Verden Auctions 2017

Verden Auction January

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The Verden auction year of the Hannoveraner Verband started with a sensational peak price. Darjeeling, auction no. 1, was sold to a dressage stable in Luxembourg. “The Verden auction business already returns to full speed at the beginning of the year,” Auction Manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener happily said. 87 riding horses were sold at averagely 18,879 Euro.
 
The Don Darius/Royal Blend-son Darjeeling (breeder: Klaus Kropp, Bremen – exhibitor: Filjan Müller, Nienburg) displayed all qualities a modern dressage horse requires. He already shined during the auction training period with his “Hanoverian attitude”, as auctioneer Bernd Hickert emphasized. The bid was accepted at 200,000 Euro, an auction price never achieved before at a Verden auction in January. He will be trained by the same experts than formerly Federal Champion Quizmaster. It will be a pleasure to meet Darjeeling again at future Championships.
 
The big-framed Sam XL by Stanley/Conteur (breeder and exhibitor: H. & W. Wilking GbR, Stemwede) became best-priced jumper of the day. The five-year-old with the impressive height of 17.3 h.h. already successfully participated at tournaments before and was sold at 33,000 Euro to a show stable in Lower Saxony.
 
Particularly international auction customers were in buying mood. 43 riding horses will leave Germany. Customers from Spain purchased 10 auction horses, followed by France with 9 and Switzerland with 6 acquired horses.
 
„The interest in our auction horses was already tremendously high at the beginning of January. The collection was impressively versatile, featuring a huge selection of horses for the different demands,” said Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener. Breeding and Business Manager Dr. Werner Schade added: „The attractive offer is a powerful message, highlighting the confidence breeders place in the Verden auctions.”

Verden Auction March

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The Hanoverian Vice Champion Spotlight shined in the Verden auction arena, right on time for early spring. The number one of the auction was sold at Euro 185,000, the highest price achieved at this auction. An average auction sales price of Euro 21,351 for 77 horses is the result of a brilliant auction. The 2017 average price is Euro 3,000 higher than the one achieved last year in the Niedersachsenhalle. The 28 foals were sold at averagely Euro 6,000.

The Sir Donnerhall/Wolkentanz-son Spotlight (breeder: Carsten Müller, Neustadt – exhibitor: Helmut Freiherr von Fircks, Munich) was considered to be the auction favourite. The Italian purchaser cheered with joy when auctioneer Frederik De Backer accepted the bid of Euro 185,000 for the eagerly moving black stallion. The five-year-old who already represented the Hanoverian colours at the Bundeschampionate and who was nominated 2016 Hanoverian Vice Champion of four-year-old stallions, was perfectly presented by auction rider Andreas Möller. The customers from Italy were in buying mood, they purchased three more riding horses and one foal.

The most popular jumper will also leave Germany. Quadis (dam’s sire Chacco-Blue) was sold at Euro 55,000 to a breeding and show stable in the Netherlands only shortly after his sire, privately owned stallion Quaid, was honoured with the Grande-Prize. Voitech Csabi of Staj Mustang, Lucina/CZE, had double reason to be pleased. He is not only owner of Quaid, but also breeder and exhibitor of Quadis. Two more Quaid-progeny were sold at above average prices. “The quality of the jumpers highlights the popularity and high standard of the Hanoverian show jumping breed,” said auction manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener.

Hanoverian qualities are very popular among international customers. 33 more horses will set off for longer journeys apart from the two top-priced horses. The largest groups of buyers came from Belgium, Italy and Switzerland. Customers from China were as successful as buyers from South Africa, Mexico, Russia, Canada and the US. 

Each career starts as a foal. The first representatives of the age-group born in 2017 complemented the interesting collection of the Verden Auction in March. A well-known stallion raiser from North Rhine-Westphalia purchased the eagerly moving Mr. Moonlight by Martinez/De Niro (breeder and exhibitor: Hinrich Krentzel, Lilienthal) at Euro 21,500. It was a fascinating auction debut for his sire Martinez who presents an impressive first crop of foals.

Verden Auction May 2017

Verden May Auction with a sound result

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The Verden May Auction featured 37 riding horses and 44 foals who attracted great interest from German and foreign customers. The four-year-old Delawarp turned out to be top-priced horse of the day and was sold at Euro 44,000. Euro 20,000 was the highest price paid by Bavarian customers for the foal Flambeau.

Euro 44,000 was the winning bid amount submitted for the shiny Don Index/Laurentiano-son Delawarp (breeder: Christiane Rötter-Voß, Winsen – exhibitor: Karl-Heinz Fischer, Wittorf), the first riding horse after the first group of foals put up for auction. The highest auction sales price of Euro 48,000 was achieved for a horse that was repurchased by its exhibitor.

The Hanoverian show jumpers were as popular with the buyers. A Dutch training stable paid Euro 24,000 for the big-framed, bay Quintano by Quintender/Glenfiddich (breeder and exhibitor: Margret Brauch-Rohe, Hitzacker).

The auction management was satisfied with the result of the Verden May Auction and its sound price structure. There was a huge interest from foreign customers in the collection. 17 horses found new owners abroad. One customer from Belgium purchased even five futurity prospects. Half of the collection (20 horses) was sold at Euro 15,000 and more, five of them at prices of more than Euro 25,000 which resulted in an average auctions sales price of Euro 17,635.
The foals born in 2017 exhibited high quality. Euro 6,620 was averagely paid for the youngsters with 12 of them being sold abroad. Spectators had to wait quite a long time for the most expensive foal to show up in the Niedersachsenhalle. No. 95, the For Romance II/Hohenstein-son Flambeau, born with Alexandra and Wilhelm Siekmann in Emmerthal, was sold at Euro 20,000 to a stallion raiser from Bavaria.

Verden Auctions 2016

Verden Auction January

Verden Auction January

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The Verden Winter Auction in January was a truly perfect start of the Hanoverian auction year. Londonfly, sold at Euro 150,000, became top-priced dressage horse in the fully crowded Niedersachsenhalle, Cinderella was most expensive jumper and sold at Euro 130,000. Customers invested averagely Euro 17,244 in the 92 riding horses.
 
