More than 30,000 people visited the annual Danish WarmbloodStallion Grading show in Herning Exhibition Centre, where 250 horses were presented.

Poul Graugaard, head of Danish Warmblood’s grading committee, commented that the collection ofthree-year-old stallions “showed many well moving youngsters, some of them with great potential for the big time in dressage”.

The champion three-year-old was the large-framed and elegant black stallion Zardin Firfod by Gribaldi, out of the gold medal awarded mare Zawanne Firfod by Schwadroneur.

“Zardin is a fine type and showed elastic movement every time he was presented,” said Mr Graugaard. “He was also very calm and had a sure manner about himself.”

Runner-up was a chestnut withan interesting pedigree. Fairy Tale is out of an Anglo Arab mare by the French stallion Fado du Chatillon, purchased by Fairy Tale’s breeder for the specific purpose of breeding.

From the 23 stallions presented, six three-year-old stallions were awarded premium status. These were:

Zardin Firfod by Gribaldi and out of Zawanne Firfod by Schwadroneur. Breeder and owner: Morgen Plenborg, Sakskobing.

Fairy-Tale by Fado du Chatillon and out of Absis X byAbasalon Owner: Niels Hausgaard, Hundelev

Ramazotti by Blue Hors Romancier and out of Valentina, by Allegro. Breeder: Karin Thogersen, Bramming. Owner: Blue Hors ApS, Randbol.

Don by Donnergraf and out of Diva by Cannon Row XX. Breeder:Gunnar Bach, Randers. Owner: Susan Morch, Vivi og Morten Thomsen, Hammel.

Figaro by Ferro and out of Grendalin by Leandro. Breeder:Jorgen Ravn, Holsted. Owner: Henrik Hansen og J.E. Marcussen.

Thorsos Ravel by Robin and out of Mon Amour by Mon-Ami.Breeder: Gustav og Lise Thorso Mohr, Hadsund. Owner: Thorso Herreg†rd, Norge

Ten stallions who passed last year’s performance test were graded and licensed to cover for further three seasons before being presented to the grading committee again.

Ib Kirk’s newly purchased young stallion Weltjunge by Weltmeyer/Matcho X was selected as the best four-year-old stallion.

Runner-up was the winner of the performance test, Bogelys Camaro byCarpaccio/Ahorn Z.

Graded four-year-olds:

Winner: Weltjunge, Sire: Weltmeyer, M: Matcho’s Girl, Grandsire: Matcho X. Breeder: Germany. Owner: Ellinor og Jens Peter Aggesen, Vojens

Bogelys Camarro, Sire: Carpaccio M: Zaligula, Grandsire: Ahorn Z.Breeder: Germany.Owner: Poul Erik Nielsen, Gredstedbro.

Capetown S, Sire: Caletto I, M: Lady Madonna, Grandsire: Lagano.Breeder: Flemming og Bettina Schultz, Bolderslev. Owner: Kari og Jack Munch Christiansen, Gram.

Solos Caliber, SIRE: Castro, M: Lacina, GRANDSIRE: Lagano. Breeder:Peter Jensen Holm, Logumkloster. Owner: Barbro og Lorenz Linnet, Vojens

Martinique, SIRE: Michellino, M: Manilla-Bell, GRANDSIRE: Manstein.Breeder: Jesper Kristensen, Tj‘reborg. Owner: Helle Hansen, Ribe

Kaiser Wilhelm, SIRE: Lehndorff’s, M: Kandia III, GRANDSIRE:Mahagoni, Breeder: Herbert Schuemann, Germany. Owner: York Stutteri,

Horsholm Travell, SIRE: Abisko, M: Taenzerin V, GRANDSIRE: Consul. Breeder:Germany. Owner: Jorgen Steen Jensen, Lang†

Solos Accord, SIRE: AcordII, M: Farara, GRANDSIRE: Romino. Breeder:Germany. Owner: Barbro og Lorenz Linnet, Vojens

5-years and older stallions

Blue Hors Future Cup, a son of the world-famous Westphalian stallion Florestan took first place in the group of stallions aged 5 or older.

Graded five-year-olds

Blue Hors Future Cup, SIRE: Florestan I, M: Disco-Lady, GRANDSIRE: Disco-Star. Breeder: Germany. Owner: Blue Hors ApS, Randbol.

Gipsy D’Ask, SIRE: Le Gondeen, M: Gnomide, GRANDSIRE: Quastor.Breeder: Frankrig. Owner: Stutteri Ask, Martofte