Champion trakehner stallion sells for €250,000

Kissinger and his breeder Alexandra, Countess of Dohna.
Kissinger and his breeder Alexandra, Countess of Dohna. © Stefan Lafrentz

Rising three-year-old colt Kissinger thrilled the crowds at the weekend’s 2013 Trakehner Licensing in Neumünster, and was later sold for €250,000 at auction.

Kissinger (Singolo/Arogno), was named champion stallion before being bought by Joop van Uytert of the Netherlands. The colt descends from one of the oldest studbooks of the Trakehner breed, that of Alexandra Countess of Dohna (Bispingen).  Breeding director Lars Gehrmann described Kissinger as having: “steadfast temperament, valuable lineage, always consistent in his movement, and exceptionally motivated”.

But the Countess of Dohna put it rather differently: “He is such an intelligent horse, he is cleverer than me,” she said.

The young stallion was acquired by Hans Kinzler (Heiligenloh) as a foal, was reared by the Heinrich Ramsbrook Stables in Menslage, and presented at the licensing by Philip Klingbeil.

The first reserve champion was two-year-old colt Scaglietti (All Inclusive x Schneeflocke VI, by Michelangelo) whom Gehrmann said was: “Large and strong, with fine contours and good pedigree. A stallion with harmonious body balance, he is always consistent and is clearly the best Trakehner stallion from Schleswig-Holstein.”

Kissinger Scaglietti Scaglietti

Scaglietti started life in the Gestüt Tasdorf, near Neumünster, with breeder Petra Wilm, Chair of the Trakehner Verband.

He was the next highest price at the sale, with a buyer from Berlin going to €170,000 to secure him.

The third most expensive horse was the newly-licensed Gallardo (Imperio x Gute Zeit, by Consul), who was bred by Hubertus Poll in Hörem. The stallion was sold to a buyer from Lower Saxony for €70,000.

The 10 licensed stallions up for sale netted €674,000, with an average price of €67,400.

The 20 unlicensed stallions up for auction realised a total €149,500 and an average price of €8794, which the Trakehner Verband was not entirely satisfied with.

“We must analyse exactly where mistakes may have been made,” said Chairperson Petra Wilm in regard to the weekend’s auctions, and colleague Lars Gehrmann, agreed: “We will do our homework, that is our responsibility”.

Stallion licensing

Also receiving special recognition at the stallion licensing were Empire State and Luxor. Empire State (Imperio x Eviva, by Kaiser Wilhelm) was bred in the Netherlands by Jikkie Willemsen-den Biemann. Hubertus Poll from Hörem purchased the aspiring stallion and presented him in Neumünster for licensing. Empire State impressed with his movement and has a first-class lineage behind him.

Luxor (Redecker x Leandra, by Lehndorff) impressed in the free jumping with his physique and energy. “He is a stallion who embodies immense quality and fantastic sporting characteristics,” Lars Gehrmann said.  He is owned and bred by Wilhelm and Renate Dettmering from Neuenkirchen on the island of Rügen, and was co-owned by Gestüt Hohenschmark – at least until Sunday afternoon. Luxor sold for €35,000 to Wiesbaden, the regional capital of Hesse.

Rusticus (Favoritas xx x Rispe IV, by Bartholdy), born in Schleswig-Holstein, was also licensed and was awarded the title of best half-breed stallion. He was bred by Horst-Dieter Jäger from Hennstedt, and owned by Hauke Jäger, of Lütjenwestedt. He will soon take up residence in the USA.

In total, the Trakehner Verband licensed 12 of the 42 Trakehner colts presented in 2013.  “We certainly kept an eye out for athleticism, as we know that among breeders there is a great deal of discussion as to how much athleticism costs us in terms of character,” Gehrmann said.  “Nevertheless, in the interests our breeders we must be aware of which horses are bought with the appropriate movement potential.”

Riding horse auction

Standing O'Vation fetched €100,000 at Saturday's Trakener Stallion market auction.
Standing O’Vation fetched €100,000 at Saturday’s Trakener Stallion market auction.

Three-year-old Trakehner colt Standing O’Vation topped the auction of riding horses at the 51st Trakehner Stallion Market in Germany at the weekend, fetching €100,000.

Standing O’Vation, a 163cm son of Imperio from the Consul mare Seeconda, was offered by breeder Sabine Oberdieck from Wietzendorf.

Imperio also sired the next highest lot in Hannah, a three-year-old mare out of the Münchhausen mare Herzlicht II. She was sold by breeder Kristine Gehrmann-Arp of Brodersdorf to a new home in Hamburg.

Three-year-old black mare Cera (Axis/Spirding), owned and bred by Stefan Gerber (Brumby), sold to the USA, while four-year-old mare Polarlicht (Irdenkreis/Schönbrunn) was sold by breeders Takehner Gestüt Krotenbach in Altenhof to a buyer in Singapore.

