Olympic showjumper’s foal sets new world record price at auction

  • The world’s most expensive showjumping foal has sold for a world record €160,000 in a “night to remember” at the Zangersheide Quality Auction (24-25 September).

    The top lot of the sale, which ran alongside the World Breeding Championships for young horses, was colt Especial For Fun (Eldorado Van De Zeshoek x For Pleasure), who sold to a German buyer.

    World record price showjumping foal Especial For Fun Z

    The foal is out of Portuguese rider Luciana Diniz’s Rio Olympic 17-year-old ride Fit For Fun 13, whom she co-owns with Ralf Jünger. Luciana and the Hannoverian chestnut mare have made many Nations Cup team appearances together and picked up multiple grand prix wins around the world as well as finishing ninth in Rio.

    While Especial For Fun Z was an embryo transfer foal, Fit for Fun is expected to become a dam herself next year, with the foal sired once again by Eldorado Van De Zeshoek. Mr Jünger is hoping for a filly this time.

    “It was always our goal that Fit for Fun would return to us for breeding after her sport career,” Mr Jünger explained, but he plans to use the mare thoughtfully, even in embryo transfers, “because Fit for Fun, who has already given us so much incredible pleasure, simply deserves that”.

    Other auction highlights

    Filly Cartina JL Z (Carthago Z x Nabab De Reve) was the second most expensive foal of the auction when she was knocked down for €135,000 euros. She is out of Belgian showjumper Jos Lanksinks’s London Olympic ride Cavalor Valentina Van’t Heike.

    The third most expensive foal sold was colt History JT X (Heartbreaker x Carthago Z). The full brother to Hardrock Z, the Rio Olympic ride of Venzuealan Emmanuel Andrade, sold for €86,000.

    “The atmosphere was electric and the fillies reached an exceptional average price of €52,571. The colts raised an average selling price of €38,833 and with buyers tuning in from all over the world, there is no surprise the foals have found new homes and futures all over the globe,” said a spokesman for Zangersheide.

    “Never before have we been more grateful that we are able to organise our World Championship and our Zangersheide Quality Auction, and we sincerely thank the breeders for supporting us with fantastic foals, our hardworking team for the great work, and all the bidders and buyers worldwide for the endless trust in the Zangersheide foals. We wish them all the best for the future.”

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