bred by www.HWfarm.com, owned by Anders
Dahl & Fiona
Bigwood, ranked number 53 in the world after his first season at GP is
impressive :-) Never scoring below 69.2% in his International career, info
provided by the phenomenal Liz
She continues with: "What an amazing horse. Well done on breeding
such a fabulous lovely boy and well done to Anders for training him so
Sotto Voce aka Sir
Niro HW (owned by Heidi
Schneller-Cook) was 3rd in the country at First level with a score of
76.79% out of 552 competitors. Sotto is truly special. A gentleman anyone
can ride but a professional would be thrilled to have the partnership on.
8.1 average in the FEI 5 yr old test. Will be ready for the FEI 6 year old
test in 2017!
December 21st, 2016:
Wow, check this out, FineStep
HW was purchased sight unseen and I remember our phone conversation
about him like it was yesterday, Lisa felt not quite sure if she should
buy sight unseen, but time was of the essence and others interested too,
so she took the plunge. Look at them now, HUGE congratulations to this
super successful pair!
Thank you Julia for taking this picture yesterday and sharing it. Makes
me happy to know that you are proud of me.
Yesterday I received my USDF Champion Vintage Cup Award at 3rd level.
For all of my non-horsey friends, that means a national first place
dressage award for riders 50+. Also, received two USDF All Breeds Champion
awards at 3rd level. It is an awesome way to end the show season with my
wonderful boy FineStep HW, thank you Irene
Hoeflich-Wiederhold for having this wonderful boy when I was looking.
He is a super star and a huge part of my life. I owe a big thank you to William
Solyntjes for making time in his busy schedule for Fin and I to travel
to Brandywine every month (weather permitting) for sharing his great
knowledge over the past couple of years. Your lessons are so much
appreciated. The Brandywine team has been so good to us and welcomed us
into their home. Thanks gang. Also, thank you to Natalie
Hamilton-Hinnemann for continuing to travel to her small group of
dressage riders in the midwest land of no dressage. It has been an awesome
year, looking forward to 2017!
Center Den Goubergh in Roosendaal, the Netherlands, puts the dressage
community in front this week. At the international 3* Grand Prix, Danmark’s
left the Dutch from victory, as he impressed the judges aboard the
12-year-old Selten HW
Hit). The pair scored with all judges, except fellow country judge
Susanne Baarup, the highest score. The Danish combination finished with a
total of 72.900%. Dutch Tommie Visser and Variohippique’s Vingino (by
Polansky) followed as runner-up with 72,120%.
Visser received the best score from Judge Susanne at C and was among
the bests for judges Jeannette Wolfs and Mara De Bel Groenenboom. Gareth
Hughes and Don Carissimo (by Crusador) followed in a third place with a
total of 71.100%.
The top five was completed by Dutch Jeannette Haazen (Dabanos d’O4,
by Abanos) and Caroline Chew (Tribiani, by S. Landtinus Dvh 674) in a
Dahl himself said the following: near Roosendaal, Netherlands ·
Fabulous Selten HW
did it again, we won the GP in Roosendaal. 5 wins in a row now.
He was amazing today. Selten
HW was very focused and it felt easy today, good boy. I love him.
Back on Track sponsor
Olympic Couple Olympic dressage riders Fiona
Bigwood and Anders
Dahl are to be sponsored by Swedish based therapeutic clothing company
Back on Track, the company has announced.
November 26th, 2016:
Reid posted the following: Skywalker
HW and I teaching at the PNW High Performance Masterclass... This
photo makes me laugh.... I know I've said I can't talk without using my
hands but I think Shorts (aka SkyWalker HW) is seriously wondering what
I'm doing. Such a wonderful event! I'm so proud to be a part of this.
Beautiful boys! So grateful to have been apart of the first
Master Class. Thank you for the great shots Corinne McNeely! Thank you
also to the Heidi
Schneller-Cook family for allowing me to ride your beautiful Sotto
Voce' (Sir Niro
HW) this season. Cant' wait to see what Karen
Petty and the amazing team is going to cook up next for our wonderful
November 15th, 2016:
The American Hanoverian Society prints the following article: Selten
HW - Every Breeder’s Dream... and Then Some ...
From first steps baby steps to piaffe steps in front
of the eyes of the world, Selten HW personifies the dream of every
Regular people might like to call me a crazy horse
lady, but if you’re reading this then you probably understand my horse
obsession just fine. This whole journey began when my grandpa put me on
the first pony at the early age of four. I took vaulting lessons until I
was about six-years old and then starting taking dressage lessons. There
was no keeping me out of the barn and away from horses after that point.
