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Honour where honour is due

07-03-2009

H.R.H. Princess Benedikte's Challenge Trophy was presented by the Danish Warmblood President Jan Pedersen to the stallion, Digby, ridden by Princess Nathalie and bred by the royal family at Berleburg. (Photo: Ridehesten.com).
H.R.H. Princess Benedikte's Challenge Trophy was presented by the Danish Warmblood President Jan Pedersen to the stallion, Digby, ridden by Princess Nathalie and bred by the royal family at Berleburg. (Photo: Ridehesten.com).
HRH Princess Benedikte was Saturday night awarded her own Challenge Trophy at the Danish Warmblood Gala Show at the Stallion Licensing in Herning.
The criteria for the award: Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte's Challenge Award was established in 2005 and is awarded to a stallion, which is licensed within Danish Warmblood and who by his own performance or as sire of competition horses have come to the fore in equestrian events the year prior.
It is the Danish Warmblood breeding committee, who identifies the stallion to be awarded the Princess' Challenge Trophy and this year the evident recipient was Digby, the horse of Princess Nathalie. “Honour where honour is due”, said Danish Warmblood President Jan Pedersen.
Digby, who is bred by H.R.H. Princess Benedikte of Berleburg, has previously been licensed as sire at the event in Herning. With Princess Nathalie in the saddle Digby has since then triumphed in the international dressage circuit and he was a strong contributor to the Danish National Team Bronze Medal in dressage at the Olympic Games 2008 in Hong Kong.
Each year the Stallion Licensing in Herning gives thousands of horse people a memorable experience with licensing, sport, shows and exhibitions. The total number of visitors is expected to be a record of well over 50,000 by Sunday.