By Jean Llewellyn / press release
The Westfalian Studbook hosted two hugely successful auctions during October. Their Autumn Auction saw three horses crack the €100,000 mark, while the Cornet Obolensky Youngster Auction on behalf of Zhashkiv Stud in the Ukraine celebrated 100% success.
The Westfalian Autumn Auction was warmly welcomed with younsters of outstanding quality, including 42 dressage and 16 showjumping horses – of which 75% were successfully sold. However, an unprecedented and sensational top price of €590,000 was achieved for a three-year-old superbly trotting son of Escamillo. The bay gelding will now continue his training at the Werndl family’s stable. “I’m lost for words,” was the first sentence out of Christoph Hess’s mouth when commenting on Embolo during the training videos of the auction candidates. The son of Escamillo (bred and exhibited by Andrea Krehenwinkel, Neuenkirchen) impressed every spectator with his above-average quality of movement and lightness. A horse that is made for the higher tasks of dressage sport. His dam St.Pr.St. Dressed in Black (Detroit) also produced the Westfalian champion and Bundeschampionat participant St.Pr.St. For Joy.
The quality of this young horse was also recognized early on by the Westfalian auction customers when the price cracked €100,000 on the first day of bidding. Before the final bid-up the price stood at over €400,000, when the excitement really began. Finally, after 144 bids from 26 customers, the virtual hammer fell for the beautiful bay gelding in favour of winning customers from Korea. Embolo reached the highest price ever achieved by a riding horse at a Wesfalian auction and was purchased by a group of investors, including the Werndl family from Aubenhausen.
The second most expensive horse on the day is a direct stable neighbor of Embolo, as Ernesto comes from the Ulmker family’s breeding stable. Also trained by the daughter of the house Andrea Krehenwinkel, the tall gelding impressed customers from near and far, and bids were fast and furious in the final bid-up, with the virtual hammer falling at €141,000 in favour of customers from Germany. Ernesto will now move into a box at the stable of Marcus Hermes for further training... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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