Sixty-five Hanoverian riding horses were sold at the 126th Elite Auction in Verden. The amazing, jumping Stakkato/Don Juan-son Senza Limiti (breeder and exhibitor: Il Chirone di Bruna de Paolis, San-Vito/Italy) achieved the highest price of the day of 150,000 Euro. The average auction sales price was 29,123 Euro. The statistics show that the 28 horses that will leave Germany contributed to approximately half of the total turnover. "The development abroad is positive and justifies our marketing measures," breeding manager Dr. Werner Schade said.
Bernfried Erdmann purchased the stallion Senza Limiti. He is running his breeding and training stable with a lot of passion. Top-priced horse for the dressage arena was the Don Frederico/White Star daughter Donna Felicia (breeder: Wolfgang Lohmann, Sandbostel-Mintenburg, exhibitor: Doris Hoffmann, Rhade). Customers from Austria paid 130,000 Euro for the States Premium candidate. Established buyer countries like Great Britain and France purchased four young Hanoverian horses each. Just like American customers, emphasizing the positive purchasing trend in the U.S. to be recognized again. Four futurity prospects will travel to China and three to the Russian Federation.
An average of 6,800 Euro was paid for the 43 sold foals with almost a balance between home and foreign sales. Following a thrilling bidder's duel, auctioneer Friedrich-Wilhelm Isernhagen sold the Fidertanz/Friedensfürst foal Fifty-Fifty (breeder: Kai Baumgartner, Wulkau) at the highest bid of 33,000 Euro to a Lower Saxonian stallion raiser.
The Gala Evening Show of the Elite Auction provided quite a couple of highlights. Isabell Werth said goodbye to her World Champion and Olympic horse Satchmo in front of Hanoverian breeders and friends from all over the world. The audience thanked the Sao Paulo/Legat son, bred by Albert Kampen, Halle, with standing ovations. His career started at the Verden Stallion Sales in 1996. The privately-owned stallion Desperados by De Niro/Wolkenstein II (breeder: Herbert Schütt, Hemmoor) was honored with the Grande Prize to the great applause of the audience. Besides, he will start at future competitions with the abbreviation of the Hanoverian Supporters Club FRH. The eleven-year-old does not only count among the best young German Grand Prix horses under Christina Sprehe, he also established an excellent reputation as a breeding stallion. It is a tradition that the most successful auction exhibitor of the last 10 years is honored at the Spring Auction. This year, Klaus Michaelis from Basdahl was awarded the Hans Joachim Köhler-Prize.
Photo: Breeding manager Dr. Werner Schade, rider Christoph Kühl, groom Susann Schwechheimer and Auction manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener. © Tammo Ernst