel hospitality at a brunch. Top international riders from Germany and abroad have said they’ll be coming along on Sunday to try out one or two of the horses under optimum conditions. So there’ll be a full programme on Sunday and the young horses will have a last opportunity to persuade potential buyers. The event is open to the public, so everyone is welcome to spend the first Sunday of Advent at my place.
New decoration in the indoor
Our 11th Sport Horse Sales is getting closer and closer. Only ten days to go, then the biggest day of the year is happening. We are very happy to announce that interested people from all over the world are coming to try the horses and when they’re leaving the stables they are really convinced by the exceptional quality of the horses. But also at the stables there are more and more signs that the auction is not far away: Since last week the big pictures of this years auction horses decorate the big indoor and remind us every day to the big event. Tomorrow the setup starts, then the tents, traverses, ground and so son will build up. We can’t wait for it, our anticipation is enormous. Only the 24 auction horses are quiet and showing their quality every day again!
Dalli Dalli in Munich by TS Foto
The Agravis Cup in Oldenburg was my last international show this year. The CSI2* is a traditional show in the North of Germany and I really like this event.
All my three horses jumped again very well and gave me a wonderful feeling in the course. Even we had a long show season this year they were highly motivated and really wanted to perform well. Seven year old Dalli Dalli finished eighth in the Youngster Tour Final (1.40m) and got his 28th international placing in 2015. For sure we all, me as the rider, our team and for sure his owner, are very proud of the performance of the small and highly talented gelding.
Gertje van het Scheefkasteel got two placings in 1.40m classes of the CSI2*. In all courses he gave me a super feeling and it was just a pleasure to present him in the course.
Legioner did a great job again, but unfortunately the luck was not with us.
My student Carolin Becker competed in the international Amateur Tour and showed great performances with her two horses. With her only six year old stallion Edison she placed in the small tour and got the third rank in the final. With her gelding Balderdas she got two placings in 1,40m classes.
On my way back home I once again thought about my season and honestly I’m really proud of the consistent and nice performances of my horses. Now they’re enjoying a well deserved break and I can’t wait to show them again. My team and I are focussed on only one thing: Our 11th Sport Horse Sales!
Last weekend I and my three horses Legioner, Dalli Dalli and Gertje van het Scheefkasteel competed at the Munich Indoors, a CSI3* with the final stage of the DKB-Riders Tour. The indoor show took place under the roof of the legendary “Olympiahalle” (Olympic indoor) and the horses stayed in the Olympiastadion where once the FC Bayern played and where the German jumping team won Olympic gold in 1972. Shortly: CSI Munich is a special event at a very famous venue. Seven year old Dalli Dalli (by Canturano) jumped again fantastically well in the Poresta Youngster Cup classes. Unfortunately the luck was not on our side in the course- we had one fault in both rounds. Gertje van het Scheefkasteel had his first international show after a long time and was in super condition. He jumped super and have me a great feeling. The nine year old gelding finished ninth in a 1.45m class. Legioner presented again his incredible quality and was clear in the Championat of Munich (1.50m class). In the Grand Prix of Munich on Sunday he jumped again like a superstar, but his rider didn’t gave him the chance to finish the course without faults. I’m very pleased with the performances of my horses, all three did an amazing job and I can’t wait for CSI2* Oldenburg next weekend.
Captain Sparrow & Michael Jung by Lafrentz
The horses in this years collection are going to spark some emotional fireworks- this is what I promise you! It includes 24 exceptional horses aged five to eight with impressive track records that are ready for the next stages of their careers. Nothing was left to chance in the selection process, so all horses conform to the most stringent of quality criteria and the excellent collection includes show jumpers for all requirements. Most of the top quality horses also have special competition achievements up to international Championships. Now you can put your curiosity about this year’s auction collection aside because videos, photos and information about all the horses have now been posted- check them out HERE. Interested customers can call to make a try out appointment (+49-171-480 8668).
