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Auctions: The market takes on a new colour!


By Aurélie Covini

More than 30 public sales were organized in the last quarter. A total of 765 horses, including 348 foals, and embryos, went on the auction block. The trend of horses sold continues to increase slightly, while foals and embryos saw a more marked increase, perhaps also sign of the need for breeders to sell at a younger age.

The trend of online sales has also been consolidated, since from 30 organized sales, one third were online and produced results that do not fade against sales in auction rooms. This is especially true when auctions involve embryos whose prices for popular genetics remain at a high level.
It may seem surprising, but frozen embryo sales, which are known to have a recovery rate of between 50% and 60%, are still very successful. Stud-book Zangersheide has dedicated a special sale to this type of embryo with prices up to €30,000 for a very popular pedigree embryo right now, the line of Usha via Gatoucha van’t Roosakker crossed with Chacco-Blue. With ICSI, some very prestigious stallions like Chacco-Blue reappear in sales in a much larger way. Thus Chacco has eight products sold during this quarter with an average price of €22,750 while his offsprings were rarer in the past. Breeders adapt to the market, and thanks to ICSI produce what customers want to buy.
Fashionable stallions are still very much represented in sales, such as Cornet Obolensky, Casall, Clarimo, Emerald, Diamant de Semilly, Kannan, Comme Il Faut, Vigo d’Arsouilles, Balou du Rouet and Baloubet du Rouet. Conthargos is also showing up more and more as a valued business investment.
For dressage stallion, the sires representing the F line are the undisputed leaders in the popularity stakes:  Franklin, For Romance I, Fürstenball, Fürst Romancier, Franziskus, Floriscount... all being important suppliers of horses and foals in auctions, even if Vitalis, Sir Heinrich and Escolar are also very well represented.
In terms of dressage foals, a sensation occurred during the third edition of the Nordic International Sales during the CDIO Uggerhalne, on May 25, with the seven best prices obtained for foals this quarter. This auction essentially offers foals registered with DWB and is organized by Equitour Aalborg, Helgstrand Dressage, and Danish Warmblood. The superstar of this auction was Farrington Pilekær (Franklin x Sir Donnerhall I), who went under the hammer for €120,000, purchased by Havgaard Horse. The company is also the owner of the most expensive filly bought at the 2018 Nordic International Sales: Faretti I (Franklin x Don Frederico) who sold for €150,000. Francetti (Franklin x Sezuan), another Franklin son, was knocked down to Jane Serup Jensen of Stutteri EVO for €105,000 – representing the second highest price of the quarter for foals.

Spring-Rose (Springbank II VH x Blue Hors Farrel), a filly out of a sister to the promising stallion Blue Hors Zackerey was the most expensive female foal, knocked down at €70,000. She was bred by Bente and Jens Moller Hansen. Although only 59% of presented foals were sold during this period, the average price was the highest at €40,825 on average during this edition of NIS...

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