Euro Update: Blue Hors Matine Fails First Vet Check in Las Vegas

Blue Horse Matine, the Danish silver medal winning WEG dressage horse, failed the vet check on Tuesday morning at the 2007 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas. The mare was uneven during the jog but will be reinspected on Wednesday morning. The 2007 World Cup Finals take place in Las Vegas, USA, April 19 - 22, 2007.

All riders arrived in Las Vegas on Sunday morning. After strict quarantaine procedures, they were able to train in the main ring on Monday and Tuesday. A briefing with the judges took place in which was said that the arena, which is 20 x 60 m, has no room to ride around and that riders have to enter the ring straight away. Furthermore, the riders were brought to the attention that the audience in Las Vegas could start clapping in the middle of the test, something typically done in the U.S.A.

On Wednesday, the riders of each country get 20 minute practice time in the main ring which has been sold out just for the training session. The draw for the Grand Prix class on Thursday takes place Wednesday evening at 6 PM. (Read More)

Rothenbergers Dominate the South German Preis der Besten Qualifier

The Rothenberger kids dominated the South German qualifier for the 2007 Preis der Besten. The qualifier, which counted for the Hessian, Baden Wurttemberg and Bavarian provinces, was beautifully hosted at Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff's Schafhof and took place in tropical weather.

In the pony division, the Rothenberger kids won everything and they were joined in the top ranking by their cousin Nicola Krause. Sanneke Rothenberger won both classes about Konrad, who is fit again and ready for yet another show season. Sönke Rothenberger placed second on the 2005 European Pony Champion Deinhard B. The Junior riders division was also won by Sanneke Rothenberger. Aboard Paso Doble (by Don Primero), she scored far higher than the other riders. The best young rider was Anna Katharina Gerber on Little Lady (by Lord Sinclair x Sandro). (View Scores)

Munster Price Highlight Rockford Sells for 260,000 euro to New Zealand

The black licensed stallion Rockford became the price highlight of the 2007 Munster Spring Elite Auction of Westfalian sport horses. The 5-year old stallion (by Rubin Royal x Florestan) sold for 260,000 euro to New Zealand. The black stallion is bred by Wilhelm Bunge and presented at the auction by Americans Bertrand and Elizabeth Page.

The second most expensive horse was Sheraton, a 3-year old bay licensed stallion by Show Star x Pit I. Presented by Italian Aldo Pierucci, the stallion sold for 140.000 € to Bavaria. (Read More)

Carlucci, Price Highlight at 2007 Verden Spring Elite Auction

The licensed Contendro-son Carlucci, bred by Joachim Beckmann from Freiburg, was the price highlight of the 2007 Verden Spring Elite Auction of Hanoverian Sport Horses. The show jumping prospect was exhibited by the Fohlenhof from Hofheim-Wallau in Hessen and purchased by the Sprehe Stud Farm for 280,000 euro.

The highest price achieved for a dressage horse was 200,000 euro. Shantou (pictured) by Sandro Hit x Rohdiamant (breeder and exhibitor: Andrea and Heinrich Lahmeyer, Bassum) sold to Lower Saxony. (Read More)