Sensational prize for the premium stallion by Vivaldi x Dancier. l-r: Hans-Henning von der Decken, Ulrike Buurman (owner), Rosemarie Kemper, Arnd Schwierking and Ernst Kemper (exhibitor) were delighted to receive a cheque for over €2,010,000 Photo: Hanoverian Association/Tammo Ernst

By Jean Llewellyn/Press release
Photography: Tammo Ernst

At the Hannoveraner stallion sales which took place following the annual licensing, all records were broken. A premium stallion by Vivaldi x Dancier went under the hammer for the sensational top price of €2,010,000 (US$2,293,215). In fact, the 2016 generation of offspring sparking a veritable fireworks display of prices, with an average price of €130,960 (US$139,367) being invested in 50 licensed stallions.

The spectators in the sold-out Niedersachsenhalle could no longer sit in their seats when auctioneer Frederik De Backer, following a 20-minute bidding duel, auctioned the premium stallion by Vivaldi x Dancier off to stallion owners Paul Schockemöhle and Andreas Helgstrand for a fabulous price of €2,010,000. It was a price far exceeding any that had previously been reached at an auction organized by a breeding society in Germany.
The modern liver chestnut with breathtaking movements was bred by Ulrike Buurman, Greifenstein, and exhibited by Hengsthaltung Kemper, Heiden. Earlier, Schockemöhle and Helgstrand had invested €800,000 for a typey stallion by Lord Leatherdale x Boston (bred by ZG Pleines from Uedem, exhibited by Sabine Rüben, Würselen), the first premium stallion to enter the auction ring.
Another premium stallion by Dimaggio x Sir Donnerhall showed how well the Verden marketing system works. As a foal, Ernst Kemper discovered this athletic liver-chestnut bred by Dieter Hilz, Spiegelau, at this same venue.  Two years later, the stallion caused his exhibitor to cheer for the second time on this memorable day, when a Norwegian stallion owner secured the exceptional talent for €570,000.
Outstanding showjumpers, too
The showjumping stallions also represented an outstanding group. After the convincing appearances during the free jumping, it was a premium stallion by Kannan x Stolzenberg, bred and exhibited by Ulrich Heuer, Bienenbüttel, who was the best youngster with a show-jumping pedigree and lined his breeder’s pockets with €150,000 as this dark bay with enormous ability over the jumps will move into Olympic hands. As at the 135th Verden Elite Auction some 14 days ago, Irish international Cian O'Connor acquired the top horse, and the London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist now ads another Hanoverian to his string of championship hopefuls in Verden.
According to their breeding director, Dr. Werner Schade, “This stallion licensing set new standards for breeding and marketing and is the result of the continuous developmental work within the Hannoveraner Verband"...CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS

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