The internationally competed Grand Prix horse Saphira Royal has been sold to Australia. The black mare will continue her sport career under Jemma Heran.
Saphira Royal is a 13-year old Rhinelander mare by San Amour out of Her Highness (by Monteverdi x Mackensen x Pasteur xx). She is bred by Herbert Werth.
Bundeschampionate Medal Winner
Discovered by Christine Bauer of Next Generation Dressage Horses, Saphira Royal began her competition career as a 3-year old under Lydia Camp and finished fourth with her at the 2012 Bundeschampionate. In 2012 Georg Etienne took over the ride for a few months, after which Kira Wulferding climbed on board and rode her to bronze at the 2013 Bundeschampionate. Kira competed her through 2014 and landed fifth place at the 2014 Bundeschampionate for 5-year olds.
As of 2015 Stefanie Wolf took over the training of Saphira Royal and produced her to Grand Prix level. Wolf and Saphira finished 4th place at the 2015 Bundeschampionate and introduced her to S-level in 2016. In 2016 the mare sold to Johann Hinnemann and Wolf went on to represent Germany at the 2016 World Young Horse Championships in Ermelo and scored the bronze medal.
Between 2017 and 2018 Wolf rode the mare at four internationals at small tour level: the CDI in Ermelo, Hagen, Munich and Aachen. In that period Hinnemann sold Saphira Royal to Russian dressage horse investor Elena Knyaginicheva. The CDI Aachen in July 2018 was Wolf's last show on the mare.
In the spring of 2019 Knyaginicheva agreed to allocate the ride on Saphira to German Olympian Kristina Bröring-Sprehe, who trained her under the supervision of Monica Theodorescu.
Sprehe's first start on Saphira Royal was in January 2020. A year later she competed her at the 2021 CDN Vechta in February 2021 scoring 74.133% in the Grand Prix. Their international show debut followed two months later at the CDI Hagen in April 2021, where they posted 70.891%. A month later they rode their last international at the 2021 CDI Munich after which Sprehe got pregnant with her second child.
Saphira Royal moved to Hof Kasselmann in Hagen, where Nicole Engelmeyer-Wego took over the ride. The new duo took a flying start this year and campaigned at CDI's in Wiesbaden, Hagen, Rotterdam and Frtizens, always scoring above seventy percent.
Sold to Australia
The Grand Prix mare has now been sold to Australian Under 25 rider Jemma Heran, who has been training at Hof Kasselmann since this summer.
The 26-year old Heran made her senior Grand Prix debut in Europe this year aboard Total Recall (by Totilas x Sandro Hit) after having competed Hedelunds Mefisto (by Michellino x Matador) at Under 25 level in Australia in 2019.
A lawyer by profession, young Heran has joined coaches Frederic Wandres and Lars Ligus at the brand new "Hof Kasselmann U.S.A." facility in Loxahatchee, Florida, where she is preparing for her 2023 Global Dressage Festival debut.
Photos © Astrid Appels - Petra Kerschbaum - private
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