Many years later as my daughter’s tenth birthday was approaching, the
only thing she wished for was a horse. At this point we were living in
Florida and all we had was a small cow barn in the backyard. We converted
the cow barn into what grew to be a large six stall horse barn and well...
the rest is history (in the making). Once I made up my mind about breeding
I set out on this breeding journey with the best mares I could find, one
of them a beautiful black mare named SPS High Princess by
Hohenstein/Donnerhall/Bolero. I pieced together all of my memories and
lessons that I learned while spending my youth around horses and started
the process to finding a perfect match for her. A fond horse memory of
mine took place in my hometown in Germany where the Celle stallions would
come year after year to cover the local mares. Seeing these amazing
stallions in person was always an exciting time, and even when I look back
now, I can still remember some of them because their names made history
and are still associated with great lineages today. Memories such as this
play a large part in my knowledge of bloodlines and my hard to satisfy
taste in good horses. After many days and nights of nonstop searching, I
finally found a match and a few months later, we welcomed just one of the
many very successful foals that were born at the HW Farm in Florida. He
was a pitch black colt by Sandro
Hit, out of an overall 9 Hanoverian mare
by Hohenstein/Donnerhall, who would soon start making a name for himself
and leaving a mark wherever he went. It was clear from the beginning that
Selten HW was a stunner, so I contacted Hilltop Farms when he was a
yearling to see if they would be interested in working with him. Although
they only take in young colts from their own stallions, I was able to
convince them that I had something special on my hands and they agreed to
at least look at a video of our boy.
Selten HW (a Sandro Hit son, bred and owned by HW
Farm), winning his classes at Devon with a whopping 85.6% in 2006
Selten HW with rider Elizabeth
Ball, won three years of Young Horse Championships in a row!
Winning the Young Horse Championship for the third
year in a row in 2010.
Upon review of the video I sent them,
Scott Hassler changed his mind and an exception was made. Scott said “his
movement was stellar and that you could barely hear him touch the ground.”
Shortly after, Selten HW moved to Hilltop Farms. During his first show at
the prestigious Devon competition as a two year-old, Selten HW won the
title of Reserve Grand Champion of Dressage at Devon, the USDF Breeders
Champion Award for Colts and Geldings, the Champion Two-Year-Old Class,
Best Born in the USA and High Point Hanoverian. Following his success at
Devon, and in the loving and trusting hands of Michael
Bragdell, Selten HW
was started under saddle, where he was taken out on trail rides, over
jumps, and more. Their strong bond and loving relationship was obvious to
everyone that saw them. At the age of three, Selten HW was named Oldenburg
Champion Stallion, and sold to the Pan American rider Elizabeth
where he began his incredible international journey. He went on to win the
“Triple Crown” being the only horse in history to win the Young Horse
Championships from age four through age six, once under Michael
and twice with his owner/rider, Elizabeth
Ball. Selten HW continued to
break records and set himself apart from the competition during the Elite
Auction in the Netherlands. Selten HW broke the price record at the Elite
Auction by selling for 500,000 Euro to Anders
Dahl, a Denmark Olympic team
member and Fiona
Bigwood, a U.K. Olympic team member. Selten HW was
undefeated in 2014 with scores up in the 80s. In Spain he won four out of
four classes and during his debut at Intermediare I. He received
spectacular comments from the judges in Spain, that included, “New star
on the horizon, what a remarkable horse.” He continued his victories
with Anders in the saddle in the U.K. and by the end of the year he
competed against the undefeated, famous Woodlander Farouche, where he
earned the Horse of The Year Champion title, to which Anders Dahl
“He’s the best horse I’ve ever sat on, with so much power and
capacity, he can do everything!”
Selten HW and Anders
Dahl in 2014, internationally undefeated!
Selten HW 2014 Horse Of The Year, winning the Battle
of the Titans
A judge’s comment on one of Selten HW’s Prix St.
Georges tests in 2014 in which he was awarded an incredible TWENTY-FIVE 9’s
from the three judges!
When I reflect back on my journey and
think about how it all started, I am always in awe. There are now HW
horses all over the world that are doing great things and being extremely
successful with their owners. Lots of positive thinking, hard work, and
support from my family and friends got me through the rollercoaster of the
breeding and horse world but their continued success is what brings me so
much pride and happiness on a daily basis. When I found out that Anders
Dahl and Selten HW qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de
Janeiro, it was just another one of those “OMG, did I really have a part
in this amazingness!?” moment for me. I sat glued to the television each
day to watch the pair compete in Rio and it was just spectacular to see
them both working together and being such a great team. Just back from the
Olympics, Selten HW continued his winning streak and won two consecutive
Grand Prix Internationales in the Superflex Big Tour, Grande Semaine de
Saumur, France. He just keeps the victories coming! Once you get past the
stress and logistics of it all, there is nothing more rewarding about
being a breeder than being able to sit back and watch all of these
superstars in action. There is not a single day that goes by that I don’t
get a progress report from at least one happy horse parent about how great
their HW horse did during their training session that day or how well they
competed at a show. Its things like hearing about all of the great
accomplishments that each and every HW horse makes that has made my
journey just so much more fun and rewarding. I can’t wait to see what
the future brings! To learn more about HW Farm visit www.HWfarm.com
Newsflash November 14th, 2016:
Rush and FineStep
HW win reserve champions at third level!! Huge congratulations, what a
success! Quote out of the article: "Lisa Rush of Dell Rapids, S.D.