The 14 riding horses sold netted a total of €390,500, with an average price of €27,892.

Ten foals were sold at the auction on Saturday, netting a total of €99,700. The top price of €30,000 was achieved by the colt foal Homeyer, a son of Millenium out of a Hofrat mare.  Born in May and bred by Ilsemarie Peters of Möhne, the young colt was purchased by a buyer from Lower Saxony.

The average price of the foals was €9970.

Ten Trakehner mares sold for a total of €139,000. Top price of €27,000 was achieved by state premium mare Inside (Krokant/Connery), bred by Andrea Ritter (Schwanewede) and owned by Frank Scharffetter (Schwanewede). Inside will now take up residence in a stable in Bavaria.

The average price for the mares was €13,900.

Trakehner champion mare Tanzmusik and her breeder, Prince Donatus of Hessia.
Trakehner champion mare Tanzmusik and her breeder, Prince Donatus of Hessia. © Stefan Lafrentz

Tanzmusik  named champion mare

State Premium mare Tanzmusik was named Trakehner Champion Mare at the show.

By Herzruf  and out of Tanzsport (by Grafenstolz) Tanzmusik  was also champion mare for the Schleswig-Holstein/ Hamburg breeding region.

Judges  Helmut Mayer (Trakehner IG Austria), Matthias Werner (Trakehner Stuteneintragungskommission) and Martin Spoo, Breeding Director of the Rheinischen Pferdestammbuch, had the task of choosing between seven specially selected mares.

Martin Spoo described Tanzmusik as “a truly special horse and the type of champion one doesn’t see all the time – she has all the attributes of an exceptional mare”.

Tanzmusik’s breeder, Prince Heinrich Donatus von Hessen, director of the Hessische Hausstiftung, accepted the trophy.

Reserve champion was state premium mare Alte Zeit (Le Rouge x Alte Art, by Kasparow), whom Spoo described as “a noble horse and a mare whose quality of movement is in a league of its own”. The elegant mare is bred and owned by Sächsische Gestütsverwaltung in Graditz.

Two other mares were also commended: Kasandra (Axis x Karlotta, by Lehndorff), is owned and bred by Herbert-Stefan Schümann, Kirchhain, and Schnessprinzessin (Elfado x Schneeflocke VI, by Michelangelo), bred by Udo Koch, of Tasdorf, and owned by Gestüt Tasdorf.


Herzensdieb named Elite stallion

Herzensdieb and Steffen Frahm.
Herzensdieb and Steffen Frahm. © Kiki Beelitz

Leatherdale Farm’s licensed Trakehner stallion Herzensdieb (Tambour) received the title of Elite Stallion from Prince Donatus Von Hessen and Trakehner Verband breeding director Lars Gehrmann.

Prince Donatus Von Hessen also bred Herzensdieb, who is owned by Doug and Louise Leatherdale. Herzensdieb’s progeny have received numerous accolades, with two young stallions approved by the Trakehner Verband, including one who was approved by the Hanoverian stud book, and 36 daughters who have successfully produced foals introduced into the Trakehner studbook.

It is the third honorary title received by Leatherdale Farms after Damsey was awarded the FRH title from the Hanoverian Verband and Fairbanks was awarded the title of Champion Stallion at his licensing in 2009.

The announcement was made in front of a crowd of about 15,000 spectators.

The presentation also marked the meeting of a new generation of breeders along with the oldest German breeding families.

“Herzensdieb embodies the perfect union between the most traditional German Trakehner blood lines founded 300 years ago and the Trakehner as it exists and as it is bred since 1945,” said Erhard Schulte, a Trakehner specialist and author of reference books about the trakehner studbook.

Created in the early years of the 18th century by the Prussian families descending from the Teutonic knights, Trakehner horses are the products of the military horses trained for war. Often owned and bred by the German aristocracy,they remain the ultimate source of warmbloods for out-crossing with traditional studbooks.

The president of the North American Hanoverian Society for 10 years and a recognized specialist of Hanoverians, Doug Leatherdale was looking for the best way to produce a modern sport horse, able to compete in jumping, dressage or other equestrian sports. When he saw Herzensdieb, he knew this stallion was the way to improve the already outstanding Hanoverian breed.

“Herzensdieb owns all the grandeur and the qualities to ennoble again the Hanoverian breed,” said Doug Leatherdale. “Impeccable bloodlines, noble, elegant and distinguished, Herzensdieb proved, at the age of only 10, that he was – and obviously still is – one of the best stallions in the world.”

Situated 20 minutes from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Leatherdale Farms is dedicated to Hanoverian, Trakehner and Oldenburg breeding.  The Leatherdale family owns several licensed stallions, all based in Germany at Hengstation Jens Meyer.




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