What is Dansk Varmblod?

In 1962 the first Danish Sporthorse Breed Society was founded, called Dansk Sportsheste Avlsforbund (DSA). By the end of the 70'ies DSA and another sport horse society, called Danmarks Lette Hesteavl, merged. During 1980 the new name of the merged associations was launched: Dansk Varmblod.

Back in 1962 where the mare studbook was established, 150 mares were entered. Only 22 of these were born in Denmark and they were primarily of Oldenburg pedigree. 108 of the mares were of German bloodlines. At that time no register was kept with performance results, but of course horses and riders who had winnings internationally, were noticed. Therefore Lis Hartel and her gelding, Jubilee, are still proudly remembered.

The brand, the Crown over the Wave, was drawn by I. C. Christensen and designed by the Georg Jensen sivler smithy in 1963. The logo symbolizes a kingdom surrounded by water.

Anne Grethe Törnblad and Marzog, Dressage Horse of the Century
Anne Grethe Törnblad and Marzog, Dressage Horse of the Century

In January 1979 The Danish Warmblood Society helt the first stallion grading in the small town of Naestved in a harsh blizzard.

The year 1983 was also memorable, since Anne Grethe Jensen (now Törnblad) and her Danish Warmblood gelding, Marzog won the European Dressage Championship and the Danish dressage team got silver. This made the Danish breeders the second best dressage producing breeders in the world.

In 1986 Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte became Patroness of Dansk Varmblod. At that occasion Ole Holm, the then chairman presented her with her birthday present from the society: The black warmblood main studbook mare, Øxenholm Pamina by Sandro, who is still to be found in the pedigree of many of the horses born with HRH Princess Benedikte.

Andreas Helgstrand og Blue Hors Matine
Andreas Helgstrand og Blue Hors Matine

The present chairman of Dansk Varmblod, Mr. Jan Pedersen, was elected in 1994, and in 1999 he was elected for president of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH), a world-wide organisation of sport horse breed societies.

In 1998, Dansk Varmblod started to proclaim "Stallion of the Year" at the National Stallion Show held each year in March.

In 1999 by an international committee containing dressage judges, Marzog was awarded Dressage Horse of the Century.

At the jumping arenas Dansk Varmblod has also had its triumphs, for instance at the Olympic Games 2000 in Sydney, where the breedsire Lando took silver with his rider, Albert Voorn.

In 2006, Blue Hors Matiné and Andreas Helgstrand were the rising star of the dressage scene at the WEG in Aachen, where they won silver and bronze.
Their fantastic freestyle was seen more than 10 million viewers on Youtube.

The recent years have been terrific:
At the World BReeding Dressage champioships in Verden 2008, the graceful godl medal mare, Polka Hit Nexen won silver among the 6-year-olds, in 2009 the gelding, Hønnerups Driver, won the class for 5-year-olds while the gold medal mare UNO Donna Unique took silver, and in 2010, the runner-up from 2009, UNO Donna Unique won among the 6-year-olds, again with her rider, Andreas Helgstrand.

2010 was also the year where Mistral Højris ridden by English Laura Bechtolsheimer took 3 x silver at the dressage discipline at WEG in the US.

The development of the society Dansk Varmblod up thorugh the decades

1962 DSA (The Danish Sports horse breeding Association) was founded
1963 The logo brand was designed
1964 The first mare stud book was published
1970 The first performance test for stallions was established in Næstved
1972 DSA joins the common studbook administration at the Danish Agricultural Advisory Centre
1976 DLH (Danish Light Horse Society) is founded
1979 Dansk Varmblod is founded
1980 The stud book administration is made electronically in a database
1982 Establishment of ability tests for 4-year-old mares and geldings
1984 A common system of registration numbers for foals (breedstock) and competition horses is made
1985 Scores at selections and not just a written description
1987 Breedsires now have to be evaluated several times in their first decade of breeding. Deletion of license can be done if not satisfactory in breeding
1989 Annual book of competition results is generated for the first time
1990 Staion test of mares, breeding evaluations on breedsires and the concept of an "R-mare" is introduced
1992 New breeding objective is introduced
1994 One-day tests of mares becomes a possibility
1996 Saddle grading of mares is introduced
1997 Breeding evaluation on mares and the education of breeders are initialized
1999 The main office moves to Vilhelmsborg. DWB is recognized by the EU and the new equine passports are introduced. The horse database is on the internet. The WBFSH chooses Jan Pedersen as new president and the working group Interstallion is founded. HRH Princess Benedikte becomes patroness of WBFSH
2000 Karina Christiansen is the new breeding advisor. The performance test is supplemented by a 30-day test. Dansk Varmblod hires their own professional trainer/station test manager.
2001 Dansk Sports- og Avlschampionat (Danish Breeding Championships) is introduced
2002 The ueln (unique equine life number system) is introduced in the DWB. 8 scores at the exterior evaluation is expanded into 10 scores.
2003 The separation of disciplines at the ability tests
2004 The Breeding Plan towards 2012 with increased focus on the separation of disciplines is initialized
2006 The 30-day test and the 70-day test of stallions are succeeded by three performance tests of 10, 35, and 35 days respectively. Competition data is incorporated in the breeding evaluations.
2008 The young breedsires must only enter one discipline at their performance test. Mares for exterior evaluation can enter one with freejumping
2010 At saddle gradings and pre-selections the entered horses are judged in either dressage or jumping discipline. Hotbranding is forbidden in Denmark

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