(Region 4) also traveled a long way to the Finals and was rewarded with
Reserve Championship honors with her seven-year-old Westfalen gelding
Finestep HW (Florenciano x Merana by Medici) on a score of 67.393%. “My
horse was also fresh today, but all in all he did everything I asked him
to do,” noted Rush, who added that she and her daughter trailered her
mount 17 hours to Kentucky in order to participate in the Finals for the
first time. “Three years ago I purchased him sight unseen off the
internet and imported him. It was quite a leap of faith, and at first you
think, ‘what have I done?’ But he’s been fantastic and it’s turned
out really well.” http://preview.usdf.org/press/news/view-news.asp?news=831
November 5th, 2016:
That's too sweet, FürstenHit
HW is undefeated in the model classes and doing real well in real life
too, just got a lovely update, his owner is very happy with him. Always
makes my day!
10th in the Nation ( out of 129!!!). MFS 3rd level !! So proud of this boy
this year!!! We had a super MFS , thank you Debbie for creating another
wonderful MFS for me , it was so much fun to ride to !!! Thank you to
Karen who owns this great horse and for all her support !! Huge thanks to
Irene from Horses Worldwide who sold us this super horse !!! Your horses
are amazing !!
# 1 4th level, American Rhineland stud book Thank you to Karen for letting
me train and ride this wonderful horse. Thank you to Irene at Horses
Worldwide for breeding and selling us this super horse!!
Thank you Irene
Hoeflich-Wiederhold for selling me this wonderful young horse. He has
become my true partner and we are loving our journey together. Thank you William
Solyntjes for letting me camp out at your place and take such
wonderful lessons. Thank you Natalie
Hamilton-Hinnemann and Lauren
Smith for the lessons here in South Dakota over the past few years.
The journey seemed like it just began and am looking forward to the years
October 20th, 2016:
Ben (Bentley HW)
won the USDF first level AA region 7 championship this year. What is even
better is that he absolutely loves going to the show!
Selten HW and Anders
Dahl, in their first competition since riding on Denmark’s team at
the Olympic Games, won the CDI3* Grand Prix Friday, the first victory and
a personal best score since their Big Tour debut, only 6 months ago. The
next day, they were able to repeat their victory, with another 71.608
overall, making it TWO international GP victories in one swoop. Anders
Dahl and Fiona
Bigwood, huge congratulations to you and the whole team, for
everything you all do. What an amazing journey, so VERY happy to see and
follow this every single day and time out. Selten
HW was bred by Irene
Hoeflich-Wiederhold, in Florida, USA.
September 25th, 2016:
Congrats team LTF! Duke HW is the 2016 Open BN Eventing Champion for
Area VI. Quite an impressive round on the xc, so much so, he got a few
time penalties for going too fast. This one has scope and speed!
Alves posted: So thankful to Heather
Calder Marchman for the opportunity to ride the talented Duke
HW. He's so eager to do his job and is really learning how fun it is.
Thank you Connie
Arthur for the time you invest in me. You have so much horse and world
knowledge. I'm very grateful to have you as my mentor. You have changed my
life in so many ways.
Great news from Canada again! Congratulations, love these updates, sold
sight unseen too:
Manager posted the following, Dr. Shireen Naidoo and I are extremely
happy with Romeo (First
Romance HW). He is a joy to ride. He was just awarded 2nd level open
MB provincial champ this past weekend!!! love him!!!
September 17th, 2016:
Congratulations to Festival
HW, Donna and Karen as well to all others, well done!
What a day we had today. I am so tired and will post the rest of the
results tomorrow but it was MFS day for Don Tiago and Festival HW , and
they did not disappoint !! Don Tiago 1st place at First level MFS region
one champs !!! Festival HW 3rd place Region one 3rd level MFS !!!
All my students also did super and swept the AA divisions in the MFS
Festival HW’s owner, Karen
Kerchner Baillie added the following: Day 2 of Regionals super
showings. Can't watch my Festival HWs Musical Freestyle too many times -
such beauty in this pair
September 14th, 2016:
First victory for Ferdinand
HW, judges comment was "impressive horse" - congratulations
to owner Catherine
Teifer and his rider Jessi, he was purchased sight unseen quite
recently. Jessie Myers says: It was a busy show and I was really proud of
how he handled the environment! We are forming a great partnership. I
really enjoyed riding him in the Jan Ebeling clinic as well.
September 12th, 2016:
Congratulations to FineStep
HW and his mommy Lisa
Rush, she posted: Really proud of Fin for finishing our 3rd Level
Championship and the Reserve Champion! Fin was a rock star again today, so
proud of this young man!
September 1st, 2016:
Calder Marchman posted: Can't wait to take a ride around a course on
this badass horse whose new stable name is "The Flying Squirrel”!
For me, the planets don’t align; signs don’t manifest to guide
me; and I definitely don’t believe in love at first sight. That being
said, read the following testimonial and know that I am a changed girl!
Sign #1 - I opened Facebook at an odd time of day for me and Forbes
HW was at the very top of my news feed. Sign #2 - I did something I
never do unless I am actively looking for a horse, I watched the video.
Sign #3 - I did yet another thing I never do, I commented on how this
special horse was exactly my type.