"The upward tendency with the auctions continued. The result was considerably better compared to the auction in January last year," breeding and business manager Dr. Werner Schade said. The average auction sales price was Euro 2,000 higher than in 2015 when 69 horses were put up for auction. "This is by far the highest average sales price ever achieved at a Winter Auction in January," said a delighted auction manager Joerg-Wilhelm Wegener.

The big-framed and eagerly moving Londontime/Cordoba-son Londonfly (breeder: Dr. Hinni Luehrs-Behnke, Verden-Borstel - exhibitor: National State Stud Celle) was the designed favourite before the auction. When he entered the Niedersachsenhalle, bids exploded. Auctioneer Bernd Hickert finally accepted the bid at Euro 150,000 and sold the futurity prospect within Germany. The wheel turned full circle for Londonfly as his sire, Celle state stud stallion Londontime, was the unrivalled top-priced horse at the Elite Auction in October exactly ten years ago. And he himself was born in Verden, less than 1,000 metres away from the Niedersachsenhalle.

It took less than 30 minutes until the first horse of the year 2016 left the auction ring with an auction sales price of more than Euro 100,000. Cinderella by Clinton/Calypso II (breeder and exhibitor: Sven Graeve, Blumenthal) was celebrated by the audience when she was sold to French customers at Euro 130,000 at the telephone. The grey mare is seven years old and already earned victories and placements in jumper riding horse classes last year.

29other auction horses will leave Germany apart from the best-priced jumping horses. Customers from France amassed the largest contingent with eight horses, followed by the US (six) and Switzerland (five).

The collection provided many mature horses to immediately start to ride which attracted many customers who were looking for a riding horse for themselves," said Joerg-Wilhelm Wegener. Not all potential customers had the chance to attend the auction themselves. The auction office already received many bidding offers in the run-up to the auction. "Potential customers were quite motivated this year in January," the auction manager added.

The next auction of the Hannoveraner Verband will be held on March 26.  The collection of riding horses will be complemented by the first foals born in 2016. It will be a novelty that the first presentation will be on Saturday, March 19 as of 10.00 am, when interested horse enthusiasts will have the chance to not only inspect the youngsters, but to also immediately test them in the Niedersachsenhalle. Sunday will be reserved for individual training and test riding purposes.

Verden Auction March

Verden Auction March

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A beautiful Easter bag was presented to the visitors of the Verden March Auction on Easter Saturday in the Niedersachsenhalle. Top-priced horse Belaggio was the highlight of the lively auction. He was not only the number one of the collection, but with an auction sales price of Euro 62,000 also the top ranked horse of the sales statistics. Euro 17,914 was the average price to be paid for a futurity prospect from Verden.

The four-year-old bay gelding Belaggio by Belissimo M/Ehrentaz (breeder and exhibitor: Gestüt Hülsdau, Marl) already shined at the Hanoverian Riding Horse Championships last year. The outstanding dressage horse justified his reputation as the favorite and was sold at Euro 62,000. It was a perfect start for auctioneer Frederik De Backer who joined the auctioneer’s desk the first time to lead the auction with Bernd Hickert. The Belgian accepted the first bid from a customer from his home country.
 
The bidding duel for the most expensive jumper was as exciting. Voodoo by Valentino/Contendro (breeder: Werner Wegener, Wunstorf – exhibitor: Torben Wegener, Wunstorf), born in 2012, is at the outset of a fantastic sports career with his path leading him now to the Netherlands.

The riding horse collection was an appealing mixture with interesting alternatives for all demands. Prices ranged between Euro 7,000 and Euro 62,000. Almost half of the 80 sold horses will leave Germany. There was a strong demand from Scandinavian customers. Three futurity prospects were sold to Finland, four to Sweden. “The scheduling of the auction was perfect. Many potential customers used the Easter holidays to intensively observe and inspect the auction horses,” said Auction Manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener.
 
„And here they come again, the first foals,” introduced auctioneer Bernd Hickert the some 40 first representatives of foals born in 2016. The price for the first foal was not exceeded any more: A stallion raiser and regular customer from North Rhine-Westphalia paid Euro 32,000 for the dark-brown Franziskus/Soliman de Hus-son Freelancer (breeder: ZG Meyer, Walsrode). The 41 foals were sold at averagely Euro 7,085.
 
The Verden March Auction was opened by the Grande-Prize award ceremony for the Celle state stud stallion Comte by Contendro/Granulit. Verband’s Chairman Manfred Schäfer and Breeding and Business Manger Dr. Werner Schade honoured his breeder Rolf Eggerking from Brinkum in the well-crowded Niedersachsenhalle.

The next auction of the Hannoveraner Verband will be held on May 7. The collection of riding horses will be complemented by foals born in 2016. The opening presentation of the dressage, show jumping and riding horses will be on Saturday, April 30. Potential customers may not only watch the youngsters in the Niedersachsenhalle as of 10.00 am, there is also the opportunity to ride them at once. 

Verden Auction May

Verden Auction May

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The bay mare Belissaria turned out to become best-priced horse of the Verden Auction in May, sold at Euro 32,000 to the US. The 60 riding horses were sold at averagely Euro 12,358. The foal collection was well-received by customers. Highest-priced representative of the foals born in 2016 was the colt Dolomite, purchased by a stallion raiser from North Rhine-Westphalia who invested Euro 22,000.

 
The Belissimo M/Embassy-daughter Belissaria (breeder: Carsten Cohrs, Scharnhorst - exhibitor: Lena-Maria & Kerstin Klose, Burgwedel) shined in the Niedersachsenhalle with auction no. 32. The multi-talented bay mare was sold at the telephone at Euro 32,000 as hunter-jumper to an approved trainer in the US. Less than eight weeks after the Hanoverian Graf Grannus-son Mindful had been nominated "Hunter of the Year" in the US,  the same trainer also purchased Nice to Have by Now or Never/Mont du Cantal AA (breeder: Andre Vagts, Bargstedt - exhibitor: Lower Saxonian National State Stud Celle) at Euro 20,000.
 
