Celina Badstangen Retires Grand Prix Mare Hannelinde

Wed, 02/07/2024 - 16:07
Ainhoa Prada Ortiz and Hannelinde at the 2017 World Young Horse Championships :: Photo © Astrid Appels

Norwegian Grand Prix rider Celina Badstangen has decided to retire Under 25 Grand Prix mare in the barn, Hannelinde. 

Hannelinde is a 14-year old Dutch warmblood mare by Dream Boy out of Adessa (by Sunny-Boy x Contango). She is bred by Van der Linden in The Netherlands.

Tim Coomans

First sold at the Prinsjesdag foal auction in 2012, Hannelinde became part of dressage breeder, trainer and dealer Tim Coomans and got the suffix TC behind her name. 

Jeanine Nieuwenhuis steered the mare "Hannelinde TC" to victory in the 2015 VSN Trophy Finals.

Belgian-German Owned

Coomans made the mare part of the auction collection for the 2016 Excellent Dressage Sales, held at Bartels Academy in Hooge Mierde.  She became the price highlight and sold for 175,000 euro to German-Belgian horse dealers duo Arnd Erben and Dominique Mohimont.

The ride was given to Spanish Ainhoa Prada Ortiz who rode her to a 6th place in the 2016 Horsefood Dressage Talent Competition. In the autumn of that year; the French rider Marion Perret won bronze with Hannelinde at the 2016 French Young Horse Championships. 

with Nieuwenhuis at the 2015 VSN Trophy Final
In 2017 Ainhoa Prada Ortiz was back onboard and she qualified the mare for the 2017 World Championships for young dressage horses in Ermelo, where they finished 9th in the consolation finals for 5-year olds. In Ermelo the mare was listed as owned by Erben, Mohimont and Siegward Tesch.


For five years Hannelinde disappeared from the competition radar to resurface in Germany in 2021 under Norwegian Celina Badstangen. 

Badstangen, who trains at the Werndl's yard in Aubenhausen, first competed her at national Young riders level in Bavaria and Austria in 2022 and moved her up to Under 25 Grand Prix level in 2023. 

Early Retirement

Badstangen announced on Instagram that she has decided to give the mare an early retirement with a new career as brood mare. 

"After careful consideration I have decided that my beautiful mare Honey will be retired from the sport," said Celina. "As a rider, it is always important for me to listen to my horses and following a repetitive injury, I have decided that I will not pursue new sports goals with her; but instead she will hopefully get a new “career“ as a mother. Her new home is the paradise you want for all horses, five star care, large open fields and hopefully she will nurture some beautiful foals. My dream is to continue my passion with breeding and I am very grateful to have this special horse in my life."

Photo © Astrid Appels - Digishots

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Scores: 2017 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses
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Valentin, Diamondgio, Barroso Win 2016 French Young Horse Championships
Flora di Mariposa and Great Lady Win 2016 Horsefood Dressage Talent Competition
Hannelinde TC, Price Highlight of the 2016 Excellent Dressage Sales
Hannelinde TC Wins 2015 VSN Trophy Finals