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over the crowd when bidding reached 95,000 euros on the reserve champion for dressage, a powerfully built black stallion sired by Dr. Doolittle x Rubin Royal–Rothenburg J. The auctioneer held the silence up until the next bid raised the price to 100,000 euro. The crowd let loose with cheers and clapping, the stallion snorted fire and trotted even bigger, and a new runner took over the reins from the panting handler. The hammer fell at 150,000 euro, earning the Dr. Doolittle colt honors as the high-selling stallion of the auction! The jumping champion, a golden-bay powerhouse by

Captain Fire x Golden Joy J, brought 70,000 euros, and will be standing at the Zweibrücken state stud in 2011, along with the approved son of Florestano x Laudatio. The Marbach state stud of Baden-Württemberg snapped up the Premium Reserve II stallion, a son of Quaterback x Paradiesvogel, for a final bid of 100,000 euros. But while 100,000+ euro price tags for some of the

Premium stallions were exciting to watch, the real values of the South German auction may have been the other sixteen approved stallions, as well as those who were not approved. Many approved stallions near the middle and end of the auction sold between 15,000 to 21,000 euro. Riding horse prospects (non-approved stallions) brought between 7,000 to 25,000 euro. Even with the weak dollar and import cost, that’s a good price for a top young prospect for sport, already x-rayed, in flawless condition, and usually started under saddle.

SOUTHERN ADVANTAGES “The beauty of this auction is that you find all the same bloodlines, but at a better price,” says Susanne Lauda, North American representative for the Baden- Württemberg registry. “You can find everything at this auction from top dressage prospects to future international jumpers to absolutely top hunters for the American market.” The Baden-Württemberg registry was proud to sport

their brand on the champion dressage stallion approved this year —an impressive black son of San Amour x Cabaret—Campari M. Last year’s dressage licensing stallion also wore the Baden-Württemberg brand. So you see, regional pride is alive and well, even in this alliance of breeds! Sabine Reisenauer bred the San Amour son who

brought in top honors this year. Like many German breeders, she breeds just two or three foals a year and

AT RIGHT, TOP: Puerto Rico, the premium stallion now standing at Zweibrucken state stud, by Peking x Contender – Coriander. Photo by Maximilian Schreiner

BOTTOM: An approved stallion Swarovski x Weltmeyer – Abraham. He was one of the higher selling stallions that sold for 115,000 euros to a buyer in South Africa. Photo by Ann Daum Kustar

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usually sells her prospects at foal auctions. The San Amour colt was sold as a foal to Harald Kocher, who raised him in a pasture just down the road from her house before preparing him for the Munich approvals. Even before Munich, his qualities were appreciated when he was presented as an exemplary young horse at the German Masters in Stuttgart. “This colt was born a champion,” Sabine says. “He never underwent the ugly-duckling stage that most foals do, and his first trot step was already impressive.” Sabine, like the vast majority of southern German

breeders and trainers, is thrilled that the southern registries have joined forces as it gives individual breeders a much wider stallion selection and better exposure to potential buyers. But what about the fate of the regional Warmbloods

of Germany—will cooperative selections homogenize the unique characteristics of the Bavarian, Zweibrücker, or Baden-Württemberg horses bred in these regions for centuries? Most breeders and registry officials seem to accept

(even embrace) these changes, even while holding on tight to regional pride in their horses’ accomplishments. The current trends in Germany, to favor microchipping over branding and for mare owners to choose the most popular and successful stallions regardless of region or brand, reflect this change in the German breeding scene.

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