Friday night in Wellington it was time for the VDL Auction. The auction presented 15 outstanding four year old jumping prospects coming from the well-known VDL Stud in the Netherlands, and the sales ended at more than $1.5 million.
A full house of guests gathered in the Pavilion to see the fine young sport horses in the ring as the first rate team from Only Jumpers conducted the live and online auction. The excitement was palpable with a flurry of fast and furious bidding leading to cheers of successful buyers.
For the first time in Wellington, interested buyers were able to see the VDL jumping prospects in action under saddle and over fences with the opportunity to test ride them to choose a favorite. The elite group of horses consisted of one KWPN approved stallion, one mare and 13 geldings. Winning bids ranged from $55,000 to $210,000 for the stallion, Dakota VDL.
Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions stated, "We're very excited by the success of this auction. It adds an important new dimension to the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival."
The VDL Stud has produced a long list of champions winning at the highest levels, including Olympic Games, World Cup and World Equestrian Games. For horse owners, having the prestigious event in their own back yard is a win/win situation. Costly and long trips to Europe to scout out new prospects and vetting and shipping the horse back to the U.S. weren't necessary.
Source; Press release Jennifer Wood Media Inc
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