Honnerups Driver Ridden by Denmark’s Andreas Helgstrand Takes 5-Year-Old Title at Verden

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Honnerups Driver ridden by Andreas Helgstrand of Denmark. © 2009
Honnerups Driver ridden by Andreas Helgstrand of Denmark. © 2009 Foto Rüche

VERDEN, Germany, Aug. 8–Denmark’s Andreas Helgstrand dominated the FEI World Breeding Championship for five year olds, taking first place with Honnerups Driver and second place with Uno Donna Unique on Saturday, the first time a single rider has won both champion and runnerup in the world’s premier breeding competiton.

The leggy Honnerups Driver (Romanov Blue Hors out of a Don Schufro mare) posted a score of 9.46 while Uno Donna Unique (Don Schufro out of a Falkland mare) scored 9.08.

Third place went to Germany’s Eva Möller on Blickpunkt with 8.96. Eva had finished second in the qualifier behind her husband, Dr. Ulf Möller. on Fürst Romancier who finished fourth in the final with 8.74.

Honnerups Driver, a dark bay gelding, showed lots of impulsion in the trot to score 10. In his walk Honnerups Driver moved like a world champion. No mark was below 9.

“I saw him at a small Danish horse show and bought him,“ Helgstrand said.

His runnerup mount, Uno Donna Unique is a daughter of Don Schufro out of a dam by Falkland, thus related to the new world champion.

WBFSH President Jan Pedersen admitted that it had been in incredible feeling to see the Danish flag in the presentation ceremony. Pedersen is also president of the Danish warmblood breeding association.

Blickpunkt, ridden by Eva Möller and placed third, excelled in his walk and trot. For his walk he received higher marks than the two top placegetters.

The gelding was discovered by Dr. Ulf Möller which was sold at auction but stayed with Eva Möller for training.

“These were my first World Championships,” she said. “For 11 years I have accompanied Ulf and I always said that I want once I want to ride a World Championship. But I was always either pregnant or breast-feeding or did not have the right horse. And would almost have bought him. He tried him and almost…“

In the six-year-old consolation final, The Netherlands’ Patrick van der Meer on Karolus van Wittenstein )Krack C out of a Partout mare) won with 7.9, with Germany’s Nicola Heyser Burger on U.S. Latina (Rubin Royal out of a Landjoker mare) was second on 7.88 and Insa Hansen on Wells Fargo (Welser out of a Fabriano mare) third on 7.8.

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World Record For Hobby Horse Riding

Verden confirmed its reputation as a riders’ town by creating a new Guinness Book of Records with a world record in hobby horse quadrille riding. The previous world record was held by the town Hitzacker with 265 hobby horse riders.

At the FEI World Breeding Championships Friday, Verden`s stadium saw 554 participants, more than double the previous record.

Supervised by a notary and with considerable interest of active riders, very young and less young riders of hobby horses trotted an elegant quadrille in the stadium for five minutes, the period of time needed to create a new record.

All the participants met the requirements which are set for a true Hanoverian hobby horse and impressed with typeyness and very good basic gaits. The German Horse Museum assisted less experienced hobbyhorse riders.