By Aurélie Covini
The upward trend in the marketplace reported in the previous quarter continues. More than 30 public sales took place from April to June: 735 horses and 323 foals (compared to 2017: 613 horses and 229 foals), representing a volume sales increase of 20% (41% if we only consider the number of foals sold).
During the last months, great sensation came from The Ten auction, which recorded the highest prices overall. ‘The Ten’ auction was created last year by professionals who are very familiar with high-level sport horses. Their auction lots are selected by this new team of organizers, including internationally renowned horse dealers, Grand Prix riders, and scounts: Tal Milstein, Eric Grenier, Ilan Ferder, Daniel Bluman and Sören Kühl.
This auction was called ‘The Ten’ because this was the number of showjumping horses selected for the sale which took place on May 1, at Azelhof Horse Events, in Liege, Belgium, during an elegant evening.
The Ten’s final list included exclusive and talented young showjumpers, aged between four and seven years. Each one had undergone a uniquely rigorous selection process devised and managed by the international committee of The Ten. It has been a successful year, with eight horses selling for €160,000 or more.
For her part, the seven-year-old mare La Belle Van Hagen (Vagabond de la Pomme x Remond) who cames from the same motherline as Olympic London left Liege for the tidy sum of €280,000, a price almost reached by Lancelot du Faurieu Z (Lordanos x Cassini II) who finally went under the hammer for €255 000.
The top price of this auction, however, was achieved by Brooklyn (Coltaire Z x Le Tot de Semilly), an incredible six-year-old stallion who sold for €550,000 following a fierce battle between three bidders who were all eager to acquire the horse described as ‘the best of the sale’.
As part of its online sales, Zangersheide organized a June auction of broodmares. The goal of sale was to present ‘only mares of the highest quality’ and the online auctio closed on June 12 with a great apotheosis. wanted to purpose for this auction “Only mares of the highest quality “ and the 12th june, the Online Auction closed with a great apotheosis. Fortina Z, a daughter of Olympic gold medal stallion For Pleasure (Furioso II - Gigantin x Grannus) and the clone of Olympic gold medal mare Ratina Z (Ramiro Z - Argentina x Almé), sold to Valerie Allix from Haras de Pléville in France for the record sum of €142,000.
Seven highly exclusive mares were offered in the Z Online Auction, of whom five were sold. Lady D van't Roosakker, full sister to Kassander van't Roosakker, sold for €69,000 to the Belgian Studfarm 2000, who bred, among others, Dominator 2000 Z. Narcotique van ten Bos, a daughter of Daytona de Muze, will find a new home in Brazil...