Ferris by Fürst Romancier/Natiello xx (breeder: breeders' alliance Königs, Wallmoden - exhibitor: Tundi Andersson, Sjöbo/SWE) displays valuable dressage genes and above-average potential which turned the eagerly moving chestnut already into one of the candidates for the highest-priced dressage horse of the auction. He was sold at Euro 26,000 and will soon start his trip to France.
 
25 riding horses in total were sold to international customers. The biggest group of buyers came from Belgium (six), followed by France and the US (each five). Amazing also the number of eight horses, purchased by customers from North Rhine-Westphalia. The "Day of the Hanoverian" at the Horse Centre Schloss Wickrath at the beginning of April was a brilliant advertisement for the Verden auction.
 
Following the excellent result from last year when 70 foals were offered for sale, this year's foal collection was again well-received by the customers: "More foals were presented at the pre-selection. The breeders appreciate the fantastic sales opportunity," said Auction Manager Jörg-Wihelm Wegener. The colts were particularly popular with the Dimaggio/Sir Donnerhall-son Dolomite awakening the greatest interest (breeder and exhibitor: Dieter Hilz, Spiegelau). He was sold at Euro 22,000 and will grow up with a stallion raiser in North Rhine-Westfalia. The 61 foals were sold at averagely Euro 5,743.

Verden Auction July

Verden Auction July

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While the Hanoverian national champions were determined outside, the Niedersachsenhalle witnessed an exciting auction, featuring 77 riding horses and 46 foals. The eagerly moving Fürst Hit prevailed in the fight for the top-priced horse and was sold at Euro 36,000. For the foals, Grey Fantastic was in highest esteem with potential customers and sold at Euro 37,000 to a stallion raiser from Lower Saxony.
 
The 77 riding horses were sold at averagely Euro 14,091, which corresponds to the average auction sales price in 2015. The references of Fürst Hit by Fürstenball/Diamond Hit (breeder: Jochen Dittmer, Kirchlinteln – exhibitor: Scott Zahner, Hinsdale/USA) were hard to top, the impressive five-year-old was the most coveted dressage prospect of the collection. A dressage stable from Schleswig-Holstein acquired the brilliantly moving youngster at Euro 36,000. Most expensive jumper was the one year younger Valentino/Uccello-son Vamos (breeder: Cord-Hinrich Backhaus, Wedemark – exhibitor: Hans-Jürgen Backhaus, Wedemark). Sold at Euro 27,000, he will move to a well-known and approved show stable and faithful regular customer in Lower Saxony who has already discovered many successful competition horses in Verden.
 
Almost half of the horses will leave Germany. “We already recognized huge international interest in the auction horses on the first days of the auction training. Since last weekend, groups of foreign customers were on site,” said Auction Manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener. Not only customers from Europe were represented, countries such as Australia, Ecuador and Mexico, too. There was a lively interest in the auction collection, many spectators from the Lower Saxonian Championships HA.LT seized the opportunity to attend the auction themselves.
 
International pedigrees with many successfully competing dressage and show jumping stallions characterized the foal collection. Particularly stallion holders appreciated this offer. Both top foals were sold as stallion prospects. A stallion raiser from the Verden area who had caused a sensation when presenting the most expensive two-and-a-half-year-old stallion at the 2015 Stallion Market, purchased the Grey Flanell/Foundation-son Grey Fantastic (breeder: Reinhard Baumgärtner, Kamern) at Euro 37,000. The top-priced show jumping foal with a super pedigree will move to the Netherlands: For Action by For Pleasure/Stakkato Gold (breeder and exhibitor: Günter Soltau, Hamburg) was sold at Euro 26,000. The 46 foals were sold at averagely Euro 7,098.

Verden Auction August

Verden Auction August - Foals and Broodmares

The concept worked: It was the second time that a Verden auction was held on the occasion of a top sports event. For two days, potential customers had the opportunity to secure the champions of tomorrow at the Verden Foal and Broodmare Auction, held on the occasion of the International Dressage and Show Jumping Festival. An option that was also used by many riders. Highest-priced foal turned out to be De Bruyne whose sire De Niro is also among the top stallions for the advanced sports level, just like many other stallions who added a high degree of internationality to the foal collection.
 
Experts unanimously agreed: A foal of such a high quality has long since not been presented in the Niedersachsenhalle any more. The shiny black colt who carries the name of a Belgian soccer player already impressed the audience during the presentation in the crowded Hannoveraner Arena on Friday afternoon. Two stallion raisers did not spare anything in an exciting bidding duel unless auctioneer Bernd Hickert finally accepted the bid of Euro 90,000 of a Lower Saxonian stallion raiser for the De Niro/San Amour-son. No new situation for breeder Gerold Gögele as he had already presented a number of outstanding foals in Verden over the years.  
 
The most popular foal of the show jumping collection was sold at Euro 28,000. Cornet’s Best by Cornet Obolensky/Calido (breeder and exhibitor: Kai Baumgartner, Kamern) entered the auction arena immediately after De Bruyne and found a new home in Sweden. A double for the breeding site Baumgartner as exactly three weeks ago, its home-bred Grey Fantastic became top-priced foal at the Verden Auction in July.
 
The Hanoverian foals were sold at averagely Euro 10,478.29 representatives of the foals born in 2016 were sold at more than Euro 10,000. The buyers were as international as the pedigrees. A regular customer from Canada purchased five foals for the hunter-jumper market. Seven foals will travel to Great Britain. Customers also came from Argentina, China and Indonesia, just as from Poland, the Russian Federation and the Czech Republic.
 
The offer was complemented by seven broodmares who were sold at averagely Euro 11,071 on Saturday evening. A customer from Hessen paid Euro 22,000 for Hanoverian premium candidate Cosmolina by Contendro/Iberio (breeder: Wilhelm Klausing, Diepholz; exhibitor: Willem Klausing GbR, Diepholz). One day before, the same exhibitor had already sold the second most expensive foal, Venga Boy by Vivaldi/Sandro Hit at Euro 66,000, to North-Rhine Westphalia.
 
