Not one but two Trakehner bred stallions were named Trakehner Stallion of the Year 2015: the Grand Prix horses Imperio and Axis. Both will be honoured in a special ceremony at the 2015 Trakehner Stallion Licensing in Neumunster, Germany.
The 16-year old black stallion Axis (by Sixtus x Angard) is bred by Eward Hartmann and trained and competed at Grand Prix level by Finnish Terhi Stegars. He represented Finland at the 2011 European Championships in Rotterdam, the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Caen, the 2015 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas and the 2015 European Championships in Aachen.
The 12-year old bay stallion Imperio (by Connery x Balfour xx) is bred by Hartmut Keunecke. He was the 2008 Bundeschampion and reserve world young horse champion under Anna Sophie Fiebelkorn and since 2011 he is trained by Hubertus Schmidt. They moved to Grand Prix level in 2014 and this year the horse came of age at international Grand Prix level. Imperio was in the running for a German team spot for the 2015 European Championships.
Photo © Astrid Appels
Stegars and Axis Reach New Heights at 2015 CDI-W Amsterdam and Neumunster
Terhi Stegars and Tanja Kayser Acquire Axis TSF
Le Rouge, Axis, Insterburg Shine at 2008 German Trakehner Championship
Schmidt and Imperio on German Team for 2015 CDIO Hagen
Imperio, 2008 Bundeschampion in the 5-year old Division