Viva Las Vegas! Sapphire’s sale-topping sister fetches €27,000

Queen Vegas van't Merelsnest, who was bought by Greg Broderick and Andrew Hughes for €27,000 at the Flanders Foal Auction. © Paardenfotograaf 
Queen Vegas van’t Merelsnest, who was bought by Greg Broderick and Andrew Hughes for €27,000 at the Flanders Foal Auction. © Paardenfotograaf

Irish Olympic nominated rider Greg Broderick has bought a close relative of former leading US showjumping Sapphire at a foal auction in Belgium.

Queen Vegas van't Merelsnest. © Paardenfotograaf 
Queen Vegas van’t Merelsnest. © Paardenfotograaf

The filly, who fetched the top price of €27,000 at the Flanders Foal Auction is by Sapphire’s sire Darco, and out of Artemis van’t Merelsnest, a half sister to Sapphire, both being from the Hedjaz mare Idjaz C.

Sapphire, who died of colic at the age of 19 two years ago this month, was ridden by McLain Ward and helped the USA to Team Gold at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and Team Silver at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games.

There was plenty of interest in the filly, named Queen Vegas van’t Merelsnest, but it was Broderick, in partnership with Andrew Hughes, who secured the youngster.

Only last week Broderick sold a colt foal closely related to his Olympic horse Going Global. The colt, named BP Gone Global, sold for £30,000 with all proceeds going to charity.

Buyers from around the world attended the Flanders Foal Auction on Saturday night at the equestrian center C&M in Bonheiden. Foals were sold to Belgium, Germany, Ireland, England, France, Sweden, Denmark, USA, Mexico and Peru.

The next top priced lot was Compère-K van’t Kattenheye Z (Comme Il Faut x Casall ASK), who sold to Sweden for €22,000, and the next highest priced lot was €20,000 by a Belgian buyer for an embryo by Obourg and out of Cento, from the Walloon damline.

The next two best priced lots are headed to the Americas, with the filly Florida (For Pleasure/ Clinton I) sold to the USA for €18,000, and Qualoubet DW, who sold to Mexico for €17,000.

The overall average of the sale was nearly €13,000.

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