Akeem Foldager Secured for Denmark

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 22:09
Danish Dressage News

The rising Danish Grand Prix top talent Akeem Foldager has been secured for Denmark by the syndicate consisting of Andreas Helgstrand, Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak and Patricia Florin.

The 2002 born dark bay Danish warmblood gelding Akeem Foldager (by Akinos x Loran x Astaire) was originally owned by Patricia Florin and Bjarne Laustsen and became Denmark's shooting star in 2012 under Joachim Thomsen.

The horse arrived in Thomsen's barn in December 2011 and Joachim prepared the horse for its Grand Prix debut. The duo won the silver at the 2012 Danish Dressage Championships in Broholm in June 2012, but were not considered for Olympic team selection due to missing international scores.

Already in 2012 Akeem attracted many potential buyers and the horse was considered one of the hot shots on the market, of which the asking price was flying through the roof depending on the amount of horse dealers involved.

With the 2013 European Dressage Championships hosted on home turf, in Herning, Denmark, horse dealer Andreas Helgstrand heard the call of the competition arena again and negotiated to secure the ride for himself by buying the horse together with Kasprzak. Original owner Patricia Florin has kept a share in the horse.

"I was reminded about how it really feels to ride Grand Prix on a super quality horse, like the one that started my career," Helgstrand told Ridehesten.

"We were anxious to keep the horse on Danish soil and it would be outstanding if they could get on the team in Herning," said Bjarke Laustsen.  "Akeem was always for sale and we are very happy with the solution with joint ownership between us and Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak and Andreas Helgstrand."

Source: Ridehesten
Photo © Barbara Schnell

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