With that comment, the planetary alignment began. Irene Wiederhold of
HWfarm, who is a long time friend of mine, promptly texted me to ask if
I was serious. Suddenly, I was. Within just a few days, I had committed
to purchase Forbes
HW. The entire process was a breeze. If there was a
question, Irene was on it. I had pictures, contracts, x-rays, blood
work, and shipping information all within minutes of any discussion.
Then, a hiccup. An unfortunate set of circumstances forced me to call
Irene to request that Forbes HW stay in Germany a bit longer. Again,
with efficiency akin to no other, Irene organized his stay in Germany
and his new shipping date. All the while, I received updates that were
unsolicited by me (although I wanted them, I didn’t want to be a
pest). It was just a kindness from Irene.
Finally, Forbes HW was on a plane. Lucky for me, I live in Florida. I
was able to have him shipped to Miami (planets re-aligning here...we
were worried it was getting too hot, but we had a little cold snap), and
I got to pick him up right out of quarantine.
It was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. He marched bravely out of quarantine and
stepped right on to my trailer.
Clooney HW - 2012 Westphalian gelding
by Christ available from HWfarm. Click photo for more information
Since his arrival, Forbes HW has been a rock star. He is everything
he was promised to be and then some. Lovely gaits...check! Beautiful
conformation...check! Comfortable to sit...check! Wonderfully
started...check! A gentleman in the barn...check! I am looking forward
to further developing my relationship with this wonderful horse.
Hopefully, he will follow in the footsteps of his amazing heritage. I
could easily write 50 more pages gushing about my new boy. I’ll
probably be able to write 100 pages a year from now! Bottom line, Irene
knows her horses and provides exemplary customer service. Looking for a
horse? HWfarm has
a very well deserved positive reputation with plenty of success stories.
Start here...you may very well end here.
August 11th, 2016:
Selten HW made
it, his first year at GP and at the Olympics 2016, in Rio, Selten
HW is now, after yesterdays performance, in the worlds top 31 horses -
congratulations to the married couple Anders
Dahl (rides for Denmark) and Fiona
Bigwood (rides for GBR), Selten
HW’s owners. Well done!!! Fiona
herself has her mare Orthilia also in the top 31, what a success, unreal,
so very proud of them all.
Dahl posted: We now have the start list for tomorrow's GPS. I can't
wait to get in the arena again, we are at the moment 6th as a team but
hopefully we can improve it tomorrow.
Did you know there is an American-bred horse in the 2016 Olympic
dressage competition? This is the former USEF Young Horse champion Selten
HW (by Sandro
Hit), who is competing for Denmark with rider Anders
· Olympic Dressage starts this morning and we have to admit we're
especially rooting for one particular horse - Selten
HW! For those of you who may not remember, Selten
was bred here in the US by Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold. Selten grew up
here at Hilltop Farm and as a 2-year old was Reserve Grand Champion of
Dressage at Devon. Michael
Bragdell started Selten
HW undersaddle and Beth
Ball purchased Selten
HW late in his 3-year old year. Michael began showing him in 2008
and they won the US 4-Year Old Young Horse Championships and the Young
Horse classes at Devon. The following spring Michael
qualified Selten HW
for the 5-Year Olds and then Beth
took over the ride. She brilliantly won the 5-Year Old Championships and
the 6-Year Old Championships the following year. The first horse to win
the Young Horse Triple Crown in the US!
was exported to Europe and he's found a perfect match with Anders
Dahl. Together they've won small tour CDI competitions at Hickstead,
Hartpury, and Barcelona. In just their first year in CDI Grand Prix's
they've qualified to represent Denmark at the Olympics and later today,
they'll head down the centerline in Rio.
This is the fairytale all breeders dream of. So while we are cheering
for Team USA and our riders, we're also cheering especially loudly for Selten
and Irene! #usbred #twohearts
felt very good today, he just had a very easy day with walk and a light
trot and canter. It is amazing out here!
HWfarm's U.S. Bred Selten HW Makes Olympic Journey to
August 2nd, 2016:
HWfarm - where the Olympics meet happy customers!
Selten HW, bred by
Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold of
HWfarm is American bred and raised and now he
is proudly qualified for the Rio Olympic Games! Selten HW started out his
huge career, at just 2-years-old, at the prestigious Dressage at Devon
show winning the titles of Reserve Grand Champion of Dressage at Devon,
the USDF Breeders Champion award for colts and geldings, Champion of the
2-year-old class, best Born in the USA and High Point Hanoverian!
Selten HW, bred by HWfarm, is headed to
the Rio Olympic Games with Anders Dahl representing Denmark. (Photo: Rui
At just 3-years-old, he was named Oldenburg Champion stallion. From
there Selten HW sold to Pan Am rider Elizabeth Ball where he got the start
on his huge journey and to get prepared for his international future.
Selten HW began an historic achievement in 2008 by winning the 4-year-old
Young Horse Championships with Michael Bragdell in the saddle and then
wrapped up the Triple Crown accomplishment after winning both the 5 and
6-year-old Young Horse Championships (2009/2010), with his owner/rider,
Elizabeth Ball in the saddle.
