Weihegold became the grand champion of the 2008 Oldenburg Elite Mare Show in Rastede, Germany, on Saturday July 2, 2008. Bred by Inge Bastian and owned by Christine Arns-Krogmann, this 3-year old black Don Schufro x Sandro Hit daughter
moved herself into the champion's circle after a tough finals against 15 other selected mares for the Brilliantring.
Weihegold already impressed the judges in the mare performance test in Vechta, where she scored high notes for her gaits and rideability. She scored 8,1 overall with a 9 for trot, 8,5 for canter and 8 for walk. In Rastede, she was also the favourite for the champion's title.
"Weihegold embodies the almost ideal characteristics of a riding horse. She is incredibly beautiful and impressed us most today in walk and trot," said Oldenburg breeding director Dr. Wolfgang Schulze-Schleppinghoff.
The reserve champion was Surprise van de Heide. Manfred Rüter bred this lovely Sir Donnerhall x Munchhausen mare. The third highest ranked mare was Remember (by Depardieu x Le Martin), bred by Berthold Gerdes. Finishing fourth was Auguste Victoria, the full sister of the licensed stallion San Amour (by Sandro Hit x Plaisir d'Amour).
The Danish owned Oldenburg stallion Don Schufro produced the second champion mare in two years time. In 2007, Rebelle was the Grand Champion at Rastede and this year Weihegold dazzled the crowds. The best represented dressage stallion in the brilliantring was Sir Donnerhall. He sired two mares: Surprise van de Heide and Samba Queen S.
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