EL DIARADO D'EUSKADI

FRANCE (by Adriana van Tilburg) El Diarado d’Euskadi fetched the top price at the Fences auction – which should be considered something special. It was certainly interesting to see so many different pedigrees from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as France.

The presentation on August 28 for all the three-year-olds preceded the regular evening auctions that ran Tuesday to Saturday from the main catalogue. On Sunday there was an additional auction for a few breeders whose horses were presented from a supplementary catalogue. The auction team of Jean Yves Camenen, Bernard Demets, Arnaud Evain, Jean Four- cart, Benjamin Ghelfi, Lau- rent Guillet, Bernard Le Courtois, Eric Negre, Emmanuel Portet, Marcel Rozier and Bruno Souloumiac certainly made sure the Fences auction was ver y engaging.

The top price of €200,000 ($239,940) was paid for El Diarado d’Euskadi (Diarado - Rhune d’Euskadi x Dollar du Murier, bred by Marc Hiriart Durruty). Ten years after Diarado (Diamant de Semilly - Roxette I x Corrado I, stamm 318D2) became champion of the Holsteiner stallion approvals for his breeder, Klaus Thingholm Kristensen, he produced the most expensive horse of the 2017 Fences auction – sold to Spain. El Diarado d’Euskadi was, himself, the winner of his qualifier for the final of the stallion approvals. His mother, Rhune d’Euskadi, jumped at 1m60 with Marie Demonte...

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