Flying Dancer OLD ranked second for most expensive auction horses in the Spring quarter: €235,000 Photo: Ernst

INTERNATIONAL (by Aurelie Covini) During this quarter, 179 foals were sold at auction, the sensation coming from Oldenburg where Viva Gold (Vivaldi - For Romance x Don Schufro) scored the highest price at the Vechta Horse Centre. This chestnut beauty, bred by Christine Arns-Kroogmann, was snapped up by dressage enthusiasts from the Netherlands who were willing to pay €140,000 ($159,446) for this master mover.

Viva Gold is walking in the footsteps of her grandmother, Isabell Werth’s new star Weihegold OLD (Don Schufro - Weihevoll x Sandro Hit), bredby Inge Bastian, who won the German Championship in Grand Prix Special and a World Cup class in the same day. Weihegold is one of the great hopes for Germany in the up-coming Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

In fact, the three top prices for foals all occurred in Vechta on June 4. Number two is Elfenfeier (De Niro x Florencio I x Sion), bred by Ewald Grotelüschen from Wardenburg, who was sold to the Ukraine for €65,000 ($74,028), with Borislav (Bordeaux - Livinia x Sir Donnerhall I x Don Primero Z) ranked third at €42,000 ($47,834). Bred by Bernd Huslage (Essen), Borislav will move to a new home in Spain...

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