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Hannoveraner Stallion of the Year

Hannoveraner Rhythmus

57/2020
Verden, October 22, 2020
BZ

Forsyth FRH: A lot made from very little

Hannoveraner Stallion of the Year

Verden. Nobody would have expected him: Forsyth FRH was awarded
Hannoveraner Stallion of the Year. The powerful bay jumper has not only been
successful in the show jumping course up to Nations Cups, but with his daughter
Fine Lady he also has successful offspring up to the Olympic Games. On behalf
of the deceased breeder, his son Heinrich Eckhoff accepted the valuable award at
the Verden Stallion Licensing.

Forsyth’s career began almost exactly 23 years ago to the day in the
Niedersachsenhalle. Jochen Meyer, Allwörden, had brought the athletic son of For
Pleasure/Dorian. bred by Heinrich Eckhoff senior, Beckdorf, to the licensing. There he
convinced in free jumping and belonged to the 1st lot of the Celle State Stud. In
Adelheidsdorf he took his 300-day test as third in the sub-index jumping and then
headed for the sport. Forsyth was introduced to sport by Holger Baum, who runs a
breeding and training stable with stallion station with his family in Hofheim-Wallau just
outside Frankfurt. Holger Baum’s daughter Nicole Wenz rode the stallion to a brilliant
eighth place in the 2001 Bundeschampionat before he went hunting for ribbons
internationally with Toni Haßmann. The pair competed twice for Germany in the
Nations’ Cup, they were to be found in the results lists at the Aachen Soers as well as at
many other renowned show grounds throughout Europe. Distinguished with the addition
to his name of the supporters club for Hannoveraner sport horses (FRH), Forsyth FRH
returned to the Fohlenhof in 2006 and celebrated numerous successes with the then
16-year-old Franziska Baum-Gundlach. In 2012 his career in sport came to an end.

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During his time in sport, Forsyth was available to breeders through Holger Baum’s
stallion station and the State Stud Celle. In terms of breeding, the medium-sized bay
stallion never had the greatest popularity. His offspring are said to have sensitivity and
fighting spirit. But the 25 year old has made an incredible amount out of the few
chances he had. Only 253 offspring have him as a sire. His only licensed son is For
Edition bred by Holger Baum, who not only won his stallion exam but was also
successful internationally up to 1.60 metres with the US American Taylor Land. Out of
136 registered show horses, 40 have been successful in advanced level show jumping –
that is almost every third registered show horse that has Forsyth as a sire. 22 of his
sons and daughters collected ribbons in international courses for ten different nations.
One daughter won an Olympic medal: With Canadian Eric Lamaze, Fine Lady jumped
to bronze in the individual ranking in Rio de Janeiro 2016. The breeding value for the
highest achieved class for Forsyth FRH climbed to 144 points last year. This is about
the same as the breeding value calculated on the basis of the results of the mare
performance tests, which is 147.

Together with R+V/Vereinigte Tierversicherung, the Hannoveraner Verband has been
awarding this prize to an important Hannoveraner stallion since 1992. In addition to a
highly endowed cheque, the breeder receives a valuable oil painting from the studio of
Manfred Busemann.

Photo: Hannoveraner Stallion of the Year 2020: Forsyth FRH with owner Holger
Baum and Franziska Baum-Gundlach . Photo: Hannoveraner Verband

Please note that the publication of the photo is free of charge only in connection
with this press release.

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