A lot of catalogues
They have arrived! Yesterday the catalogues and DVD’S have been delivered. Then the work began and with combined effort it was a pleasure to finalize the end- product.
With very good mood and full of joy the team started working as every year: DVD in the DVD case, DVD in the catalogue, invitations and catalogue in the envelope, envelope closed, post stamp on it and directly into the yellow post box. Everything went well and fast- experience shows it Now, after two days, all of the catalogues are on there way to the customer or just ready to give them away for the next weeks. If you want to have your personal catalogue with a lot of pictures and reportages, you can order them here.
We are moving into the second decade of ou famous auction events with the 11th Sport Horse Sales on Wednesday 2 December 2015 in Goch.
The previous ten have featured some fantastic collections of horses that have gone on to be very successful for their satisfied customers. My team and I have some pretty unforgettable memories of both the horses and the auctions, and they’re what motivate us to organise this annual event. The globe has been chosen as the motif for this year’s event because former auction horses are now sensationally successful show jumpers in 36 different countries around the world. And that’s something we are very proud of.
With a big jump in 2016!
Now this year’s distinguished collection is waiting to go out into the big wide world. It includes 24 exceptional horses aged five to eight with impressive track records that are ready for the next stages of their careers. Nothing was left to chance in the selection process, so all horses conform to the most stringent of quality criteria and the excellent collection includes show jumpers for all requirements. Most of the top quality horses also have special competition achievements up to international Championships. The Sport Horse Sales event has become a kind of mission for my team and I, and we’re absolutely committed to its success.”
At the end of this week the collection horses will be presented to the public. All the horses were 100% convincing at the video shoot and they cater to a wide range of rider requirements. I can’t wait to present the horses!
All youngsters have moved into their boxes at our stables and enjoy the professional care of our team. All horses convince us during daily training with their above-average qualities; it is just fun to ride them. Every single horse just deserves it to make it into our strictly-selected auction lot.
It is said that ‘the luck of the earth lies on a horses back’, this year’s exclusive auction with its outstanding selection of top class sport horses will only verify this. We also provide comprehensive information and data about every single horse, each of which has been personally tested and approved, plus impressive videos of the horses competing so that potential buyers can see their performance in the ring. If you wish to make an appointment to try out your favorite please do not hesitate to contact us, everyone is welcome!
This year again we don't have just an auction catalogue: It not only provides you with information about the horses in the collection, but also contains general information about the event, the concept and the service philosophy of us. There are statements, information about us and our daily work and a lot of nice, colourful pictures- an outstanding product! The new auction catalogue grants you a look behind the scenes and introduces the whole stables. Catalogue + magazine= you need it!! You don’t have the auction catalogue? Order it right now!
Legioner enjoyed the lap of honour
Let’s start with the conclusion of the weekend: Legioner I won Silver at the German Championships!
But let’s start at the beginning: The first competition with two rounds was scheduled on Friday afternoon. The two 1.55m high courses were really challenging and the weather made it even more difficult: The sun was shining and it was a suffocating heat. My Legioner was in a brilliant shape, he jumped amazing and he gave me a highly motivated feeling. In spite of the heat he fought for me and did a brilliant job. At the end we finished both rounds without faults and became fourth in the 1.55m class. But much more meaningful was the fact, that we had a clean record for the big final on Sunday. On Saturday our beloved gelding had a nice and well deserved wellness program with easy flatwork, walking and hand-grazing with his groom Romy.
On Sunday morning when riding a little bit dressage I felt already that Legioner’s batteries are reloaded and he couldn’t wait for entering the course again.
To be honest the tension was enormous, but I knew that Legioner can jump everything and he wouldn’t leave me in the lurch. Especially during the last months he convinced me with his performances, I just love and trust him.
Everyone is happy!
