Madeleine Winter-Schulze, the long-time sponsor of Germany's most decorated dressage rider Isabell Werth, has secured the 7-year old Rhinelander licensed stallion So Unique for her protégé.
So Unique is a 2015 born stallion by Sezuan out of Daiquiri (by Donnerhall x Weltmeyer). He is bred by Wilhelm Klausing.
The chestnut stallion was named a premium licensed stallion at the 2017 Hanoverian Stallion Licensing in Verden. Andreas Helgstrand raised the price to 650,000 euro at the auction following the licensing to buy the horse.
So Unique moved to Denmark and did his 14-day suitability test there, scoring 8.45 for dressage and 6.63 points for jumping. At the 2018 Danish Warmblood Autumn Stallion Performance Testing in November 2018 he became the high scorer with a total of 872.5 points.
In 2018 he was approved for Oldenburg and in 2019 the Westfalian society followed suit with a breeding permit. In 2019 the Hanoverian society bestowed him with the 2019 Weltmeyer Prize.
Young Horse Champion
So Unique was first trained and competed by Eva Möller. In 2018 she won the Bundeschampionate with him in the 3-year old stallion class.
In 2019 he only showed once, at the World Young Horse Championships in Ermelo, where he won the 4-year old pilot project.
In 2020 Möller and So Unique returned to the arena, riding the Bundeschampionate qualifiers in Munster and Rhede. At the 2020 Bundeschampionate in Warendorf he won the warm-up round, but ended up 10th in the Finals.
Warendorf was the horse's last competition so far. So Unique moved to Denmark and disappeared from the show scene for the past 1.5 years.
A month ago, whispers were heard that Madeleine Winter-Schulze had not only bought Majestic Taonga at Helgstrand Dressage in Denmark, but also So Unique. At the time, Werth could not confirm a purchase of So Unique to Eurodressage as negotiations were still on-going.
Today, however, Werth gladly shared the news with us that So Unique has officially joined her string of horses.
"I’m very, very happy and grateful that Madeleine bought this great, unique horse for me," Werth told Eurodressage.
Photos © Astrid appels
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