Former German B-squad rider Uta Gräf has received the ride on the 6-year old licensed stallion Feriado. Angelika and Eric Neukranz acquired the stallion from Gestut Birkhof and have moved the black to Gräf's yard Gut Rothenkircherhof.
Feriado is a 6-year old Bavarian bred stallion by Fabregas out of Ricola (by Riccione x Dimension). He is bred by Sabine Hallerbach and was bought by Thomas Casper at the Königsbrunn foal auction in 2011.
He became a premium stallion at the 2014 South German Stallion Licensing in Munich and completed his 30-day Stallion Performance Testing in Neustadt/Dosse in October 2014, scoring 8.05 for dressage and 7.70 for show jumping. He totalled 7.94.
Feriado made his show debut under Nicola Haug at the Pforzheim local show at L-level. He competed at five events in 2016 and qualified for the Bundeschampionate, but did not compete there.
After the retirement of Uta Gräf's top horse Le Noir, more quiet times descended on the highly popular and appreciated classical dressage rider. Her World Young Horse Championship horse Damon Jerome (by Damon Hill x Guy Laroche), now a 12 year old, failed to break through at Grand Prix level. He was last competed in September 2015 in the medium tour. He then got injured and is now slowly back in training. Graf' has two further Grand Prix horses: Dandelion (by De Niro x Figaro) was last shown in June 2016, but has not been able to step into Le Noir's footsteps. Lawrence (by Laomedon x Fidermark) has been her most active Grand Prix mount. The pair won the regional show in Mainz last September and was 11th in the international Grand Prix at the CDI Darmstadt that same month.
St. Georg reported that it was love at first sight for Gräf and Feriado.
Eleven Premium Stallions at the 2014 South German Stallion Licensing
Uta Graf and Dandelion Rise to the Top at 2014 CDN Munster
Uta Graf Secures Ride on Dandelion and Lawrence
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