While watching the first riders in the first round of the final on Sunday afternoon, many surprises came up. The course was really tricky and the course builder did an excellent job. We were one of the last competitors to go. Legioner jumped again awesome in the arena, but it was me who caused a fault on fence seven. I waited too long, so Legioner had no chance to jump the fence without making a fault. The rest of the course was super, so I get a little bit angry about myself. The second round was again without any doubt; I enjoyed the round and felt once again that my horse is a superstar. Clear. He jumped again clear in the 1.55m class and got better from course to course. When I noticed that we won a medal anyway my- or better our- happiness was already boundless. Denis Nielsen with Cashmoaker, Jörg Oppermann with Che Guevara and we were on four faults after four rounds and the medals were decided after an exiting jump-off. Legioner and I first to go and delivered a safe clear round in 49,64 seconds, this means also our last course at the German Championships 2015 was clear.
Legioner was proud!
Jörg Oppermann and Che Guevara crossed the finish line having the fastest time of the day at 44.73, but four faults placed them behind us. As last to go Denis Nielsen gave his all aboard his grey stallion. The fences stayed intact and as they also shaved off three seconds of our time the 2015 German Championship belonged to Nielsen and Cashmoaker. Congratulations to the young boys, who did an amazing job!
What should I say? We all were (and still are) unbelievable proud and happy about the Silver medal. My family, friends and a part of my team were celebrating with us on the warm- up arena; groom Romy got hugs from all sides, Legioner got cuddles from hundred hands and I felt honoured when getting so many compliments. It made me very happy that my daughter Laura was with me and she noticed how exhausting it is to be on the ground during an important show (normally it’s the other way around, like this weekend at CSIO-J Hagen).
... still proud!
I really enjoyed the prize- giving ceremony and Legioner seemed to be also very proud. “Proud”- that is the correct word for describing my feelings. I’m unbelievable proud of my gelding, who did an amazing job and really fought like a superstar. Congratulations to my entire team- especially groom Romy who takes care of my horses like a mummy. Without the great team in the background this medal wouldn’t be possible. This result is an amazing confirmation for our work with our four legged partners and the training system and management really pays of. I’ve so many emotions in my head, I can not describe them.
But there was one more reason for being happy: Our little pony Dalli Dalli also performed great. The seven year old Canturano- son was clear in two classes of the youngster Tour and finished third in an international 1.35m class and seventh in the 1.40m class.
Final conclusion: It definitely was an emotional weekend. I’m proud, happy and unbelievable thankful.
Check out our YouTube Channel "Holger Hetzel Stables", we have new videos from current shows online. Then you can see the great performances of our horses- if young or older, small or big courses. Enjoy watching!
Last weekend my student Vanessa Borgmann hat a very special premiere: The young Amazon had her first competition in the “Aachener Soers“. Because of her great results with her gelding Come to win Vanessa has been nominated for the CHIO Aachen and her dream (and of course the dream of all show jumping riders) came true. Like always Vanessa and Come to win showed concentrated, impressive clear rounds in both world ranking classes and convinced all horse people around. They got placements in both clsses classes, the 1.45m as well as the 1.50m classes with the worlds best riders.
Chiara by digishot.nl
The world’s best riders competed in Aachen, where the Rolex Grand Slam Grand Prix took place last weekend. For sure we were exciting when watching former horses of our stables jumping in Aachen, on the most famous show ground ever. Next to our student Vanessa Borgmann we were nervous when Chiara (auction horse 2007) and Ludger Beerbaum went into the arena on Sunday afternoon. The Rolex Grand Prix went over two rounds plus a jump-off, the fences 1.60m big. The first round consisted of 13 fences and 16 jumps. The famous double of Liverpools as always caused some problems - not so much for the jump itself, but several times due to the big lake beside it. The 18 best riders out of the 40 competitors qualified for the second round. They did an amazing job- clear in all three rounds!!! At the end they finished fourth in this amazing class and showed off again their exceptional quality. World Champion Jeroen Dubbeldam presented the seven year old stallion Alfa Jordan (auction horse 2012) in the international youngster classes and inspired the spectators. What a show and what an audience, we are more than proud that our student and former horses competed there.
