At the 2023 Oldenburg Stallion Licensing in Vechta, Holly Simensen was honoured for her 80th birthday and tireless commitment for the promotion of the Oldenburg breed in North America.
Simensen celebrated her 80th birthday in October 2022, and was put in the spotlight at the licensing on 14 January 2023.
Already in 2016, former Oldenburg President Wilhelm Weerda awarded the Canadian-born Simensen the Golden Badge of Honor of the Oldenburg Horse Breeding Association for her tireless efforts of more than two decades for the Oldenburg breeders and members in North America.
As the contact person for the Oldenburg Horse Breeder's Society (GOV), she is the heart of the Oldenburg Association in North America. Through her mediation countless Oldenburg elite horses have found a new home overseas; she is a regular guest at the auctions in Vechta.
Holly Simensen has also been successful in breedin, for example with the brilliant ring mares Leanna, born in 2003, by Rhodes Scholar out of Liara by Leggiero, and Emperadora, born in 2008. by Sir Donnerhall from Esperanza by Feiner Stern. The licensed stallions Withages, born in 2002, by Wolkentanz II out of Del Sol by Davignon I and Somerset, born 2004, by Stedinger out of Aimee by Rubinstein, who was sold to Spain for a top price at the Vechta auction and was successful up to Grand Prix dressage level with Juan-Manuel Vidal-Testal, are also bred by Holly Simensen.
Photo © Thomas Bach Jensen for Ridehesten
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