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Danish team for Verden announced

07-07-2009

The Danish Warmblood society and Danish Equestrian Federation have announced the team of horses that will represent Denmark at the 2009 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany, August 6 - 9, 2009. The selection of the Danish 5 and 6-year old is based on four selection trials all over the country and a big finals held in Middelfart, Denmark, on July 3-5, 2009.
The Denmark is sending an extremely strong group of young horses this year. Much is expected of Donna Unique and Honnerups Driver and not least from Skovens Rafael who achieved nothing less than 97% at the first selection trial.

Skovens Rafael has won everything since he was under the saddle for the first time. Rafael was purchased at the elite foal auction for 10,000 euro by an Irish investor who then had him raised at Blue Hors for the next 2½ years. At the stallion licensing he became the price highlight and sold for 160,000 euro to Lotte & Per Skjærbæk and Lotte Lindgren as a Grand Prix dressage prospect for Lotte Skjærbæk. He became licensing champion and has won the young horse championship and so much more.

The qualified horses are:
5-year olds

Skovens Rafael - Lotte Skærbæk
by BH Romanov / BH Don Schufro
Uno Donna Unique - Andreas Helgstrand
by BH Don Schufro / Falkland
Karina Lihmskov - Maria Anita Andersen
by BH Don Romantic / Temple Wind xx
Hønnerups Driver - Andreas Helgstrand
by BH Romanov / BH Don Schufro
Reserves:
1. Rassings Lonoir - Anna Blomgren
2. Sweet Simon - John Hvalsøe Saul

6-year olds

Heslegårds Rolex - Lone Madsen
by Heslegårds Rubin / Heslegårds Louis
Uno Don Diego - Thomas Lassen
by Dressage Royal / Falkland
Atterupgaards Cassidy - Sabine N. Petersen
by Caprimond / Donnerhall
Spirit Lotus - Lars Bækgaard
by Salomon / Vemmetofte Rainman

Reserves:
1. Algier - John Hvalsøe Saul
2. Dybdalgaards Margerit - Michael Søgaard

The horses shown on the photos are Hønnerups Driver, Skovens Rafael, UNO Donna Unique and Heslegårds Rolex (Photo: Ridehesten.com).