Finnländerin, New Grand Prix Hope for Madeleine Witte-Vrees

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 07:48
The Netherlands
Suzanne Kleijwegt and Finnländerin at the 2018 Dutch Indoor Dressage Championships in Ermelo :: Photo © Digishots

Dutch Grand Prix team rider Madeleine Witte-Vrees has added a new Grand Prix hope to her string of horses: the 9-year old Oldenburg mare Finnländerin.

Finnländerin is by Fidertanz out of the 1992 born Bavarian mare Ferna (by Donnerhall x Pik Bube I).

Dam Ferna is a full sister to the elite breeding stallion Don Schufro and 2003 Oldenburg Elite Mare Champion Fabina (owned by Blue Hors Stud). She is dam to the 6-year old Oldenburg licensed stallion Vito Corleone S (by Vivaldi) and Jacqueline Siu's Grand Prix horse Ferrera. Ferna has been owned by Inge Bastian, Haras de Hus, and lastly Bart Sterckx. 

The mare was trained to M-level by former pony rider Suzanne Kleijwegt and sold to Nico Witte as Madeleine's rising GP hope a few months ago. 

"She has a nice walk, a good trot and can make incredible nice changes in canter," Madeleine Witte-Vrees told "I'm taking all my time to train her to Grand Prix, but I'd like to take her to a show in the meantime to see where we are at and how she's doing."

The pair made its show debut at the regional show in Velddriel on the weekend of 14 - 15 September. They won the Prix St Georges with 71.10%. 

Madeleine Witte-Vrees missed out on the majority of the 2019 show season as both her GP horses, Cennin and Charmeur, have been injured. Cennin is back in work, but Charmeur's injury has been taking longer to heal than planned. 

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