Records breaking edition of Dutch Sport Horse Sales

27 September 2017

Tonight, the 14th edition of the Dutch Sport Horse Sales turned out to be a records breaking one. The Bustique son Goliath set a new record with a price of €400,000 and the average price was no less than €137,000. Again, the Hendrix family and Yves Houtackers have managed to auction a collection that was in demand of many international buyers.

For weeks already, it was clear that there was a lot of interest in the 26 top talents in an age of four till six. The collection included several national champions and had a very high average level. Given these facts, it was no wonder that the hopes were high as well. Tonight everything came together: a fantastic auction with many international buyers, who were willing to pay for the exclusive talents from the DSHS collection. “I am particularly proud of what we have all achieved tonight. And it is very nice that the two most expensive horses come from our own raising program, which endorses our system”, said organizer Paul Hendrix. “We have been working hard to get the best horses in this auction, and we already had proved it in the national championships in Ermelo. But besides very good horses, you also need the right people to invest in them, to make an auction successful. Luckily there was a lot of trust in the horses and our concept.”

New record
Twelve horses were auctioned for a price over €100,000 and the average price was €137,000. The Bustique son Goliath broke the records and was sold to the Ashford Farm in Belgium for €400,000. Also for the vice champion of the Blom Cup, the five-year-old Plot Blue-son Hello Blue, was a lot of interest. An investor from Switzerland captured him for €345,000. German top rider André Thieme has invested in the Clearway-son Country Boy, who was sold by auctioneer Koen Olaerts for €240,000. For the champion of the Blom Cup for six-year-olds, €220,000 was payed tonight. This Indoctro-son Gloed is sold to California. The Cardento-mare Galway Girl is also auctioned for a price over €200,000. She will continue her career with the American rider Alisa Oken.

Just like every year, a significant percentage of the price of the auction top horse was donated to charity. Jennifer Crooks from Uryadi’s Village was handed out a check of €44,000. Picture by DigiShots