Laura and Rita
Laura and her horses had been nominated fort he CSIO Bonheiden, an international Nations Cup for young rider. With Quanita Laura showed once again super nice rounds and were clear in two 1.30m classes during the first days. On Sunday they competed in the Grand Prix for junior rider: The 1.40m course was quite difficult and long. Our 15yo Amazone and her mare showed all their quality and experience and stayed clear in the first round. After the jump- off they were honoured with the fourth rank in the Grand Prix of CSIO- J Bonheiden! Also professor Little Tinka jumped very nice in the international classes.
I’m so pleased with the performances of my horses last weekend! After the CSI3* show in Munich nanny Romy and her three superstars drove directly to Vienna, where they stayed at the great location of Magna Racino. While I was at home, Romy kept the horses happy and gave them a well- deserved wellness programme till the CSI4* show started on Friday. The facility and circumstances are quite amazing, but unfortunately the organizer had to handle with bad weather conditions. On Saturday the whole programme had to be cancelled due to bad weather conditions. This is why I (and also my colleagues) had to change my plan for each. Happily the new plan works very well and all three horses jumped clear in all classes they competed in.
Seven year old Dalli Dalli jumped again exceptionally well and attracted attention in the youngster classes for seven and eight year old horses. He finished sixth in a 1.45m class and got an amazing ninth place in the Youngster Tour Final, a 1.45m class! Check me out jumped also super and finished clear in both 1.45m classes he competed in. Legioner’s weekend plan was focussed on the 100.000€ Gaston Glock’s Grand Prix on Monday. On Friday I just made a few jumps in a 1.45m two- phases- competition and he gave me a super feeling. In the 1.60m Grand Prix Legioner jumped fantastically well and was clear in the first round as well as in the jump- off. He finished 5th in this CSI4* Grand Prix and I’m really happy for my horse- he deserved this success!
Now the three athletes are on their way back home and will enjoy a few days in the fields before the next projects are coming!
Captain Sparrow by Pferdefoto Lafrentz
Dalli Dalli in Munich by TS Foto
It is a long tradition that the CSI3* Munich takes place at the Ascension weekend every year again. The show ground is beautiful- a nice and large grass arena, a lot of visitors, an interesting programme and super conditions for horses and rider/grooms/spectators. My horses jumped exceptionally well during the four- day show and made me very happy with constant performances.
Check me Out competed in three classes of the big tour and did a great job. The nine year old gelding by Contendro is ready for the big tasks and jumps all courses with big ease.
Dalli Dalli convinced in all classes of the Youngster Tour and presented his unbelievable scope and willingness to perform. In the first two 1.40m classes the small gelding finished fifth and seventh. Also in the 1.45m big final of the Youngster Tour the seven year old gelding was clear and got a placement. Legioner’s mission was the Grand Prix on Sunday. The 1.60m class was also a qualifier for the Master League Final so it was no wonder that the course was quiet difficult. Legioner jumped amazing, did a wonderful job when jumping the course and was clear in the first round. Unfortunately I was not clear, so we finished with one time fault. Anyway, I’m more than pleased with my horses and really, really proud of them!
Nine year old Smint (auction horse 2012) did it again: The little gelding and his rider Noemie Goergen won the Nations Cup at CSI3* Celje with the team from Luxembourg. Smint was responsible for the amazing victory: In the first round of the 1.50m course he finished with one fault, the second round was clear. Furthermore they were placed in the opening class.
Even Smint is only nine years old, he has more than 130 results in classes up to 1.50m!
Happy Felix! The 15yo rider and his nine year old mare Full of Hope (auction horse 2010) became “Kreismeister des Bergischen Landes”, that means they won the title of the County Championship. Felix and his mare showed exemplary constant performances at the show in Leichlingen. They won the first qualification, a 1.30m class and finished second in a 1.35m class. Also in the final they jumped double clear and got the third rank in the 1.35m class. Congratulations Felix, well done!
