by Aurélie Covini
Sales over the past three months have generated more and more money, but not all organizers have been prepared to forward all their results, so our tables are not exhaustive. Cornet Obolensky, alone, is represented by 92 offspring sold for a total turnover exceeding €1.5 million, and his foals are a ‘must’ in sales throughout Europe.
Summer is always a strong period for the sale of foals, with a total of 1,783 sold in public sales over the last three months, representing a turnover of €20 million. The six most important sales go to dressage colts – two of them being sold at the Danish Warmblood Elite Foal Auction in Vilhelmsborg on August 25, which posted excellent results. The Helgstrand Dressage team has been very active in this sale by offering the top price for Netstutteriets Fazza (Franklin x Zack). Helgstrand himself put €121,000 on the table to acquire this foal out of one of the sisters of triple world champion Sezuan. During this auction, Denmark's fillies champion, Remember Me (Don Olymbrio x Sezuan) sold for €80,000 to top Danish rider, Anna Zibrandtsen
During the 17th Elite Foal Auction at the Oldenburg Horse Center in Vechta , the price highlight was Marco Polo (Marc Cain x San Amour I), a colt bred by Ulrike Finck-Deichner from Hessian, who was knocked down for €110,000 to a renowned dressage stable in Germany.
The ‘Usha’ wave
The former stars of five-star CSI competitions also always maintain true values in breeding when they are crossed with exceptional sires. So, among the most expensive foals we find a son of the crack of Kevin Staut’s retired crack, Silvana HDC: Ithac Express (Orient Express ) sold for €80,000 by Haras des Coudrettets at the last Fences sale, and joined a breeding enterprise of passionate Saudi investors who have settled in the south of England, near Hickstead. It should be noted that Ithac Express is the price record for a foal at the Fences auction, which celebrated their 30th anniversary this year...
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