Prima Donna Danish Warmblood Dressage Champion Mare
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VILHELMSBORG, Denmark, Sept. 11–Prima Donna, the three-year-old mare (Blue Hors Don Romantic x Andiamo) and owned by Andreas Helgstrand, was declared Champion Dressage Mare of the Year at the Dansk Varmblod PAVO Elite Show.
Bred by Birgitte Hofmeister, Prima Donna earned four 10s from the judges who described the mare as a rarely seen high quality horse with international capacity. She is extremely supple and has three outstanding gaits. She achieved the highest score of all dressage mares at the saddle grading. The mare was shown by Anna Blomgren and is a daughter of the silver medal mare Antoinette which has represented Danish Warmblood at the World Championship for Young Horses in Verden, Germany.
A total of seven gold medal were awarded to mares. In addition to Prima Donna, the Champion Jumping Mare was Bøgegårdens Quintana (Bøgegårdens Quidam x Bøgegårdens Capello). Others were:
Hot Cassia P. (Carson Ask x Come Back II), La’Quita (Quite Easy x Calido I), Atterupgaards Minaia (Stedinger x Lord Siinclair), Lohmanns Takitta (Blue Hors Zack x Solos Landtinus) and Tørveslettens Snowflake (Stedinger x Carano).
The champion dressage filly foal was JJ Fuji (Fürstenball/Deemster), breeder and owner JJ Horses.
The beautiful and very expressive filly displayed great activity in the hind legs and ability to sit. The great grand dam is a former Grand Prix jumper.
Champion dressage colt foal was Ellely’s Tornado (Tailormade Temptation/Flemmingh), breeder and owner Birgith Thomasen.
Ellely’s Tornado scored 10 for his trot and the judges evaluated his potential of gaits as almost unlimited. This colt is also out of a strong performance bred dam line with successful jumpers.
At the Danish Warmblood Elite Foal Auction, the top foal attained a price of 165,000 Danish Krone (US$30,000). Several of the most expensive foals sold to Sweden and Norway
Of the 43 foals offered, more than 70 per cent were sold for a total of 1,564,000 DKK (US$286,000) for an average price of 54,000 DKK (US$9,900).
The most expensive foals at the auction were:
Future Jazz RV by Jazz/Florestan sold to Sweden for 165,000 DKK;
Zackit by Blue Hors Zack/Blue Hors Rush Hour sold to Denmark for 110,000 DKK;
Canada Sem by Ci Ci Senjor Ask/Cajus sold to Denmark for 100,000 DKK, and
Sarastro by Soreldo/Don Crusador sold to Sweden for 100,000 DKK.