October 16, 2005
Uproar in the breeding (and dressage) world! Furst Heinrich, one of the most popular and most promising young breeding stallions has died unexpectedly at a clinic in Germany. The black Westfalian branded stallion became the 2003 World Young Horse Dressage Champion under Holga Finken, sired multiple foal champions and produced -- from his first crop of offspring -- Van the Man, the 2004 Oldenburg Licensing Champion.
Furst Heinrich is owned by Gestut Sprehe in Loningen, Germany, but Sprehe was unwilling to give information on the untimely passing of this stallion. "I can only confirm that he passed away at the clinic, but I am not allowed to tell you more," Gestut Sprehe told Eurodressage.
Sprehe did not want to share any information about the cause of death of their horse, nor the location of the clinic. "We are investigating his death and I would like to say that everyone at Sprehe is extremely upset about it, including the family." Sprehe will release an official statement on the passing of Furst Heinrich tomorrow.
Furst Heinrich was a 7-year old Westphalian bred stallion by Florestan I out of Dawina (by Donnerhall x Weinberg). He was bred by Heinrich Ramsbrock from Menslage, Germany. As a two-year old, Furst Heinrich was presented at the 2000 Westfalian stallion licensing and became a premium stallion. Gestut Sprehe purchased the black stallion in the after-sales.
In 2001, Furst Heinrich won the 30-day Stallion Test at Munster/Handorf. In 2003, he became World Young Horse Champion. At the 2005 Westfalian "Vorauswahl" (the preselection for the auction), 19 Furst Heinrich offsprings were presented and seven were accepted for the licensing. At the 2005 Westfalian Elite Foal Auction, Furstenhit (Furst Heinrich x Sandro Hit) became the price highlight foal selling for 32,000 euro.
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Holga Finken and Fürst Heinrich, A World Champion's Pair
October 5, 2003
Holga Finken and Furst Heinrich are on a parabola to success since winning their World Champion's title in Verden. Their victory in the 5-year old division at the 2003 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses, was a accumulative process. In the first qualifier he finished third with 8.70 and won the individual finals with 9.30. Fürst Heinrich's rider was the accomplished former auction rider Holga Finken. Following the Verden title, the black stallion Furst Heinrich was proclaimed Westfalian of the Month August 2003.
The World Champion's title often creates a wake of success, just as it did with the Oldenburg stallion Sandro Hit, when he won the 1999 World Championships. Not only does such a title stimulate the sport career of a horse, but the breeding career gets an enormous boost due to the international visibility the stallion enjoyed in the press. Therefore, after Verden, Fürst Heinrich became Germany's favorite young dressage horse and breeding stallion.
At the 2003 Bundeschampionate, Furst Heinrich and Finken placed second in the 5-year old qualifier, but had to withdraw on Friday due to an injury. Despite this setback, Furst Heinrich's owner, Gestut Sprehe, had no time to mourn. Sprehe's stallion had to breed much this season and his last year's foals became a targeted prey for many auction shoppers. At the Vechta Elite Autumn auction, the price highlight was First Final, a Furst Heinrich x Argentinus x Barsoi xx colt sold to Great Britain for 30,000 €. At the 2nd Vechta Elite Foal auction in August, Fantastico (Furst Heinrich x De Niro x Figaro) achieved a top known down price of 34,000 €. This bay colt moved to Switzerland.
Furst Heinrich is a 5-year old Westphalian bred stallion by Florestan I out of Dawina (by Donnerhall x Weinberg). He was bred by Heinrich Ramsbrock from Menslage, Germany. Rambrock discovered Furst Heinrich's dam Dawina at the 1997 Munster Handorf Auction, where the mare was being presented under the name Dance of Joy. He purchased the horse before it had the chance to be auctioned and bred her to Florestan, resulting in a beautiful 1998 colt, Furst Heinrich.
As a two-year old, Furst Heinrich was presented at the stallion licensing in 2000. He became a premium stallion at this 10th NRW Stallion Licensing and attracted the interest of stallion owner Sprehe. Gestut Sprehe, located in Löningen, Germany, purchased the black stallion in the after-sales. In 2001, Furst Heinrich won the 30-day Stallion Test at Munster/Handorf. After fulfilling all his licensing duties, Furst Heinrich was put in training with Sprehe's resident rider Holga Finken, a partnership which has definitely been worth the time and effort.
by Astrid Appels
2004 Oldenburg Stallion Licensing
Furst Heinrich x Volturno Colt, 2004 Oldenburg Licensing Champion
Out of a lot of 12 premium colts the Oldenburg licensing committee (consisting of Uwe Heckmann, Wolfgang Schulze-Schleppinghof, Gerd Folkers and Georg Thole) chose the dark bay colt by Furst Heinrich out of Elite mare Viarelle (Volturno x Inschallah AA x Wildschütz) as the 2004 Oldenburg Licensing Champion.
Bred by Arend and Doris Boekhoff and presented by René Tebbel from Emsburen, Germany, this modern Furst Heinrich was the deserved champion of the licensing. The horse has a very solid conformation, elegant and modern but without being too refined. His gaits are outstanding, with a very good walk, and an excellent trot. Furthermore, this bay can jump, which is not much of a surprise having the Olympic eventing silver medallist Volturno as dam sire.
"He's a very nice appearance," licensing committee member Uwe Heckmann told Eurodressage. "He has a very good topline and a good conformation. His movements are elastic and he swings through the body. His basic gaits are very impressive and he has the radiance of a champion. He also went well over the jumps and has a very interesting blood mixture."
The licensing champion descends from a highly respected blood line. He's sired by Furst Heinrich (Florestan x Donnerhall), the 2002 Oldenburg Hauptpremium Stallion and 2003 World Young Horse Dressage Champion and out of elite mare Viarelle. The dam is a full sister to Vive la France, the double European Junior Riders Champion.
The colt started his Vechta career as a foal, being sold for 11,500 euro to the Nordrhine Westfalian area at the 2002 Elite Foal Auction. He then carried the name "Frischer Wind," (Fresh Breeze). Dam Viarelle has a 2004 born Furst Heinrich colt on the ground and has been inseminated again with Furst Heinrich this year.
Text and Images copyrighted Astrid Appels/Eurodressage.