Dressage stallion licensing with premiere of the FRH Cup 

Verden. The ten best young stallions of the 2021 crop were awarded a premium at the Verden licensing of dressage stallions. Seven of them found a new owner at the stallion sales. The most expensive: a liver chestnut by Bon Courage, who was auctioned off for 170,000 Euros. A total of 30 of the 54 stallions were licensed for Hanover. 

The Bon Courage/Rotspon son (breeder: Hans-Ludwig Dittmer, Rhadereistadt, exhibitor: ZG Dittmer, Rhadereistadt) presented himself at the highest level on all three licensing days. “We’ll see him again in sport,” was Heike Kemmer’s comment on the liver chestnut, who will be trained at the Schulten-Baumer dressage stable.

Liver chestnut by Bon Courage/Rotspon. Photo: Hannoveraner Verband

A black stallion by Dancier Gold/Vivaldi (breeder: Michael and Claudia Roehrhoff, Mönchengladbach, exhibitor: Gestüt Sprehe GmbH, Löningen), in whose veins flows the blood of Isabell Werth’s Olympic mare Weihegold, was sold for 150,000 Euros. After the liberalisation of the stallion licensing, he will go down in Hannoveraner history as the first Oldenburg horse to be licensed in the Niedersachsenhalle and awarded a premium.

A regular customer from Schleswig-Holstein won the bidding duel for an extremely strong-moving Le Formidable/Florencio son (breeder: Catharina Harten Denker, Beesten, exhibitor: Katharina Ehrengut, Bad Oldesloe) and can now call him her own for 135,000 Euros. A stallion owner from Emsland secured a Secret/Lord Loxley son (breeder and exhibitor: Johann von der Decken, Krummendeich) for 110,000 Euros. “Riding horses are made from these ingredients,” said breeding director Ulrich Hahne, describing the large-framed brown. An eye-catching chestnut by Benicio/Valentino (breeder: Dr Michael Lühs, Wagenfeld, exhibitor: Gestüt Allerhop, Hambüren) will move into a box in France. The extremely likeable premium stallion opened the licensing with head number one. Another stallion station in the west of Lower Saxony is home to a powerful black stallion by Dancier Gold/San Amour (breeder: Martin Honigfort, Haselünne, exhibitor: Heinrich Gießelmann, Barver), for whom the auction hammer fell at 55,000 Euros. The last premium stallion up for sale was worth 40,000 Euros to a loyal customer from Bavaria: a liver chestnut from the first crop of the Celle state stud stallion Von Und Zu, who has a Santino dam (breeder: Heiko Feldhus, Grethem, exhibitor: IB Berger, Sulzbach-Rosenberg). Like the premium stallion by Le Formidable, he once enriched the lot at the Verden Foal Auction.

Three premium stallions were not for sale. A Bon Courage/Ehrenpreis son (breeder: ZG Lenzen, Heinsberg, exhibitor: Theo Lenzen, Nettetal) from the direct dam line of the Warendorf state stud stallion Ehrentusch will follow in the footsteps of his granddam’s brother and move into the North Rhine-Westphalian state stud. A Totilas/Sezuan son (breeder: Moormann-Hanke GbR, Wettrup, exhibitor: BG Klausing and Bluefields Warmblood Stud, Diepholz). The Schult stallion station presented a strong moving Valdiviani/Sir Donnerhall son (breeder: ZG Wencek, Sonsbeck), who will be available to breeders in Hünxe next season under the name Vjento.

German state studs also secured excellent uncut diamonds. A Bon Vivaldi NRW/Royal Blend son (breeder and exhibitor: Wilhelm Kamps, Cuxhaven) went to Celle, who was sold for 50,000 Euro by the director of the state stud, Dr Axel Brockmann. The Marbach State Stud purchased a black stallion by So Unique/Totilas (breeder and exhibitor: Willem Klausing GbR, Diepholz) for 30,000 Euros, while the Moritzburg State Stud spent 106,000 Euros on a Totilas/Sir Donnerhall son (breeder: Thorsten Hogrefe, Stöcken, exhibitor: BG Enning und Laufhütte, Düsseldorf).

A Dynamic Dream/Lord Loxley son (breeder: Andreas Ingenbleek, Kevelaer, exhibitor: Elsbeth Schult, Hünxe) was sold for 100,000 Euros to supporting hands in Luxembourg. This makes the liver chestnut the most sought-after licensed stallion without a premium. The unlicensed stallions also met with great interest. A buyer from Baden-Württemberg paid 50,000 Euros for a Dynamik Dream/Don Nobless son (bred by Johannes zur Lage, Bersenbrück, exhibitor: Gennadii Sydorenko, Kiev/Ukraine).

The statistics show an average price of 70,542 Euros for 24 licensed stallions. Several highly successful international dressage trainers secured young talents for the big dressage arena. An average of 23,024 Euros was paid for 21 unlicensed stallions.

The stallion sales opened with a show programme packed with hippological highlights. In addition to the presentation of the premium stallions, an entire bloodline took centre stage. Bolero by Black Sky xx/Bleep xx, born in 1975, has characterised Hannover’s dressage horse breeding for almost half a century. His genes are still in demand today through his heirs such as the stallions Bon Courage, Bon Amour and Bonhoeffer. Bolero’s breeder Heinrich Behrmann, Stedebergen, was honoured to the applause of the audience. It was fitting that the breeder of this year’s Grande Prize winner, Bon Coeur by Benetton Dream/Sandro Hit, also received her certificate. The circle was completed with the Benicio/Desperados son Beck’s (breeder: Christian Thelker, Venne). The bronze medallist at the World Championships for five-year-old dressage horses was awarded the FRH name affix of the Hanoverian Sponsorship Association, as was the Hannoveraner Champion of five-year-old dressage horses, Shakeela by Secret/Royal Blend (breeder: Wilfried Putz, Wiesentheid). The Fritz von der Decken Prize is awarded to the most successful stallion breeder of the past evaluation period. It went to Dr Kerstin Klieber and Stefan Sandbrink. In their honour, the privately owned stallion Federer by Farrrell/Livaldon (breeder: Wienke Winkelmann, Wurster Nordseeküste), who entered the Verden stallion park three years ago, danced through the Niedersachsenhalle.

It goes without saying that breeding and sport go hand in hand in Verden. The FRH Cup for seven to nine-year-old dressage horses celebrated a successful premiere. After the presentation of the young stallions on the triangular track, the Niedersachsenhalle was well filled and provided a great backdrop for this premiere! The DSP gelding Diamante Negro by DeLorean/Fürst Romancier won with Juliane Brunkhorst (76.179 percent). Second place went to ZINQ First Vienna FH FRH by Vitalis/First Dance (breeder: Beekenhof GmbH & Co KG, Bommelsen) and Lucie-Anouk Baumgürtel (73.455 percent). The small final had already been held in the morning. Here, the Escolar/Rohdiamant son Escamillo (breeder: Dr Carolin Langhorst, Ratingen), masterfully ridden by Manuel Dominguez Bernal, showed his quality and won with 75.040 percent.




Stallion Licensing in Verden 2023 – Ten premium dressage stallions awarded