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Personality and Charisma: Wanda – Hanoverian Mare of the Year 2011

Champion Mare 2011 Wanda by Wanderbusch II

The “Hanoverian Mare of the Year 2011″ was honoured on the occasion of the Gala Evening of the 125th Elite Auction: the award went to the Wanderbursch II/Derrik-daughter Wanda, bred and owned by Weert-Arnold Sweers, Krummhoern. She is the fifth mare to be rewarded with this prize for her breeding accomplishments.

Wanda was born 19 years ago on the farm of her breeder Weert-Arnold Sweers in Krummhoern/East Frisia where she is still living today. The chestnut mare belongs to the dam line of Juka that produced many successful stallions such as the Celle state stud stallion Dürkheim. Wanda has been delivering 11 foals until today. She was bred to the dressage stallion De Niro ten times, and she is again in-foal to him for next year. A more than perfect combination. Her second foal was particularly successful: D-Online is today one of the most interesting stud stallions with the Hessen National State Stud Dillenburg.

As regards sports, D-Online’s accomplishments are even topped by his two-year younger full brother Dablino who became well-known at the age of six when he participated at the World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses under Holga Finken. The duo finished fifth in the Final. Dablino then changed to Anabel Balkenhol. Both won with the german team the bronze medal at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky last year, Anabel Balkenhol’s hitherto biggest success. This year, the duo belonged to the victorious German Nations Cup team in Aachen.

Since 2007, the Hannoveraner Verband has been honouring the *mare of the year” with the support of the insurance company R+V/VTV Versicherungen. This award, combined with a well-endowed prize money, is meant to highlight the importance of mares f or the Hanoverian breed.

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