Horse Auction Belgium breaks record

The showjumping horse and embryo auction Horse Auction Belgium broke its record this Saturday before a packed VIP lounge at Sentower Park. The Swedish showjumping rider Johanna Wallter, who is currently performing in the USA, scored a top-class talent in Opglabbeek. Together with her mother she bought the powerfully jumping, quality stallion Prado van het Genelaar (Cardento x Burggraaf) for 46,000 euro.

The 25 showjumping horses born in 2014 and 2015 together went for 540,500 euro, which makes an average price of 21,620 euro. The six embryo’s, provided by Flanders Foal Auction, were sold for a total of 95,000 euro. The embryo from Heartbreaker out of the 1.60m Grand Prix mare Pernot (by Burggraaf) was sold via Luk Van Puymbroeck by telephone to Switzerland for 24,000 euro. 

For a while it looked like there was more interest for the embryo’s where the expectation value played an important role than for the showjumping horses that could be assessed during the free jumping. However, by the end of the sale auctioneer Koen Olaerts could knock down the young showjumping talents for gradually higher prices.

Michel Spaas, who has already pulkled the cart for the auction right from its first edition and who this year was assisted by Cristophe Gijbels, Kevin Gielen and Lore Penders, was very content afterwards. “In my idea, it was a very realistic auction without any pre-cooked deals as you often see at auctions. I mean to say that we did not know beforehand where the horses would go. We had more clients this year and the horses went to several different countries, as far as China. It is great that Johanna Walter managed to lay her hands on a real crack. I have been looking after her youngsters for years and this one will also live in my stables for a while.” 

Dutch investors struck the iron while it was hot. Reggy Hoffmann can start working with three youngsters, including the one but most expensive horse (42,000 euro), the very powerfully jumping Pacquiao WDH (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Le Tot de Semilly). “The owner is leasing two stables at our place and now wanted to buy a few showjumping horses”, Reggy Hoffmann explains. “We came over here especially for the auction. Last year we bought a now 4-yr-old Diamant de Semilly. He is jumping mighty good! This is a fantastic auction with horses in which you can still improve their value. I like to ride at international level, but am just as pleased riding a youngster with good quality.”

Hank Melse and Eric Morssinkhof claimed the Carrera VDL son C James WS Z for 14,000 euro and the fantastically well jumping El-Future van ‘t Ameldonk Z (El Torreo de Muze x Cash) for 28,000 euro.

Knocked down for 36,000 euro were Koh I Noor (Kannan x Verdi) out of the half-sister of the 1.60m level showjumping stallion Tannenhof’s Chaco Chacco and the stallion Domingos JT Z (Dieu Merci van T&L x Carthago), a half-brother to the Olympic showjumping horse Hardrock Z. Two horses went for 34,000 euro: Dream Boy (Diarado x Carpaccio) and Intense Royal Z (Inshallah de Muze x Quantum) and 30,000 euro was paid for Akihito JT Z (Aktion Pur Z x Air Jordan Z).

Author: Wendy Scholten



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