The tour was an immense success - with record numbers taking part and many miles covered in our beautiful country. Here is the report - and congratulations to all who presented their mares and foals in outstanding turn out and condition. Thank you to all the helpers along the journey too. Without all the volunteers we could not run this annual inspection tour (and it is vitally important to have it annually - with many changes taking place every year - two years apart is far too long to ensure we keep as up-to-date as possible to make the improvements we need to make).
Thanks to the sponsors MVS Equine for the Sashes and Blue Blood Equine for sponsoring the Mare Families award
New Zealand Hanoverian Studbook Inspection Tour 2020
Our breeders had the privilege of meeting Jens Meyer this year. He was engaging, encouraging and we loved his dry and sneaky sense of humour. His knowledge was immense, and he imparted this willingly. It was a long trip around beautiful New Zealand for him, but I believe he returned to Germany with good impressions of the country, the horses and people.
It was a big tour in terms of numbers also – with 41 mares inspected and 60 foals assessed. There were 39 Premium Foal sashes awarded – and of those 5 were awarded as Gold Medal Foals.
Top Hanoverian mare is Riverpark Bellasaria (Benicio/Londonderry) B. Riverpark Farm, Huapai – Ian and Renai Hart
Close behind is another of Renai's, Riverpark Waikiki (Worldly/Rock of Gibraltar xx) and Dulcet (Dante Weltino/Furst Romancier) Owned by Catherine Smith. B. Janne and Georgia Worth.
Best Hanoverian jumping bred mare is Cornetta PSH (Cornet Obolensky/For Feeling) owned by Hammond Equestrian. B Nicolette Rendle, Auckland.
Best jumping mare from another population is imported Holsteiner mare Ursula (Corrado I/Landgraf) Owned by Golden Grove Stud, Canterbury.
Best Thoroughbred mare Classic Quest xx (Ball Park xx/Tights xx). Owned by Belinda Fleming, Huntly.
Best Pre-Studbook mare is Dakarra WDS (Dakar VDL/Elf d`Or SF.) Bred and owned by Christian and Angie Hillary, Auckland.
Best Older mare for the Hanoverian Studbook - Selle Francais bred Qualine de Kergan (Elf D`Or/Drakkar des Hutins) Owned by Christian and Angie Hillary.
Best Rheinland studbook mare is SF J`Adore (GT Jake/Jaybee Alabaster) Owned by Jeremy and Alice Cochran. B. Nikita Osborne of Seaforth Farm, Kerikeri.
Close up were –
Fonteyn O (Furstenball Old./Lessing) Bred and owned by Dr Anne Stewart, Whangarei.
Astek Rhapsody (Ramirez/Gymnastik Star) owned by Laura Saamu, Te Aroha. B Astek Stud
SWE Highlyte (Hotline/Sir Donnerhall Old.) Owned by Ellen Mitchell, Murupara. B. Sangster-Ward Equestrian
Foal Roll of Honour:
Equal Top Hanoverian foals and Gold Medal Foals:
Stoneylea Finley (Furstenball Old./EM Stoneylea Lusenka Imp. by Lauries Crusador xx/Lemon Park). Bred and owned by John and Angela Smith of Stoneylea Farm, Waiuku.
Riverpark Belafonte (Belantis/Remi London Attraction Imp. by Londonderry/Fabriano). Bred and owned by Riverpark Farm.
Top Hanoverian Filly Foal – Gold Medal Foal
Fiore MH (Furstenball Old./Remi Fiderdancer Imp. by Fidertanz/De Niro). Bred and owned by Matthews Hanoverians, Awanui, Northland.
Best Rheinland Foal – Gold Medal Foal
Riverrock Firestone (Fursten Look/ Sinderella FE by Salutation Old./Master) Bred and owned by Aliesha Moroney, Cambridge.
There was a very close score for the palomino colt Valhalla O (Vitalis/Delikatesse GF Imp. by Dream of Gold/Maltesser Gold Hess.). Bred and owned by Dr Anne Stewart of Whangarei. This may well be the first palomino Vitalis foal born.
Best Jumping Bred Foal – Gold Medal Foal
PHS Cocolena (Zirocco Blue/PHS Coco by Corlando Holst.Imp/Aberlou xx)
Bred by ET and owned by James Jackson at Piquet Hill Stud in Te Akau near Huntly. This was the first jumping bred foal that we saw – and he was not surpassed. PHS Coco is in competition doing well in 135-140 classes. Her dam Sabertage xx by Aberlou has produced numerous foals that have also had success in dressage (Anamai, Arman and Armani – all by Anamour) and Gymnastik Showdown by Gymnastik Star 3* eventing.
There were some very close scores though – with eventing bred types scoring well too.
Cilla (Chacfly/Royal Diamond) for Imogen Neale of Auckland. Her dam is sister of a 5* eventer HH Rubinstar.
Cantana AH (Corofino II Holst./Fully Fledged xx by Yamanin Vital xx/) for Andrew and Angie Mason, Amberly North Canterbury.
Centament (Eurosport Centavos/Fully Fledged xx by St Hilarion xx) for Andrew and Lisa Preston of Wainuiomata near Wellington.
Carbon Copy MH (Cornet Obolensky/Henton Class Act by Contendro I (Escudo I/Distelfink). Bred by Matthews Hanoverians. The mare tracks back to one of the most important thoroughbred sports horse stallions in NZ – Crown Lease xx. The Distelfink mare in the pedigree is also the dam of Henton Attorney General that won the CCI4* at Boekelo in 2013 and Henton Executive that won the CCI3* at Puhinui in 2013.
There were two Elite Mare Awards presented
Fanfare MH (Furstenball/Dancier/Weltmeyer) Bred and owned by Matthews Hanoverians
Henton Class Act (Contendro I/Escudo I/Distelfink) Bred by Henton Lodge Hanoverians and owned by Matthews Hanoverians
There was a Mare Performance Test at Matthews Hanoverians and two mares became Elite Mare Candidates
Felize MH (Furstenball/Dancier/Weltmeyer) - full sister to Fanfare MH.
Ruby MH (Royal Mirage W/Dream Boy/Weltmeyer). Both mares are bred an owned by Matthews Hanoverians and trace back to Judith’s imported mare
St.Pr.St Welkantje (Weltmeyer/Pik Bube). B. Anneli & Richard Baumgart, Germany.
There was a Performance mare sash awarded to Jess Land in Rangiora for SPM LV Balou Skye (Balou du Rouet Old./Leica Chat xx by Chatham xx) - she's been a 3* Eventer in the not too distant past - and she has now produced a lovely filly foal, JL Florentine by Zapatero VDL for Jess. Bred by Paul and Natalie Woods at Little Valley Farm, Ohaupo.
The Best Mare Family was again from John and Angela Smith's Stoneylea Farm where EM Stoneylea Lusenka Imp. (Lauries Crusador xx/Lemon Park/Grande) proved to be the best producer with her two daughters
EM Stoneylea Welt Princess (Weltmeyer) NZ Young Dressage Horse Champion in 2016 and dam to two foals by Vitalis
and Stoneylea Francesca (Furst Nymphenburg) Top mare of the 2015 tour and dam of top foal of 2015
Stoneylea Don Alejandro by Don Index