The top lot of the first sport horse auction to be held during the international showjumping show at Keysoe was a scopey For Pleasure x Dynamo gelding.
He was sold to a phone buyer from the USA for £24,000 during the sale in which 10 of 14 three-year-olds put forward found new homes.
A large audience arrived for the evening event yesterday (3 July) hosted by Kingsman Equine, a Gloucestershire-based company founded specifically to source sport horses and run elite auctions.
Showjumper Carron Nicol took two new horses home to Warwickshire. She first paid £14,500 for a black Nouma DAuzay daughter, a big mare with plenty of jump. Then the enormous-jumping grey gelding Diablo, by Durango VDL, went into Carron’s shopping basket for £14,000.
“I’m delighted because I’d earmarked both these horses before the auction,” she said. “I love a black horse and it’s a real bonus that the mare is already backed, while Diablo was my absolute favourite when I looked at the catalogue.
“I haven’t had to pay a fortune for either of them and they both have lovely characters. Temperament means a lot to me because my horses are part of the family.”
Six horses found new homes at the sale at Tattersalls Horse Trials, with top British event rider Oliver Townend among
Kingsman Elite Sport Auction prices
Lot 1: Valor Z (Vagrant Z x Chellano Z stallion) £9,500 not sold
Lot 2: Lazora (Lantino x Ferro mare) £7,500
Lot 3: Lady Balu (Bubalu VDL x Tolan R mare) £17,000 not sold
Lot 4: Camillus S Z (Cicero Z x Chin Chin stallion) £15,000
Lot 5: Lola (Durango VDL x Conterno Grande mare) £6,000 not sold
Lot 6: For Your Pleasure (For Pleasure x Dynamo gelding) £24,000
Lot 7: Lacarda (Dallas VDL x Aerobic mare) £13,000
Lot 8: Action Time Z (Action Breaker x Indoctro stallion) £17,000
Lot 9: Formidable SLR Z (For Pleasure x Carthago Z stallion) £12,000
Lot 10: Corazon Z (Cicero z x Negro stallion) £10,000
Lot 11: not forward
Lot 12: Unnamed (Nouma D’Auzay x Quidam’s Rubin mare) £14,500
Lot 13: not forward
Lot 14: Unnamed (I’m Special De Muze x Clinton gelding) £7,500
Lot 15: Diablo (Durango VDL x Harley VDL gelding) £14,000
Lot 16: Unnamed (Quasimodo Z x Mister Blue gelding) £9,500 not sold
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