Marcus Ehning's former super star Sabrina was retired from the sport in May last year, and we were curious about how she enjoys her retirement and if we can expect to see a Sabrina-foal in 2016 – so we gave Sabrina's owner Judith Gölkel a call.
Did Sabrina get in foal with Comme il faut as you hoped for?
"Sabrina was indeed in foal with Comme il faut, but when we did the 30-days check the pregnancy didn't look so good and when we re-checked her one week later it was not there anymore. The next time when Sabrina was in season, Comme il faut and Plot Blue were competing in Falsterbo and Cornado NRW was still injured, so we got a bit of a panic. I contacted the Holsteiner Verband to see if they could recommend a stallion and we ended up with Casall Ask. Casall is only available for Holsteiner mares, but you can apply with other mares and depending on results and other elements they can accept them. They did accept Sabrina so it was quick to just pick up the semen and she got in foal straight away."
When can we expect the new little superstar?
"I must admit that I haven't checked her lately, but she looks to be in-foal. She seems really happy and totally looks like a broodmare; very relaxed and she seems to enjoy her retirement. The due date is the 18th of June, so she is going to my mum's yard in Holstein to have her foal up there. We will check her in the next weeks and if she still is with foal she will leave Ehning's yard at the end of February or the beginning of March."
What are your general thoughts about Casall Ask?
"I really like Casall. I have used him before on my Holsteiner mares and the offspring are beautiful, often careful and many have good instincts. They are really good horses to have. But this is Sabrina's first foal and we have no idea what she will give. Some mediocre mares produce incredible offspring and some superstars leave mediocre foals, so you never know. I do not know her mother's side of the family, so it is hard to predict with any confidence what Sabrina will produce. We will be waiting with a lot of anticipation!"
Text and photo © World of Showjumping by Jenny Abrahamsson.
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