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Helmi: A Herzensdieb Daughter Full of Possibilities

Written by: Hans-Georg Linsenmeyer
Client: Leatherdale Farms
Release Date: 2014-10-23

Dorum, Germany – October 23, 2014 ­– Helmi, a young mare by Leatherdale Farms’ Trakehner stallion Herzensdieb and out of a dam by Lauries Crusador XX, is already showing incredible potential.

"She has so much fundamental quality along with a great willingness to give her best in her training,” said Steffen Frahm, trainer of the 3-year-old mare owned by Doug and Louise Leatherdale. “These are ever-important basic prerequisites justifying a hope for the future. Given her age and qualifications, we will try to get the best out of her.”

Riding master Johann Hinnemann owns several horses sired by Herzensdieb and can appreciate their quality from his personal experience.

"For me, offspring from Herzensdieb are something very special,” he said.

The elite mare Helmi was bred by Walter Wöhlke from Flögeln. Due to her strong presence, correct build and outstanding basic gaits, she has won a great deal already. At the mare show in Elmlohe, she competed in the class for 3-year-old mares with a performance test, and she not only won the class, but went on to be recognized as the overall champion mare. She qualified for the prestigious Herwart von der Decken-Show.

Helmi passed the mare performance test on June 17, 2014, with flying colors. Frahm was thrilled with the effort she showed.

“With her usual inner peace, serenity and clarity, she did a fine job in making herself stand out,” he said.

In the basic gaits she was awarded impressive marks of 9.0 in walk, 8.0 in trot and 9.0 in canter. The test riders were so thrilled with her feeling under saddle that they awarded her scores of 9.5 and 9.0, resulting in a 9.25 for rideability.

Due to the smooth and serene performance by her rider, Frahm, breeding manager Dr. Werner Schade confirmed that the mare was on the right path and therefore meets the bar for a state premium mare.

When asked about the next training target, Frahm explained, "Back home she will continue to prepare to compete in the young horse divisions.”

The goals for Helmi are just as they should be in classical training. Always thinking about the welfare of the horses and the training stages is the common thread, so as to lay a good foundation for higher tasks.

International dressage legends such as Johann Hinnemann and Klaus Balkenhol are excited by the promising offspring of the Trakehner stallion Herzensdieb.

About Leatherdale Farms

Situated 20 minutes from Minneapolis, MN, Leatherdale Farms is a privately owned farm owned and managed by Louise and Doug Leatherdale and dedicated to Hanoverian, Trakehner and Oldenburg breeding. The Leatherdale family owns several licensed stallions based in Germany at Hengstation Jens Meyer: Hanoverians Dorum, the premium elite, Damsey (Dressage Royal), First Dance (Florestan II), Rob Roy (Rubin Royale), Hampton (His Highness), Beltano (Belissimo M); the premium elite Trakehner, Herzensdieb (Tambour); and the Oldenburg Fairbanks (Flemmingh). Frozen semen is available in North America and Europe. Leatherdale Farms was also the owner of the Licensing Hanoverian stallion His Highness, who died in 2007 and whose progeny is much appreciated all over the world.
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