Big bids for dressage colts and fillies at 2018 Elite Foal Auction Borculo in the Netherlands

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Monday 03 September - 15h36 | Edited press release

Big bids for dressage colts and fillies at 2018 Elite Foal Auction Borculo in the Netherlands

Each year, the top jumping and dressage foals in the Netherlands are offered for sale in the Elite Foal Auction Borculo. And at this year’s edition of the prestigious sale, held late last week, it was the promising bay colt Vesuvius van ’t Zuyderbosch who drew the highest bid among the elite dressage youngsters: €81,000 (about $94,000).

 - Big bids for dressage colts and fillies at 2018 Elite Foal Auction Borculo in the Netherlands

Dutch Olympic medallist in dressage Adelinde Cornelissen represented her former sponsor, Austrian Marianne Jerich, at the auction, submitting the winning bid. “Marianne was very keen on this particular foal,” Cornelissen said. “It was so exciting! I’ve bought foals before over the telephone, but never for this sort of amount. The foal will now be going to Austria. And who knows, he might end up in my stables one day. I certainly wouldn’t mind.”

Vesuvius van ’t Zuyderbosch’s breeder Elbert Pater from the Dutch Voorthuizen was delighted with the result of the sale. “I can’t believe this is happening to my foal,” he said. “Vesuvius is the very first foal I have ever had auctioned. It just doesn’t get any better than this… Perhaps I’d better stop breeding instantly.”    

The Westphalian son of Valverde was not the only youngster to draw significant interest in the exciting auction at the Paardensportcentrum Lichtenvoorde in the town Vragender. Another colt, Nashville LMD, son of the premium Olympic stallion Desperados, changed hands for the spectacular sum of €56,000 euros, with the successful bid coming from Jan Pieter Dalsem.

The filly who sparked the most interest in the dressage sale last week was Nina Fleur van de Paulinehoeve (€36,000), purchased by Jan Kooi, while Nuance GS and Next Deniro H also brought in big bids – 29,000 and 27,000 euros respectively. Other foals attracted bidders from a range of countries around the world, including Dubai and Taiwan.

According to organisers in the Netherlands, over two days, Koen Olaerts’s auction hammer came down for 63 show jumping foals and 65 dressage foals. The young horses were sold this year for an average price of €11,490. Below: ​Vesuvius van 't Zuyderbosch (Valverde x Vivaldi)

 - Big bids for dressage colts and fillies at 2018 Elite Foal Auction Borculo in the Netherlands


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