Selten HW and Anders Dahl (Photo: Rui
The only horse in the history and up to today, who won it 3 times in a
row, an unmatched series of victories then and he kept them coming.
He was sold for Euro 500,000, being the highest price horse up to day,
at the Elite Auction in the Netherlands, luckily being purchased by no
other, than his current rider Anders Dahl (Danish Olympic team member),
husband of Fiona Bigwood (Olympic team member UK). With his new partner,
Selten HW was undefeated in 2014 with scores even up in the 80’s in
Spain. At their debut at Intermediare-I, Selten HW went undefeated,
winning 4 out of 4 classes, with spectacular comments from the judges in
Spain including: "New star on the horizon", "what a
horse", "remarkable horse" and so on.
He continued his victories in the UK and by the end of the year,
competed against Woodlander Farouche and earned the title Horse Of The
HWfarms Selten HW performing with rider
Andres Dahl (Photo: Rui Pedro Godinho)
Wow - you think that would be phenomenal already, Anders Dahl says: “He’s
the best horse I’ve ever sat on, with so much power and capacity, he can
Yes, well said Anders! Now, in 2016, the pair is qualified to go to the
Rio Olympics, what a milestone. We wish them all the best, can’t wait
what the future will hold!!!
In addition to have bred this sensational, international wonder horse,
HWfarm continues to have happy customers and to sell horses worldwide.
Here is one of the many success stories, that can be found under
testimonials on www.HWfarm.com - just one of many, enjoy and get in
contact with www.HWfarm.com to secure your next super horse!
Here are some of the many news articles and impressions:
July 13th, 2016:
Duke HW - His
Calder Marchman posted:...I tag Debbie Dasker, professional horse
photographer extraordinaire! She took this one of Duke and Tracy last
weekend at Lone Tree Farm's Hunter Pace
He was purchased from us, sight unseen in 2011, as a 3 year old
promising youngster, time sure flies, but quality horses last.
June 27th, 2016:
The things that make my day! What a win/win for everybody and more
victories for www.HWfarm.com
horses - congratulations to all and thank you so much for working with
me, what a delight.
Calder Marchman posted this about her Duke
Hoeflich-Wiederhold, your boy won his eventing division by several points,
finishing on his dressage score of 21 (79%)!!! He's clearly a super
athlete like the rest of your horses. We are very excited about this boy's
For the Danish Olympic short listed riders the 2016 CDIO Aachen will be
the showdown to decide who earns the fourth spot on their Rio Team. The
Danish Equestrian Federation has now announced the team that will contest
the Nations' Cup in Aachen.
Danish team trainer Rudolf Zeilinger and team captain Kimi Nielsen have
agreed on the team that will represent Denmark in Aachen, which will be
the final selection and observation trial for the Danish riders.
Cathrine Dufour, Agnete Kirk Thinggaard, Daniel Bachmann and Anders
Dahl (with Selten
HW)will be competing in the CDIO Nations' Cup tour, while Mikala Münter
Gundersen (My Lady) will need to prove her worth in the CDI 4* tour.
Anna Kasprzak and her 17-year old Donnperignon will not be competing in
Aachen. As fixed members of the Danish team since 2012 they have secured
their spot and are given a bye from competing in Aachen.
The Danish Olympic team will be announced on 17 July 2016.
2016 Danish Dressage Championships - Danish Olympic team selection
The 2016 Danish Championships were an important Danish Olympic team
selection trial and while the top three is crystal clear the battle for
the fourth spot is still wide open and the Danes will clash in Aachen for
that final Olympic team spot. Team trainer Rudolf Zeilinger was in Broholm
to witness the action in the lead-up to the 2016 Rio Games. "This was
a very, very high level and beautiful riding, that we have witnessed here
at the Danish Championships. I'm very happy and it looks like we'll have a
good Olympics," said Zeilinger. Based on the rides in Broholm hot
contestants for the fourth spot are Daniel Bachmann (Hotline), Rikke Svane
Dahl (Selten HW),
and Mikala Gundersen (My Lady). Mai Tofte Olesen and Rustique certainly
rode themselves in the picture but have not yet achieved the international
MES and can not be included on the Danish Olympic long list. Ander Dahl
and Selten HW put in strong rides in the first two rounds, but withdrew
for the freestyle in Broholm as the horse sustained a small cut to his
frontleg when he spooked walking to the stable after the Special. The pair
will be competing in Aachen for that fourth team spot.
Catherine says: I got 3rd place in my first ever CDI PSG today! Had a
mistake in the 3s that was expensive and I had no ability to shorten or
move his back-- tense pony. Shortaroo spooked for the first time in his
life. lol Score: 65.6% Pretty happy, overall
And here, what a delight, FULL SIBLINGS at the same show in Canada!
lives in the US, Sydney HW (aka Shakira
HW) lives in Canada - they are full siblings to the world famous Selten
HW, who lives in the UK and make head lines themselves - how amazing
Very proud to have bred these horses and witnessed their birth
right, at our farm in Florida, they for sure are worldwide successful, it’s
not bragging, if you can do it.
