New Zealand eventer Mark Todd has been recognised for his achievements with Leonidas II by Germany’s Holsteiner Verband.
Todd received the Fritz-Thiedemann Silver Medal for his success with Leonidas II, by Landos, at the verband’s grading and auction at Neumünster.
The medal is is given to riders for outstanding achievements with Holsteiner horses, and commemorates German showjumper Fritz Thiedemann, a two-times Olympic team gold medalist with Meteor (1956 and 1960).
The grey colt Charleston (Cascadello I x Kantu by Cantus-Landadel) was named champion, with judges Michael Gonell, Wulf-Hinrich Hamann, Claus-Heinrich Petersen and Christian Thoroe rating him the standout of the 61 colts lined up for grading. He later sold to professor Dr. Bernd Heicke of Gestüt Fohlenhof in Hassloch, for €300,000.
Central Park (Casall x Upstream by Contender-Sandro) was named first reserve champion, and sold to Herbert Ulonska for €100,000. The second reserve champion title went to Catch (Colman x Pia by Calido I-Caletto I) and was bought by the Holsteiner Verband for €105,000.
Stallions awarded premium status by the grading committee included Caspian (Caretino x Ornelia by Cassini I-Calgary) bred and owned by Dr. Hansjörg Andresen; Simonsberg, a stallion not put to auction; Cantesini (Casadello I x Ultra by Cassini I-Landade), bred by Reimer Detlef Hennings and sold to Slovakia for €75,000; and Diamar (Diarado x Vision by Con Capitol-Caletto I) bred by Bernd Harlof, Wardow, and owned by the Holsteiner Verband .
Two “dressage stallions“ have been licensed for breeding: Alsandair (Ampère x Supreme by Lorentin I-Carthago) bred by Ludwig Zierer and sold to the USA for €55,000; and Tocanto (Totilas x Alice by Canturo-Corofino I), bred and owned by Reimer Nagel, and who was not offered for sale.
The Verband licensed 20 stallions from a line-up of 61 for breeding. “We have seen many modern stallions with exceptional jumping ability, thus confirming the Holsteiner studbook’s top position in the current WBFSH world jumping ranking,” said WBFSH board member Dr Paul Hubert, from France.
The average price in the auction of the graded stallions with 12 stallions for sale was €82,500, an increase on previous years.
The top-selling non-licensed stallion was another Cascadello I son from a Landos-Corrado Imare; Casandos, bred by Henning Thiesen who sold for €40,000. The 21 non-licensed stallions were sold at an average value of €20,023 which wass also an increase on previous years.
Auctioneer Uwe Heckmann knocked down the 32 elite riding horses at an average value of €41,078. Buyers came from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Italy France, Great Britain, Sweden, Turkey and the USA.
Count Ebony (Casall-Acobat II) was the top selling riding horse at the Neumünster elite auction, selling to Bulgaria for €120,000. The five-year old was bred by Andreas Utesch and consigned by the Holsteiner Verband Elmshorn.
Next best price was €100,000 was Consoto (Cancara / Larno), who was bought by US showjumper Kent Farrington. The four-year-old grey stallion is expected to compete as a show hunter in his new homeland.
The five-year-old Casall-Dollar de la Pierre daughter Canada, bred and consigned by Boie Behrens, Helse, was bought by Wolfgang Zipperle at €83,000 for Toni Hassmann’s jumping stable.