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International stars coming to Herning 2011


World champion Edward Gal will be demonstrating his training system in a clinic with his own horses as well as teaching talented Danish rider and horse combinations.

The double young horse world championship finalist, premium stallion and auction price highlight Skovens Rafael will be part of the Edward Gal clinic with his steady rider Lotte Skjærbæk.

The three times Olympian and eight times Swedish champion, Swedish Jan Brink, will serve as a test rider for the dressage horses in the Young Horse Championship in Herning.

Danish Warmblood’s National Stallion Show 10-13 March in Herning

In recent years Danish Warmblood horses have achieved outstanding results worldwide. Among the remarkable achievements are two world championship titles for young dressage horses in Verden in 2009 and 2010. At the WEG 2010 in Kentucky Danish Warmblod was represented by eight dressage horses of which “Mistral Højris” won triple silver under British Laura Bechtolsheimer. Canadian jumping rider John Pearce came 12th individually and 5th in the team test with his Danish Warmblood “Chianto”.
The National Stallion Show in Herning is a unique opportunity to discover some of the best Danish young horses. In addition to the licensing of young colts and mature stallions you will find the Danish Young Horse Championships in dressage and jumping as well as dressage and jumping classes up to Grand Prix level and, of course, the Danish Warmblood Spring Auction.

An exciting programme
The National Stallion Show in Herning is probably the biggest of its kind, and has attracted approximately 53,000 visitors every year during the last four years. These are some of the programme highlights which thousands of people do not want to miss out on:

•  Stallion licensing. About 100 stallions will take part in the licensing as well as many approved stallions will compete in dressage and jumping up to the highest level.
•  Young Horse Championship. National final for the best Danish five-year-old dressage and jumping horses.
•  Spring Auction. Three-year-old colts, licensed as well as non-licensed, and qualified young riding horses on auction.
•  Clinic on Thursday evening.
•  Gala Show on Friday and Saturday evening.
•  The Horse & Rider trade show and tack fair.

World class dressage clinic
The number one on the FEI world ranking in dressage, Dutchman Edward Gal, has been untouchable month after month on his incredible mount “Totilas”. After the sale of “Totilas” Edward Gal has succeeded “the mission impossible” by bringing his second horse “Sisther de Jeu” up the ranking in a matter of weeks.
Edward Gal and his business partner Nicole Werner have developed their own training concept which has enabled Edward to stand out as one of the most successful riders in the world. In Herning Edward will be sharing this concept with all the spectators Thursday night where he will be riding one of his own horses and will also be teaching talented Danish riders on their Danish Warmblood horses. These combinations are:
•  Lotte Skjærbæk and the 7-year-old stallion “Skovens Rafael” who is a former auction foal, premium stallion, Spring Auction price highlight, 4-year-old Dressage Champion and a double finalist at the World Championship for young horses in Verden.
•  Maria Anita Andersen and the 5-year-old gelding “Klepgab’s Don Nido” who is a former premium stallion and Spring Auction price highlight
•  John Hvalsøe Saul with the 4-year-old mare “Sirikit” who became “Dressage Mare of the Year” at the 2010 Elite Show after having achieved the highest score of the year in the riding test.

Young Horse Championship of international calibre
The Young Horse Championship has been part of the Danish stallion licensing ever since the first National Stallion Show in Herning in 1980. It is the first outing for the 5-year-olds of which many are hopeful contestants for the World Championships in Verden and Zangersheide. Herning will be their first performance in front of a huge international crowd as it was for world champions like ”Hønnerups Driver” and ”Uno Donna Unique”. One of the contestants this year will be the Dressage Mare of the Year 2009 ” Fabrix Miss Ésandri” ridden by the former Danish team rider Fie Skarsø who is now based in Luxemburg.
As a test rider of the dressage horses Danish Warmblood look forward to welcoming the renowned rider and trainer Jan Brink who will definitely contribute to raising the standards at the Young Horse Championship. The 49-year-old Swede has many years of experience in training young horses up to international Grand Prix level, and he knows a talented young dressage horse when he sees one. He was a three times Olympian and eight times Swedish champion by the time he retired from the international show scene in 2009 after twenty years as a national team rider.