The 18th Oldenburg Elite Foal auction on August 31 saw the highest price paid for a foal during this past quarter when Serge Gainsbourg (Secret - Donna Wenita x Fidertanz) went under the hammer for €150,000 to Denmark’s Andreas Helgstrand. The colt was bred by Gerd Pigge from Lastrup, Lower Saxony. His dam is a sister to licensed dressage Grand Prix star Foundation (Matthias Alexander Rath), and Grand Prix winner Crystal Friendship (Anabel Balkenhol), as well as three approved stallions

By Aurélie Covini

This past quarter held great promise for sales organizers, who are still wanting to gather their share of the pie! As far as dressage horses are concerned, trading volumes have risen slightly, but this increase in the number of horses sold is more noticeable for jumping horses (1,653 horses sold this quarter compared to 1,417 during the same period last year, i.e. an upswing of around 15%).

However, dealers have been launching their own auctions in recent months, such as Stephex and Yuri Mansur who has partnered with Zangersheide to offer an online sale of high-level horses. A level that was very successfully demonstrated by the prices obtained during the last edition of ‘The Ten’ auction held in New York in September. It broke his previous sales record when  Cachemire de Braize (Quality Touch x Jaguar Mail) sold for a symbolic figure of $ 1 million.
The Dutch Sport Horses Sales organized by the Hendrix family and Yves Houtackers is also a good example of the interest shown in exceptional horses, as their top price this year was for the 2013 grey BWP mare Naomi van het Keizershof (Cardento [Holst] - Benthe [KWPN] x For Pleasure [Hann]) who auctioned for €445,000 to the Britains Nick Skelton and American Laura Kraut. According to Paul Hendrix; “This auction turned out to be a great success, I am really impressed. Every year the expectations are high and it is fantastic to be able to conclude that we have again succeeded in meeting these expectations. That is a compliment for the entire team.”
In addition to conventional sales, the number of online sales is exploding. All the German studbooks, who are very keen on their own sales organization, have also added this online component to their offerings, and internet selling has been included by those such as Hanoverian, Holsteiner, Oldenburg, Westfalian, and DSP.
Last year at the same time, 32 foals had been sold for €42,000 or more, this year there have been 42 in this category are 42 this year in this category (an increase of just under 25%). During the last quarter some 32 horses were also sold for prices between €100,000 and €910,000, while 2018 saw only five horses above the €100,000 mark...To read the complete article you need to be a subscriberCLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS

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