Swedish Grand Prix rider Michelle Hagman has sold her number one Grand Prix horse Chagall H to American Chrissa Hoffmann.
Chagall H is a 14-year old Rhinelander gelding by Chirlon out of Daylight H (by Donnerlord). He is bred by Josef Hax and was owned by Dietmar Hax.
The chestnut was first competed as a 5-year old by Sylvia Egerland in Issum, Germany, in September 2013.
After a four year break from competition, Dietmar Hax presented Chagall H in the Grand Prix arena, the first time at the CDN Vreschen-Bokel in March 2017. He rode him in several Grand Prix tests in Germany, before Swedish professional Michelle Hagman took on the ride.
Hagman and Chagall H
Hagman made her show debut on Chagall H in Neu-Anspach in April 2018. Their international debut was in Le Mans in October of that year.
In 2019 Hagman and Chagall H actively campaigned at CDI's in Lier, 's Hertogenbosch, Mannheim, Uggerhalne, Aarhus, Aachen, Exloo, Stockholm and Mechelen. The pair came close to Swedish team selection for the European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam, but were not picked.
Their last competition together was the CDI 5* in Herning in march 2020, where they finished fifth in the Special with 72.553%.
Hoffmann Plans Grand Prix Come Back
The 46-year old American FEI rider Chrissa Hoffmann has not been in the international Grand Prix arena since 2009. With the Rhinelander bred F Ferrelli (by Florestan x Gluckslee) she showed at the highest level in Loxahatchee, Wellington and Raleigh in 2009.
In 2016 she made a brief international return at small tour level aboard the Hanoverian Scrabble (by Sandro hit x De Niro).
Hoffmann's fire for Grand Prix level is still burning and although she had looked at Chagall H before for a client, she decided to treat herself with a new ride and potentially a new chapter in her professional career.
"I found the horse through Andreas Jönsson, longtime friend of mine who I’ve bought several horses from," Chrissa told Eurodressage. "I have known about this horse for quite some time and have actually showed him to clients here in the USA, but felt he was meant for me. I haven’t been in the Grand Prix international ring since 2009 and felt it was time to be back!"
Hoffmann is ambitious about her come back and hopes to compete him soon. She mainly trains on her own but gets occasional help from Catherine Haddad-Staller.
"I love the way Chagall was trained; so classical. All of the movements are so effortless," she said. "If all goes well I will campaign him at the CDI at WEC in April"
Photos © Astrid Appels - Mary Phelps