Holger Hetzel's ninth Sport Horse Sales, which took place in the jam-packed new indoor arena at his yard in Goch, set a new record of EUR 3.1 million for 24 horses. A foal was also auctioned off for EUR 10,000 for charity, and the proceeds will be donated to children in need in the Kleve region.
Even Holger Hetzel was surprised. "I wasn't expecting that," he commented in the early hours of the morning after the ninth Sport Horse Sales in Goch. The 24 horses in the auction collection went under shrewd and agile auctioneer Volker Raulf's hammer for a total of EUR 3,160,500. The average price was a sensational EUR 131,687.50.
The horse that sold for the highest price at the auction was, as expected, five year old Irish mare Arraghbeg Clover, the World Champion of Five Year Old Show Jumping Horses 2013. Her new Russian owner, who is also the owner of New Sport Reitpferde GmbH in Borgholzhausen where Swiss rider Clarissa Crotta, Russian champion Olga Chechina and World Championship rider Vladimir Beletzkiy ride, bid EUR 400,000 for her. Five year old Westphalian gelding Einfach-Einfach will also be going to the yard in Borgholzhausen, which used to belong to Franke Sloothaak. He sold for EUR 110,000. US Nations Cup rider and daughter of New York's mayor Georgina Bloomberg paid EUR 220,000 for five year old grey stallion Choose Me by Cassini, the talented Dutch show jumping horse Dalli Dalli (5) went to Switzerland for EUR 360,000, and EUR 180,000 was bid for both the eight year old grey Holstein gelding Maximus and Dutch-bred stallion X-Factor (5) by Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve.
Four horses went to Baden-Württemberg. A Stuttgart-based bidder paid EUR 30,000 for Dutch mare Milka and EUR 110,000 for the grey gelding Salt'n'Pepper. Hans-Jürgen Deuerer (Bretten) from Baden was in a very generous mood. He bought the exceptionally talented Verdi's Candy for his show jumping wife – who trains with Kalli Streng – for EUR 300,000 and paid another EUR 260,000 for Mecklenburg mare First Lady, whose lineage goes back to Cor de la Bryere. Irish Olympic bronze medal winner Cian O'Connor put in the winning bid of EUR 30,000 for the still five year old Oldenburg gelding Womanizer, and Equi Future Champions from Luxembourg bought the six year old bay mare High Heels (EUR 130,000) and Glamour Girl (EUR 110,000), whose pedigree boasts the excellent genes of Argentinus, Nimmerdor, Numero Uno and Libero H.
The quality horses in the collection were certainly worth the prices paid. And the entire event, which continued into the early hours of the morning, went off without any hitches. It was a fantastic evening that organiser Holger Hetzel, his entire team, the guests and the proud new owners will remember for a long time to come. "None of us will forget these 9th Sport Horse Sales," said a radiant and visibly moved Holger Hetzel, "The red carpet, the incredible atmosphere and the unexpected result. It was perfect from start to finish. The guests all appeared to be having a great time and I can only congratulate the new owners of the sensational horses again."
People who know Nations Cup rider Holger Hetzel will be aware that he's already thinking about the 10th Sport Horse Sales next year. We're looking forward to what it will bring.
Source: Press release from Holger Hetzel's Sport Horse Sales.
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