Big Prices for Top Prospects at the Oldenburg Online Elite Auction

first_img Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email*center_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Top seller D’Amour went for 260,000 euros. (Feldhaus photo)Exciting bidding duels until the very last second comprised the 94th Oldenburg Online Elite Auction in Vechta, Germany. The four-year-old dressage prospect D‘Amour (D’Egalité – Ampère – De Niro), bred by Klaus Kotschofsky, Visbek, and exhibited by Gut Feichten Sportpferde Management GbR of Bad Tölz, was the top seller, fetching 260,000 euros. Her dam, Beauty Girl, is the sister of Intermediaire II winner Ratzeputz under Ursula Wagner. The Hamburg buyer tried out the mare in Vechta and fell in love with the beautiful prima ballerina.The second most expensive dressage horse at 125,000 euros was the eight-year-old Toscana (Tomahawk – Welt Hit II – Ordensglanz/T.), bred by Anne Weser of Stavern, and exhibited by Pferdezucht FE René Eberz of Montabaur. The beautiful mare is a daughter of Oldenburg star sire Tomahawk and sister of the successful advanced-level Fifty Cent (ridden by Helena Bicker) and Lorenzio (Juan Manuel Vidal Testal, ESP). In the future Toscana will reside in Great Britain.For 108,000 euros, the stallion Dovizioso by Dancier – Sunny-Boy – Rubinstein I, bred by Thaden & Tienken-Thaden of Butjadingen and exhibited by Gestüt Vorwerk of Cappeln, sold to a dressage stable in Belgium. Doviziosos brother Dan Roy is successful in Prix St. Georges under Heiner Schiergen. Granddam Romantik TS is sister of the sire Dream of Glory.A mare also topped the price list in the jumper division. The top seller was the four-year-old OS Champion mare Only You (Ogano – Balou du Rouet – Lord Liberty), bred by Katja Schwierking of Barver and exhibited by Arndt Schwierking. Her dam, Sunshine’s Botox, produced the 1.40 m and higher successful El Balou OLD (ridden by Lillie Keenan, USA), Cirby (Romain Duguet, SUI), Channing Tatum (Katharina Offel) and Cornet’s Baloufee (Piergiorgio Bucci, ITA). The lovely mare moved to a renowned jumping stable in Mexico for 88,000 euros.Second most expensive jumper was the grey mare Galla Hillock (Cornettino Ask – Contender – Capitol I), bred and exhibited by Stutteri Hillock of Denmark. The OS high flyer changed hands for 83,500 euros to a buyer in Hungary. Galla Hillock’s sister Cavallina was an auction price highlight two years ago in Vechta. Dam Unica VII is the sister of the successful 1.40 m athletes Cosmo de Bonnevieux (Karin Haber, SUI), Crispien (Georgia Tame, GBR), Continuum (Teddy Thellier, FR), and Corinessa (Eva-Maria Müller).Biasini (Bordeaux – Fürst Romancier – Kondor xx) was sold to an undisclosed Canadian buyer for 30,000 euros.Fifteen of the 31 auction candidates were knocked down by customers from all over the world. Customers from Belgium (3), Great Britain (2), Switzerland (2), Ireland (1), Italy (1), Canada (1), Mexico (1), Portugal (1), Spain (1), Hungary (1), and the United States (1) will be taking home talented Oldenburgs to ride. The four-year old chestnut mare Biasini (Bordeaux – Fürst Romancier – Kondor xx) was sold to an undisclosed Canadian buyer for 30,000 euros.Watch a video of Biasini here: The total sales of the first part of the Online Elite Auction reached 1,508,500 euros; the average price of the horses was more than 48,500 euros.On Sunday, April 11, the licensing candidates of the 10th Oldenburg Saddle Licensing that are up for sale will be published with photos, videos and information in the auction section of the Oldenburg home page The saddle licensing will take place on Monday, April 19. The Online Auction starts on April 19 and ends on Wednesday, April 21.~ with files from Tobias Hemken Tags: Dressage, Biasini, jumping, auction, Vechta, Oldenburg, last_img read more

SOME RELIEF By Jim Redwine

first_img Gavel GamutBy Jim of 17 July 2017)SOME RELIEFJerry Clower (1926 – 1998) was a Mississippi storyteller whose most famous story involved some raccoon hunters. According to Jerry he and some friends treed what they thought was a raccoon but it turned out to be a lynx. The lynx was not amused when Jerry’s friend climbed the tree and poked the perturbed cat with a stick. When the lynx counter-attacked with teeth and claws Jerry’s friend called for the men on the ground to fire a gun up at the fighting twosome. Jerry told his friend they couldn’t shoot because they might hit the friend. The man yelled back, “Shoot anyway, one of us has to have some relief.”I thought of this homespun wisdom when Peg and I noticed our only peach tree was devoid of every one of the large succulent peaches we had planned to pick this coming weekend. A whole family of raccoons gorged themselves on the golden delights I had saved from the Japanese Beetles, the crows and the opossums. Fifty dollars worth of Savin and two hours of work had been invested in saving those peaches until the perfect moment. Apparently the raccoons did not allow the good to be the victim of the perfect. Four days earlier than perfection was quite satisfactory for them.I was so angry I called my friend Paul Axton, a Department of Natural Resources officer, and asked for help. He brought me a live trap and advised the best bait for raccoons is large marshmallows. I would have made Smores for the little devils if I thought it would help.After about an hour of examining the trap and calling upon my college physics classes to figure how to set it, I proudly placed the trap on our front porch with large white marshmallows prominently displayed. After furnishing free marshmallows to the whole raccoon family for a week, I finally caught something last night, our cat. He was not pleased.It only cost me a couple of Band-Aids and a bottle of rubbing alcohol to treat the cat’s revenge for a night spent in the cage. As for the raccoons, I hope there is some kind of special diabetes they get from overstuffing themselves on our peaches!For more Gavel Gamut articles go to:www.jamesmredwine.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

