Mercier (Million Dollar x Cayado) Cat. No. 13. (Photo: Janne Bugtrup)

As from March 1, the 46 very promising offers of the 35th Holstein Spring Auction can be viewed online. Among them are 21 three-year-olds who will only present themselves in free jumping, including the Cancara x Caretino daughter Cantara E (bred by Gerd Eggers), a full sister to the reigning national champion of the women's competition in Bad Segeberg. We are talking about Cassandra Orschel's Dacara E, which was herself once auctioned off at the spring auction in Elmshorn.

The three- year-olds also represent stallions such as Van Gogh, Cascadello I, Livello, Balou de Rouet, Colman, and Million Dollar, who are certainly interesting sport horses, but also mares who are destined for a sporting career but could be used in breeding this year.  According to head of marketing Roland Metz: "I am very satisfied that we can offer a large number of three-year-olds as well as a few horses with whom our customers can get started right away."

The second half of the lot comprises horses already under the saddle, between the ages of four and seven, and already supported by age-appropriate tournament experience.  There are young Holstein talents on offer for the demanding amateur and the international showjumping rider alike. And the pedigrees read like a who's who of international showjumping. Sires like Diarado, Calido I, Stakkato, Casall, For Pleasure, and Zuccero have sent their offspring from proven and well-bred mare lines – the most important asset in Holsteiner breeding. There is also an interesting offer in the collection of Holstein dressage horses, including the stallion Sullivan by the reigning Bundeschampion Secret x Sezuan out of a Lorentin Coriander mother, who will conclude the collection with catalog number 46.

The first presentation is scheduled for March 7, broadcast life on ClipMyHorse.TV from the Fritz-Thiedemann-Halle at 2:00 p.m.  Metz summed up by saying: "We are very grateful to the exhibitors because we would not be able to work so successfully without their trust and support." He and his team had identified over 150 horses in advance, visiting breeders in Holstein and throughout Germany.

The 'hybrid' auction will take place on March 27, with try-outs by appointment beforehand.

Roland Metz's team will be happy to answer questions about the auction and the horses.  (+49 171 4364651 or rmetz@holsteiner-verband.de)