Record Price At German Elite Foal Auction for Oldenburg Colt

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A la Dressage by Ampere-Sandro Hit sold for €200,000 (US$290,000) at the Oldenburg foal auction. © 2011 Kiki Beelitz

VECHTA, Germany, Aug. 29–A la Dressage, a colt by Ampere-Sandro Hit, was bought at the Oldenburg sale for  €200,000 (US$290,000), a record price of at a German elite foal auction. The buyer was Swiss.

The sire Ampere is owned by longtime U.S. dressage horse owners, Fritz and Claudine Kundrun and statioed at Tullstorp Dressage AB in Sweden.

Other bidders were from Dubai and Germany for the fabulously moving colt bred by Klaus Tuchen from Grabow/Sachsen-Anhalt.

During the thunderous applause in the auction ring, Uwe Heckmann, the auctioneer, commented, “They don’t come any better–an extraordinary colt out of an exquisite Oldenburg mare line.”

A total of 88 foals were knocked down at the 10th Elite Foal Auction at the Oldenburg Horse Center Vechta, selling for an average price of €12,324 (US$17,900). Total sales were €1,084,500 (US$1,576,000), a new benchmark for this Oldenburg Verband auction.

The second highest price of €90,000 (US$130,000) was paid for Tout le Monde by Totilas-Rohdiamant by a new customer from Hanover, Germany. This black colt bred by Maike Hinrichsen from Quickborn/Schleswig-Holstein will be raised as a stallion prospect.

In addition to German buyers, 28 foals went to foreign buyers–Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Slovenia, Great Britain, Australia, Italy and the U.S.