Highlife Farms' Joan Sims purchased Der Euro (now renamed Damascus) from the Vechta Oldenburg auction, held in Germany the first week in April. The highest priced horse, a gelding, at the auction went for 300,000 euro, the second highest priced horse ever for the Vechta Auction sales. The 4-year- old gelding is by Don Schufro, a Donnerhall son.
The highest bidder, Highlife Farms of Orlando Florida, outbid several countries vying for the freakishly brilliant mover who was listed number 1 in the sales catalogue.
In addition, Highlife Farms purchased 7 other horses including quality broodmares currently in foal to some of Germany's top breeding stallions.