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Coloured colt a first for Danish warmblood licensing

February 19, 2009

Hedens Le Mioche

A coloured colt will be presented at the Danish Warmblood stallion licensing and the Spring Auction in Herning, Denmark next month.

It will be the first time a coloured horse has been presented at the licensing.

The tobiano colt Hedens Le Mioche will be presented at the licensing, from March 5-8. He is by the elite sire Michellino DVE 542, bred and owned by Anne Marie and Kjeld Larsen, Aabybro.

"As we own a full sister and a younger full brother of Mioche we have decided to sell him at the auction in Herning, but the decision has been made with heavy hearts, as we've had numerous enquiries from breeders, who wish to breed their mares to him," said breeder Anne Marie Larsen.

It is the Larsens' goal to produce warmblood horses of colour and as a foundation stock they have imported tobiano mares from The Netherlands. Among these mares is Ping Pong, the dam of Hedens Le Mioche. She is graded in the main Danish Warmblood studbook, and has produced four offspring, including three coloured foals by Michellino.

There will be a total collection of 72 three-year-old colts, including 21 imported colts, at the licensing.

"We are going to see some amazing three-year-old colts at the licensing this year, and there will undoubtedly be a close battle in the final ranking," said Poul Graugaard, spokesman of the Danish Warmblood licensing commission. He added that there would be strong competition for the Danish bred colts from the 21 imported colts.

"This year we have quite an equal strength among colts of dressage and jumping pedigree, and both breeding directions have been purchasing some of the best in the world. There is no doubt that the Danes have hand-picked from the top of this year's crop at the fall auctions in Germany."

"We welcome more Danish bred top stallions, but it is always our intention to license the very best stallions, whether they be Danish-born or not," Graugaard said.

Among other sires represented are Blue Hors Don Romantic DVH 801 and Blue Hors Romanov DVH 818. The pair are the two strongest represented sires of three-year-old colts, each with six sons. Then follows the sires Sunny-Boy with four sons and Lauries Crusador xx with three sons and two grandsons.

Breeder Jørgen Ravn, Holsted, has bred three colts which have been selected for the licensing in Herning, and he still owns two of the colts by Sunny-Boy. His colt by San Remo is now owned by Blue Hors Ltd who will be presenting six three-year-old colts at the licensing.

Several other colts with thoroughbred, arabian, and trakehner breeding will be presented, which will introduce new blood into the Danish breeding stock.



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