Euro Update: Evi Strasser Shops at 2008 Vechta Spring Elite Auction

Canadian WEG team rider Evi Strasser did some good shopping at the 2008 Vechta Spring Elite Auction in Germany, April 5, 2008. Currently training in Europe with Norbert van Laak and recently having sold an expensive, talented Grand Prix horse, Strasser is now investing in new youngstock and paid 101,000 euro for the licensed stallion Fin de Siecle (by Florencio I x Walt Disney I). A compatriot of hers purchased Seiltanz (by Sunny-Boy x Royal Dance). Royal Dario Fo also has a long trip in front of him. New customers from Venezuela paid 75,000 € for this Royal Diamond x Don Gregory son bred by Andreas Wempe in Cappeln.

The price highlight was Sankt Hülfer (by Sir Donnerhall). In an bidders' duel between Frenchmen Xavier Marie and Marc Feller for the 3-year old dark bay stallion, Feller won the battle when the auction hammer struck down at 300,000 euro. Feller has purchased many horses at the auctions in Vechta in the past, last time in the fall of 2006 when he bought the top priced horse Royal Deniro for 320,000 euro in another duel with Xavier Marie. Feller came to the 2008 Vechta Spring Elite Auction accompanied by his Parisian trainer, Marina van den Berghe and, for the first time, his ten-year old daughter Anne.

Many top dressage riders and trainers were shopping in Vechta this year. Laurenti will remain in Germany. This four-year old dark bay Laurentio x Walldorf son was sold to the dressage stables of Dr. Uwe Schulten-Baumer. A Stedinger x Donnerschwee offspring called Simenon will be off to Heiner Schiergen for training. Donna Dorina (by Don Gregory x Rosenkavalier is intended for one of Norbert van Laak's pupils. The Lüttgen family from Gut Mödrath in Kerpen purchased the Dimaggio son Divan Japanais for 100,000 €. (Read More)

Hanoverian Verband Abolishes "Licensing Champion" Title

German equestrian magazine St. Georg reported that the German Hanoverian Verband has decided to abolish the title of "Licensing Champion." In a bureau meeting, a majority of the Hanoverian board decided upon removing the proclamation of a champion of the stallion licensing following a referendum held by Hanoverian breeding director Dr. Werner Schade.

The Hanoverian verband is the biggest warmblood breed society in the world and will as of next year only have a "premium ring" which will be offered for sale at auction the next day of the licensing. The Hanoverian Verand aims to discourage breeders to choose simply for the licensing champion and it aims to broaden breeders' interest in a more divers group of stallions. Hanover also wants to draw more attention to the mare families by giving them a number, just like the Holsteiner Verband does. The Trakehner and Oldenburg verband refer to mare families. (Read More)

Christa Laarakkers Wins 2008 CDN Almelo

Christa Laarakkers dominated the Grand Prix at the 2008 CDN Almelo with a winning score of 69.93%, Laarakkers rode Mr van Norel's Dutch warmblood Ovation (by Cabochon x Appolonius xx). Placing second in the Grand Prix were Edward Gal and the Dutch warmblood mare Sisther de Jeu (by Gribaldi x Amor). Riding their very first Grand Prix in competition, Gal was extremely pleased with his 69.38% score.

"I got a good feeling from Almelo. I also placed first here in September, even though I have been riding less because of my busy life as a chef d'equipe for the national pony team," Laarakkers explained after her Grand Prix win. "Such a victory gives you extra pleasure especially because of the strong field of competitors. Ovation was very well on form and worked very concentratedly till the end of the ride. Highlights were his piaffe and passage and his pirouettes. It felt great." (Read More)

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