Dorum, Germany – May 5, 2014 – The annual spring show of stallions and their offspring was held at Hengstation Jens Meyer in Dorum on Easter Monday. At 11 a.m., the famous stud farm, this year celebrating its 21st anniversary, opened its gates to more than 500 guests . A large number of foals were shown and dressage trainer Hannes Baumgart provided commentary. Owners Doug and Louise Leatherdale were in attendance from the U.S. to see their stallions presented and to view their offspring.
Leatherdale stallions Damsey, Hampton, Fairbanks, First Dance, Beltano, and Herzensdieb, were on hand as were many breeders who had come to Dorum with their purebreds.
The offspring of Herzensdieb were especially admired by attendees. Herzensdieb was the 2005 champion Trakehner stallion and was ceremoniously chosen as an Elite stallion in 2013. In addition to the success of his ability to sire high quality progeny, he has also proven to be an outstanding dressage horse.
The 5-year-old filly by Herzensdieb out of a dam by Lauries Crusador XX named Harriet and owned by the guest rider Yvonne Reiser was a crowd favorite. This lovely mare was previously owned by the master rider Johann Hinnemann.
Elfenzauber (Herzensdieb/Buddenbrock), already state championship tested, was presented by trainer Vicky Harding.
Hengstation Jens Meyer head trainer Steffen Frahm showed the impressive 6-year-old Hollywood, by Herzensdieb out of a dam by Worldly.
"He's good enough for the big shows," Leatherdale commented about Hollywood.
The Leatherdales were just as enthusiastic about Helmi, the 3-year-old filly by Herzensdieb out of a dam by Lauries Crusador XX. By the day’s end, the couple purchased the filly
The 2009 7-year-old champion Oldenburg stallion Fairbanks’ offspring were also presented. Felicitas, a 3-year-old mare out of a dam by Wolkenstein II, put on a great performance. In addition, an imposing colt by Fairbanks out of a dam by Flemmingh and another beauty out of a dam by Inselfuerst were shown.
The foals of Damsey, considered the flagship of the Dorum stud farm, were very strong. Johann Hinnemann examined his filly by Damsey out of a dam by Lauries Crusador XX, who energetically ran laps.
After the two-hour event, an Easter brunch was held. Sponsors of the event, Doug and Louise Leatherdale, expressed their thoughts about the quality of the horses shown.
"We are happy to be in Germany to see our stallions and their progeny,” they exclaimed. “Our next visit is already marked on the calendar for this summer."