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High flyers!

Highest price at the first auction for Kannan son Kanebo, with one of his breeders – Edgar Langen Photo: Tim Heide

GERMANY (by Sonja Grob) The first auction hosted under the ‘High Flyer’ banner during the recent CSI Donaueschingen-Immenhoefe was a great success. A Kannan-son was sold for the highest price and Kanebo (Kannan - Quiara x Quincy) is now owned by the Grenzland stud in Eimeldingen.

Breeders Andreas Freyaldenhoven and Edgar Lang were more than happy to achieve the price of €18,500 (US$20,850) for their smart dark-brown stallion. He is a very interesting prospect from both the sport and breeding viewpoint and, who knows, maybe in a few years it will be the German rider Hans Dieter Dreher showing him in jumping arenas around the world.

There were indeed many riders that wanted to get their hands on one of the ‘high flyers’ at the first auction, which was well organised in a great way by the Frese family. But some prospective purchasers were unlucky and went home without a new ‘crack’. A determined buyer from France, however, stayed until the last breath and managed to acquire a daughter of Marcus Ehning’s Olympic stallion Cornado NRW. She was on the telephone until she secured the foal for €17,500 (US$19,700).

Coincidentally, a few dressage riders were very interested in Cornado’s Girl (Cornado I - Caecilia x Cassini I), shown by breeder Gerhard Pfeiffer from Wellendingen. Also by telephone, showjumpers from Ireland were in the bidding and successfully purchased another Olympic offspring Vercaro (Verdi - Call to Life x Cascari) bred by Frank Timmerick for €14,000 (US$ 15,770)...

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