Six-year-old Cronoswiss bred by Dietmar Böttge, sold to the USA for the highest price Photo: Schroeder

GERMANY (by Sonja Grob) At the same time as the dressage and showjumping competition ‘Pferd International’ took place in Munich, the auction of sport horses was organized for the third time. It was a great success for the ‘Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sueddeutscher Pferdezuchtverbaende’ as all the seats were taken in the venerable Olympic riding hall

Named ‘Schmuckstecke’, which means pieces of jewellery, it would not be an exaggeration to say there were several in this auction catalogue.

The highest price was paid by customers from the United States when auctioneer Hendrik Schulze-Rueckamp’s hammer went down at €32,000 ($36,200) for the six-year-old Cronoswiss (Colestus - St.Pr. Glaer x Good Dream) from breeder Dietmar Böttge (Zerbst, Germany). The horse, just as reliable as Swiss clockwork left for the States at the end of May, together with the Johnson daughter Strenesse (Johnson - Sommerwolke x Calato). The five-year-old Festina (Fidertanz - St.Pr. Kim x Korsar) presented by the Brothers Pietscher, showed fascinating sequences of movements and was sold as the highest-priced mare at €23,000 ($ 26,000) out of the dressage lot...