Market set standard for quality-aware selection. Verden. It was a three-day-long festivity in Verden with breeders, riders and horse enthusiasts from all over the world celebrating the young Hanoverian stallions. 87 two-and-a-half-year-olds showed up in front of the Licensing Committee with Breeding Manager Dr. Werner Schade. 52 of them were licensed, ten also honoured with a special award: ten dressage prospects and seven show jumping experts. This age-group shined with many qualities and a great number of youngsters at the top: There was a huge variety of performance pedigrees, all of them backed up by superb dam lines. Breeding manager Dr. Werner Schade said: "The dressage stallions exhibited extraordinary movement and modern types. The free running and free jumping was perfect. The show jumping stallions presented amazing jumping skills over the fences with a lot of scope."
The succeeding auction finished with a sound result. The 52 licensed stallions were sold at averagely Euro 52,000. A Dancier/Rotspon-son (breeder: Jan-Niclaas von Holten, Langen; exhibitor: Detlef Ruddat, Kirchlinteln) became most expensive youngster. The awarded, eagerly moving black stallion prospect was sold at Euro 320,000. Top-priced jumper became an awarded Canstakko/Singular Joter-son (breeder: Klaus-Heinrich Brinkmann, Heeslingen; exhibitor: Mathieu Beckmann, Wettringen) for whom a Danish stud paid Euro 65,000. Six stallions were sold at more than Euro 100,000. The Celle National State Stud and the Stallion Station Poll in Hörem, purchased an awarded Vivaldi/Donnerhall-son (breeder: Hans Heinrich Schnadt, Rinteln; exhibitor: Rolf Trute, Cremlingen) at Euro 260,000. Euro 220,000 was the price for an awarded Diamond Hit/Florestan I-son (breeder: Nicole Wanning, Schüttorf; exhibitor: Zuchtgemeinschaft Wanning, Schüttorf). 35 Hanoverian horses will stay in Germany, 17 will start their careers abroad. Euro 19,250 was averagely invested in the non-licensed stallions with a Don Frederico/Rotspon-son (breeder: Petra Biebrich, Adelheidsdorf; exhibitor: Gestüt Sprehe, Löningen) being the top-priced candidate and sold at Euro 57,000. "We were overwhelmed by the high demand as this is also a strong positive signal for the future," Dr. Werner Schade concluded. "These top stallions will prove to be the best investment for the private stallion holders as well as the state studs."
The Stallion Sales in Verden was the last auction of Friedrich-Wilhelm Isernhagen. He has been standing at the auctioneer's desk in the Niedersachsenhalle for 37 years, selling Hanoverian riding horses, stallions, mares and foals in his own, particularly brilliant style and charm. Manfred Schäfer stated in his laudation: "Friedrich-Wilhelm Isernhagen is a highly appreciated member of the Hanoverian family. He is a profound expert with a high degree of competence, focusing his attention on every horse and every person and always sticking to the facts." In recognition of his service to the Hannoveraner Verband, Friedrich-Wilhelm Isernhagen was awarded the Golden Badge of Honour, and the 2,500 visitors celebrated him with standing ovations.