The combination of sport and auction ensured utter satisfaction. „The concept worked, a fact that already proved to be worthwhile during the auction in July,“ said Auction manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener who welcomed many participants of the International Dressage and Show Jumping Festival in the auction arena. The internationally successful show jumping rider Mario Stevens used the competition breaks to watch the collection of foals and broodmares. He welcomes the combination of the two major Verden events. “It is quite useful as it provides detailed information on stallions, their genetic value and the foundation lines. There is a lot of pressure from abroad, and it is a fact that Germany has the best breed and the best training system for horses and riders.”

133rd Elite-Auction

Results of the 133rd Elite-Auction - Sport Horses and Foals

The successes of Hanoverian horses at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were the best advertising campaign for the 133rd Elite Auction in Verden. The 82 riding horses shined with scope and potential in the dressage arena and show jumping course. American team silver medallist Kent Farrington purchased the best-priced horse Coolio by Catoki/Satisfaction II at 140,000 Euro. The most expensive foal will also travel to the US: a new customer invested 27,000 Euro in Belle Fleur by Bon Coeur/Rubinstein.
 
The collection dominated with amazing sports attitude in the sold out Niedersachsenhalle, not only when it comes to genetic roots. Many international dressage and show jumping riders travelled to Verden to convince themselves of the quality of the auction candidates. The top-priced horse Coolio, presented by his breeder Stefan Kleine from Warmsen, was sold at the telephone. The super jumper prospect convinced with his amazing jumping capabilities and above-average, athletic work ethic and has certainly best prospects for a successful international career with his new owner Kent Farrington.
 
135,000 Euro was the price paid for the most expensive dressage horse. Faithful regular customers from Spain purchased the Quaterhall/Rotspon-son Quarlito von Nymphenburg (breeder: Werner Rademacher, Geestland - exhibitor: Gestüt Nymphenburg, Munich). The typey and eagerly moving chestnut horse is Hanoverian Vice Riding Horse Champion.
 
29,500 Euro was the average price paid for the 82 riding horses. 28 horses were sold at more than 25,000 Euro, eight cracked the mark of 50,000 Euro. “The average auction sales price was obtained without extremely high or low sales prices,” said Auction Manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener, emphasizing the huge interest from international competition riders. The export rate underscores this observation, 33 horses will leave Germany. Customers from Spain purchased most of the horses (seven), followed by Switzerland (five) and the US and France (each four horses).
 
The youngest Hanoverian horses were as popular. 37 foals were sold at averagely 8,257 Euro, some 2,000 Euro more than last year. A filly became top-priced foal of this statistics: Belle Fleur by Bon Coeur/Rubinstein (breeder and exhibitor: Kathrin Göllner, Gröding/AUT), only born at the beginning of July, was sold at 27,000 Euro. She will grow up in the US.
 
The gorgeous Gala Evening Show with many spectacular show presentations introduced the 133rd Elite Auction. One of the highlights was the presentation of the “Hanoverian Mare of the Year 2016”. The award was given to the Drosselklang II/Vollkorn xx-daughter Donna Carara, bred by Wolfgang Sprado, Wagenfeld. She gave birth to now less than four successful advanced level jumpers in the breeder’s stable of Gaby Huntemann. Three of these horses even earned victories and placements at the international level. It is a tradition in the schedule of the Gala Evening Show that the most successful auction exhibitor of the recent evaluation period is honoured. This year, Albert Kampert from Halle was awarded the Hans Joachim Köhler-Prize. Besides a number of auction horses, he is also the breeder of World and team Olympic Champion Satchmo who had been discovered at the Stallion Market at that time by Dr. Uwe Schulten-Baumer. Crowning finish of the evening was the quadrille with former Verden auction riders who came to Verden to bid farewell to Hartmut Kettelhodt, longtime stable manager and instructor of the Verden auction team. He had started his riding apprenticeship with the Hanoverian Riding and Driving School in 1969. In 1976, he started to work as Stable Manager of the Training and Sales Centre and has been Head of Technical Services until today. After 47 years with the Hannoveraner Verband, he now takes his well-deserved retirement and was honoured for his services with the Golden Badge of Honour of the Hannoveraner Verband.

133rd Elite-Auction

Results of the 133rd Elite-Auction - Sport Horses and Foals

The successes of Hanoverian horses at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were the best advertising campaign for the 133rd Elite Auction in Verden. The 82 riding horses shined with scope and potential in the dressage arena and show jumping course. American team silver medallist Kent Farrington purchased the best-priced horse Coolio by Catoki/Satisfaction II at 140,000 Euro. The most expensive foal will also travel to the US: a new customer invested 27,000 Euro in Belle Fleur by Bon Coeur/Rubinstein.
 
The collection dominated with amazing sports attitude in the sold out Niedersachsenhalle, not only when it comes to genetic roots. Many international dressage and show jumping riders travelled to Verden to convince themselves of the quality of the auction candidates. The top-priced horse Coolio, presented by his breeder Stefan Kleine from Warmsen, was sold at the telephone. The super jumper prospect convinced with his amazing jumping capabilities and above-average, athletic work ethic and has certainly best prospects for a successful international career with his new owner Kent Farrington.
 
135,000 Euro was the price paid for the most expensive dressage horse. Faithful regular customers from Spain purchased the Quaterhall/Rotspon-son Quarlito von Nymphenburg (breeder: Werner Rademacher, Geestland - exhibitor: Gestüt Nymphenburg, Munich). The typey and eagerly moving chestnut horse is Hanoverian Vice Riding Horse Champion.
 
29,500 Euro was the average price paid for the 82 riding horses. 28 horses were sold at more than 25,000 Euro, eight cracked the mark of 50,000 Euro. “The average auction sales price was obtained without extremely high or low sales prices,” said Auction Manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener, emphasizing the huge interest from international competition riders. The export rate underscores this observation, 33 horses will leave Germany. Customers from Spain purchased most of the horses (seven), followed by Switzerland (five) and the US and France (each four horses).
 
