The top priced mare at last week’s Oldenburg Special Auction in Vechta is heading to Jane Bredin’s yard in the UK for her partner Aran Gregory to compete.

Siegerland, a four-year-old bay mare by Sion, was bought for 20,000 euros (approx £14,000). She will join Exhilero (formerly know as Eifleturm), purchased at the autumn Vechta auction, at their Greenlands Farm base.

“Aran has a Hong Kong passport and his long term aim is to contest the Asian Games in Qatar in 2006,” explains Jane (pictured). “At present we are concentrating on getting our yard set up at home, and finding some nice young horses that we can enjoy bringing up through the grades.

“Oldenburgs tend to be tall but slightly lighter framed than some other German breeds and we find them really lovely to work with,” she adds.

Top prices

The foals stole the show from the riding horses at the auction with the aptly named top priced colt, Der Dollar, knocked down for 35,000 euros. The chestnut foal by Don Schufro will be joining American buyer Joan Sims’ stable. Joan also owns the foal’s full brother Der Euro, who is the current Bundeschampion.

The second highest price at the auction was 21,000 euros for the bay colt foal Rosenfreund, who will remain in Germany.

As a whole, the elite foals did better than the riding horses at the auction, with an average price of 8,648 euros against 8,045 euros. Foreign buyers purchased 11 of the 29 foals and three of the 11 riding horses.

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