Amazing Number One: Spotlight

Amazing Number One: Spotlight

Spotlight. Photo (c) Tammo Ernst

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 Federal Championships 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.

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