It was a brilliant thirteenth edition of the Dutch Sport Horse Sales at the Equestrian Centre de Peelbergen on Tuesday evening. With an average price of 132.000 Euros and the exceptional mare Cherry Tania as the top-seller for 385.000 Euros the Dutch Sport Horse Sales had another record breaking edition. As is tradition, 5% of the price of the top-seller was donated to Jennifer Crooks' Uryadi's Village foundation.
The average auction price increased by 12.000 Euros compared to last year and the magnificent Cherry Tania (Cellestial x Con Capitol) became the most expensive horse ever sold at the DSHS. The 6-year-old mare Cherry Tania showed incredible jumping on both the video and in the live presentation, and it was Laura Kraut's sponsors that purchased the outstanding mare.
The horsemen behind the Dutch Sport Horse Sales, Paul, Emile, Timothy and Michel Hendrix and Yves Houtackers are extremely satisfied with this year's result. “What a night it has been!”, Michel Hendrix exclaimed on behalf of the selection committee. “We did know that we had an excellent group of young, talented showjumpers. But we could only have dreamed of this outcome! We are very proud our clients have again expressed their trust in the Dutch Sport Horse Sales. There were some exceptional horses in this year's collection and we can only be grateful that they will go to these great new owners!”
In addition to Cherry Tania, another five horses were sold for a price above 200.000 Euros. The impressive stallion Corragio (Conthargos x Tjungske) was sold to a Turkish buyer for 295.000 Euros. With his tremendous scope, amazing way of jumping and excellent conformation, Corragio was one of the highlights of this year's collection. The group of 4-year-olds was exceptional this year, as also Haufóm (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Hamlet) was sold for 220.000 Euros to buyers from the United Kingdom.
The 5-year-old mare Gitania (Cantos x Lux) – half-sister to the Olympic showjumper Bardolino – was sold for 255.000 Euros to a buyer from the USA, while Larca van Erpecom (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Darco) will also cross the Atlantic for 200.000 Euros. F. Umonia (Chellano Z x Voltaire) will move to Belgium for 200.000 Euros.
The Dutch Sport Horse Sales also gave some special attention to the Hechme-family, the owners of the 7-year-old Everest (Carambole x Indoctro). Last Sunday, Everest won the bronze medal with Luc Steeghs at the World Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken.
A very special moment during the evening was also the honouring of 2016 Olympic Champion Nick Skelton. The British showjumping legend got a standing ovation from the crowd for his historic performance at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games aboard his already legendary stallion Big Star.
Source: Press release from Dutch Sport Horse Sales // Pictures © Digishots
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