A seven-year-old mare, who has never rolled a pole in international competition, was the sparkling headline at the Science Supplements Bolesworth Elite A-List Auction (9 July).
One Diamond, a 16.1hh mare, by Diarado, out of Balido I mare Rubinija, was knocked down for £190,000 following a fierce bidding war.
The mare has been competing under Millie Allen and Angelie von Essen on the national and international circuit. Her FEI record shows she did not touch a pole on any of her five starts in international young horse classes last year, partnered by Millie.
Demand for the mare was high, with the bidding jumping from £8,000 to £50,000 in one jump. The price rattled rapidly up to £100,000, with the auctioneer barely drawing breath.
The race to take this “diamond” home briefly steadied around £170,000, inching up gradually with the hammer finally falling on the winning bid of £190,000.
The next highest-priced sale of the night was lot nine, the six-year-old grey gelding Millfield Chrisis (Christian 25 x Lux Z), who sold for £105,000.
Another six-year-old grey gelding also hit six-figures, with lot six, Cerano Van De Dijkhoeve Z (Clarimo x Polydor) reaching £100,000.
This was the first time Bolesworth has offered ridden horses at its auctions.
“We are thrilled that the Science Supplements A-List Auction delivered as promised,” said Bolesworth managing director, Nina Barbour.
“The collective expertise of the selection team was testament to the success of the auction. With an unprecedented number of bids coming from both in the room and online, the catalogue offered breeders and producers in the UK the opportunity to showcase their horses to a truly global audience.
“This marks an important moment in the Science Supplements Bolesworth Elite Auctions’ history, creating a foundation for future success with ridden horse auctions. We would like to congratulate the new owners and thank everyone that attended, it will certainly be a night to remember.”
Lord Louis 25 (lot 12) headed the yearling side of the auction, with the Christian 25 x Emerald Van’t Ruytershof chestnut colt selling for £35,000.
The next sale in the Science Supplements Bolesworth Elite Auction calendar is the Elite yearlings (16-19 July). View the catalogue and register to bid
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