The youngest Hanoverian horses were as popular. 37 foals were sold at averagely 8,257 Euro, some 2,000 Euro more than last year. A filly became top-priced foal of this statistics: Belle Fleur by Bon Coeur/Rubinstein (breeder and exhibitor: Kathrin Göllner, Gröding/AUT), only born at the beginning of July, was sold at 27,000 Euro. She will grow up in the US.
 
The gorgeous Gala Evening Show with many spectacular show presentations introduced the 133rd Elite Auction. One of the highlights was the presentation of the “Hanoverian Mare of the Year 2016”. The award was given to the Drosselklang II/Vollkorn xx-daughter Donna Carara, bred by Wolfgang Sprado, Wagenfeld. She gave birth to now less than four successful advanced level jumpers in the breeder’s stable of Gaby Huntemann. Three of these horses even earned victories and placements at the international level. It is a tradition in the schedule of the Gala Evening Show that the most successful auction exhibitor of the recent evaluation period is honoured. This year, Albert Kampert from Halle was awarded the Hans Joachim Köhler-Prize. Besides a number of auction horses, he is also the breeder of World and team Olympic Champion Satchmo who had been discovered at the Stallion Market at that time by Dr. Uwe Schulten-Baumer. Crowning finish of the evening was the quadrille with former Verden auction riders who came to Verden to bid farewell to Hartmut Kettelhodt, longtime stable manager and instructor of the Verden auction team. He had started his riding apprenticeship with the Hanoverian Riding and Driving School in 1969. In 1976, he started to work as Stable Manager of the Training and Sales Centre and has been Head of Technical Services until today. After 47 years with the Hannoveraner Verband, he now takes his well-deserved retirement and was honoured for his services with the Golden Badge of Honour of the Hannoveraner Verband.

Hanoverian Stallion Licensing and Stallion Sales 2016

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The young Hanoverian stallions, born in 2014, presented performances at an athletically high level on all three days in the sold out Niedersachsenhalle in Verden. 53 of the 84 presented stallions in total were licensed, 10 of them additionally honoured with the Premium-award. “The quality of these horses ensures Hanover’s international competitiveness,” said Breeding Manager Dr. Werner Schade.

The stallion licensing was a true festival of young stallions. The sires Quantensprung and Diacontinus presented their first sons. Privately owned stallion Quantensprung was represented with five of his sons, all of them were licensed, three of them also honoured with the title “Premium Dressage Stallion”. The most coveted stallion prospect of this stallion sales was also a son by the liver chestnut Quantensprung: A shiny black Premium stallion out of a Fidertanz-dam (breeder: Silke Groeneveld, Bunde – exhibitor: Heinrich Gießelmann, Barver) was sold at Euro 280,000 and was bought by Landgestüt Moritzburg and Sprehe Stud. “The dressage horses displayed movement with amazing expressiveness, a quality that the modern dressage sport urgently needs today,” summarized Dr. Werner Schade.
 
The Celle state stud stallion Diacontinus sent four two-and-a-half-year olds, three of them were licensed, one of them also honoured with the award “Premium Show Jumping Stallion”. The specially awarded grey youngster by Diacontinus/Silvio (breeder and exhibitor: Jörn Döscher, Cuxhaven) was sold at Euro 65,000 at the telephone to a stallion raiser from the show jumping country Belgium who has already discovered many futurity prospects in Verden. Besides their breeding career, he has also introduced them at the competition level. The jumpers shown this year were of extraordinary quality when it comes to pedigree and performances. “Not only their jumping style and scope were remarkable, but also their obvious potential as future breeding sire,” praised Peter Teeuwen, member of the licensing committee.
 
It was the first time that the lungeing of stallions after the presentation on the triangle was part of the licensing schedule. Team Olympic Champion Heike Kemmer praised: “Lungeing the stallions is a good thing when it comes to displaying riding horse qualities. It is perfect to already assess how the horses will move forward into the contact later on. Apart from that, it is easier to evaluate the canter than during free running. The day on the triangle in combination with lungeing was perfect. It was easier possible to get a more detailed impression of the dressage stallions.” The National State Studs from Celle, Moritzburg and Warendorf as well as a number of other stallion holders and show stables seized the opportunity to acquire futurity prospects in Verden. The licensed stallions were sold at averagely Euro 62,687. 29 stallions will stay in Germany, 19 will leave the country. There were potential customers from all over the world, the stallions were sold to European countries, but also to Argentina, the US and New Zealand.
 
The price for the non-licensed stallions was some Euro 3,000 higher than 2015, amounting to Euro 20,464. Highest-priced youngster was a chestnut stallion by Chatender/Stakkato (breeder and exhibitor: Dorothee Heitmüller, Nienburg) , sold at Euro 40,000 to the US.
 
It was the first time that the stallion sales was introduced by an amazing matinee with award ceremonies, not only of the Premium stallions, but also of successful stallions and mares of the past years. Crowning finish was the presentation of the Hanoverian Stallion of the Year 2016, Desperados FRH by De Niro/Wolkenstein II (breeder: Herbert Schütt, Hemmoor) who started his triumphal march towards the top of the dressage rankings with his rider Kristina Bröring-Sprehe at the 2003 stallion sales.

Verden Auction November

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A riding horse auction with a balanced outcome concluded the Verden auction year 2016. Gabalier HRH, the customer favourite of this Verden Auction in November, was sold at Euro 90,000 to Switzerland.  96 riding horses were sold at averagely Euro 14,450.
 
Hanover's jumpers were in great demand, especially futurity prospects whose names start with the letter "G". Some of these particularly interesting youngsters were represented in the auction collection. When the big-framed, modern chestnut gelding Gabalier HRH by Gavi/Drosselklang II (breeder and exhibitor: Heiner and Renate Hormann, Landesbergen) entered the well-crowded auction arena, bids immediately soared. A show stable from Appenzell/Switzerland won the exciting telephone bidding against prospective purchasers from Great Britain. For the moment, Gabalier HRH will stay with the Verden Training and Sales Centre for training purposes. "We are glad that the G-blood initiative of the past years produces such eagerly working horses and that this development is rewarded by the market," says breeding manager Dr. Werner Schade.

