Danish Warmblood Mares of the Year

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Part of press release

At the Danish Warmblood KRAFFT Elite Show the best young mares from all over the country gather to compete for the champion titles of the year. Four 3-year-old saddle-graded mares were awarded a gold medal

The best of Danish sport horse breeding is represented at the Danish Warmblood KRAFFT Elite Show which takes place every year at the end of August at the Danish Warmblood head quarters. Top quality foals, 2-year-old fillies and young saddle-graded mares have been selected at regional foal shows and mare gradings all over the country during summer to meet in the finals at Vilhelmsborg outside Aarhus.

Outstanding collection of dressage mares
In the outstanding collection of 33 newly saddle-graded dressage mares that were invited to take part at the Danish Warmblood KRAFFT Elite Mare Show 19 were awarded breeder medal in bronze, 10 silver and four gold. The judges described the four gold medal mares as modern, elegant and very functional, and breeding consultant Karina Christiansen stated that it was a difficult job to choose one above the others.

However, the very feminine and expressive Grevens Fakina by Blue Hors Farell x Jazz impressed under saddle with three very supple gaits and high rideability. The breeders and owners of this very graceful mare, Dorit Greve and Svend Skov Poulsen had also bred two mares that were awarded bronze.

The other three gold medal in the final ring were the former DWB foal champion Schwarze Schwalbe Macohl by Sezuan x Schwadroneur, bred by Frank Jensen and Thomas Bach Jensen and owned by Anne Lyngbye, Gozzip by Sezuan x De Noir bred by Bente Michaelsen and owned by Ditte Gilkær and Åtoftens Zehavia by Blue Hors Zack x Benetton Dream bred by Annette Bugge and Claus Hansen and co-owned with Andreas Helgstrand.

In the past, several of the best mares from the Danish Warmblood Elite Mare Show have made their way to the FEI/WBFSH world championships for young horses. Only the future will tell if these young mares have what it takes to become internationally successful sport horses.

In the category for 2-year-old dressage fillies the beautiful chestnut Diva Holmklit, bred and owned by Trine Udklit Sørensen, stood out in a league of her own. Her flawless type and elastic and supple gaits earned her the champion title.

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