Sydney HW (aka Shakira
HW)- red means victory in Canada - won all of her 3 classes, she was a
broodmare until quite recently, what an accomplishment to start out like
that at a big show, with heavy competition. Sydney HW (aka Shakira
HW)is owned by Sheryl
In a message…she also said these nice words, always good to hear: Hi
Irene! I wanted to let you know how much we LOVE Blackie (aka Sir
Niro HW)!! He has won almost every class he has entered! He is the
most AMAZING young horse I have EVER owned!!! Thank you for helping us
purchase and import such a amazing horse!! I wanted you to know how happy
we are with Blackie (aka Sir
Niro HW)!! Wishing you a Happy Belated Anniversary!! Sending you a air
June 4th, 2016:
Huge congratulations to SkyHit
HW and his mommy, she had purchased him as a 3 year old stallion,
sight unseen and keeps adding to his many victories and ribbons. SkyHit
won both of his classes today at 3-3 with 69 and 70% at Flintridge
Buchanan says: This is one special horse...he's just won upper level
high point AA at Flintridge La Canada in California...he's been a blast!
May 29th, 2016:
Congratulations to Lisa
Rush and FineStep
HW, she posted: Fine Step did a great job in his first 3-1 class with
a 68.3. Very proud of him!
May 28th, 2016:
Sir Niro HW
(Sotto Voce) “spring earnings" in 2016, huge congratulations to Heidi
Schneller-Cook and Jennifer
Schrader-Williams for all the outings, training and superb care. Well
done, super proud of all your accomplishments and always love to see the
posts and feel the love he's surrounded with.
May 22nd, 2016:
Despite the rain, Donna
Gatchell and Festival
HW came out to dance and it was a joy watching them perform! Pictures
from the day, winning 4th -3 with a 71%!
Congratulations to Selten
HW and Anders
Dahl, to their huge success. It was only their 2nd outing at GP and
the class had a big field of high quality horses and riders, 45 from all
over the world competed in it. The article says the appealing black
gelding is very elegant and light footed.
SAUMUR, France, May 1, 2016–Fiona Bigwood and Orthilia maintained
their 2016 winning streak by claiming victory with a personal best score
in the CDI3* Grand Prix Special Sunday while her husband Anders Dahl kept
it in the family by placing second on Selten HW.
Fiona and Atterupgaards Orthilia scored 79.196 per cent in the fourth
straight win in four starts so far this year and easily surpassing their
previous high Special result of 76.255 per cent posted three weeks agpo.
The score for Fiona and the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare came after
notching a Grand Prix personal best two days ago. Barring anything
unforeseen, the results assure the pair a place on Great Britain’s team
for the Olympics in August alongside Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro and
Carl Hester on Nip Tuck.
The pair began Big Tour a year ago and were on Britain’s European
Championship silver medal team last year.
Anders Dahl, Fiona’s husband who rides for Denmark and lives in
England with their three children, was second on Selten HW with a score of
73.431 per cent.
Selten HW was sold by Californian
Elizabeth Ball in October 2012 after
she trained and competed the horse to an historic triple crown by winning
the United States four-year-old title in 2008, five-year-old victor in
2009 and the six-year-old championship in 2010.
Anders capped a successful Small Tour career by winning the 2014
Dressage Future Elite Championship at Britain’s Horse of the Year show.
Belgium’s Jorinde Verwimp on Tiamo were third on 69.706 per cent.
Jorinde and the 16-year-old KWPN were partners through European Junior,
Young Rider and senior championships in the past five years.
May 3rd, 2016:
Selten HW had
a phenomenal weekend, showing the very first time at Grand Prix Special,
Eurodressage printed the following article:
Dahl posted: On the way home after a fantastic show in Saumur. Selten
HW competed in his first International Grand Prix and Special. In the
Grand Prix due to my warm up plan it didn't go so well and affected the
test resulting in some mistakes but still gave us a score of 69.2% and 4th
place from 42 starters. After analyzing everything I had a rethink and
approached Selten's warm up for the Special differently. It worked and I'm
super happy with him and we achieved 73.4% and 2nd place behind Fiona
Bigwood and Atterupgaards Orthilia who scored a dream score of 79.1%
I'm really looking forward to the future with Selten HW.
Schneller-Cook says: Hi Irene! I want to tell you Thank you for such
a AMAZING young horse!! We love him so much!! He competes this weekend
again and we are excited to see how he performs!! Have a great day!!!
Thank you again for posting it.
Kerchner Baillie posted: Donna and Ulf you did a fabulous job with Festival
HW these 3 days; so cool to see my boy's progress. Great fun to
watch all these horses show their talents with Ulf coaching their
HWfarm Horses Keep Breaking Records and Collecting
Victories World Wide!
