Viva Diamond, Champion of the 2023 DSP Stallion Licensing

Sun, 01/22/2023 - 10:00
German Sport Horse
Thomas Casper of Gestut Birkhof running his licensing champion Veni Vidi Vici at the 2023 DSP Stallion Licensing in Munich :: Photo © Bjorn Schröder / courtesy Birkhof

Veni Vidi Vici, a chestnut Viva Gold x Don Diamond offspring, was named champion of the 2023 DSP Stallion Licensing in Munich on 19 - 21 January 2023. 

A collection of 45 colts was selected for licensing; 43 showed up and 21 were licensed. Seven were named premium

Veni Vidi Vici

The champion was a chestnut named Veni Vidi Vici (by Viva Gold x Don Diamond x Don Frederico x Wolkenstein II), bred by Herbert and Ursula Linz and owned by Gestut Birkhof in partnership with Horst Eulich. The owners' duo acquired him as a foal named Veni Vidi Vici at the Riedlingen Foal Auction in 2020 for 32,000 euro.

This is the third licensing champion Gestut Birkhof has reared in the past two decades. After Denario and Don Diamond, this Viva Gold is their third. He will stand at stud at his owner's place. 

After the licensing the owners renamed the colt with the more simplistic and less inspirational name: Viva Diamond.

Photo © Bjorn Schröder

Reserve Champion

The reserve champion was also by Viva Gold, but out of a Rock Forever x Florestan x Entree dam bred by Simon Bürgers in Mönchengladbach.  His name is Viva Vegas

The Hanoverian branded stallion was the favourite of the public and became the price highlight of the auction and sold for 420,000 euro to Helgstrand Dressage. Initially it was announced that Tobias Schult would stand him up for stud but on Saturday evening Helgstrand came forward as the buyer and they will manage the stud duties themselves. 

Three Viva Golds were presented for licensing in Munich: all three passed and two were premium. Just like in Oldenburg and Hanover, the Viva Gold offspring made its mark this year at the licensing.

Premium Colts

The seven premium stallions were:

  • Viva Diamond (by Viva Gold Don Diamond) - Owner: Thomas Casper & Horst Eulich
  • Viva Vegas (by Viva Gold x Rock Forever) - Owner: Simon Bürgers ---> sold for 420,000 to Helgstrand
  • Fabinho (by Fürst Samarant x Florestan) - Owner: Eva‐Maria Beckmann ----> sold for 95,000 euro
  • nn (by Fürst Samarant x Landstreicher) - Owner: Reesink Horses ----> bought back for 60,000 euro 
  • Neffs Morrison Young (by Morricone x Sir Donnerhall) - Owner: Sandra Neff
  • Succession (by Secret x Dancier) - Owner: Wolfgang Reich ---> sold for 350,000 euro to The Netherlands/Reesink
  • Versace Deluxe (by Vaderland x Don Nobless) - Owner: Susanne Durrer, Liechtenstein
Further licensed colts

The other licensed stallions are

  • Best Rubin (by Bon Courage x Quadroneur) - Owner: Frank Klakow
  • nn (by Dream Boy x Ehrentanz) - Owner: Gestüt Greim, Ludwig Fischer
  • Elegance (by Escamillo x Depardieu) - Owner: Reitanlage Sonnenbrink, Isabell Nowak ---> sold for 83,000 euro
  • Fitzgerald MT (by Falihandro x Lord Loxley ) - Owner: Ferienhof Stücker, Christiane Wilbers  ---> sold for 783,000 euro
  • Ferruccino (by For Romance x Don Diamond ) - Owner: Werner Häfner
  • nn (by Fürst Samarant x Dressage Royal) - Owner: Mathieu Beckmann  ---> sold for 81,000 euro
  • Mont Royal (by Meridian x Fidertanz) - Owner: Volkmar u. Heike Schadock,
  • Rocky Mountain (by Revolution x Damon Hill ) - Owner: Patricia Reuner‐Krebs ---> sold for 65,000 euro
  • Sezuan's Amour (by Sezuan x San Amour) - Owner: Sylvia & Willem Klausing ---> sold for 100,000 euro
  • nn (by Si Senor M x Fürst Nymphenburg) - Owner: Hauptgestüt Graditz
  • Tota United K (by Toto Jr.x  Dante Weltino) - Owner: Franz Winkelmaier
  • Visionary Style (by Valverde x Diamond Hit) - Owner: Ralf Schönland
  • Von Herzen (by Vitalis x Don Schufro) - Owner: Mathieu Beckmann
  • Vanguardia (by Viva Gold x Contendro I) - Owner: Limbecker GmbH

The online auction platform went offline during the final Bidup (happened also in 2021) and biddings could only be done by phone (or on the scene)

Complete licensing results here - auction results here.

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