L.B. Top Gun by Sportfot.com
A beautiful show ground
Our GPS displayed a 488 km long route, when Romy and Tobias left the stables with our seven horses on Thursday morning 5.30 a.m. 488km from our stables in Goch to Redefin, where the traditional CSI3* show took place on the national stud farm “Redefin”. With the breathtaking coulisse of the huge impressive portal in the background, this event is one of a kind. Straight at the start of the green season, the Pferdefestival Redefin comes up with a special programme and top class competitors. Our opinion when we left the show on Sunday: the 488 km were quite profitable.
Check me Out by Marx in 2014
Carlson and Simone Buhofer
Djerma and Sophia Lindemann
Thunder Girl by Fotostudio Marx
While we men were riding and training here at home last weekend, Christine, Laura, Alena and Romy represented our stables at the international Young Master show in Eschweiler. They competed highly successful and showed impressive rounds with their horses in every class. Christine rode the six year old mare Thunder Girl (by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve) in the Youngster Tour and attracted attention in all rounds: The young mare jumped unbelievable and very concentrated with all the scope and quality a horse needs. Four courses and four clear rounds was the amazing conclusion on Sunday evening. After rank four and six in the qualifications they won the challenging final, a 1.35m class with jump-off, on Sunday morning. Cupitella (Capito x Nimmerdor) rewarded herself with a fourth place in a class of the Gold Tour and Mrs.-Always-Successful-Aerobic dominated the Diamond Tour: The mare by Argent finished fourth and fifth in 1.35m classes.
Carlson and Alena
Our just fifteen year old Laura demonstrated again that the switch from Children to Junior level succeeded successfully: In the saddle of her beloved horses she rode great courses and finished seventh in the first international class for junior riders. On Saturday both Quanita and Little Tinka had a well-deserved day off. This plan worked out perfectly: Both horses were very fresh in the Grand Prix and got placements. Little Tinka became seventh in the 1.40m class and Quanita finished fourth after two clear rounds. Laura made herself the best presents for her birthday!
Our student Alena from Russia had also a great finish of her stay abroad: Before she went back to Russia she earned placings with her geldings Call me Paul and Carlson in the international U25 classes.
The grass is green and has top quality. The fencing shines white and the quality of the ground is perfect. Yesterday we’ve built the first course on our adored grass field. The arena looks amazing- the jumps are colourful, the different fences beautiful and the overall picture wonderful. It is like an eye candy. The heart of every show jumping rider is beating faster because of the perfect training conditions. Building the course for hours pays off; everything looks super and we have the best possibilities for training. And now, with the sun and blue sky, it is even better.
We were smiling like the sun last weekend. Why? Because our horses performed so well at CSI3*/YH* Eschweiler and made us very proud. Seven year old Dalli Dalli flew like an airplane in the international Youngster Classes: Four courses, four clear rounds and always placed under the top five in classes with top class competitors. At the first day the son of Canturano won the youngster class and the day after he finished fifth. Also in the final on Sunday Dalli Dalli jumped with scope and ease and got the third rank. My conclusion: Dalli Dalli is ready for the coming (international) shows this year! In addition Legioner jumped super and finished clear in the in the Masters Class on Saturday. In this 1.50m ranking class we had one time fault- definitely my fault.
Congratulations to my student Vanessa Borgmann: The young Amazon and her gelding Come to win won the Grand Prix of Eschweiler with to amazing clear rounds. Well done, Vanessa!
Our adventure „Z- Tour“ in facts and figures: 14 days stay, 9 show days, 24 horse, plenta few tents food, more than 160 completed courses, almost 100 (double) clear rounds, several international placements and 2 victories, ranking points, 3 video cameras with hours of video material, almost all weather circumstances (storm, rain, hail and also sun!) and of course a lot of fun, experiences and satisfaction. Our riders and horses surpassed themselves, competed in 1.40m classes the first time and inexperienced horses got the first experiences on international stage.
All our horses represented our stables very well and we’re proud of every single horse (and of course rider!). The first outdoor show(s) is/are always something very special and interesting. Of course, not every course can be finished clear (that would be too nice), but the most important thing is the happiness and satisfaction of the horses.
