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February 18, 2014

Holleger honored

The American Trakehner Association annually recognizes those select few Trakehner horses having superior performance accomplishments.

This year, the ATA has announced the winner of one such award is the Trakehner horse Friedensfürst, owned and ridden by Lindsey Holleger of Whigham.

Named in honor of the best Trakehner broodmare and champion broodmare of all warmblood breeds in Germany prior to World War II, the “Palmenblüte Award” was donated to the ATA by Eugen Wahler of Germany’s Klosterhof Medingen in 1978.

This perpetual trophy is presented to the purebred Trakehner who has contributed the most in competition to promote the breed in North America.

Friedensfürst and Holleger were selected for the award after the pair brought home the Junior Individual Gold Medal in Dressage from the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships.

 The talented 11-year-old Friedensfürst is a distinguished member of a breed developed over more than 280 years for performance, primarily in the Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing.

Those three equestrian disciplines are among the few Olympic sports where men and women compete as equals and the only one which involves an animal.

Trakehners are the oldest warmblood breed in the world and have been carefully bred since 1732 for elegant movement, endurance and intelligence.

Today they are recognized as both international performance horses and refiners for other warmblood breeds, producing horses capable of taking their dedicated riders to the upper levels of sport.

For info, visit  the American Trakehner Associations Facebook page, or see www.americantrakehner.com.

 

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