Another chestnut horse became highest-priced dressage prospect: A dressage patron from Schleswig-Holstein invested Euro 40,000 in the Don Diamond/Florencio-son Davros (breeder and exhibitor: Hans-Jürgen Bredemeier, Winsen).

The statistics of the Verden November Auction showed a well-balanced result. 30 horses were sold at Euro 15,000 and more. More than one third of the collection will leave Germany. Customers from France were in buying mood and purchased 15 horses, seven horses found new owners in Switzerland. 39 horses in total will promote the reputation of the Hanoverian breeding area abroad.

"The end of the year is satisfactory and encouraging for customers and exhibitors. Particularly the promising young sport horses contributed to attracting many new customers. The successful events of the past six weeks with Elite Auction and stallion sales contributed to boosting breeders' confidence in the auction venue Verden," says Auction Manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener. But - after the auction is before the auction, and the selection team will again start on Monday to choose candidates for the Verden Auction in January. On January 21, the gates of the Verden Niedersachsenhalle will open again for the first time in 2017.

Verden Auctions 2015

Verden Auction January

Verden Auction January

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The Verden January Auction started off lively as the high-quality collection already enjoyed an outstanding reputation before the day of the auction. Customers invested averagely Euro 15,029 in the 69 riding horses. Top-priced horse became the Sandro Hit/De Niro-daughter Sjenna H, sold at Euro 55,000. Horse experts from 14 different nations purchased a youngster - among them many new customers.

The awesome performances of Sjenna H by Sandro Hit/De Niro (breeder and exhibitor: Edeltraud Hähn, Bergneustadt) from Rhineland delighted the audience in the well-crowded Niedersachsenhalle. Auctioneer Daniel Delius accepted the bid of customers from the Netherlands at Euro 55,000 - a fantastic success for the Rhenish breeders following the fusion with the Hannoveraner Verband.

Linus by Levistano/Derwisch (breeder: Anneli Brunckhorst, Hollenstedt - exhibitor: Ulf Plate, Oldendorf) was the best-priced offer of the show jumping collection. Customers from Turkey invested Euro 37,000.

Auction Manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener came to a positive conclusion: "The Verden Auction in January provided another example for the fact that the Verden auction venue is a perfect market for opportunities. The offer met the approval of both, professional as well as amateur riders, providing the perfect horse for each discipline. There was a wide-ranging, appealing collection for each customer, also at the different price levels: Riding horses for all disciplines and accounts!"

The price structure was well-balanced: 14 horses were sold at prices between Euro 11,000 and Euro 14,999, the price for 27 Hanoverian horses exceeded Euro 15,000. 32 horses will stay in Germany, 37 were sold abroad. American customers obviously responded to the current dollar strength and purchased six horses.

Verden Auction March

Verden Auction March

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The Verden March Auction celebrated a successful and dynamic debut with a top price of 72,000 Euro achieved for the futurity jumper Cedane D. It was the first time that Hanoverian horses for all demands were offered for sale at a Verden auction in March – from elite horses to reliable partners for ambitious pleasure riders. The outstanding offer was complemented by a thoroughly compiled collection of early born foals that was well received by audience and customers. A well-known stallion raiser purchased a Finest-son at 64,000 Euro.

Following an exciting bidding duel, the Cornado I/Florestan-son Cedane D (breeder and exhibitor: Christine Düstersiek, Vlotho-Exter) was sold at 72,000 Euro at the phone to a well-known show jumping stable from North Rhine-Westphalia. The big-framed bay horse presented convincing performances over the fences. The Westphalian youngster is a representative of the Hanoverian dam line of Abisunda that already produced many successful jumpers.

The Bonifatius/Don Vino-son Bourbon (breeder: Guido Meyer, Meppen – exhibitor: Antonius Schulze-Averdiek, Rosendahl) became best-priced representative of the dressage horse collection. Dressage instructor Wolfgang Schmitz-Heinen purchased the gorgeous bay youngster at 62,000 Euro after a long-lasting bidding duel. As chance would have it, the cover of the auction brochure showed Wells Fargo, a dressage horse purchased by the same customer at the Verden auction in 2006. Besides a number of other Verden auction horse, an excellent proof of good customer relationships.

70 riding horses were sold at averagely 18,329 Euro. Almost half of them, namely 39, will leave Germany. Customers from the US were most strongly represented; they purchased 13 futurity prospects. “The price structure showed that the new auction concept was well received. The collection included elite horses, sold at corresponding prices, but also horses for our ambitious pleasure riders. This is exactly the mixture we are striving for, and we have successfully accomplished this goal,” Auction Manager Joerg-Wilhelm Wegener concluded after the debut of this new auction concept.

The 38 foals were sold at an average auction sales price of 7,595 Euro. Privately owned stallion Finest got off to a dream start as his son Frenchtown (breeder and exhibitor: Claus Quast, Hamburg) became the best-priced foal of this auction. Several stallion raisers were captivated by the eagerly moving bay youngster, bred out of a Diamond Hit-dam, and he was finally sold at 64,000 Euro to Austria. “The foal collection included more youngsters than at the Elite Auction last April which is due to the new selection structure. I was pleased about this collection – it was nearby perfect when it comes to quality, pedigree, performance and presentation,” Auction Manager Joerg-Wilhelm Wegener said.

Verden Auction May

Verden Auction May

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The Verden May Auction featured 66 riding horses and 58 foals. Top-priced horse became the six-year-old Con Cento, already further advanced to higher dressage levels, and sold at Euro 71,000 to Hamburg. Best-priced foal born this year was the black-brown Donar, purchased by a stallion raiser from Denmark at Euro 28,000.
 
The auction was pretty lively and positive. The many potential customers did not leave after the auction of riding horses, but also attended the foal auction, rewarding above-average prices with applause. The riding horses were sold at averagely Euro 14,970. International customers were in perfect purchasing mood, stimulated by the favourable Euro-exchange rate. Approx. 50 percent of the horses of the collection will leave Germany.

