By Desirée Dahn / Holsteiner Verband
Photography: Janne Bugtrup
At time of print for this issue, it appears that the 35th Holsteiner Spring Auction scheduled for March 27 will be held exclusively online, continuing the format that has worked previously. Once again 23 three-year-olds will be offered, and presented solely in free jumping.
Among them is Cantara E (Gerd Eggers, Stadum), a daughter of Cancara x Caretino and a full sister to the current state champion of the ladies competition at Bad Segeberg. This is Cassandra Orschel’s Dacara E, who had been once auctioned via the spring auction at Elmshorn, too.
The three-year olds on offer are by stallions such as Van Gogh, Livello, Del Arko, Balou de Rouet, Colman, and Million Dollar. Among them will be promising sport horses as well as mares who could first produce a foal for their new owners. “I am very satisfied because we can offer a large number of three-year olds as well as some jumping horses ready to compete immediately with our customers,” said marketing manager Roland Metz.
The second half of the lot will be horses already under saddle. They are from four to seven years old, trained according to their age, and some of them are already experienced athletes. Promising Holsteiner talents are on offer for the ambitious amateur as well as for international jumping riders. Their pedigrees read like the Who’s Who in international jumping. Sires like Diarado, Calido I, Stakkato, Vagabond de la Pomme, Casall, For Pleasure, and Tangelo van de Zuuhthoeve are sending offspring from proven and well-bred mare lines – the most valuable asset of Holsteiner breeding. “We were able to assemble a lot which is truly convincing,” concludes a satisfied Roland Metz. “We are grateful to our exhibitors. Without their trust and support we would not be able to work as successfully.”
Metz and his team looked at more than 150 horses in order to make their selection, taking every possible effort regarding time and distance, and travelled to a lot of breeders in Holstein and all over Germany.
March 27 Auction Timetable
• March 4: Arrival of the auction horses
• March 7: 14:00 Presentation at Elmshorn with ClipMyHorse.TV, followed by test riding
• March 8-25: Training and test riding
• March 25: Arrival of the three-year-old horses
• March 25: 14:00 Training and testing
• March 27: 9:00 Final presentation (followed by the option to test ride until the auction starts)
• March 27: The Auction (Catalogue online as from March 1 – www.holsteiner-verband.de)