Dorum, Germany – October 23, 2014 – Helmi, a young mare by Leatherdale Farms’ Trakehner stallion Herzensdieb and out of a dam by Lauries Crusador XX, is already showing incredible potential.
"She has so much fundamental quality along with a great willingness to give her best in her training,” said Steffen Frahm, trainer of the 3-year-old mare owned by Doug and Louise Leatherdale. “These are ever-important basic prerequisites justifying a hope for the future. Given her age and qualifications, we will try to get the best out of her.”
Riding master Johann Hinnemann owns several horses sired by Herzensdieb and can appreciate their quality from his personal experience.
"For me, offspring from Herzensdieb are something very special,” he said.
The elite mare Helmi was bred by Walter Wöhlke from Flögeln. Due to her strong presence, correct build and outstanding basic gaits, she has won a great deal already. At the mare show in Elmlohe, she competed in the class for 3-year-old mares with a performance test, and she not only won the class, but went on to be recognized as the overall champion mare. She qualified for the prestigious Herwart von der Decken-Show.
Helmi passed the mare performance test on June 17, 2014, with flying colors. Frahm was thrilled with the effort she showed.
“With her usual inner peace, serenity and clarity, she did a fine job in making herself stand out,” he said.
In the basic gaits she was awarded impressive marks of 9.0 in walk, 8.0 in trot and 9.0 in canter. The test riders were so thrilled with her feeling under saddle that they awarded her scores of 9.5 and 9.0, resulting in a 9.25 for rideability.
Due to the smooth and serene performance by her rider, Frahm, breeding manager Dr. Werner Schade confirmed that the mare was on the right path and therefore meets the bar for a state premium mare.
When asked about the next training target, Frahm explained, "Back home she will continue to prepare to compete in the young horse divisions.”
The goals for Helmi are just as they should be in classical training. Always thinking about the welfare of the horses and the training stages is the common thread, so as to lay a good foundation for higher tasks.
International dressage legends such as Johann Hinnemann and Klaus Balkenhol are excited by the promising offspring of the Trakehner stallion Herzensdieb.