HWfarm is a name synonymous with quality and in the tradition of
classic German breeding practice, HWfarm's horses continue to excel in
modern equine sport world wide. International victories keep coming from
Selten HW (bred by
Hoeflich-Wiederhold), he was out and about to win his first time out
at Intermediare I, as well as his first outing in Grand Prix in the UK. Selten
HW’s Grand Pix debut with a 75.05% was a big attraction and Linda
Whetstone, judging on the three quarter line, commented “The horse's
expression, paces and way of going are of star quality.” and Sally
Merrison added “It’s a privilege to judge them and the partnership
between horse and rider is lovely to see”! Anders
Dahl and his partner keep dancing their way to victory and Anders
reports that Selten HW
is probably the best horse he has ever had and ridden. The pair has
become quite an amazing team and are definitely a team to watch as they
continue to dominate on the European Dressage circuit.
Here in the States, Selten
HW’s younger full brother SkyWalker
HW, also bred by Irene, has made his way up the levels as well, now
the proud owner of an Intermediare I Championship title, with his owner Catherine
Reid, scoring as high as 72.7%! At the Golden State Dressage
Festival in California, the High Point of the entire show, a 82.2%, went
to Sir Niro HW,
aka Sotto Voce, with Jennifer
Schrader-Williams in the saddle. The pair also won the FEI
5-year-old class, with a score of 8.2, making owner Heidi
Schneller-Cook very proud, she says "He is a Diamond! One very
special horse! Thank you Irene!!". There were other www.HWfarm.com
horses as well and they did fantastic, winning their classes, collecting
ribbons, scoring beautifully. ShowMaster
HW, aka Sueño Hit, won both Developing Prix St Georges classes
scoring over 70%, owned by Rachel
Saavedra Dressage. El
Capitano HW, now known as Elysian or Ely, placed 3rd at FEI Prix St
Georges and 5th at his first outing in the FEI Intermediate I, owned by Tracey
Lert and Sugarland
HW, winning two 4th level classes and placing 4th at Developing Prix
St Georges, owned by Lynn Welge.
Regularly updated show results and more info can be found on several
pages of the News
Flash section at www.HWfarm.com.
You can also find several pages of Testimonials
from owners and trainers that are thrilled with their partners purchased
A 5 star review of HWfarm was given by Carol
McPhee, her Fendi
HW won both of his classes, first time out, shortly after import and
she wrote: "5 stars for Irene and her team in Germany. They deserve
the highest regards to their breeding, raising, training and selling
amazing horses. Purchasing a horse of their value sight unseen was a bit
skeptical but once the process started I was immediately at ease. Irene
provided complete medical records for my vet to review and history of Fendi
HW to allow me to make the best decision ever to purchase him. Irene
kept me up to date on his complete travels from Germany into the US. She
has continued to keep in contact with me and Fendi
HW and has been there for me 24/7, literally, to answer any
questions I have had. Fendi
HW is everything and more than they advertised. His elegance and
fanciness is a product of such professional and successful training from
Irene's team in Germany. I will not hesitate to make my 2nd purchase
from HW Farm and highly recommend anyone that wants the full package
(select bloodlines, elegant correct confirmations, sane well-mannered
dispositions, and stellar training) to purchase one of their beautiful
horses sight unseen. Keep up the great work Irene and thank you for Fendi
HW. He is loved to eternity and back."
More and more HW horses are present in the US and all over the world.
Smith just welcomed her 3rd HW horse, Lord
Lennox HW and he is a welcomed addition to the wonderful Damon’s
Design HW and Hudson
HW! They winter in Florida right now and she reports, the horses are
her true loves and they make all her dreams come true.
There are too many HW horses, victories and ribbons to count and name
them all - right now, but another great impression came from Fifty
Shades HW, competing successfully at 4th level, also known as
Finley, who is wonderfully ridden by Janine
Little, owned by Shawneen
Jacobs, scoring 9’s and 10’s already. Festival
HW, loved by Donna
Gatchell and his owner Karen
Kerchner Baillie, is already successfully competing at 4th level and
continues to collect an amazing amount of ribbons again, and like every
show, year after year, more victories, championships and more. They
write "HW horses are the best and thank you for this wonderful
Dr. Amanda Apesos says, "Bentley
HW won the USDF Region 7 Training level Adult Amateur championship
class and he is the horse of her lifetime". This is what www.HWfarm.com
stands for - happy horses, happy customers! Success all around, due to
very careful selections and breeding, consequent handling, training and
hard work, over many years of raising and bringing these kids along for
their new mommies and daddies.
Here is a photo of my most recent original painting based off of a
beautiful Westphalian gelding. This portrait measures 12" x
15.5" and is available for purchase.
April 12th, 2016:
Wow, beautiful, Rachel keeps adding to her ever long list of
successes and super scores! Check out these really impressive and
continuously awesome results. Huge congratulations to ShowMaster
HW, aka Sueño Hit, winning both Developing PSG classes, with
70.147% and 70.980% this weekend - but check out the whole history……well
done, congratulations to Rachel
(right) 69.6% 1st place and Elfe (left) 69.4% 2nd place . Both
competing 4th level for the first time !! So proud !!
