Many well-known faces – that is to say clients – had come to the 1st Holsteiner Winter Chance at the Elmshorn Fritz-Thiedemann-arena.

But also new clients found their way across the Elbe in order to secure a Holsteiner. 70 horses, from international competition horse to two-year-old youngsters put up for sale by the Holsteiner Verband stallion keeping stables were knocked-down by auctioneer Hubert Schulze-Rückamp at an average price of 16,264 euros to buyers from Austria, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, and Thailand. “We are very, very content, not only with the course of the auction, but first and foremost we are extremely happy with the 100 % sales rate”, auction manager Roland Metz was thrilled. The highest-priced lot – this did not really come as a surprise - was Casaltino by Casall-Carthago-Cantus, bred by Manfred von Allwörden, Grönwohld. Having chalked up results in international youngster classes with Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, the eight-year-old is now going to path the way into the sport for a junior rider from Thailand. “During try-out, these two proved a perfect match”, Roland Metz is happy. Casaltino was knocked-down at 130,000 euros. Buyers from Denmark were successful in securing another top-of–the-range lot: the Belgian-bred Cornet Obolensky-Zidane stallion Picasso VD, with a 50-day performance testing score at 8.38, sold at 65,000 euros. Buyers had to invest 35,000 euros in the highest-priced two-year-old youngsters, one of them a colt bred by Timm Peters, Bargenstedt, by Diarado-Casall-Davis - his second dam‘s produce includes Quick Nick I, in his time the “jumping king” of the Holsteiner stallion licensing. The other was Mien Deern, a Million Dollar-Caretino filly bred by Peter Diedrichsen, Börgsum/Föhr. This filly boasts high-profile relatives, as well, as her half brother, Glock's Cognac Champblanc by Clearway represented the Netherlands at international championships with Gerco Schröder and H & M Chilli Willi by Casall out of Mien Deern’s second dam, is one of our neighbouring country Belgium’s best jumping horses with Nicola Phillipaerts.