The top-priced horse will not travel far to arrive at his new home: The Christ/Sir Donnerhall-son Con Cento (breeder: Bernhard Klein, Voerde, exhibitor: Ariane Loeckenhoff, Mettmann) will move to a stall in a dressage stable in Hamburg. The big-framed Westphalian branded horse with the impressive height of 176 cm/17.1 ¼ h.h. prompted desires and changed owner at Euro 71,000.

The auction team successfully compiled a particularly interesting show jumping collection for this May Auction. A number of youngsters were sold at prices of more than Euro 25,000. The Hanoverian premium candidate Cleo by Cloney/Drosselklang II (breeder: Heino Knief, Bassum, exhibitor: Henrik Huesker, Syke) became best-priced jumper, sold at Euro 35,000 to Iran.

The auction horses were in the centre of attention during the whole auction training time. "The training was well-used to test the horses during the last 10 days," says Auction Manager Joerg-Wilhelm Wegener, reporting about the increasing number of customers who were looking for an appropriate riding horse for themselves and who found one in Verden.

The foal collection received positive response, too, as international buyers were enthused about the youngsters. It was the first time after 2006 that 58 foals complemented the auction collection. Following an exciting bidding duel, the best-priced foal Donar by Don Index/Fidertanz (breeder and exhibitor: Ferdinand Mayer, Arzfeld) was sold at Euro 28,000 to a Danish stallion raiser. Euro 6,544 was the average price paid for the Hanoverian youngsters. Breeding and Business Manager Dr. Werner Schade summarized: "It was the correct decision of the Auction Management to include a collection of foals in May."

Verden Auction July

Verden Auction July

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The result was quite remarkable: The Verden Auction in July finished with an average auction sales price of Euro 14,195 for the 82 riding horses put up for auction. The impressive Reminder achieved the highest price, sold at Euro 43,000 to the Netherlands. The most expensive foal will leave Germany as well. Euro 42,000 was the price achieved for Dollar Girl who will travel to Denmark.

The Romanov Blue Hors/Longchamp-son Reminder (breeder: Francois Schneiders, St. Vith/Belgium - exhibitor: Scott Zahner, Hinsdale/USA) was already one of the most popular horses during the training period with best prospects for a successful future career at the advanced level. The exhibitor had discovered the dark-brown youngster as foal at the 2010 Foal Auction in the Niedersachsenhalle. Now, five years later, regular customers from the Netherlands invested Euro 43,000, placing their bid by phone. There was also an exciting bidders' duel for the most expensive jumper for which auctioneer Bernd Hickert accepted another bid at the telephone. A show jumping stable from Sweden that had already discovered a number of futurity prospects for the international level in Verden, purchased the Stolzenberg/Hurricane-son Silverado (breeder and exhibitor: Frank Kuhlmann, Diesdorf) at Euro 35,000.

Kenya, Iran, China, Southkorea. Hands hardly went down again. Jubilation on the stands - these are stories written exclusively by auctions. The Verden Auction in July in the well-crowded Niedersachsenhalle was exciting, the atmosphere wonderful. Many new customers travelled to Verden. "The interest in the riding horses was already excellent during the training period. Many customers who had informed themselves via digital media first, were the first time at a Verden auction, and therefore, the lists for test riding horses were correspondingly well-filled," summarized Auction Manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener, and he praised his team.

The new customers from Southkorea revealed a particularly remarkable bidding behaviour. They accepted huge jumps in prices and generously rounded the amount up to Euro 30,000. The two purchased horses will stay in Germany first and trained at the premises of team Olympic Champion and riding master Hubertus Schmidt to be prepared for their dressage career. The export rate was above average, 45 customers from other countries signed purchase notes. Hanoverian friends from the US and Italy were the strongest represented, followed by customers from the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.

Complementing the offer of riding horses in July for the first time by foals proved to be a great idea. "This allows us to offer the customers interesting foals in an age- and development-appropriate manner," said Auction Manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener and was happy about the excellent result. The 50 representatives born in 20015 were sold at averagely Euro 7,002. Gerold Gögele from Bleckede was once again responsible for top price in the foal collection with his De Niro/San Amour-daughter Dollar Girl. The breeder and recognized trainer successfully managed to sell the fifth De Niro-foal in Verden at more than Euro 26,000 within 24 months only. A customer from Denmark invested Euro 42,000 in the typey black foal. By the way: The next De Niro-progeny from the Gögele-breeding site will introduce the 141st Elite Foal and Broodmare Auction on August 15 in Verden when 125 foals with outstanding pedigrees and 11 top-class broodmares will be offered for sale. Verden will provide a complete overall view with a huge and wide range collection of 79 colts and 46 fillies on one day.

41st Elite-Auction of Foals and Broodmares

41st Elite-Auction of Foals and Broodmares

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120 high quality foals had been selected by the team of the auction department of the Hanoverian Verband in Verden for the 41st elite foal and broodmare auction. The collection was in strong demand – at home and abroad. Two foals led the price range: a colt and a filly. Casanostra by Cadeau Noir and Fine Lady by Fürst Romancier, both excellent types and with very dynamic movements, sold at 27,000 Euro each. Hann.Pr.A. Pina Colada by Perigueux achieved the top price of the fine collection of broodmares – for 21,000 Euro she sold to customers from Germany.

Cadeau Noir x Lauries Crusadors xx is the top-class genetic combination in Casanostra (b. and exh.: Volker Bertram, Schollene). The striking black revealed an outstandingly elastic trot in the Niedersachsenhalle and enthused the audience. After an exciting bidding duel a renowned stallion rearer from the Verden area acquired this young talent. The same amount of money was spent for Fine Lady: This charming chestnut filly by Fürst Romancier/Warkant (b.: Rüdiger Löer, exh.: Maike Löer, Weste) stood out due to her excellent movements. She found a new home in Bavaria.

