During a shopping trip to Helgstrand Dressage in Denmark for her student Lisa Müller, Isabell Werth scouted and bought the 6-year old Joshua for herself.
Joshua is Dutch warmblood gelding by Sezuan out of Flieka (by Voice x Jazz). He is bred by Marijke Miltenburg, H. Jacobs and Egbert Schep.
From Holland to Denmark
Joshua was scouted and bought as a foal by Iranian Eleha Ramezani and then moved to her business partner Andreas Helgstrand in Denmark as a 2-year old. He was first competed by Kenneth Damgaard at a local show in Svenstrup as a 4-year old and placed 8th with 81.6%.
In 2019 Soren Wind qualified him as a 5-year old for the Danish Young Horse Championships at the trial in Billund with an 89.8 score. At the 2019 Danish YH Championships in Randbøl they placed 7th with 85%.
Soren Wind and Joshua were long listed and invited to compete in the Dutch team selection trials for the 2020 World Young Horse Championships in Verden. The Dutch trials will happen this autumn. Wind, however, resigned as a rider at Helgstrand Dressage in July.
To Werth's Yard in Rheinberg
The news of the sale of Joshua to Isabell Werth was released by Helgstrand Dressage.
The multiple Olympic, European and World gold medal winner Werth is not afraid of riding young horses herself, while most riders of her calibre and level give this more "adventurous" part of the job to assistant riders in the barn.
At the 2016 Global Dressage Forum Isabell demonstrated that she still often climbs aboard youngsters and brought the then 4-year old Superb to the forum as an example.
Her quote in the Helgstrand press release on the sale of Joshua is, therefore, quite surprising as it states that she is no longer riding young horses.
"Joshua is an amazing horse that I fell in love with right away," she told Helgstrand. "I never thought I would ride a young horse again, but it's an opportunity that I could not let pass by. He's so talented, and after getting him home, I'm completely convinced I made the right choice. He is sensitive in a positive way and it makes him so easy to ride. Now I'm just looking forward to getting to know him even better and seeing what the future brings us."
Photos © Helgstrand - private - Ridehesten
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