Kadans, 2018 KWPN Reserve Licensing Champion, Sold to Annabella Pidgley

Mon, 09/25/2023 - 10:04
Great Britain
Annabella Pidgley and Kadans :: Photo © Jess Photography

The 8-year old KWPN bred stallion Kadans has been sold to Great Britain. The bay will continue his sport career under European young riders' champion Annabella Pidgley.

Kadans is a 2015 born KWPN stallion by Franklin out of Ciolita II C (by Jazz x Krack C). He is bred by G.J. Rijper. 

Reserve Licensing Champion

Kadans first came into the spotlight at the 2018 KWPN Stallion Licensing, where he was presented by the breeder in partnership with Stoeterij ’t Centrum. He was proclaimed the reserve licensing champion.

At this licensing, Helgstrand privately bought the champion (Kremlin MD), reserve champion (Kadans), and the fifth placed colt (Knock Out). Although they were also Danish warmblood approved, none of them turned out to be big breeding hits in Denmark like KWPN sire Franklin or the stallions Andreas bought in Germany, not truly standing the test of time.

Kadans (by Franklin x Jazz) at the 2018 KWPN Licensing
A Danish warmblood licensing Kadans was declared as owned by Helgstrand together with investing company, "Sunday Partners Aps" (Tonni Vozny Bager and Thomas Langkjær Gellert), a company which made its money in the green energy business.

Kadans had moved to Denmark in the spring of 2018, got approved for Danish warmblood and did the 2018 Danish Warmblood Autumn Stallion Performance Testing, where he obtained the fourth highest score in the group.

Sport Career

Kadans was only competed once in his career, so far. Under Spaniard Eric Guardia Martinez he scored 78.6% in a 4-year old qualifier for the Danish Young Horse Championships.

In the summer of 2021 he moved to the German branch of the dealer's yard in Syke, where the ride was allocated to Leonie Richter. She competed him in some developing PSG horse classes in 2022 and produced him up to Intermediaire II level. In May 2023 they won the S*** level class in Haftenkamp with 71.526%.

Sold to Great Britain

Kadans has now been sold to Annabella Pidgley, the 2023 European Young Riders Champion.

Annabella and Kadans at Kilbees Farm in Windsor
"I just really like his character on the ground. He's a super sweet stallion and nice to handle. He's a very kind horse and affectionate," Pidgley told Eurodressage. "To ride, he's powerful and expressive so he gives me a really nice feeling."

This year she has also been competing at senior Grand Prix level with Olympic bronze medal winner Gio and World Championship silver medal winner Vamos Amigos. 

When asked about her show plans for 2024, Annabella explained that she likes to try Under 25.

"I just want to get established with him, so there are no fixed goals," she said. "With Espe I'll potentially stick with Young Riders or do the U25. With Gio and Vamos I want to get more establish and build the Grand Prix work."

While the Olympics are the ultimate, long-term goal, Annabella does not want to jinx herself by setting the target on Paris and declaring it's her objective of the year. "I know it's competitive, but one day for sure," she said. 

Photo © Jess Photography - Digishots

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