A new British record has been set at Brightwells auction of sport horse foals where top lot makes £12,000

A new British record for a foal was set at the Brightwells evening gala auction of sport horse foals held at Addington Equestrian Centre last week.

The price of £12,000 was paid for the colt foal Uplift who earlier in the evening was awarded the championship at the inaugural Best British foal show – a record price for a sport horse foal at auction.

Uplift, who was bred by Sharon Baldwin of the Meadow Stud, Glos, is by the KWPN Ferro son Metall out of a Dutch mare by Voltaire.

He was bought by Peter and Karen Luetchford from Hertfordshire, previous buyers at the Equilibra sport horse sale and is intended for a dressage career.

The sale of older dressage horses produced a top price of £53,000 for the three-year-old Sensation, an Oldenburg stallion by the 1999 World Young Horse Champion Sandro Hit, brought over from Holland by Frank De Kok.

Sensation was bought by Dominic Shorthouse and will be produced for dressage by former international young rider Nathalie Heappey.

After the days’ judging of foals by Bernd Richter of the Westphalian Verband and Klaus Bunger of the Hanoverian Verband, the top 25 British-bred foals from 80 entered were presented for auction, of which 15 were sold.

Auctioneer Richard Botterill of Brightwells said: “We were thrilled at the response to the day and the foals sold all fetched strong prices.”