Rheinglanz, Champion of the 2020 Trakehner Stallion Licensing

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 11:13
Licensing champion Rheinglanz in his lap of honour, getting applause and a standing ovation from the audience in the corona edition of the 2020 Trakehner Stallion Licensing

Rheinglanz (by Helium x Couracius) was named the champion of the 2020 Trakehner Stallion Licensing which came to a conclusion on 17 October 2020 in the Holstenhallen in Neumunster.

Twelve licensed stallions, six of them with a premium, and an outstanding winning stallion that won the hearts of the spectators that came to the licensing despite strict corona regulations, was the result of a successful 2020 licensing.

Rheinglanz, First Trakehner Purchase, Licensing Champion

The licensing commission made their decision on day three. The typey Rheinglanz (by Helium x Couracius) is his generation’s best. The bay picture perfect athlete is bred by Werner Heitfeld at Bönninghardt stud, Issum, and owned by Jill Mieleszko-Vekens from Paderborn.

The rider and trainer and her husband, Frederik Vekens run a dressage stable with stallion stud and pony rearing at Paderborn. Two years ago, she had discovered Rheinglanz at the foal auction of the Trakehner Bundesturnier at Hanover and had bought him straight away for 14,500 euro, her first Trakehner foal at all. She beamed: “We are first-timers here and have the winner. That is hard to describe.”   

Deputy breeding manager Neel-Heinrich Schoof said about Rheinglanz: "The winning stallion of 2020 is very special, indeed. Whether on hard ground, at free jumping or running in freedom – he had been always convincing. His basic movements are the very best, either regarding mechanics or elasticity and surety of rhythm as well.”

Schoof continued, "His sire, Helium, stationed at Gut Staffelde near Berlin, presented a first class second crop of offspring in Neumünster and had his second back-to-back-winning stallion with Rheinglanz following Ferrari Forever last year.“

At the hybrid auction following the licensing Hendrik Schulze Rückamp auctioned this year’s winning stallion for 305,000 euro.

Tanzkönig, Reserve Champion

The reserve winner was a dancer. Tanzkönig (by Fairmont Hill x Herbstkönig), bred and owned by Hessische Hausstiftung, Panker stud, out of an internationally successful dam line, impressed by his exceptional basic movements and especially by his important, relaxed and ground covering walk.

“An impressive stallion in a large frame and very masculine expression," said Neel-Heinrich Schoof. Tanzkönig sold for 79,000 euro at the hybrid auction and found a new home in Hamburg. 

Premium Colts

A second son of Helium shone in the premium lot. That was Dameron, who is out of the valuable Donaublüte (by Lauries Crusador xx), bred by Burkhard Wahler, Klosterhof Medingen and owned by his son, Christoph Wahler.

Another premium was awarded to Gaspard (by His Moment x Imperio). He is bred by Dr. Angelica Lauritzen, Kokkedal/Denmark and owned by Christian Röhl, Stendal.  “A stallion of only medium frame that grows a lot taller in trot and canter, among the top of his generation as far as basic movements go," said the deputy breeding manager. Gaspard was auctioned for 70,000 euro and will move to Jens and Beatrice Hofrogge's station.

Hallifax (by Schwarzgold x Aston Martin), bred and owned by Anne Lyngbye Melsen of Kokkedal/Denmark, received a premium, too.  “A mover par excellence with a great athletic perspective," judged Schoof.

The licensing commission named Osterwunder (by Pagur ox x Lichtblick) the best jumping stallion and gave him a premium as well. He is bred by Jana Scheffel, Wandlitz and owned by Nobert Wallochny, Rotthalmünster. 

The seven licensed and premium stallions were auctioned for an average price of 83,000 euro.

Also Licensed

The other licensed stallions are:

  • Osterwunder (by Pagur ox out of Oklahoma Lilly, by Lichtblick x Aspirant) - Breeder: Jana Scheffel - Owner: Norbert Wallochny
    Named Best Half Blood and Best Jumper Stallion
  • Hollister (by Freiherr von Stein out of Hoheit XI, by Insterburg x Bartholdy) - Breeder & Owner: State Stud Neustadt/Dosse
  • Sinatra (by Honoré du Soir out of Soraya , by Herzruf x Herbstruf) - Breeder & Owner: Andreas Weiß, AUT
  • Iniesta (by Impetus out of Ibiza, by Montafon x Songline) - Breeder: Tim Vester - Owner: Gut Staffelde 
  • Hanke (by Ivanhoe out of St.Pr.u.Pr.St. Hannah VI, by Freudenfest x Exclusiv) - Breeder: Björn Hanke - Owner: Pascal Kandziora
  • Onyx (by Kentucky out of St.Pr.u.Pr.St. Octavia, by Millennium x Hohenstein) - Breeder & Owner: Rob de Wijs, NED
  • Halcon (by Millennium out of Pr.u.E.St. Herbstfee XIII , by Münchhausen x Bellheim) - Breeder & Owner: Dr. Atossa Südhoff

Colt Iniesta was the price highlight of the 2018 Trakehner Foal auction in Hanover, selling at the same time as the licensing champion Rheinglanz. Iniesta sold for 26,000 euro to Gut Staffelde. At the auction following the licensing Iniesta sold again for 26,000 euro.

Sinatra fetched 26,000 euro and moves to Great Britain. Onyx sold for 44,000 euro and Halcon for 31,000 euro. They stay in Germany.

The most expensive, non-licensed stallion was Decaprio (by Cousteau x Black Magic Boy) which sold for 18,000 euro. Jegier (by Diverse x Ajbek) moves to Switzerland for 15,500 euro, while Cool Moment (by His Moment) found a new home in Austria for 14,500 euro.  Barneystein (by Finckenstein x Summertime) was bought by a Dane for 13,000 euro. Orest (by Helium) fetched 12,000 euro and Elano (by Kentucky) only 9,000 euro.  The average price for a non-licensed stallion was just 13,666 euro.

Corona Conditions

The Trakehner Verband‘s president, Dr. Norbert Camp was satisfied with this special Licensing in corona conditions.

“I am glad that we could implement our thoughtfully developed concept for hygiene and all visitors played by the rules with discipline.  Thus we responded to the trust the city of Neumünster and the state of Schleswig-Holstein have put in us and we are sending a positive signal for all the events that are still to come."

About the stallions he said, "I am even happier regarding this generation with its exceptional premium lot. Certainly, having some more eventing candidates would have been even nicer, but dressage is our strength and highly talented stallions for this discipline were well represented this year.” 

-- Trakehner Verband press release, edited by Eurodressage
Photos © Stefan Lafrentz

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