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21.12.2017 
 
Season Greetings From The Heathland 
At Park Wiedingen, we watch 2017 drawing slowly to a close and we look back at the past 12 months which gifted us with many moments that were both wonderful and important for our small breeding operation. Following his championship in 2016, our outstanding sire SOLDIER HOLLOW enjoyed a full book of high-quality mares, and even though it did not work out for another year topping the stats, he finished third and still remains the very best in your own eyes!

His progeny gave their sire reason to be proud once more, most of all Wiedingen-bred DSCHINGIS SECRET (GAG 100) out of DIVYA, who led the way with four group wins and a sixth-place finish in the Prix l'Arc de Triomphe, leaving us anticipate next year's turf season in a state of excitement. Another Gr.1 win for OUR IVANHOWE as well as ARCTIC FIRE's G3 success over Cheltenham hurdles were only two of the hightlights that were framed by many stakes placings throughout the year. And, after his two sons OUR IVANHOWE and PASTORIUS will start the 2018 breeding season in France, Soldier Hollow could be on the way to becoming a "sire of sires" after all.

For our stud farm, however, not only Dschingis Secret's success was of importance. His little sister DIANA STORM (GAG 93) is no longer so little and made clear this year that she belongs in the highest performance level and has to fear no one but the ground she runs on. Their yearling-brother DSCHINGIS FIRST topped the BBAG Auction Sale and made quite the impression displaying a mature and confident demeanour that seemed out of this world. The fact that Wiedingen-bred NYMERIA (Soldier Hollow - Narooma) caused the hammer to fall at €320,000 the Arqana December Sale and Soldier Hollow's G3 winner SON MACIA was bought back for €400,000 in the same place, proves that we are on the right track with what we do here. A fourth place in the German Breeders Ranking speaks volumes to that as well.

Thus, we are very grateful here at Wiedingen to have had such a beautiful and successful year, and we would like to express our gratitude to all those who have held us dear ... all friends, breeders, athletes, fans and everyone who was rooting for us in 2017!

We wish you a very Merry Christmas, a joyful holiday season and a peaceful transition into a 2018 full of Light and Success!
 
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