Hesselhoj Down Town, the 2021 World Young Horse Champion and this year's WCYH silver medal winner, has sold to Rosalind Oatley, mom of Australian Olympian Kristy Oatley and grandmom of German junior rider Rose Oatley.
Hesselhoj Down Town is a 6-year old Danish warmblood stallion by Hesselhoj Donkey Boy out of Boogie Woogie (by Blue Hors Zack). He is bred by Dorthe and Hans Jorgen Hoeck.
The bay stallion was first competed by Anders Sjøbeck Hoeck in 2020 after which he sold to Danish horse dealer Andreas Helgstrand;
Under Swedish Jenna Hogberg he won the gold medal at the 2021 World Young Horse Championships in Verden and the 2021 Danish Young Horse Championships.
Yesterday he won silver at the World Young Horse Championships in Ermelo. At the press conference, Hogberg said it was her last ride on the horse, with the sale to Oatley in the back of her mind. Hogberg has also done her last day working at Helgstrand and is moving back to Sweden.
Down Town has sold to Rosalind Oatley for grand daughter Rose Oatley to ride.
"Rose has made a great start as a junior rider on Rock Revolution and Veneno," said Kristy. "Because it takes time to build a new partnership, we have chosen to search for a young horse that she can get to know while continuing to compete with Rock Revolution and Veneno. It's hard to find a well-trained horse, so we decided to look for a promising young horse to move up the levels. There is no doubt that Downtown has the potential to go far in the sport with Rose, and at the same time he also seems to have the right work attitude and a great personality."
Photo © Astrid Appels
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