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2016 End-of-year-review: WOW! Just WOW!  
As 2016 is about to fade into history, we would like to take a moment and, together with our star sire SOLDIER HOLLOW, look back at the past twelve months, which have been quite extraordinary and will probably forever change the story of our breeding operation.

2016 was truly an outstanding year for Soldier Hollow! After his first crop, still small in numbers, hit the track in 2011, the offspring of the In The Wings-son managed to catapult him to the top of the German sire stats within only four seasons and gift Soldier Hollow with the first champion sire title of his still young career as a sire in 2016. Yes, Soldier Hollow is Germany’s most successful sire 2016! 70 runners sired by him earned a total of €1.3 Mio. nationally, while 81 runners earned more than €1.5 Mio. internationally.

OUR IVANHOWE’s victory in the Gr.1 Doomden Cup Down Under … SERIENHOLDE’s domineering success in the Gr.1 German Oaks … DSCHINGIS SECRET’s and WAI KEY STAR’s respective third and fourth place in the Gr.1 German Derby … the breathtaking finish between the two Soldier Hollow-fillies WELL SPOKEN and PEMINA in the Gr.3 championship race for 2yo fillies … DSCHINGIS SECRET losing his opponents in the Gr.3 St. Leger Italiano … SILSOL’s Gr.2 win over British hurdles … SON MACIA’s Gr.3 win in Hanover … and last but not least the thrilling victory of Soldier Hollow’s first granddaughter, NEPAL in the Gr.3 Italian Oaks, which granted him a dream start into a dam sire career that was reflected in the top-selling Sworn Sold at the fall ARQANA.

These are but a few of the success stories representing a year in which one great news seemed to top the previous and taking the crown as champion sire not only marks the temporary highlight of our stallion’s remarkable career but leaves no more disputes over his tremendous value for German thoroughbred breeding. The versatility and precociousness of Soldier Hollow’s progeny simply must impress as his offspring win literally over all distances and even put an impressive talent for jumping at display. His two-year-olds in particular left a lasting impression this year, showing off more than obvious early mental and physical maturity. In WELL SPOKEN and DIA DEL SOL are no less than the reigning 2yo champion filly and the highest ranked 2yo colt on the list of our sire’s progeny. He has all reason to be proud of his legacy that is really just starting to unfold.

We, too, are proud, namely of the overall success of our still young breeding operation. Ranking fifth in the breeders’ statistics is a great result for us! Some of Soldier Hollow’s top offspring were bred in Park Wiedingen, among them Dschingis Secret, Wai Key Star and the top mare NYMERIA that has recently taken up mother duties in France. Aside from everything Soldier Hollow, we were lucky enough to celebrate some very nice wins, the uncontested highlight being DEVASTAR’s victory in the Gr.3 Preis der dt. Einheit in Berlin.

We bow down before a great year 2016, a year that has been very good to us. And we are very grateful to each and everyone, who has lent their support to our stallion and our stud farm, particularly those, who have put their good faith in Soldier Hollow during his first years and thus made this incredibly success possible. One of the renowned British horse racing magazines, the International Thoroughbred, attested Soldier Hollow in their 2016 February edition "the potential to become a major international sire." Who knows ;-). 
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