GHI blog

Verden Auctions – The first stage of sports careers also leading towards the International Dressage and Show Jumping Festival

(Verden) The International Dressage and Show Jumping Festival in Verden is doubly of interest in two ways: International sport from August 3  - 7 on the one hand, Hanoverian Foal and Broodmare auction on August 5 and 6 on the other hand. The Verden auctions are regularly the stepping stone of promising careers. The Festival itself provides many examples for foals and horses who started their careers at one of the Verden auctions to then successfully continue in the dressage ring or show jumping arena.


Best examples
The Hanoverian mare Charmed (by Chacco-Blue/Plural) was sold at the Verden Elite Auction in 2012. She jumped a clear round in the opening test of the international medium tour with Markus Beerbaum and came in seventh. The former auction horse Bourbon, a Bonifatius/Don Vino-progeny presented by Christoph Kleinmeyer, convincingly won the second division of the elementary level dressage horse ability competition for five-year-old horses – opening test for the DKB Federal Championship-qualifier, with a final score of 8.3, thus easily managing the qualification.


Investments at the Verden auctions regularly turn out to be valuable for the future, a fact that is once again confirmed by the victory of the Hanoverian stallion Smirnoff (by Sir Donnerhall/Florencio I) who won the medium level dressage horse ability competition for six-year-old dressage horses with Manuel Bammel. Smirnoff was sold at the 2010 Elite Foal Auction in Verden and now returns to the International Dressage and Show Jumping Festival as extraordinary young dressage horse.


120 foals and broodmares in total will show up in the Verden auction arena on Friday and Saturday – promising opportunities for breeding and sport of thoroughly selected high quality. The auction of the futurity prospects starts at 6:00 pm on both days.


Information for accredited journalists:
The Organizing Committee will be happy to welcome you to join the press conference on Friday, 02:00 pm at the press office on Lüneburger Weg. Dr. Wolfgang Schade and the German athlete’s representative Mario Stevens will answer your questions. 
For more information on the Verden Dressage and Show Jumping Festival, please click on or join us at Facebook  -  #Verden2016 (easiest option to find the Verden International Dressage and Show Jumping Festival).


Press release dd. August 6, 2016


This press release is distributed on behalf of the Organizing Committee, Verden Turnier GmbH. For requests, please contact Comtainment GmbH, Martina Brüske, by cell phone ++49 (0)177-7532625 or by email

Charmed - former auction-horse - is now successfully competing with international showjumper Markus Beerbaum in Verden. (Photo: