San Doncisco Sold for Record Price to Sissy Max-Theurer
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- VECHTA, Germany, Oct. 3–San Doncisco M OLD, champion three-year-old at the 2010 Bundeschampionate, was sold for a record German Verband price of €580,000 (US$793,000) at the Oldenburg Elite Auction Sunday.
A spirited bidding duel between a buyer from Switzerland and Austrian Olympic gold medalist Sissy Max-Theurer drove the price to a record and was finally knocked down to Sissy who has based her breeding operation in the nearby Gestut Vorwerk which she bought last year.
The San Doncisco sale capped an auction in which the average price of the horses sold was also a new record for Oldenburg.
The 54 riding horses sold for a total of €2,317,500 (US$3,171,182), an average price of €42,917 (US$58,589).
“It’s especially gratifying to see that well-known dressage stables in Germany are buying first class horses again,” said auctioneer Uwe Heckmann.
The Lüttegn Stables in Kerpen bought the second most expensive horse, the four-year old State Champion D’arcy Diamond by De Niro out of Waikati by Sevillano xx, bred by Gerd Pigge from Lastrup, for €165,000 (US$225,779).
The development of new customers who came to the Oldenburg Horse Center Vechta for the first time was also gratifying.
A stud farm owner from Moscow purchased Rock for Hit, the third most expensive horse for €100,000 (US$136,836). This three-year-old stallion by Rock Forever out of Manjana by Sandro Hit, was bred by Angela vom Hofe from Wuppertal.
Thomas Rhinow, director of the Auction Office, said: “We have been able to supply our main customers with extraordinary talents. Not only that, the strong engagement of our highly motivated team has won customers in new markets such as Venezuela, Colombia and Russia.”
Three Pferdestammbuch Weser-Ems riding ponies were sold for an average price of €11,667 (US$15,964), one of them to the U.S. and another to Belgium.