Uufff.... To be honest, we’ve no words for the emotions we underwent yesterday in Lanaken. There are also no words for the experiences we made and we will never forget. At least, not yet. Sure, we’re not neutral, so it’s even more difficult to be professional when describing the day. Our 14 year old Laura and her mare Quanita, called Rita, won the CSI-U25 Grand Prix on the Ratina Z Arena. Laura and Rita were the first to go in the 1.45m course. After her premiere with Little Tinka in a 1.45m class one week before it was just her second course of this height. But she trusted her little jumping pony and both Laura as well as Rita fight together in an exemplary style. Priority for us was the safety and health of Laura and her horse, but Laura teach us, that she and her horse can make it and that they are ready for the big tour. After the concentrated course walking and the warm- up it became serious: Fanfare, salutation and then the amazing 70 seconds began. Laura’s father was not able to stand quiet and walked up and down, her mum ‘tried’ to film everything, her grandmother closed her eyes, the grandfather was not able to sit, and the whole HH- team stood/jumped/hopped at the entry.
And Laura? She was excited. During the 70 seconds in the course Laura and Rita showed exemplary show jumping: harmony, concentration, teamwork, perfect style, trust… Clear. CLEAR in the 1.45m class. Also the round with Little Tinka was amazing, with one fault they also got a placement. But… back to Quanita. Just two horse-rider combinations made it to the jump- off, this means Laura and Quanita will be second at the end. In the jump- off they showed a nice and fast clear round. Also the round of Jens van Grunsven looked very fast, but our girls were faster and won this Grand Prix. We were proud, happy and very, very thankful. We know that tomorrow the world can look different, but we really enjoy this moment. Wow.
Seventeen year old Lars and eight year old Balderdas had their premiere in a 1.45m class. They did a phenomenal round and finished fifth with only one (needless) time penalty. Well done!!!
24 horses have been stabled in Lanaken the past two weeks. But this doesn’t mean, that it was boring at home! Quite the contrary took place: The horses at home enjoyed quiet training, quality time in the field and several wellness sections. The stables has been cleaned and coloured, so the horses have always a wonderful and clean home. Also the ground on the sand arena has been improved, the planting on the whole yard changed and beautified and several legworks done. I have to say thank you to the team at home and it’s always great to have a team at home you can trust.
Daniela and Castelli
Velvet Brown & Tobias
Clemens and Dr. Sven Heitkemper by TS Foto
Cecotto's As and Chris Kappler
„Call me Hannes“ attracted the attention again! Last Sunday the nine year old gelding by Cassini II and his rider David Beisel became eleventh in the $50,000 Ocala HITS Grand Prix. The Grand Prix took place in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium with a large crowd of spectators gathered around to watch the spectacle under beautiful, sunny skies. After our Sport Horse Sales 2010 Call me Hannes was stabled in Germany for training, before he was sold to the United States in 2014. We’re very happy about the great results of the highly talented horse. Congratulations!
Zaire & Dr. Sven Heitkemper by TS- Foto
On Friday Tobias made a quick and very successful trip to the national show in Borken. In a 1.35m our rider wanted to check the condition and form of the ten year old Casscora as well as Cincitty. The big show in Borken was as busy as ever and proved a super show to develop the young horses and give the older ones a warm up for the international shows. More than 90 horses competed in the 1.35m class on Friday evening, ridden by national and international well- known professionals. Both horses have been jumping super, I’m especially pleased how Tobias and Casscora are getting on together. The mare finished eighth in the class and nine year old Cincitty finished ninth out of 92 horses. Shortly: Form check passed!
Everything began with the first place in the qualification for the “HGW- Bundesnachwuchschampionat”, a 1.30m style class, during the “Salut Festival” in Aachen last December. Last weekend Laura and her mother had been in Warendorf, to participate at the clinic with the Federal coach. And today we got great news: Because of their great performances during the clinic and the perfectly ridden rounds full of harmony Laura and her mare Quanita are nominated for the big final of the “HGW- Bundesnachwuchschampionat”. The final will take place from 19. till 22. March 2015 in Braunschweig in a great atmosphere and the numerous spectators will complete the ambience. All in all 25 young riders from all of Germany are nominated for the event and we’re very proud and looking forward!
