Young-Shik Hwang Premiers New Grand Prix Horse, Delmonte

Thu, 02/02/2023 - 19:43
Young-Shik Hwang and Delmonte at the 2023 CDN Ankum :: Photo © Mhisen

Korean gold medal winning dressage rider Young-Shik Hwang has premiered a new Grand Prix horse, Delmonte. The rider debuted on the chestnut at the CDN Ankum on 1 February 2023.

Delmonte is a 12-year old Oldenburg gelding by Destano out of Donna Argentina (by Argentinus). He is bred by Dirk Schnieder. 


Stevens Sport Horses presented the chestnut in Vechta at the 2014 Oldenburg stallion licensing and he was accepted, but he never did his stallion performance test. 

He sold at the licensing auction to Koschel Dressage for 60,000 euro.

He was first trained and competed by Philipp Ruwe. The pair made its show debut in Melle in July 2015 when the horse was four and competed at the Oldenburg Young Horse Championships in Rastede, where they were second. Ruwe took the horse up to M-level.

In the summer of 2017 Heiner Schiergen briefly rode the horse. 

CDI Career

Koschel and Delmonte at the 2021 CDI Herzlake
Owner Christoph Koschel took over the ride himself in 2018 and first showed him in October at M-level.

A year later, Michael Klimke was onboard and premiered him in Ankum at S-level. He took the horse to Florida for the 2020 Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, where he competed in four small tour classes. 

Another year later, Koschel debuted Delmonte in the medium tour at the 2021 CDI Herzlake, scoring 68.775%. He sold the horse to Hof Kasselmann.

Hwang at Hof Kasselmann

Korean Young-Shik Hwang is the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games double gold medal winner.

In 2019 he obtained the individual rider slot for Korea for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo aboard Martin Schaudt's Despino, but a break-up between trainer and rider ended the Olympic dream.

Hwang on Delmonte
Hwang bought Bluebarry Dream as his new Grand Prix hopeful through the Balkenhol family. At the start of 2022 the Korean moved to Hof Kasselmann as his new training base. At the start of November Hwang acquired the 9-year old Hanoverian bred Facility (by Furstenball x Diamond Hit). Unfortunately in November 2022 Bluebarry Dream died of colic.

Kasselmann matched Koschel's Delmonte to Hwang. They made their show debut in Ankum on 31 January. As they rode a Test of Choice class, scores were not officially posted. However on Thursday 2 February they rode the classic Grand Prix and placed 11th with 68.367%

Photos © Mhisen - private

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