IPE Views: Can Europe win the dengue race?

first_imgJoseph Mariathasan explores the impact of – and possible solution to – the growing dengue epidemicSummer is approaching, and as thoughts for many turn to what preparations may be required for holidays in the sun, travellers to tropical regions may be looking at stocking up on malaria tablets. These can, in some cases, have rather nasty side effects, but those travelling to Sri Lanka, for example, may not need to bother, as it may become the first-ever tropical country to eliminate malaria officially (if no one is reported with it by October this year).However, whilst malaria may be absent in Sri Lanka, and anti-malaria tablets can, if required, be taken for travel elsewhere, there is another mosquito-borne disease – dengue – that travellers need to be aware of. It causes a severe flu-like illness and can sometimes lead to a potentially lethal complication called dengue haemorrhagic fever. The WHO finds that Central and South America, South-East Asia and the Western Pacific are the most seriously affected regions in the world. What that means is that some 2.5bn people – two-fifths of the world’s population – are now at risk of acquiring dengue. That includes countries such as Brazil, currently preparing for the 2016 Olympics, and popular tourist destinations such as Thailand, with upwards of 25m visitors a year.Estimates of people getting dengue each year are very unreliable, as the symptoms are easily confused with flu and in many cases may be very mild and, as such, unreported. Why dengue is becoming a serious burden for countries is that, according to WHO, up to 50m infections occur annually, with 500,000 cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever and 22,000 deaths, mainly among children. Prior to 1970, only nine countries had experienced cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever. Since then, the number has increased more than fourfold and continues to rise. Some academics have estimated actual dengue cases are probably closer to 400m a year, and there are approaching 100m that have pronounced symptoms. Others have estimated that dengue is now becoming more dangerous than malaria in terms of economic impact and morbidity. Whilst dengue is becoming a major global health issue, there may also be a solution, or rather, a number of solutions. Vaccines are currently being developed by a number of companies, and clinical trials are well under way. The illness itself is caused by one of four variations (serotypes) of a virus. Catching one serotype gives a person immunity for life to that specific serotype. However, it also appears to raise the chances of complications if there is a subsequent infection by a different serotype, and that can result in dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal. Therefore, any vaccine has to be effective against all four serotypes to give complete immunity.Given dengue’s economic impact, it is unsurprising there is a race to develop a dengue vaccine. Whoever succeeds will potentially save countless lives and alleviate much misery but also profit from an immense market opportunity. What is encouraging for everyone, including investors, is that there does appear to be a real chance of success within the next year or two. Currently, Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of French pharmaceutical company Sanofi, has received a fair amount of attention because it has announced results for clinical trials of a vaccine that shows an overall efficacy against any symptomatic dengue disease of 60.8% in children and adolescents.Whilst this may not sound like a solution, it reported a 95.5% protection against severe dengue and an 80.3% reduction in the risk of hospitalisation during the study. Sanofi Pasteur itself is so confident of its vaccine that it has built a new vaccine-manufacturing facility in France with the objective of reducing the time necessary to provide access to the vaccine once it is licensed. It became operational in 2014 with a production capacity of 100m doses of the vaccine per year. Sanofi, though, is not the only firm working on vaccines. It is highly likely that, within the next year or two, there will be announcements of breakthroughs by firms such as Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical, which is undertaking phase-III clinical trials in Sri Lanka and four other Asian countries. The race for a successful dengue virus is well and truly under way.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPElast_img read more

Live like a celebrity at this Gold Coast mansion

first_imgLap up the life of a celebrity with this Worongary mansion at 46/12 Handel Ave.LOOKING to live the Beverly Hills lifestyle of the rich and famous? This grand Worongary house might be as close as you can get to it on the Gold Coast. With a block position perched just like the Hollywood sign and an entry reminiscent of the palm tree-lined streets of the Californian city, you too can lap up a celebrity lifestyle. NSW owners Greg and Beth Symes used the property as their holiday home and said it was the ultimate entertainer’s utopia. “We have family and friends there all the time with the pool, spa and views. It’s great, especially on New Year’s Eve with all the fireworks up and down the Coast,” Mr Symes said. The house has been fully renovated and includes this stylish kitchen. The house has a position perched just like the Hollywood sign. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago MORE NEWS: Fancy living in a barn?center_img The views can be enjoyed from numerous spots.The property boasts impressive views of the Surfers Paradise skyline, Hinterland and beyond, with the vistas best enjoyed while taking a dip in the pool, relaxing in the spa or sipping a cocktail on the main bedroom’s balcony. MORE NEWS: Tools down on charity house built to help sick babies The main bedroom also enjoys some impressive views.He said they had completely renovated the house and were sad to sell it. “We bought it a few years ago because of the view. It was a bit tired when we got it,” he said. “We painted the outside and did everything up inside and at the time it suited our needs, but now we are working into retirement and are looking for a bit more land.”Mr Symes said he would miss the view the most. “You never get tired of sitting out there with a cup of coffee or glass of wine looking at that view,” he said. It is set to head under the hammer on June 9.The Handel Ave six-bedroom house is in the exclusive gated St Andrews Estate. Its corner hilltop position matches its commanding stature and a sense of grandeur is achieved throughout the interiors. A stylish new kitchen, entertainment terrace and large windows to capture the dramatic views are just some of the highlights. The star property is being marketed by Professionals John Henderson Mermaid Beach agent Rebecca Moffrey and is set to go under the hammer on June 9.last_img read more