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Shining Stars in Herning07-03-2018 - 21:48

The 850 horse boxes in the stables at the Danish Warmblood Stallion Licensing in Herning are filling up, the show has begun, and the first stars have appeared

Around 60,000 people are expected to visit the 39th edition of the Danish Warmblood Stallion Licensing in MCH Messecenter Herning on 7-11 March 2018 to watch and enjoy the selection of the stallion prospects, the CDI and CSI show, the young horse championships for the best 5-year dressage and show jumping horses, the auction of stallion prospects and sport horses, dressage clinics, gala shows, tack fair etc.


Three busy arenas
The stallion licensing and the dressage and show jumping competitions are taking place in three main arenas whilst nothing less than five exhibition halls frame the tack fair. The remaining exhibition halls are used for warm-up and stable area.
This afternoon the show has begun. The licensing committee has seen the show jumping stallion prospects in free-jumping for the first time, the 5-year-old dressage horses and show jumping horses are shown for the first time, as well as the first CSI and national show jumping class have taken place.

The best show in the world
Dressage rider and horse dealer Andreas Helgstrand is a busy man. He and his team are presenting 45 horses in Herning, and nearly every second dressage stallion prospect is presented by Helgstrand Dressage.
Andreas has been showing at the stallion licensing since he was a teenager. Today as a successful businessman he describes the event as very important for every professional to brand themselves and show what their business has to offer.
– This is a very unique event and a fantastic set-up. There is nothing like the stallion licensing in Herning. I have been to many horse shows all around the world, and I must say that this is the best and the biggest. All our foreign guests are simply stunned by the magnificent set-up, Andreas explains.

Zhaplin is back from the US
The 5-year-old gelding Zhaplin Langholt by Zonik x Stedinger (bred by Bente Graasbøll and Ole Magnus Jensen) qualified for the Blue Hors Young Horse Championship in Herning last November with the highest dressage score of all contestants. Shortly after the qualification he was shipped to the US to help promote Helgstrand Dressage.
However, the horse was shipped back to Europe to participate in Herning. Unfortunately, his steady rider, Australian Simone Pearce accidentally fractured her arm and hand last week, and consequently Andreas Helgstrand had to take over the reins.
– I have kept the horse in shape for Simone but she is not well enough to ride in Herning, Andreas explains.
It seems that Andreas does not mind to take over Zhaplin Langholt for a while. At the first round today, the judges scored the horse 10 for canter, 10 for trot and 8.5 for walk due to some tension.


You can view the results from all the competitions in Herning HERE, and watch it all HERE

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