Bea Birmingham became the top selling foal at the 2018 Hanoverian Elite Foal and Broodmare auction in Verden, Germany, on 4 August 2018.
The filly Bea Birmingham (by Birmingham x Londonderry) sold for 28,000 euro to a renowned breeder from the North-Rhine Westphalia area. Bea Birmingham is bred by Kurt Thieße.
The second most expensive foal was colt Roache (by Revolution), bred by Sally Hjort Schultz in Denmark. He sold for 24,000 euro. Roache's sire Revolution became World Champion of the five-year-old dressage horses in Ermelo/NED on the same day. The brown colt descends from the dam line of Dallas, from which French Kiss, who became World Champion with Katrin Burger in 2004, also descends.
While 57 promising dressage talents were auctioned on Saturday, 37 foals and three broodmares with show jumping pedigrees were sold the day before on Friday. The Balou du Rouet x Calido son Beck's Balou (breeder: Sabine Pedrina, Teolo/ITA, exhibitor: Jürgen-Heinrich Ohlhoff, Bergen) was the most expensive jumper foal. The perky bay, whose dam was successful in advanced level jumping, sold for 15,000 euro to breeders from Schleswig-Holstein.
Foreign customers paid 20,000 euro for Queen Kate (by Quantensprung x San Amour). Colt Flocki (by Finest x Londontime) switched owners for 17,000 euro.
Two dressage foals sold for 15,000 euro: Sir Sulley (by Secret x Sarkozy) and Franjo B (by Franziskus x De Niro).
Jumper Velaquez (by Van Gogh x Cornet Obolensky) moves abroad for 13,000 euro.
"There were many names in the foals' pedigrees that have proven their performance in sport. A compliment to our breeders", auction manager Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener said.
The international bloodlines combined with valuable Hanoverian dam lines attracted numerous foreign interested parties. A regular customer from Great Britain secured her 100th foal in Verden. The largest groups of buyers came from Spain (seven foals) and Sweden (six foals). Altogether 36 foals will leave Germany.
The 94 auctioned foals achieved an average price of 8,233 euro.
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