Coolio (Catoki x Satisfaction II) – top-priced horse bred by Stefan Kleine Photo: Tammo Ernst

GERMANY (by Jean Llewellyn/press release) The success of Hanoverian horses at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games were the best advertising campaign for the 133 Elite Auction in Verden. The 82 riding horses shone with scope and potential in the dressage arena and around the showjumping course.

American team silver medallist Kent Farrington purchased the top-priced horse Coolio (Catoki x Satisfaction II) at €140,000 ($154,825). The most expensive foal will also travel to the United States after a new customer invested €27,000 ($29859) in Belle Fleur (Bon Coeur x Rubinstein).

The collection dominated with amazing attitude for sport in the sold out Niedersachsenhalle, and not only when it came to genetic roots. Many international dressage and showjumping riders travelled to Verden to convince themselves of the quality of the auction candidates. The top-priced horse Coolio, presented by his breeder Stefan Kleine, was sold by telephone! The super jumper prospect convinced with his amazing jumping capabilities and above-average, athletic work ethic, and certainly has great prospects for a successful international career with his new owner Kent Farrington.

A price of €135,000 ($149,297) was the price paid for the most expensive dressage horse. Loyal regular customers from Spain pur- chased Quarlito von Nymphenburg (Quaterhall x Rotspon, bred by Werner, ex- hibited by Gestüt Nymphen- burg). The typey and eagerly moving chestnut horse is the Hanoverian riding horse vice champion...

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