Wetten, dass...? Auction picture 2014
In December 2014 auction horse “Wetten, dass…?” moved into his new home at Double H Farm in the USA. He seems to feel very well there and shows great performances. During the Winter Equestrian Festival the gelding competes with this new name “HH Gypsy” in his first classes for six year old horses and showed beautiful performances. With his incredible quality and jumping abilities he attracts attention of the experts in Palm Beach. When we watched the video of his competition we were overwhelmed and more than happy, that this youngster is doing so well. We wish to congratulate the owners and rider of “HH Gypsy” and are really happy for them! But please convince yourself, that the son of Stakkato is just an unbelievable jumper:
Zplendid (Auction horse 2014 "Cleopatra")
75 six year old horses competed in the 1.30m two- phases competition during the „Mediterranean Equestrian Tour“ in Oliva Nova (ESP) yesterday. At the end a well- known mare won the challenging class: Zplendid, auction horse 2014 “Cleopatra”. The mare by Zannini- R relegated 74 other competitors from all over the world to second place and beyond and hat a great premiere in the international show- world. Since December 2014 Zplendid is stabled with Jan Wernke, who trains the youngster and presents her on shows. Congratulations to the rider and the owner, we’re looking forward to get more result news from you!
fischerDaily Impressed & Michael Jung
Chapeau and respect! It seems to us that Michael Jung and fischerDaily Impressed (auction horse 2014 „Cartani’s King“) are destined for each other. Whether at CSIYH* Drachten, CSIYH* Treffen or CSIYH* Offenburg- during the last weeks the seven year old gelding attract attention on several international shows and made the equestrian world talking about him. A lot of clear rounds, placements under the top five and his phenomenal performances in the ring were sensational. At last the Olympic gold medal winner presented the horse at CSIYH* Offenburg and they finished third and fourth in the qualifications against eight year old horses. In the final the pair became seventh. At CSIYH* Treffen fischerDaily Impressed and his rider got the silver rank in the final. fischerDaily Impressed lives up to his name and this makes his rider, the new owners as well as us very happy. Congratulations!
During the past month the young rider Simone Buhofer and her horses were at our stables for training. Since three years the Swiss Amazon and her four- legged partners are based at Willi Melligers stables in Switzerland, where they are coached by the highly successful trainer. Simone wanted to make more experiences and broaden her mind, so she decided to come to our training centre. We focussed on concentrated training at home, but we also competed on national and international shows. Simone improved her riding silks on highest level and showed beautiful rounds on the shows including wins in international classes uo to 1.40m and placements in Grand Prix at CSI*/**- level. Especially our last show together at CSI*/** Offenburg was very successful with super performances and a golden ribbon and a placement in the Grand Prix. Our team really enjoyed the time with Simone and we had successful months. We wish the Swiss- team member good luck for the coming shows!
Christine & Aerobic
Wow. What a weekend. At CSI*/** Offenburg we became rewarded for our concentrated work with our horses and were pleased with the overall result after four days. On our return trip we were just thankful for the great experiences and highly proud of our horses. We had several highlights: Tobias earned valuable Longines ranking points, Christine and Aerbic won the CSI* Grand Prix and our student Simone celebrated a victory in an international class. Well, let's now proceed in sequential order and start with the general show. The 8th edition of the international indoor show was again super organized; the conditions for horses and riders were brilliant, the quality of the sport very high and the atmosphere fantastic. Directly at the first day we noticed that our horses really like the show ground and feel very comfortable. Fortunately this feeling continued till the final day and has been confirmed by the results of our ponies:
Velvet Brown & Tobias
Our 10th Sport Horse Sales was an unforgettable anniversary. The anniversary event was an incredible experience with a unique atmosphere and famous guests from all over the world who obviously enjoyed themselves. Directly at the beginning the visitors were allowed to obserce a bidder duel, when auctioneer Volker Raulf offered “Glückskerl F”, a life-sized horse made of 5400 horseshoes that had been provided by Andrea and Rainer Franken from Keppeln for a good cause. Heidi van Thiel was over the moon to receive a donation of EUR 18,000 for the children’s hostel “Spatzennest“ in Essen. It was donated by Russian Equestrian Federation President Sergey Maslov who bought "Glückskerl F".
