The HHAA are pleased to announce that in March 2020, we will again be participating in a classification tour with highly respected assessor Matthias Werner. We welcome back Matthias who last visited us down under in 2017.
As both a rider and a breeder, Matthias is uniquely qualified as an assessor and we are very happy to be able to offer his expertise to HHAA members.
A short bio on Matthias:
Matthias lives with his family in a small village one hundred kilometres north of Frankfurt, Germany. His family have been horse breeders for several generations, whilst Matthias himself has ridden from a young age, competing in dressage and showjumping up to M class. Matthias rode Gondola 2 successfully whom his mother later put in foal to Kostolany to produce none other than the world super-sire Gribaldi, sire of Totilas.
Gribaldi himself was the 1995 champion of the stallion selections and the 1996 Champion at his stallion inspection in Neumunster. In 1997 he was the winner of the four year old stallion competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and according to jury member Albert Voorn, “a horse that gives you a dream feeling as a rider”. Gribaldi enjoyed an international Grand Prix dressage career with Edward Gal, and was one of the leading dressage sires in the world. His sons Painted Black and Moorland’s Totilas were among the very best dressage horses.
Matthias has been classifying for many years, most recently under Lars Gehrman who is the Trakehner Verband Breeding Director and CEO. He is well respected internationally and has worked with many of the senior classifiers for the Verband. He is on the district mare committee for the Trakehner Verband Hessen District (that is the district Australia is linked to) and is an official FN-Judge for Germany, judging Trakehners and other breeds. His skills are in demand internationally and regularly travels to assess Trakehners and Holsteiners in North America and the UK.
If you would like to be part of the tour, please contact the registrar/secretary.