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Fürst Hit (Fürstenball - Diana’s Diamond x Diamond Hit). Ph.Ernst

GERMANY (by Jean Llewelly/press release) The Niedersachsenhalle witnessed an exciting Hanoverian July auction, featuring 77 riding horses and 46 foals. Fürst Hit (Fürstenball - Diana’s Diamond x Diamond Hit) prevailed in the fight for the toppriced horse and was sold at €36,000 ($39,791). The gelding was bred by Jochen Dittmer.

In the foal category, Grey Fantastic (Grey Flanell - Formidable x Foundation), bred by Kai Baumgartner and exhibited by Reinhard Baumgartner, earned the highest esteem from prospective buyers and sold for €37,000 ($40,896) to a stallion raiser from Lower Saxony. Grey Fantastic is a paternal grandson of well-known Trakehner Gribaldi (Kostolany - Gondola II x Ibikus) and his pedigree includes Stedinger (Sandro Hit - Bold Fantasy x Landadel) on his bottom line. The 77 riding horses were sold for an average price of €14,091 ($15,575) which corresponds to the average auction sales price for 2015. The qualities of Fürst Hit (exhibited by Scott Zahner, USA) were hard to top, and the impressive five-year-old was the most coveted dressage prospect of the collection. The gelding was noteworthy as being an “easy to train dressage horse with supple movement”.

The most expensive jumper was the one year younger Vamos (2012: Valentino - Vinesto x Uccello), bred by Cord-Hinrich Backhaus, Wedemark and exhibited by Hans-Jürgen Backhaus, Wedemark. Described as a true “athlete with power and energy”, Vamos sold for €27,000 ($29,843) and will move to a well-known show stable and faithful regular customer in Lower Saxony who has already discovered many successful competition horses in Verden...