WOW, check this out. HUGE congratulations to Donna
Gatchell and Karen
Kerchner Baillie, victory at 4th level, at first time out - love it,
well done, what a super team. VERY proud of you, thank you so much for
always tagging me and keeping us updated here at www.HWfarm.com
- amazingly done
April 10th, 2016:
Golden State Dressage
Festival High Point of the entire show, a 82.2%, goes to the
Schrader-Williams with Sir
Niro HW (aka Sotto Voce). Not only did they score an 8.2 to win the
FEI 5 yr old class, they won their other classes with ease and made us
super proud. WELL done, very happy to see this, always on top.
There were other www.HWfarm.com
horses as well and they did fantastic, winning their classes, scoring
Comments from the judge include: Unbelievable, BIG talent, good
future. Gotta love it, so proud to have raised this baby in Germany from
weanling age on, good bloodlines, upbringing, training and more, just
Impressive to see how SkyHit
developed, purchased from us as a 3 year old just under saddle, sight
unseen - now winning all of his 3rd level classes and he’s ready for
4th. Huge congratulations to Anne
Buchanan, well done, thank you for trusting us and bringing this boy
along so wonderfully. Another win/win - so thankful!
Schneller-Cook posted - He is a Diamond! One very special horse!
Thank you Irene!! - Thank you Jen!! You are doing a amazing job with
this lovely young boy.
March 2nd, 2016:
Reid and SkyWalker
HW (aka Shortaroo) keep on collecting the ribbons, now at
Intermediare I, how amazing. Congratulations to this super team and
partnership. Here is what she posted:
Woot! Look what we got! USDF AHS All Breeds award for Intermediare 1
4th in the USA!!
February 27th, 2016:
Finley aka FiftyShades
HW, strutting his stuff in Wellington, Florida with Janine
Little Looking great! Janine wrote: Another positive show day,
Finley did his first Fourth Level test ending with over 68% and we had
quite a few greenie bobbles so very cool to know that there is much much
room to improve on that score still.
February 25th, 2016:
Little posts: Finley aka FiftyShades
HW, was a good boy today just over 69% and a first place with his
rider feeling rather sub-par, thanks for covering my ass today Finners!
February 19th, 2016:
Congratulations to this successful team! More ribbons and success for
Little and Shawneen
Jacobs’s Finley (aka FiftyShades
HW), saved the best for last, 73.7%, his first time out in Third
Level Test 3, not too shabby for a young man!!
Today I received a picture of all of Festival HW's ribbons that are
hanging proudly in his owners house !!!
I feel blessed to have ridden this horse this past year, he is truly
amazing ! Huge thanks to karen and Fred, the owners of this horse for
all their support And a huge thanks to Irene from HW horses who we
brought this horse from. Her horses are super !!
I must also thank Charlene Blundell from custom Saddlery who provide
me with a great saddle !!!
Festival HW. On his way to winning the BLMS 2nd level MFS
Lovely Virginia Dressage Assoc. State level Year End Awards Banquet
in Charlottesville today.Tons of top ribbons won by Donna Gatchell's
horses and clients! We are holding all the ribbons won by Donnas
clients; including those who couldn't join us today Donna is Virginia
Dressage Assoc Trainer of the Year once more!! Congratulations to all !!
It's heartwarming to know how much loved and adored our horses are,
not only is he the full brother to worldwide known and successful Selten
HW (bred by me too), but also the life partner for this beautiful
Many years of love and training, from baby age on, many ribbons,
victories and champion-titles, including Intermediare-1 Open CHAMPION,
2015 and many, many more. LOVE my job, horses, friends, customers - in
no particular order - just LOVE it!
Our DGD group at recent Year End Awards for our Dressage Chapter. All
DGD students did so well this year! I'm holding lovely wool embroidered
Quarter Sheet won by Festival
HW and Donna Gatchell for High Score Musical Freestyle. Fun night
Here are my horse Festival HW and our Dressage trainer Donna
Gatchell's top ribbons for the 2015 Show Season with Irene
Hoeflich-Wiederhold. We've yet to collect 2015 Year End Awards so an
updated display coming mid February. Donna campaigned Festival
HW at 2nd ( including 2nd level Musical Freestyle) as well as 3rd
Levels this year and they sparkled at both levels! I couldn't be more
proud of them and their hard work! Festival
HW has made such amazing progress with Donnas training this past
year- onward to 2016!!
January 4th, 2016:
Hi Irene, Ben (Bentley
HW) has become a highlight of my life. I enjoy every day with him.
We have been frequently riding the trails through the redwoods around
Woodside, California with my friends that compete in endurance. Ben has
the power to blow right past all of them galloping up the hills!
Attached is a video of us working cattle.
He is particularly good at holding the cattle, as he is very
sensitive to their subtle movements. Ben has learned to read the cattle
better than I do.
And oh, by the way, his third time down centerline was at the
regional championships and we won the USDF Region 7 training level adult
amateur championship class. We were coached at the show by Francis
Verbeek, who is very excited to be teaching me on such a talented horse.
Attached are a few pictures.
Thanks for placing me with Ben. He is the horse of my lifetime. With
Sincerity, Dr. Amanda Apesos, DC Equine Chiropractor
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left for reviews of previous years,