Spotify by Stanford/Fidermark (b. and exh.: Dr. Norbert Grittern, Heinsberg) was a valuable representative of the Rhenish Studbook and would almost have reached the top price, too. For 26,000 Euro this brown colt will grow up in Lower-Saxony. Also in the top group we find head number one, Daddy’s Darling by De Niro/Sandro Hit. The elegant black colt foal sold to Russia for 25,000 Euro. His breeder Gerold Gögele from Bleckede has been very successful at the Verden auctions for several years: At almost each auction he sold high quality foals at top prices. The collection of jumper foals was led by Gentleman by Galant de Semilly/Raphael (b. and exh.: Adolf Brunkhorst, Selsingen). Customers from Denmark acquired the athletic chestnut colt for 16,000 Euro.

With 8,470.58 Euro the average price paid for 119 foals was higher than last year. 37 candidates sold for 10,000 Euro or more. 65 Hanoverian and Rhenish foals will stay in Germany, 54 will leave the country. “Both breeders and exhibitors profit from this good price range. This is exactly what we were aiming at”, so breeding manager and managing director, Dr. Werner Schade.

In the fine collection of eleven broodmares, the jumper Hann.Pr.A. Pina Colada (b. and exh.: Wilhelm Gößling, Börger) was most sought after. Only a few days before the auction, her sire Perigueux had won the Grand Prix at Verden, ridden by Eva Bitter. Her dam St.Pr.St. Corny is by the top jumper Cornet Obolensky. Pina Colada is in foal to Kannan by Voltaire and customers from Schleswig-Holstein spent 21,000 Euro for this grey athlete. Customers from foreign countries showed much interest in the Hanoverian mares offered: Seven of them are going to cross the border, four stay in Germany. On  average they cost 12,091 Euro.

Auction manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener was very satisfied with the positive result of the auction in the almost full Niedersachsenhalle: “With 119 foals the August collection was a little smaller than in previous years. We may, however, not forget that we already sold 150 foals at the auctions in March, May and July.” The new auction system proved to be very good, too: “Due to the new system of selection, the collection was clearly more homogeneous as regards size, type and quality of movements. This was favourable for the exhibitors, and our customers from all over the world appreciated this innovation.” 

132nd Elite-Auction of Sport Horses and Foals

132nd Elite-Auction of Sport Horses and Foals

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Acclaimed best-priced horse of the 132nd Elite Auction was the Quaid/Stakkato-son Quality H. The gavel fell on Euro 310,000 with the chestnut being one of the most expensive jumpers ever sold at an auction in Verden until today. The 81 futurity prospects were sold at averagely Euro 36,481. Viareggio was the top-priced foal, sold at Euro 28,000. 
 
There was a huge interest in the eagerly jumping Quality H (breeder: Hans-Heinrich Hagemann, Pattensen - exhibitor: Hans-Henning Hagemann, Pattensen-Hüppede) who had already attracted a number of show jumping riders for testing purposes to Verden before the auction. Following a lively bidding, a long-time regular Canadian customer, closely linked with the Hannoveraner Verband for many years, had the most stamina and purchased the extraordinary young jumper at Euro 310,000. Enthusiastic applause by the audience accompanied Quality H after the sale. 
 
The 132nd Elite Auction already started with a bang. The auction price achieved for auction no. one was enthusiastically celebrated in the sold-out Niedersachsenhalle: Equestrian patron Madeleine Winter-Schulze purchased Superb by Surprice/Donautanz (breeder and exhibitor: Marion Gabel, Kreuzebra) at Euro 250,000 and will put her at masterly Isabell Werth's further disposal for advanced training purposes. The shiny black mare is the current Hanoverian riding horse champion and represented the Hanoverian colours at the Federal Championships. "The collection of the 132nd Elite Auction featured many competition horses, a number of championship horses were offered for sale - and this was honoured by the customers," said Auction Manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener. The sales statistics reflected this fact, many futurity prospects were purchased by German show and training stables. 24 horses will leave Germany. Their trip will lead them from the US to South Africa and Australia.

All those who had the aim to purchase a futurity prospect of tomorrow found their perfect match with the foals. The eagerly moving Van Vivaldi/Fürstenball-son Viareggio (breeder and exhibitor: Dr. Ulrich Kriebel, Bienenbüttel) became best-priced foal. A Danish stallion raiser paid Euro 28,000 for the bay youngster out of a valuable dam line, born in June. Euro 6,592 was the average price paid for the foals born in 2015.  

Atmospheric debut of the 132nd Elite Auction was the amazing Gala Evening with a number of sports highlights and award ceremonies. Martin Klintworth from Ohrensen was nominated most successful auction exhibitor of the last ten years and honoured with the Hans Joachim Köhler-Prize. State premium mare Goldmarie by Goldfever/Gragenit bred by Ernst Stahlhut, Stadthagen, was nominated Hanoverian Mare of the Year 2015.

Verden Auction November

Verden Auction November

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"One, two, three - sold!" The last acceptance of bid in the Niedersachsenhalle closed the 2015 Verden auction year. Exhibitors sold their horses at averagely Euro 14,216 at the Verband's Auction in November. The typey dressage mare Susii became highest-price horse and was sold at Euro 61,000 to China.
 
The Sarkozy/Ehrenwort-daughter, Hanoverian premium candidate Susii (breeder and exhibitor: Wilfried Otten, Meppen) was the Number One of the auction, and she impressively opened the November sales event as top-priced horse. The noble chestnut mare was already considered candidate for the highest price during auction training period. Her half brother Dornvelder had become best horse of the 127th Elite Auction three years ago.

The Contendro/Glückspilz-son Cienfuegos (breeder: Wilhlem Berghorn, Stolzenau - exhibitor: Bernfried Erdmann, Wallenhorst) turned out to be best jumper. The scopey brown stallion is no less than full brother of Christian Ahlmann's Olympic horse Codex One. He was sold at Euro 30,000 and will start his career in the US.

There was an even balance in sales with two third of the futurity prospects being sold at prices of more than Euro 10,000. Customers from 16 different countries purchased a young horse in the Verden Niedersachsenhalle. 46 horses will leave Germany. "The auction system, revised at the beginning of the year, has been proven its worth right from the beginning and is now well-accepted by both, exhibitors and customers," said auction manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener. The Verden Auction in November showed one again that the auction management has been successful in attracting new customers over the past months. "We welcome the general acceptance of our auctions!"