Elite sale attracts record bid

  • Korenbloem Dressage Challenge

    Peter Storr claimed Britain’s most lucrative dressage prize when he landed £5,000 in the Korenbloem Dressage Challenge for horses bought through the annual Brightwells sale.

    Riding Jo Swain’s four-year-old Oldenburg gelding Donnerklein,(pictured middle) Peter impressed German FEI judge Peter Engl and Isobel Wessels who gave this impressive combination top marks.

    List One judge Judy Harvey was runner-up with the four-year-old Lou Wega, while Paul Hayler was third with the five-year-old Dutch-bred Pelityhius.

    In fourth place was Romeo, ridden by Hannah Esberger-Shepherd (pictured bottom) with Lesley Bishop’s Estaban (pictured top) ridden by David Hunt in fifth.

    Brightwells European Sale

    After a slow start, the sixth elite sale of competition horses saw fast and furious bidding on the majorityof lots at Brightwells annual sale held at Towerlands EC, Essex, which for the first time included show jumpers as well as blue-blooded dressage youngsters.


    Top lot of the night was the big moving, impressive four-year-old Korenbloem Rubens, by the grand prix sire Welt Hit II, who was reserve champion at his performance test and dressage champion at Zwolle in 1997.

    Bidding for this well-bred athletic gelding began at £5,000 and after enthusiastic bidding, was eventually knocked down at £40,000 to Sue Almond from Finchampstead, Berks, for her daughter. The horse will be trained and produced by Andrew Gould.

    There was strong bidding too for Global Ascention, a well-presented chesnut gelding from Dries Roefs, who was secured for £30,000. He will be trained by Mette and Michel Assouline.

    Show jumpers

    A selection of potential show jumpers, who are invited to return next year for the Genus Equine£10,000 Challenge, included the top price for Safarie, a three-year-old Dutch gelding sold by Jan and Danielle van Tuyl, who clinched the highest price at £33,000

    For the first time the sale also featured a show jumping pony.Double Take, a 14.2hh three year old dun pony mare who was described as “nimble and talented”, attracted steady bidding before being sold for £5,100.

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