Yesterday Andrea and Rainer Franken and me visited the children’s hostel for children in need. After a long conversation with Heidi van Thiel, her daughter Nadine Fromme (both are godparents of the intuition), Professor Dr. Ulrich Spie (executive chairman of local union Essen E.V.) and Martina Heuer (director of “Spatzennest”) and a short visitation of the accommodation, we gave the big cheque again and made a lot of people and children happy. Fact is: The money has found the right institution and we’re really happy that we can support the facility, the children deserve it. Thanks again to Family Franken and Mr. Maslov!
Wimona & Simone
Captain Sparrow by Pferdefoto Lafrentz
Wilford by Sportfot.com
After our indoor show series a super special prize will be sponsored by “Autohaus Waldhausen & Bürkel, Monchengladbach”: The most successful rider of class nr. 7 (M**- class) as well as class nr. 8 (S*- class) after all seven shows gets an invitation to a “"Audi Driving Experience with a R8 5.2 FSI quattro- at the race track Nürburgring" (incl. overnight stay) with a value of 1.450€ per person. Currently Markus Renzel is leading both classifications, but we’re sure a lot of riders would like to win the special prize and will give their best during the last three shows. Click here to check the general survey!
Gertje at CSI5* Basel
The New Year just began and we’ve already sensational result news from a former horse: The dearly beloved Gertje van het Scheefkasteel and his rider Werner Muff won the opening class at the world class show CSI5* Basel. The pair showed an exceptional fast round and have been two seconds faster than the rest of the international elite competitors. The nine year old gelding can jump everything and always tries to do his best. We all are very happy about the great result of our darling Gertje and send our congratulations to his rider, groom and his owner Marlis Mühlebach!
Tomorrow we offer the service of live- results for the first time during a show at our yard. All interested people can have a look to the results online in the internet and also the list of competitors can be seen in the Internet. With this service we would like to offer a better service for all interested people, as well as for the competitors and grooms. Everyone can attend the show with his Smartphone… We hope that everything takes place without any difficulties and if not: we know how to do it better at our next show in February. Click HERE to see the live results.
Next Wednesday, 14 January 2015, we start the show season 2015 with our show on my yard. Visitors are very welcome to attend the day and watch the interesting classes. We start at 8:45 a.m. with the youngster A** class. The 1.40m class will start at 5:45 p.m. Click here to have a look to the schedule.
After some quiet and very harmonious Christmas Days we started fresh and healthy into the New Year. We are all highly motivated to start the New Year and are looking forward to the new responsibilities and challenges that await us during the next 365 days. In recent weeks and months most of the horses at my stables have had a well-deserved break from shows, most of the youngsters even since autumn. This doesn’t mean that the stable is closed, quite the contrary is going on: The young horses are enjoying well thought out training exercises with a lot of gym work They are all highly motivated present themselves in a good mood during the daily changing training. The skills and strengths of the horses will be developed individual and the rideability will be improved. Everything is carried out with a lot of fun for rider and horse, so it is not boring, even it is work. The experienced show horses were "kept happy", what means light work under saddle, relaxed walking on the lunge or free running in the hall, it is important that the athletes are happy, because that’s the only way to show good performances. Our show season 2015 will start next week with our own show on Wednesday 14 January, 2015 at our stables and the day after our first international show in Drachten (CSI*/**) will start. More national and international entries have been made for this month. You see- already the January 2015 is everything, but not boring…
… can be found in the subfolder “2014”, or click here.