Euro Update: Mix Max Sold to Jill De Ridder

The 7-year old Danish warmblood licensed stallion Mix Max (by Milan x Bajazzo xx x Goldstern) has been sold to the Simons-De Ridder family in Germany. The dark bay stallion will be a junior/young riders horse for daughter Jill de Ridder, who is currently in the German Junior A-team with FBW Disco Boy.

Mix Max is bred and owned by Jorgen Olsen of Olsen Dressage in Ølstykke, Denmark. As a 2,5 year old he was sold to the U.S based Swedes Ulf Wadeborn and Lars Holmberg from Sylmar, CA, U.S.A. who bought the stallion after his licensing. Mix Max had an outstanding show career as a youngster in America and as a 6-year old qualified to represent the U.S.A. at the World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany.

Mix Max returned to Denmark in March 2008 for training and sale. The De Ridder family has now purchased the stallion, which is licensed for the Danish and Swedish warmblood society.

Maria Caetano, 2008 Portuguese Grand Prix Dressage Champion

Maria Moura Caetano won the Grand Prix title at the 2008 Portugal Dressage Championships, held at the Sociedade Hipica Portuguesa in Lisbon, Portugal, October 10-12, 2008. With scores of 73,65% in the Grand Prix, 65,96% in the Grand Prix Special and 67,08% in the Kur to Music, Caetano totalled 206,69% with her horse Diamant (by Donnerhall) and grabbed her first national Seniors Title.

Aboard the 15-year old German warmblood and PSI horse Diamant, the 21-year old Maria claimed all three rounds and led with a 4,43% point difference to silver medallist Gonçalo Carvalho on the Lusitano Rubi (202,26%). Jorge Pereira finished in the bronze medal position with his Grand Prix horse Ofi das Lezírias (196,35%). Taran IV under Pedro Castro Monteiro was fourth (184,50%).

Bacchus von Worrenberg, Highlight of Verden Auction

The Verden Auction, which is known for its record breaking achievements, was not able to beat the Vechta or Munster Elite auction price highlight this year. The 3-year old Bundeschampion Bacchus von Worrenberg (by Belissimo M x Calypso II) became the most expensive horse at the 2008 Verden Autumn Elite Auction with a knock down price of 195,000 euro, which is 205,000 euro lower than Vechta's auction record of 400,000 euro for Statesman.