Vitalis Sold by USA’s Charlotte Jorst to Paul Schockemöhle & Lone Bøegh Henriksen.
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RENO, Nevada, Aug. 22, 2015–Kastel’s Vitalis that Charlotte Jorst competed for the United States as a six-year-old at the World Young Horse Championships in 2013 has been sold to Paul Schockemöhle and Lone Bøegh Henriksen.
Sale of the Dutch-bred and Westfalen-licensed stallion Vitalis (Vivaldi x Tolivia, D-Day) was announced by Charlotte on Saturday.
“Vitalis is such a great breeding stallion,” she said. “I feel he should be given the best opportunity to contribute to the next generation of sport horses, and I know he will have that with Paul and Lone. His life is going full circle, back to Europe where he was born.”
Charlotte, a Danish-born American citizen who competes internationally in dressage as an amateur, is also the founder of Kastel Denmark, the lifestyle activewear company that is expanding across Europe from its headquarters in Reno, Nevada.
Vitalis was reserve champion at the 2009 Westfalen Stallion Licensing, after which he stood at stud for two years at the Westfalen State Stud in Warendorf, Germany where he sired many champions. Vitalis competed in the 2012 World Breeding Championships in Verden as a five-year-old before Charlotte brought him to the U.S.
Vitalis ridden by Charlotte achieved the highest ever U.S. qualifying score of 9.192 at the 2013 Western Selection Trials for the World Breeding Championships for Young Horses. The pair placed 13th at the world championships then came home to become the American six-year-old champion.
The pair competed at three different competitions at small tour in California and Colorado last year.
Vitalis was a popular sire and his offspring commanded prices as high as €420,000 (US$480,000) at European sport horse auctions. Buyers included Danish Olympic dressage team bronze medalist Andreas Helgstrand, Austrian Olympic dressage individual gold medalist Elisabeth “Sissy” Max-Theurer and co-owners Hengststation Holkenbrink and Andreas Busacker, husband of German Olympic eventing team gold medalist Ingrid Klimke, among others.
Charlotte said her commitment to dressage sport is in the competition arena and looked for a breeding home for Vitalis.
“With Paul Schockemöhle and Lone Bøegh Henriksen, Vitalis will have every opportunity to make his mark on future generations of sport horses,” she said.
Paul Schockemöhle is the owner more than 4,000 horses and two breeding farms. Stallions include Totilas and Sandro Hit. He is also an event organizer.
Lone Bøegh Henriksen of HP Horses based at her family farm Tvedegaard, in Harløse, Denmark, partners with Paul Schockemöhle to own some of today’s top dressage stallions. They have previously acquired Fürsten-Look, champion of the 2014 Oldenburg stallion licensing, who is by their co-owned stallion Fürstenball, as well as the premium Westfalian-licensed stallion Dragon Hill, among others.