Sweetwater’s Zorah Belle (Zoobie) being driven by Leslie Berndl at Shady Oaks Combined Driving Event in Lodi, California at the Advanced Single Pony Division. This was Zoobie’s first go at Advanced and she won the overall Advanced Division!
Leslie Berndl, a US National Champion at Single Horse, has been driving Zoobie since 2015. They have competed in 10 Combined Driving Events in Oregon, California and Florida – winning all 10. Leslie and Zoobie were North American Preliminary Single Pony Champions for 2015 and won the Florida Triple Crown in Preliminary Pony Division for 2016.
They will compete for the US National Single Pony Championship at the Kentucky Horse Park October 6 – 9.
Zoobie’s grandsire is Konggard HK200 bred in Holland by Bob Van Bon. She is owned and was bred by Teressa Kandianis of Ferndale, Washington, USA.
Note : thank you so much Teressa for this article and the links below showing on video the marvellous performances at Shady Oaks.
Warm congratulations to Zoobie, her breeder and her driver. Success for the US National Championship at Kentucky!!
On occasion of the 55th Anniversary of the Swedish Fjord Horse Association, the annual important stallion evalutation and also the biggest breeding show of the year for fjordhorses was organized on 10th - 11th September in Vetlanda.
On Saturday : the stallion evaluation and performance test for stallions and also a test for 3 year old horses to find good talents in jumping and dressage.
Link to info and pictures HERE
Click here to find the results of the stallion evaluation
On Sunday : “Riksutställning”, a big national show.
Best of Show was Gandhi.
Link to more pictures HERE
Pictures by Helena Kättström.
Congratulations to the Swedish Fjord Association and to all participants of the week-end !
Germany : FN Championships for leisure horses and ponies
Discover the marvellous professional photo reportage from Steffi Schröder : click here
Warm congratulations to the Champion in the pony class, the six year old Fjord stallion Illmo (f. Inrico - Sogenblakken), under the saddle of Anke Kolvenbach !!
(photos below by Tina Pantel)
Interesting information about these championships in Germany by Susanne Petersen :
„Bundeschampionat für Freizeitpferde", a very good opportunity for Fjord horses in Germany to show their abilities as true all-rounders.
In Germany we have an old, very well established and accepted system of comparing sport horses on our yearly "Bundeschampionate",
championships where every state sends young promising sport horses and riding ponies to measure their abilities in dressage, 3-day eventing, jumping and driving.
A couple of years ago a new kind of championship was installed especially for leisure horses:
Ponies and horses at the age of 4 to seven years compete here. Every horse/pony has to pass the following tests, all on the same day:
1. "ride ability test", a small dressage pattern.
2. ride ability test ridden by a professional test rider
3. a small cross country course including three obstacles, one of which involves water
4. a ride outside in a group of about four riders, where behavior in the group is challenged and judged
5. a trail course involving standing still when rider is mounting /dismounting and also involving obstacles likely to frighten a nervous horse.
The ranking of the participants is done by a system of collecting points for each discipline.
During the last years Fjord Horses have participated very successfully in these championships, their success by far exceeding the proportion in numbers of starters and also numbers of Fjord Horses existing in Germany.
The Championship 2016 was a pure triumph for the Fjord Horses:
Of 17 starters in the group eight were Fjord Horses. Of these eight the weakest landed on rank 11! And the first place was taken by a Fjord, same as last year and the year before!!
One reason for the popularity of this championship is the new rule that passing it with a total of 65 points, which is similar to a score of 6,5 , is now accepted by the breeding associations as a performance test for Fjord mares and –since 2016- also Fjord stallions.
As this combination truly tests the all-round abilities so typical for our breed, the IGF has been fighting for the installment of these rules during a couple of years and the results the Fjord Horses achieve in comparison with other breeds show that this is the right way !
Speaker of the breeding committee in the
Interessengemeinschaft Fjordpferd IGF - CLICK HERE TO PRINT THIS ARTICLE