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The Brightest Star in the Auction: Lemony’s Nicket

Bundeschampion is top horse of the 125th Elite AuctionVerden. Bundeschampion – Premium stallion – Top horse of the 125th Hanoverian Elite Auction.

These are the first fantastic milestones in the incredible career of the young Londonderry/Weltmeyer-son Lemony’s Nicket. The dark-brown horse, bred by Dietmar Eckardt from Burgwedel, was sold at Euro 900,000, the highest price of the day, and also the highest price ever achieved at a Verden riding horse auction. The 85 offered horses in total were sold at average Euro 43,282.

The 125th Hanoverian Elite Auction finished with an outstanding result. 14 horses were sold at more than Euro 50,000. The export rate was comparatively low, only 29 horses were purchased by foreign customers (34 percent). The biggest group of buyers came from the United States (four horses), followed by Belgium, Great Britain and Russia (each three horses). Many top dressage and show jumping riders from Germany belonged to the group of german customers. “The horses were of outstanding quality. This is the reason for the fantastic result,” Jörg-Wilhelm Wegener, the new head of the Training and Sales Centre of the Hannoveraner Verband, commented. Before the auction started, the chairman of the Verband, Manfred Schäfer, presented him with the traditional bowler hat of the auction manager. “I hope that I will successfully accomplish the duties of this office, and I am looking forward to the co-operation with breeders and customers,” Wegener said.

Lemony’s Nicket was already the hot favourite in the run-up of the auction. Only six weeks before, the stallion became the celebrated Bundeschampion of three-year-old stallions in Warendorf where he earned highest scores for his performances. He was licensed for Hanover in Adelheidsdorf only a couple of days before the auction and honoured with a Premium award.

“We are happy that this horse will stay in Germany,” breeding manager Dr. Werner Schade said. The American stallion station Harmony Sporthorses purchased the exceptional horse after a thrilling bidder’s duel. Lemony’s Nicket will move into a stall at the stallion station Pape in Hemmoor for his future training and for breeding purposes.

Most expensive jumper became Scully by Stakkato/Wilawander xx (breeder: Peter von der Fecht-Ehlers, Belum, exhibitor: Peter Broka, Worpswede). A loyal Verden auction customer from Great Britain purchased the state premium candidate at Euro 50,000.

The 41 foals put up for auction achieved an average auction sales price of Euro 8,490. Top-priced foal was Quuno by Quaterback/De Niro (breeder: Ulrike Buurman, Greifenstein). Russian customers invested Euro 60,000 in the eagerly moving youngster. Quinten H has a perfect show jumping pedigree. The Quaid/Escudo-son (breeder: Hans-Heinrich Hagemann, Pattensen-Hüpede) was sold at Euro 9,000 and became the top-priced show jumping colt. Thus, the result of the last foal auction of the year was particularly positive.

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