Verden- A Premium Stallion by Rocky Lee/Rouletto was sold at the record price of 1.2 million Euro. He will move to his new stall in Denmark with Helgstrand Dressage Stable. The sold-out Niedersachsenhalle celebrated the “Million-Dollar-Baby” with standing ovation. International customers invested averagely Euro 68.838 into the young prospects. Following the successful 132nd Elite Auction two weeks ago, the auction venue Verden impressively underlined one more time that the Hannoveraner Verband offers top quality that is appreciated accordingly.
106 stallion prospects showed up in front of the stallion licensing commission. The quality of the 2013 age-group already met a lively interest before the auction. 60 two-and-a-half-year-olds were licensed, 15 of them were nominated Premium Stallion. The Westphalian-bred youngster by Rocky Lee/Rouletto (breeder: Yasemin Yanik, Essen – exhibitor: Detlef Ruddat, Kirchlinteln) was already treated as top-priced horse after his presentation on the triangle and rewarded with applause after having been nominated Premium Stallion.
When auctioneer Daniel Delius accepted the bid at Euro 1,200,000 after a long, exciting bidders’ duel, the audience erupted in thunderous applause and dressage rider Andreas Helgstrand insisted on performing the lap of honour himself with the Premium Stallion. “It is a historical event that the one-million-Euro-mark was “cracked” here in Verden,” said Auction Manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener. And Breeding Manager Dr. Werner Schade added: “It has been shown that the licensing collection included some very special dressage stallions this year.”
A young bay stallion by Comme il faut/Calido (breeder and exhibitor: Antonius Schulze-Averdiek, Rosendahl) became top-priced jumper stallion. The eagerly jumping, athletic youngster was sold at Euro 65,000 and will travel to the Netherlands. Licensing commissioner Peter Teeuwen said: “The jumper stallions had modern pedigrees that are popular at the international level.”
The audience was as international as the pedigrees. Besides German national state studs and stallion keepers, many foreign customers purchased the young Hanoverians. 23 licensed stallions will leave Germany. The non-licensed stallions were as popular and achieved an average auction sales price of Euro 17,071. Dr. Werner Schade summarized: “The premium crop was of extraordinary quality. We will be happy if these stallions will become active in breeding as they provide excellent prospects when it comes to breeding progress.”