Andreas Helgstrand sold three more top offers in his barn: World Young Horse Championship finalist Bonderman, Portuguese Sport Horse Dionysos de Massa and Oldenburg licensed stallion Milione.
The 7-year old Bonderman (by Belarus x Alabaster) has been acquired by Signe Kirk Kristiansen, sister-in-law of Danish team rider Agnete Kirk Thinggaard.
Bred by Walter Droege in Germany, Bonderman was first competed by Claudia Ruscher in Germany in 2016. The pair was 8th in the warm-up roundat the Bundeschamionate. Ruscher continued to campaign the chestnut in 2017 at the Bundeschampionate qualifiers but did not make it to Warendorf. In 2018 the breeder's daughter Hedda Droege took over the ride and showed the horse in some BuCha qualifiers.
Bonderman then moved to Helgstrand Dressage and got trained by Betina Jaeger, who also competed him at the 2019 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Ermelo. They were 7th in the Finals. After Ermelo, Bonderman sold to Kirk Kristiansen, who has made her show debut with him at national M-level in Denmark in September.
German former Under 25 Grand Prix rider Sarah Runge has acquired the 6-year old Portuguese sport horse bred Dionysos de Massa (by Special Agent Amour x Xaquiro). Under French team rider Arnaud Serre, Dionysos was a bronze medal winner at the 2017 French Young Horse Championships.
"I already love him a lot he has such a lovely heart," Sarah told Eurodressage. "Riding him gives you the feeling you can fly. He just want‘s to make everything right."
Runge last competed internationally in August 2018. She rode Dark Dynamic in CDI's in California in the spring of 2018 and Versace in Europe in the summer. She has been training with Johann Hinnemann but recently relocated from Dusseldorf to Frankfurt and is now back to working with Gonnelien Rothenberger.
In June 2019 Sarah had also purchased the 5-year old Rhinelander bred and Oldenburg licensed stallion Milione (by Millennium x Lord Loxley x Champus) at Helgstrand. Milione was originally owned by Dutch Eugene Reesink, but he sold the horse in 2017 to Helgstrand. The first half was sold to Andreas after the stallion was rejected at the Westfalian licensing and the Dane purchased full ownership after the colt got licensed in Oldenburg.
However, Runge did not keep the stallion for long and returned it, confessing it was an impulse buy.
"I rode Milione only once at Helgstrand, we bought him maybe a bit too fast," Sarah confessed. "It is an fantastic horse but we did not really fit together. I’m happy that he founds his perfect rider with Lauren!"
The horse has now been sold to American Under 25 rider Lauren Asher and is in Wellington, Florida.
Photo © Astrid Appels - Ridehesten
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