Marta Kauffman Pays Top Price for Sandro Hit Stallion at Oldenburg Auction
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VECHTA, Germany, Mar. 29–Hollywood producer Marta Kauffman paid the highest price, €140,000 (US$188,000), for the four-year-old Sandro Hit stallion, Sailor Moon, at the Oldenburg Elite Auction at the weekend.
The stallion will be shipped to Los Angeles where Marta Kauffman’s stable of dressage horses are competed by Jaye Cherry based at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Sailor Moon is by Sandro Hit out of Galana by Rohdiamant and was bred by H. H. W. Brinks from Waarden, The Netherlands.
More than 50 per cent of the 45 horses auctioned went to foreign buyers, and half of those to the U.S. The average auction price was €28,789 (US$37,448) with total sales of €1,295,500 (US$1,745,815). Americans paid €35,000 (US$47,166) on average for their purchases.
The second most expensive horse in the collection was Sohn der Sonne, born 2007, by Sir Donnerhall out of Lady Like by Sion, bred by Jutta Kelle from Minden, Germany, who changed hands for €100,000 (US$134,700) to Anderson Dressage Stables in Sweden. Diamond Forever, born 2006, by Diamond Hit out of Lavirca by Royal Diamond–the same dam line as the Oldenburg trademark stallion Sandro Hit–was the third top priced horse and was sold to a French buyer.
Sailor Moon’s great granddam Melancholie by Matador was discovered 28 years ago at Oldenburg’s 17th Foal Auction in 1982. One of the top priced foals, she was sold to the Netherlands.